Though it’s not always evident, the Mobile Bay area is lucky to count five institutions of post-high school education — the University of South Alabama, the University of Mobile, Spring Hill College, Bishop State Community College and Faulkner State Community College — based in the area. That’s a notable number for a mostly blue-collar metropolis of this modest size.

The Mobile Arts Council is taking advantage of the fact as they do every two years with an arts competition open to all students of the aforementioned schools. Juried by Alabama State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Program Manager Elliot Knight, the show features 59 works in a variety of media by 38 artists.

An opening reception will take place during the April 11 LoDa Artwalk. Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. that evening.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance is free.

For more info, call 251-432-9796 or go to

Where: Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.)
When: Through April 25