Published on January 27, 2022 by Ashley Smith  
thompson installation

The Samford Art Gallery’s current exhibit, The Sum of our Parts, features the work of 17 members of the art and design faculty, representing all of the art and design program areas – studio art, graphic design, architecture, interior design, game design and art history! The School of the Arts only does this show once every three years and provides insight into the talented faculty artists at Samford. The exhibit runs until Feb. 3 in the Art Gallery and is open M-F from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The show includes a special installation by Interim Dean and Art Professor Larry Thompson that pays tribute to his wife Amy who passed away last October following a short battle with an aggressive cancer. Fluids and Cells:  160 Days of Cancer, Chemotherapy, and Courage is a 160-panel installation of small paintings.  Each panel is available for purchase to raise funds for the Alabama Oncology Foundation, a nonprofit committed to helping cancer patients in need. Over $12,000 has been raised through this effort to date.  If interested in purchasing one of the panels, email Larry Thompson at as only a handful remain.  Thompson can send a folder of available panels to anyone not able to view in person.  All panels are 6-inch squares.

Thompson plans to create a new version of this ongoing installation piece in the fall of 2022 for another exhibit at Space One Eleven in downtown Birmingham that will also support the Alabama Oncology Foundation.  More details on that installation will come as dates are solidified.

The next exhibit in the Samford Art Gallery will feature the work of guest artist Jamaal Barber February 8-March 3.  Barber is a printmaker from Atlanta, Georgia.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.