October 25th, the Birmingham Museum of Art hosted the Black Jacket Symphony, presenting Elton John’s Madman across the Water. The symphony played the album in its entirety to a sold out crowd on the Museum’s Upper Terrace. Among the events that evening, guests were invited to enjoy fine food from Slice and Off-the-Hook food trucks on the Museum terrace. Members received half-off the tickets price.
Annual Wine and Cheese Reception
Sunday // January 26, 2013 // 3-5PM
Birmingham Museum of Art // Oscar's Café
We invite you to join us at this annual, fun, family-friendly event! We will have activities for both children and adults, and discuss upcoming activities and other ICS matters.
Friday, March 7th, 6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Reception for Dr. Del Bonta, Callahan Lecture Series Speaker.
Venue to be decided.
Interview with John D. Johns, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Protective Life
MY MUSEUM MAGAZINE: How does Protective Life’s support of the BMA align with your corporate mission?
JOHNNY JOHNS: We like to say that our mission is clearly set forth in our name—Protective. That’s who we are and that’s what we do—protect and serve people. Since the Company was founded by former Governor William Dorsey Jelks in 1907, we have firmly believed that our mission to create value for shareholders is directly linked to our commitment to serve the broader communities in which we live. Our business is, like most, extremely competitive. We compete not only for sales and revenues, but also for talent. And we compete for high-potential talent with much larger companies headquartered in major cities throughout the country. We firmly believe that our ability to “win” in our industry is directly linked to how successful we are in bringing the best and the brightest to Birmingham. We find that “quality of life” is an increasingly critical issue for families thinking about relocating to another city. It is therefore vitally important that the greater Birmingham community provide a diversity and quality of life that is appealing to smart, ambitious, and highly-educated people. From that perspective, the Birmingham Museum of Art is a true crown jewel. A quick tour instantly reveals not only the extraordinary quality of the collection, but also the careful thought given to its display and interpretation. I like to think that the Museum “punches above its weight” in terms of how it compares to museums in larger cities throughout the country.
MMM: Protective Life was once again voted one of Birmingham’s Best Places to Work by the Birmingham Business Journal. Do you think your employees view support of the Museum and the associated benefits as a factor in this?
JJ: I have no doubt that the high level of employee satisfaction we enjoy is strongly bolstered by our company’s support of many cultural, civic and charitable activities in the Birmingham community. Kate Cotton, who leads the Protective Foundation, does a marvelous job of providing opportunities to our employees to get directly involved, in a hands-on” way, in many of the organizations that we support through the Foundation. We have on a number of occasions invited our employees to events hosted at the Museum and strongly encourage them to get involved as volunteers.
MMM: Protective Life has demonstrated time and again that it truly cares for Birmingham by being an outstanding corporate citizen. In your view, how does your support of the Museum positively impact our city?
JJ: Thank you for your observation about our commitment to the community. Once again, I will say that having a world-class art museum in the city is a huge benefit when attracting talent from around the country, and it also strongly supports the recruitment and economic development efforts of the Birmingham Business Alliance. The satirist H. L. Meaken once pejoratively and cynically called the South “The Sahara of the Bozarts.” The quality of our Museum directly refutes such stereotypical notions outsiders may have about our deep appreciation and enthusiasm for the fine arts in Birmingham.
MMM: As a sponsor of Art Speaks: 50 Years Forward, what do you think is one of the most important things we can learn from this exhibition series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham?JJ: There are so many things we can learn—so many things to ponder and reflect upon, including the incredible courage and conviction of those who followed Dr. King in demanding an end to the segregated past; the poignant tragedy of the Sixteenth Street Church bombing; the cruel arrogance that motivated the decision to bring out fire hoses and police dogs to intimidate young civil rights marchers; and even the noble efforts made by a few white leaders in the community to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. However, I think the most important lesson to be learned from this era in our history is this: we got through it. We successfully navigated across the bitter divide of hatred and intolerance without violence or additional bloodshed to a much better place today. In fact, I think what has evolved in our City over the last fifty years—a peaceful, collaborative, inclusive, and tolerant community—is almost as important a lesson in history as what occurred in 1963. We have much to regret about that era, but much to be proud of and thankful for in terms of what we have accomplished since those dark days.
MMM: Protective Life supports approximately 170 nonprofits. What are important characteristics you look for when choosing to support an organization?
JJ: We look for organizations that are well-organized, well-managed, have strong leadership, and serve important community needs. We also like to make “catalytic” gifts—contributions that set in motion a chain reaction that will lead to bigger and better things for the organization, as well as the broader community. We also have a special interest in helping children-at-risk, improving education and ensuring that our core cultural amenities continue to thrive and prosper.
April 1 - 20, 2014
Art Due: Friday, February 7, 2013
Grades: 7– 12
The Museum is partnering with Birmingham Fashion Week to present an exhibition of fashion designs from students in 7th through 12th grade. Birmingham Fashion Week was founded on the ideals of bringing unity to our community through fashion. Local and national designers, alongside local and national boutiques, and the Birmingham Museum of Art will gather together to promote and inspire our rising stars. Models, make-up and hair stylists will showcase their talents on the runway, while encouraging locals and visitors to explore the creative talents of Birmingham. Visit birminghamfashionweek.com for more information.
February 16 – March 16, 2014
Art Due: Friday, January 17, 2014
Grades: K – 12
The Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to present its twenty-first Youth Art Month exhibition in March 2014. Youth Art Month was established to recognize the essential role of art in a balanced education. Artwork will be accepted for all grades. A reception to honor the students will be held at a time to be announced.
Art Due: Friday, November 15, 2013
Grades: K – 12
Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and is a celebration for forgetting all grudges and wishing peace and happiness for everyone. This exhibition coincides with Birmingham’s Chinese New Year celebration. All types of media may be submitted including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and textiles.
Salary Range: $30,000 to $35,000/yr. depending on experience
Hours: 20 per week
Directs and manages human resource operations and activities of the Birmingham Museum of Art through managers and supervisors. The position is responsible for primary human resource functions for 40 Museum (non-city) employees. The position may also interact with 40 city employees that have access to the City of Birmingham Human Resources.
Recommends and interprets personnel policies; audits initiatives/transactions for compliance with policies and procedures; assures policies and procedures are in compliance with federal, state and local laws.
Mrs. Langston Hereford, President
Mrs. Patti Whitt, Treasurer
Mrs. Alice Thigpen, Assistant Treasurer
Mrs. Gloria Anderson, Secretary
Mrs. Mimi Arrington, Parliamentarian
Mrs. Kimberly King, Events Committee Chair
Ms. Marianne Schoel, Stewardship Committee Chair
Ms. Tania Adams
Mrs. Beth Adams
Mr. Chip Brantley
Mr. Patrick Cather
Mrs. Marilyn Dixon
Ms. Mary Evans
Ms. Ashelynn Karle Falkenburg
Mrs. Minnie Finley
Mrs. Kay Grisham
Mrs. Helen Harmon
Mrs. Mary Margaret Hendry
Mrs. Leigh Inskeep
Mrs. Mindy Lalor
Mrs. Margaret G. Livingston
Mrs. Geeta Malik
Mrs. Suzanne M. Mann
Mrs. Laura Kelly Murphey
Mrs. Lori Salter-Schommer
Ms. Shandra J. Smith
Ms. Lochrane C. Smith
Mrs. Virginia Volman
updated October 2013
The BMA’s collection of French painting highlights artistic innovation from the 16th to 19th centuries. Saint Paul Shipwrecked on Malta by Baroque artist Laurent de la Hyre illustrates a rarely depicted biblical story using vivid color and elegantly posed figures. Mid-18th century portraits by artists like Louis Tocqué, François Hubert Drouais, and Jean-Marc Nattier reveal new ways people communicated information about themselves. Some sitters asked artists to show them in scenes that reflected their interests, like Drouais’ Madame du Barry Playing the Guitar; whereas others wanted their likenesses to represent an idea, such as Nattier’s Madame de Frémicourt as Minerva.
Works from the 19th century demonstrate the variety of styles and evolution of ideas that characterize this century of great social and technological change. William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s monumental L’Aurore (Dawn) serves as a textbook example of academic painting. Georges Merle’s The Sorceress reflects Romantic interests in the occult, magic, and non-Western culture. A landscape by Gustave Courbet demonstrates the defining characteristic of Realism: depicting the harsh realities of nature and society without embellishment. Landscapes by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Charles François Daubigny, two leading figures of the Barbizon school, serve as precursors to Impressionism. Paintings by Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro show the Impressionists’ interest in capturing fleeting effects of light on nature.