S A M E P A R T S     October 4 - 21 2018    Ground Floor Contemporary is pleased to present,  SAME PARTS , an exhibition featuring work by Sarah Jeanne Adkins, Daisie Hoitsma, and Julian Jackson. The works in this exhibition emphasize visual representations of what unites—and divides—us in society today including the biological systems that are universal to all people and abstract representations of emotional experiences. Although there exists an atmosphere of racial and political divides outside of the walls of this exhibition that circulate fear, Adkins, Hoitsma, Jackson invite the viewer to meditate on the underlying motifs that bind humanity together.    Join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, October 4 from 5:00-7:30pm.    The gallery is open from 1- 4 pm on Sundays, and will include the following events:      OCTOBER 7 at 2 pm    Presented as part of For Freedoms 50 State Initiative     Whose hands shape our democracy:  A conversation about the community-centered collaborative piece,  What Unites Us ?      OCTOBER 14 at 2 pm     What we are made of: An exploration of the human microbiome  and Agar Art Workshop - Sarah Jeanne Adkins and Julian Jackson      OCTOBER 21 at 2 pm     Performance by Edgewood Dance, LLC     Heidi Stoeckley, Dancer & Director    Alessia Lovreglio, Dancer      About the artists:     SARAH JEANNE ADKINS     Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Sarah Jeanne Adkins earned her BS in Studio Art and BS in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has had works displayed at the Abroms Engel Institute for Visual Arts (Birmingham, AL), Gerace Research Center (San Salvador, Bahamas) among others; has had performance artworks shown at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Southern College, and the Southern Regional Honors Conference (Greenville, SC and Savannah, GA); and has published works in  Sanctuary Literary Magazine as well as in scientific journals. Her awards include the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Arts & Social Good Grant. Adkins is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham studying ways to integrate art into science education.     DAISIE HOITSMA     Hoitsma received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Ohio University, and a BFA from the University of Texas at Tyler. Recent two-person exhibitions include place, trace, replaced  at the Gadsden Museum of Art (Gadsden, AL), and  convey/year at Ohio University Southern (Ironton, OH). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), Attleboro Arts Museum (Attleboro, MA), Visual Arts Center (Huntington, WV), Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center (Sioux Falls, SD), East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN), and Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) among others. Her work focuses on the fleeting and varying experience of time. Often referencing a changing landscape, or actions indicative of a current, yet temporary routine, Hoitsma explores and marks psychological and physical shifts. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor for Painting at the University of Alabama.     JULIAN JACKSON     A native of Birmingham, AL, Julian Jackson holds a BA with a focus in history and religion from Howard University (2014) and is now a graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Department of Biology focusing on microbial life in the ocean. His interdisciplinary studies have led him to explore his own self-identity and the identities of those who make up his community Mainly through analog photography, he realized that he is able to distill stories of his community and his own life into a poetic snapshot. Each time Jackson takes a photograph, he transforms a moment into a conversation made tangible. Recently, his work has been shown at Yellow House (Birmingham, AL) and has been published in Hibbett Sports and  Bikepacking Magazine . He has been honored with photography awards through the Biology department at UAB. He currently studies microbial life and travels the country as a professional photographer satisfying his soul by conceptualizing what is in his mind and transferring it into the lens of his camera. Outside of photography, Jackson loves to engage himself in the dirt at Jones Valley Teaching Farm, where their motive to teach children the importance farming while also providing the community with affordable produce attracted Jackson to them and has kept him coming back.      To find out about more about For Freedoms events and exhibitions,    please visit    www.forfreedoms.org

S A M E P A R T S

October 4 - 21 2018

Ground Floor Contemporary is pleased to present, SAME PARTS, an exhibition featuring work by Sarah Jeanne Adkins, Daisie Hoitsma, and Julian Jackson. The works in this exhibition emphasize visual representations of what unites—and divides—us in society today including the biological systems that are universal to all people and abstract representations of emotional experiences. Although there exists an atmosphere of racial and political divides outside of the walls of this exhibition that circulate fear, Adkins, Hoitsma, Jackson invite the viewer to meditate on the underlying motifs that bind humanity together.

Join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, October 4 from 5:00-7:30pm.

The gallery is open from 1- 4 pm on Sundays, and will include the following events:

OCTOBER 7 at 2 pm

Presented as part of For Freedoms 50 State Initiative

Whose hands shape our democracy: A conversation about the community-centered collaborative piece, What Unites Us?

OCTOBER 14 at 2 pm

What we are made of: An exploration of the human microbiome and Agar Art Workshop - Sarah Jeanne Adkins and Julian Jackson

OCTOBER 21 at 2 pm

Performance by Edgewood Dance, LLC

Heidi Stoeckley, Dancer & Director

Alessia Lovreglio, Dancer

About the artists:

SARAH JEANNE ADKINS

Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Sarah Jeanne Adkins earned her BS in Studio Art and BS in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has had works displayed at the Abroms Engel Institute for Visual Arts (Birmingham, AL), Gerace Research Center (San Salvador, Bahamas) among others; has had performance artworks shown at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Southern College, and the Southern Regional Honors Conference (Greenville, SC and Savannah, GA); and has published works in Sanctuary Literary Magazineas well as in scientific journals. Her awards include the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Arts & Social Good Grant. Adkins is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham studying ways to integrate art into science education.

DAISIE HOITSMA

Hoitsma received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Ohio University, and a BFA from the University of Texas at Tyler. Recent two-person exhibitions includeplace, trace, replaced at the Gadsden Museum of Art (Gadsden, AL), and convey/yearat Ohio University Southern (Ironton, OH). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), Attleboro Arts Museum (Attleboro, MA), Visual Arts Center (Huntington, WV), Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center (Sioux Falls, SD), East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN), and Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) among others. Her work focuses on the fleeting and varying experience of time. Often referencing a changing landscape, or actions indicative of a current, yet temporary routine, Hoitsma explores and marks psychological and physical shifts. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor for Painting at the University of Alabama.

JULIAN JACKSON

A native of Birmingham, AL, Julian Jackson holds a BA with a focus in history and religion from Howard University (2014) and is now a graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Department of Biology focusing on microbial life in the ocean. His interdisciplinary studies have led him to explore his own self-identity and the identities of those who make up his community Mainly through analog photography, he realized that he is able to distill stories of his community and his own life into a poetic snapshot. Each time Jackson takes a photograph, he transforms a moment into a conversation made tangible. Recently, his work has been shown at Yellow House (Birmingham, AL) and has been published in Hibbett Sports and Bikepacking Magazine. He has been honored with photography awards through the Biology department at UAB. He currently studies microbial life and travels the country as a professional photographer satisfying his soul by conceptualizing what is in his mind and transferring it into the lens of his camera. Outside of photography, Jackson loves to engage himself in the dirt at Jones Valley Teaching Farm, where their motive to teach children the importance farming while also providing the community with affordable produce attracted Jackson to them and has kept him coming back.

To find out about more about For Freedoms events and exhibitions,

please visit www.forfreedoms.org