Fall 2007 Spring 2008 Born in Ireland and raised amidst Protestant-Catholic strife in Belfast, David Sandlin has spent his career discussing America, for all her hypocrisy and charm. His family moved to the United States in 1972 and settled in Birmingham, Alabama, affording David the quintessential Southern American experience. Sandlin earned his BFA from the University of Alabama in 1979; he has lived and worked in New York for more than 25 years where his work has evolved from street art to bumper stickers to paintings and installations. He is represented by the Gracie Mansion Gallery and has shown stateside at La Luz de Jésus Gallery in Los Angeles, the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, as well as many others. He has been featured abroad in galleries in Switzerland, Japan, Australia, and Canada. Sandlin is the author of several books; the first, Land of 1,000 Beers, details “Sinland” which he describes as “a thematically unified body of work—you could call it Dante’s Divine Comedy meets Hank Williams.” My obsession with exploring American Puritanism was already full-blown by the time I went to college, where I’d go to sleazy country music clubs…and see people who would just go absolutely crazy with drinking and carousing on Saturday night, then get up and go to some little Baptist church the next morning and get born again. —David Sandlin As the Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair of Art for 2007-08, Sandlin gave a public lecture about his work on September 11, 2007. He held an exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Visual Arts Building in January 2008.