Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones received her BA from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and her MFA from the University of New Orleans. Jones has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in  Time Out Chicago, Pelican Bomb and Artforum Online among others.

Jones describes herself primarily as a painter with a style that straddles the line between representation and abstraction. Jones culls much of her imagery from ‘dated, mass-produced nature and science book sets, reference books, and textbooks.’

In the artist’s own words “I am attempting to re-imagine minor, forgotten, mass-produced images as things that are new, singular, and permanent”. You can check out Rachel’s work here.

Alex Podesta

Alex Podesta studied art at Governor’s Magnet School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University before receiving his MFA from the University of New Orleans. Podesta was the recipient of a Joan Mitchel Foundation grant and was nominated for a Dedalus Foundation Fellowship.
To paraphrase the artist,Podesta’s work re-contextualizes the ‘creative naivete’, fantasies and escapism of his youth through the filters of adult experience.


You can check out a lot more of Alex’s work here.


Stephanie Patton

Stephanie Patton received her BFA in painting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her MFA in photography from the Art Institute of Chicago. Stephanie also studied at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater and Gotham Writer’s Workshop in New York.
Patton uses humor in her work as a way to create a universal dialog between her work, the audience and personal experience.

More of Stephanie’s work can be viewed here.

Rachel Avena Brown

Rachel Avena Brown received her BFA from the College of Santa Fe and her MFA from NYU before joining the Front in 2010.

Brown uses the familiar (knitting) and the current (digital video) to create accessible work that tackles broad concepts not easily defined.

In the artist’s own words…“By utilizing what is accessible to all, and erasing the functionality of the objects, I am attempting to create anomalies in space, making connections between what cannot be defined; the body, the spirit, and the universal light that surrounds us.”

You can check out more of Rachel’s work here.

Kyle Bravo

Kyle Bravo is a founding member of the Front, and received his BFA from LSU and his MFA from the University of North Carolina. Bravo has exhibited extensively all over the world from New York to France to Japan.

Bravo is a direct product of the punk rock and underground zine revivals of the 90s and proudly wears his DIY ethos on his sleeve. Using a wide range of techniques that range from xerox and graphite to traditional printmaking and video, Kyle explores complex and personal relationships while contextualizing these interactions through society as a whole.









Check out Kyle’s work here.

Dave Greber

Dave Greber is one member of the Front who is not a stranger to the UAB Visual Arts Gallery. Here’s your chance to make amends if you missed his incredible exhibition BROTHY CITY last March at the UAB VAG.

Check out Greber’s Public Service Announcement video for the Front! And, more work from Greber here.

The Front is invading Birmingham!

The Front, an artist-run collective and not-for-profit gallery, fosters the development of contemporary art in the city of New Orleans through innovative exhibitions, lectures, screenings, performances, and other arts programming, all of which are free and open to the public. Founded by artists in 2008 amidst the post-Katrina resurgence of New Orleans and committed to a spirit of grassroots DIY determinism, The Front cultivates new and experimental work, in particular from emerging artists, but also from nationally and internationally known artists.

The Front includes 14 acclaimed artists from multiple artistic disciplines. Works from all 14 Front members will be on display Aug 24 – Sept 21, 2012. A free opening reception is planned from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 24, at the gallery, 900 13th St. South.
The Front members include:
Kyle Bravo
Rachel Avena Brown
Lee Deigaard
Andrea Ferguson
Dave Greber
Rachel Jones
Morgana King
Stephanie Patton
Brooke Pickett
Alex Podesta
Claire Rau
Megan Roniger
Jonathan Traviesa
Ryan Watkins-Hughes
Over the next couple of days leading up to their Birmingham debut, the UAB Visual Arts Gallery Blog will be showcasing excerpts from the Front’s recent PSA poster exhibition from the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center.
Check out their website here: www.nolafront.org