Cahaba River Watershed Project

The Cahaba River Watershed Project is an investigation?of the natural environment and how it has shaped and is shaped by human activity. The Cahaba River is a 200-mile free owing river with some of the greatest biodiversity and scenic beauty in the South. It rises near Birmingham and flows southwest to the Alabama River just south of Selma. As it passes through Montevallo’s Shelby County it is fed by the Little Cahaba watershed that rises in Ebenezer Swamp, an ecological preserve and research center of the University of Montevallo. 

The three themes of interest around the Cahaba River are?the natural environment, the human history, from Civil War to Civil Rights, and its ecological and geological features, containing natural resources that are used for economic activity, especially the coal, limestone and iron ore mining that was the foundation of the early iron industry in the area. 

The Cahaba River Watershed Project is the collaborative project of printmaker Scott Stephens, new media artist Elisabeth Pellathy, and sculptor Lee Somers. Their week-long residency will explore relief and intaglio print processes. There will be a panel talk with the artists on Thursday, March 30th at 5:00 pm in Holmes Auditorium.