International Arts Center Events

2019 Events

Larry Strickland: Sticks and Stones

Part of the Sticks and Stones exhibit 
Larry Strickland's wood sculpture 
Creative portrait of Larry Strickland 
Wooden horse sculpture 

About the Artist

Larry Strickland was born in Florala, Alabama in 1948. He attended Troy State University upon completion of high school and was drafted into the Army as an Illustrator during the Vietnam War. After the war, Strickland chose to further his career in art at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, where he graduated at the top of his class. He later returned to Troy State to complete his degree in 1984. Strickland has shown extensively throughout the United States in solo and group exhibitions. His works have been acquired by a long list of art patrons and private collectors throughout the world. He’s had work accepted for the American Watercolor Society Exhibit in New York and has been accepted for exhibition in various shows such as The Jean Lake Memorial Art Show, The Greater New Orleans International Art Exhibit, and The Kentuck Festival.

Strickland sculpts primarily in weathered wood, using bone, copper, shell, deer horn and precious metals as symbolic accents. He’s also well-known for his whimsical cityscape paintings which focus on the old architecture of Southeastern cities. Strickland is also an artist of the written word, writing poetry that at times is inspired by his sculptures.

On the campus of Troy University, Strickland is known for his 9-foot-tall bronze Trojan Warrior sculpture which soars about the Academic Quad on campus, which was finished in 2004.

Strickland can be found working at his workshop, surrounded by driftwood and outdoor in-process sculptures, or in the Strickland Gallery in downtown Florala, where one can purchase or admire his art. 

About the Exhibition

Driftwood, heart pine, bones and stones – what once was discarded by nature, a product of her elements and testament of power, is brought back to life by Larry Strickland through the form of sculpture.

Sticks and Stones features a collection of sculptures which are composed of materials Strickland has encountered in nature. His artistic vision co-exists with the destructive effects nature has inflicted upon the materials, celebrating their movement and imperfection by incorporating them into the sculpture’s design. Strickland sees in each lifeless piece of wood he stumbles upon the representation of life’s cycle – birth, life, death, and re-birth through the artist’s vision.

The Phenix City Story movie screening

Thursday, October 10, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at IAC Foyer

The Phenix City Story (1955) movie screening at the International Arts Center, in association with "Mike Howard: Pivotal Moments in Alabama History" exhibition at the International Arts Center. Free popcorn and lemonade.

A still from The Phenix City Story movie

Description: Based on a sensational news story, this film looks at the murder of Albert L. Patterson (John McIntire), who hopes to win the an attorney general's job in Alabama. Phenix City is a dangerous place to run for election without the backing of local gangsters, but urged on by his ex-military son, John (Richard Kiley), Albert promises to restore law and order to the crime-ridden city. Though he pays the ultimate price for his bravery, his candidacy inspires residents to stand up to the mobsters.

Endorsed and supported by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.

Selma movie screening

Selma movie picture

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at IAC Foyer

Selma (2014) movie screening at the International Arts Center, In association with "Mike Howard: Pivotal Moments in Alabama History" exhibition at the International Arts Center.Open to the public. Free popcorn and lemonade.

Description: Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Endorsed and supported by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.

Mike Howard: Pivotal Moments in Alabama History

Round table panel discussion

Mike Howard's Clean up of assasination of Albert patterson

Wednesday, October 2, 2:30 - 4:00 pm at IAC Foyer

Join us at the IAC Wednesday, October 2, 2:30-4:00 p.m. for a round table discussion of our current exhibition “Mike Howard: Pivotal Moments in Alabama History”. 

Panelists include TROY professors Dr. Melissa Bailey (Political Science), Dr. Kathryn Tucker (History), Dr. Jeneve Brooks (Sociology) and Dr. Kenyon Holder (Art History).

All welcome! Refreshments will be served. 

Endorsed and supported by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.

Mike Howard: Pivotal Moments in Alabama History

Selma March over Edmund Pettus Bridge 
Rosa Parks on a Birmingham city bus 

Howard, born in 1944, grew up across the street from the local gambling and juke joints in Phenix City. He witnessed some of the most influential moments over the course of the Civil Rights Era during the 1950s and 1960s. This significant time of change in Alabama and America’s history involved a struggle against corruption, violence, and resulted in many deaths during the fight for racial equality.

The impact of growing up in a politically corrupted town that was reformed, while also witnessing significant civil rights strides, would later provide powerful subject matter for Howard’s art. His work lends itself to educating and reminding all viewers of the impact of these three events. It gives an opportunity for viewers to reflect on our continued battle today through the fight for equality of people of color, women, LGBQT, other minorities and disabled. Howard’s Phenix City series, Rosa Parks and Selma artworks serve as a reminder of pivotal moments that have helped us develop as a state and a country. They are reminders that depict lessons that are still relevant in today's social climate.

These artworks are on display at the International Arts Center from August 12 – October 20, 2019.  The Artist Reception and Talk will be held on Friday, September 13, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the IAC.

Mike Howard: Pivotal Moments in Alabama History round table discussion will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

"Selma" movie screening in on Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

"The Phenix City Story" movie screening is on Thursday, October 10, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Endorsed and supported by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.

Cultivating Conversations in Photography

Cultivating Conversations in Photography An exhibition celebrating the collaborative effors of Elmore DeMott with Irby Pace's Advanced Photography Class 
Flowers for Mom, Volume II, December 20 
Flowers for Mom, Volume I, February 7 
Flowers for Mom, Volume I, June 13 

Cultivating Conversations in Photography artist reception and exhibition opening Monday, June 3, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  

This exhibition celebrates the collaborative efforts of Montgomery photographer Elmore DeMott with Troy University's Advanced Photography Course. 

This event is free and open to the public. Visitors can enjoy the artist talk along with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

MossaNall Dialogues Exhibit Opens

Mossa - Nall Dialogues Exhibit April 15 - October 15 at the Nall Hollis Gallery and Museum in the International Arts Center

Mossa - Nall Dialogues Exhibit 
Nall Gallery exhibit in the Troy University International Arts Center featuring numerous pieces by Nall. 
Several framed pieces and a central feature by Nall. 
Five mixed-media pieces by nall as part of the Mossa Nall Dialogues exhibit. 
Two large pieces by Nall. One feature containing multiple framed pieces on a large wall streaked with black paint. The other a single arge piece with a detailed custom frame. 
Several pieces of art by Nall including framed works and busts. 

Troy University and the City of Troy celebrated a native son on May 7, and recognized NALL for his accomplishments in the world of art. Visit the International Art Center to experience the MossaNall Dialogues exhibit for yourself.



May 7, 2019 proclaimed NALL DAY

Nall Day, Image of artwork from Nall

Artist Reception - Tuesday, May 7 • 5 p.m.



2018 Events

Alabama Art Inside Out
Open through November 9, 2018


Reception & Art Talk - Friday, September 7, 5-7 p.m.

A Joyous Exchange
April 30 - July 29, 2018

A Joyous Exchange

Artists' Reception - June 21, 2018, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The Art of Art Bacon
February 12 - April 23, 2018

Art of Art Bacon

Gallery Talk - February 27, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.