Located at Westervelt Company headquarters, the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art displays approximately 1000 works to foster a sense of community while promoting and disseminating an understanding of fine and decorative arts.
The collection was amassed by Jack Warner over several decades as investments for Gulf States Paper, now the Westervelt Company. Operated by a 501 (c) foundation, the museum was asked by the Westervelt Company to share its collection with the community to promote a better understanding of the arts and connecting to all areas of education. Considered to be one of the greatest private collections of American Art, it is truly a treasure within and for the community.
William Hawkins, Museum Coordinator for the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art, will present a program on “American Masters: The Art of the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art.”
William is a native of Tuscaloosa and is married with one child. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Huntingdon College in Montgomery and has worked with the art collection for 4 years.
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Charles Martin “C.M.” Newton, a native of Rockwood, Tennessee, has been involved in the game of basketball for more than 50 years as a player, coach and administrator. As a player, Newton was a member of the 1951 University of Kentucky team that compiled a 32-2 record and won the NCAA championship. From 1956 to 1989, Newton coached at Transylvania College, the University of Alabama and Vanderbilt University and compiled a 509-375 record. He led Alabama to SEC championships in 1974, 1975 and 1976 and appearances in four NIT and two NCAA Tournaments. He led Vanderbilt into the 1988 and 1989 NCAA Tournament and was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1972, 1978 and 1979. Newton became athletic director at Kentucky in 1989 and is credited with hiring Bernadette Mattox, the school’s first African-American women’s basketball coach (1985) and Orlando “Tubby” Smith, the school’s first African-American men’s basketball coach (1997). Newton, who has served on numerous NCAA Division I Basketball Committee’s, was President of USA Basketball from 1992 to 1996, when the U.S. Olympic Team went from college to professional players, and was instrumental in the selection of the original Dream Team in 1992.
Craig Perciavalle is President of Austal USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Australian shipbuilding company, Austal Limited. Austal USA is America’s largest aluminum shipbuilding company, currently employing over 4,000 employees, from 800 employees in just 5 years, in Mobile, Alabama. Austal is a ground-breaking national leader in shipbuilding. Austal is to shipbuilding what Mercedes is to the automotive manufacturing in this state.
Mr. Perciavalle joined Austal USA in 2007 from Jeffboat, Inc., located in Jeffersonville, Indiana, where he was the Director of Quality Control, Program Management and Production Control.