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We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

April 2015

Public Tour: Small Treasures

April 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Every week until April 19, 2015

Enjoy our new exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries with a free docent-led tour!

Must have ticket to exhibition to join tour group; tickets are free to BMA members and $12 for non-members.

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Free

Annual Chenoweth Lecture: Personal Encounters with Small Treasures

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Chenoweth Lecture was originally scheduled in March but was canceled due to winter weather. We are excited that Dr. Wheelock will be able to come back before the end of the exhibition! Along with the lecture, the Museum, exhibition, and café will be open for your enjoyment.
Renowned art historian and one of the most prolific writers on Vermeer, Curator of Northern Baroque Painting at the National Gallery of Art and Professor of Art History at the University of Maryland Arthur Wheelock, Ph.D. discusses his personal experiences with works in the exhibition Small Treasures.

Wheelock was raised in Uxbridge, Massachusetts before attending Phillips Exeter Academy, Williams College, and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1973. He came to the National Gallery of Art in 1973 as the David E. Finley Fellow, after which he was named Research Curator. At the same time, he began his teaching career at the University of Maryland. He was appointed curator of Dutch and Flemish painting at the National Gallery in 1975. Wheelock, who has lectured widely on Dutch and Flemish art, has written a number of books, including Perspective, Optics, and Delft Artists around 1650 (1977); Jan Vermeer (1981); Vermeer and the Art of Painting (1995); the catalogs of the Dutch and Flemish collections at the National Gallery of Art, along with other works and articles.

The Chenoweth lectures are endowed by Dr. Arthur I. Chenoweth as a memorial to his brother and parents. The purpose of the lectures is to encourage international understanding through the presentation of a variety of subjects by specialists in their fields.

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Free

Slow Art Sunday: Canal in Winter

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Docent Clyde Oyster will lead a discussion on Jacob Ruisdael’s Canal in Winter.

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Free

Concert: Musical Treasures from 17th-Century Netherlands

April 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Birmingham Music Club presents a chamber concert of music that complements the exhibition, Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries. Listen to the music that would have been played during the time of the Dutch Masters.

Before the concert, visit Small Treasures before it closes! Tickets to the exhibition are free for BMA members and $12 for non-members.

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Free

ArtBreak: Small Treasures: A Student Response

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by University of Alabama Assistant Professor of Art History Tanja Jones, Ph.D. and her students, who will lead a discussion on their studies of Small Treasures. Be sure to purchase a ticket to the exhibition (free for BMA members, $12 for non-members) to enjoy the ArtBreak!

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Free

Visually Impaired Program: Celebrate Spring

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this program for adults, held the second Saturday of each month, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

Join docent Mary Lynda Crockett for Celebrate Spring.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, April 22.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

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Free

Birmingham Fashion Week: Rising Design Start Challenge Closes

April 26

Every year, students from across the city, in grades 6-12, come to the Museum to display their innovative fashion designs. Students are asked to get creative with their pieces, using very unconventional materials. This year’s designs are up to the challenge, featuring cartons of buttermilk, trash bags, fishing nets, stamps, and more!

Click here to see some of the designs as students set up their creations at the Museum.

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Free

Slow Art Sunday: Bands of Color in Various Directions

April 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Judy Cook will lead a discussion on Sol LeWitt’s Bands of Color in Various Directions.

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Free

Art Break: Between Fantasy and Reality with Artist Frank Fleming

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by artist Frank Fleming, whose art is currently on display in the Museum’s exhibition Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of Alabama’s favorite artists, as he speaks about artwork from his early years.

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Museum Ball: Second Floor Closes at 2PM

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Please note that the second floor of the Museum, including galleries, the café, Bart’s ArtVenture, and the Museum Store, will close today at 2PM due to Museum Ball set up.

The third floor galleries and gardens will remain open.

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Museum Ball: Second Floor Closed All Day

April 30

Please note that the second floor of the Museum, including galleries, the café, Bart’s ArtVenture, and the Museum Store, will be closed today due to Museum Ball set up.

The third floor galleries and gardens will remain open.

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May 2015

Museum Ball: Second Floor Closed All Day

May 1

Please note that the second floor of the Museum, including galleries, the café, Bart’s ArtVenture, and the Museum Store, will be closed today due to Museum Ball set up.

The third floor galleries and gardens will remain open.

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Museum Ball: Museum Closed All Day

May 2

Please note that the Museum will be closed all day due to set up for the Museum Ball. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

The Museum will reopen during normal hours on Sunday, May 3 at noon.

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$50 for Museum members · $60 for non-members

No Art & Meditation

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Please note that there is no Art & Meditation class today due to the Museum Ball. Class will resume next Saturday, May 9.

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No Slow Art Sunday

May 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We will be cleaning up from the Museum Ball, so no Slow Art Sunday today! The Museum will be open during normal hours to the public.

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