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Birmingham Fashion Week: Up Close and Personal

April 4, 2014

A quick stroll through the Museum’s Education Gallery and main entrances leaves everyone saying: “Wow!” “Cool!” “A sixth grader made that?!” Our Birmingham Fashion Week: Rising Design Star Challenge exhibition is filled with impressive, inventive, and flat-out cool designs from students

Donor Spotlight: Docents Drive The Bus Fund

Donor Spotlight: Docents Drive The Bus Fund

April 2, 2014

Not only do the Museum docents provide more than 12,000 hours of service to the Museum annually, through leading tours, conducting research on the artworks and exhibitions, preparing their presentations, and attending trainings, but they are also committed to the

Remembering Caldwell Marks

Remembering Caldwell Marks

April 2, 2014

Caldwell Marks was one of the BMA’s “three musketeers,” along with Henry Goodrich and Bill Spencer. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, they worked together to spearhead the campaign to raise more than $22 million for the expansion and

Opening night at UAB's Abrom-Engals Institute for the Visual Arts.

Partners in Art: UAB and the BMA

April 1, 2014

By Joanna Wilson, BMA/UAB Curatorial Fellow This January marked the opening of University of Alabama at Birmingham’s long anticipated Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts. With its striking architecture, state of-the-art lecture and studio spaces, and three beautiful galleries, this building


Art Matters: A Changing “Target”

April 1, 2014

Since its arrival on the grounds of the Museum, John Scott’s Target has enlivened the environment with its bright colors and fanciful shapes. In its position by the auditorium entrance, it naturally attracts viewers; however, the sculpture has faded over

Paul Cézanne: When discussing Delacroix, Cézanne said, “His remains the finest palette in France and nobody in our country has possessed at once such calm and pathos, such shimmering color. We all paint in him.” : Eugène Delacroix, "Medea about to Kill Her Children," 1838. Oil on canvas. Musée du Louvre, Paris.  | Paul Cézanne, "Medea," 1879-1882. Watercolor. Kunsthaus Zürich.

5 Great Artists Inspired by Delacroix

March 27, 2014

Widely recognized as the “Father of Impressionism,” Eugène Delacroix’s style, featuring dramatic brushstrokes and intense colors, became characteristic for many artists who followed in his footsteps. Take a look at some of the artists who viewed Delacroix as an art

@_emilypatton saw the installation with a group of friends, and shared some goofy pictures with us!

10 Favorite Instagrams of Quilted Vessel

March 18, 2014

Since its arrival in December 2013, Craig Wedderspoon’s sculpture installation, Quilted Vessel, has made quite the impression on our visitors! Unlike most of the pieces in our sculpture garden, this work is meant to be interactive, allowing visitors to get up

5 Things for a Creative Spring Break!

5 Things for a Creative Spring Break!

March 18, 2014

By: Madeline Adams, Assistant Curator for Family Programs With warmer weather, our winter blues (and winter clothes) are packed behind us! School’s out for the week, so we’ve come up with 5 Things for a Creative Spring Break! Each idea

Chinese culture considers peaches very lucky, symbolizing longevity and good fortune. This bowl from the Qing dynasty (about 1700) certainly shows that the peach has stood the test of time! // Bowl, China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), about 1700. Porcelain with overglaze enamels. Gift of Mrs. Helen Hudgens in memory of her husband Mr. James W. Hudgens. 1998.18.

7 Lucky Works of Art

March 17, 2014

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re highlighting pieces in our collection that bring us luck all year round. Take a look at 7 Lucky Works of Art in our collection, found from cultures across the globe! 1. Qing Dynasty

Photo from Pravasi Herald, Holi Festival at the BMA

5 Things To Know About Holi

March 12, 2014

Each March, the Museum celebrates Indian culture at our Holi family festival. With live performances, bright colors, and fun activities, it is the perfect way to welcome springtime! Here are 5 Things To Know About Holi before the big day! 1.

courtesy of Nik Laymna Photo Video

Fête Delacroix a Success!

February 27, 2014

Who Is Delacroix? Apparently Birmingham was ready to find out, as the preview party for Delacroix and the Matter of Finish had an overwhelming response of more than 1,300 guests. An opening lecture by the Museum’s new curator of European

Tickets on sale now for the 2014 Museum Ball

February 16, 2014

Inspired by old Birmingham charm and the 19th century French elegance represented in the paintings of Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, the exhibition opening at the Museum on February 22, 2014, La Ville Magique will be an unforgettable evening.

Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877), oil on canvas, 1876. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Birmingham Museum of Art Endowment for Acquisitions; Members of the Birmingham Museum of Art; Dr. and Mrs. David Sperling in honor of their friends; Mr. Arthur E. Curl, Jr. in memory of his beloved wife, Donnie; Illges-Chenoweth Foundation; Dr. and Mrs. Jack C. Geer; Mr. James E. Simpson; Mr. and Mrs. James A. Livingston, Jr.; Mrs. Evelyn Allen; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Barker, Jr.; and Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Goings.

Monuments Men and the BMA

February 7, 2014

With the debut of the highly anticipated Hollywood movie Monuments Men, the Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to honor our close connection to this important historical event.