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Happy Art Museum Day!

May 16, 2014

On Sunday, May 18, the BMA and museums around the world will celebrate International Museum Day. Here are 5 ways to get in the spirit and celebrate your Museum and arts and culture in Birmingham!

BMA Speaks Named Innovative Program by AAMD

BMA Speaks Named Innovative Program by AAMD

May 16, 2014

The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) has released Next Practices in Art Museum Education, a resource that compiles information about AAMD member museums’ innovative approaches to engaging the public with the arts through diverse learning opportunities. The publication features 100

Delacroix Memories // Surprise mom with two special gifts - a Delacroix gift and a trip to see the exhibition at the Museum with you! The exhibition closes next weekend, so this is the perfect weekend to bring her.  Grab a catalog or mug to remember your fun trip to the BMA together.

5 Great Gifts for Mom!

May 9, 2014

Need to find a gift as special as your mom? Here are 5 unique gifts you can only find in the Museum Store! Come visit us this weekend and pick up one of the many great options we have in

Curator of Arts of Africa and Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D., introducing our speaker, Babatunde Lawal, Ph.D.

All-New African Gallery Opening

April 29, 2014

On April 25, we welcomed nearly 400 guests to the debut of our newly renovated African gallery.  The evening opened with guest speaker and renowned African art scholar, Babatunde Lawal, who delivered an insightful talk on the art of the

Chief’s Chair or Throne, Late 19th or early 20th century, Chokwe people, Angola. Carved wood, animal skin, metal tacks. Gift of Mrs. Rita Judge Smith. 2001.104 .

5 Natural Artworks For Earth Day

April 22, 2014

The Museum’s African art collection spans the continent’s rich history and cultures, making it one of the most comprehensive and impressive collections in the Southeast. In celebration of both Earth Day and the reopening of our all-new African gallery, we

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)  Christ in the Garden of Olives, 1824-1827  Oil on canvas - 294 x 362 cm Paris, Eglise Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis.

5 Images of Christ by Delacroix

April 15, 2014

With Easter weekend and the final month of the exhibition upon us, now is the time to visit Delacroix and the Matter of Finish! Delacroix was fascinated by religious figures, and often depicted Christ in his art. The first three

Chopstick wrappers

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