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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!

March 2015
Free

No ArtBreak

March 31 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Please note that there will be no ArtBreak this week due to Spring Break. Check back for next week’s program!

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April 2015

Art & Conversation: Blood, Sweat, and Beers

April 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Blood, Sweat, and Beers

Exhibitions Designer Terry Beckham gives us his first hand knowledge of the many and varied steps involved in creating the new African Art Gallery.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

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First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

April 2 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

6PM: Gallery Talk // A Feast for the Eyes: Food in Dutch Paintings by Dr. Katherine McIver, Professor Emerita, University of Alabama at Birmingham
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw
7PM: Curator Lecture // Small Treasures: From Idea to Exhibition by Dennis P. Weller, Ph.D. Curator of Northern European Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Click here to learn more.

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Public Tour: Small Treasures

April 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
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

Slow Art Sunday: Jar

April 5 @ 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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on the Japanese piece Jar.

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Free

ArtBreak: Bands of Color in Various Directions

April 7 @ 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 Interim Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood, who will lead a discussion on Sol LeWitt’s Bands of Color in Various Direction. Join us in the sculpture garden to enjoy the talk and the beautiful spring weather!

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Free

Social and Community Engaged Art: The Genuine and the Artificial

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MacArthur Fellow and current Breeden Scholar in Residence at Auburn University Rick Lowe is an artist whose unconventional approach to community revitalization has transformed a long-neglected neighborhood in Houston into a visionary public art project that continues to evolve, two decades since its inception. Originally trained as a painter, Lowe shifted the focus of his artistic practice in the early 1990s in order to address more directly the pressing social, economic, and cultural needs of his community.
With a group of fellow artists, he organized the purchase and restoration of a block and a half of derelict properties—twenty-two shotgun houses from the 1930s—in Houston’s predominantly African American Third Ward and turned them into Project Row Houses (PRH), an unusual amalgam of arts venue and community support center. Lowe has initiated similarly arts-driven redevelopment projects in other cities, including Los Angeles, New Orleans, and North Dallas. Lowe’s pioneering “social sculptures” have inspired a generation of artists to explore more socially engaged forms of art-making in communities across the country.
Rick Lowe is an Alabama native who attended Columbus College and studied visual arts at Texas Southern University in Houston. He is currently the Breeden Scholar in Residence at Auburn University. Along with his MacArthur Genius Grant, Lowe is also the recipient of the Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change and the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities.

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

Art & Meditation

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Every week until May 24, 2015

Six Saturdays, April 11–May 23 · 10am · (no class May 2)

No drop-ins; registration required for entire series

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and then became very popular around the world.

Meditation instructors from the Shambala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions. Register online at artsbma.org on our events calendar. If you have questions, please call our Education Department at 205.254.2571.

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Free

Slow Art Day 2015

April 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year along with museums around the world. This year, join us for refreshments and thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks!

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Free

Slow Art Day 2015

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year along with museums around the world. This year, join us for refreshments and thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks!

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Public Tour: Small Treasures

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
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

Slow Art Sunday: Portland Vase Copy

April 12 @ 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 Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Wedgwood’s Portland Vase Copy.

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Free

Decoding Black Art: This Woman’s Work: Emma Amos and the Black Female Body

April 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow in African American Art Kelli Morgan for a lecture series on African American art. The series will analyze and illuminate important works of African American art within the Museum’s permanent collection. All lectures are free and open to the public.

At this month’s Decoding Black Art talk, Kelli will lead a discussion on “This Woman’s Work”: Emma Amos and the Black Female Body.

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Free

ArtBreak: Painting Demonstration in the Manner of Small Treasures

April 14 @ 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 Patty B. Driscoll, who will lead a painting demonstration in the style 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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$50 for Museum members · $60 for non-members

Art & Meditation

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until May 24, 2015

Six Saturdays, April 11–May 23 · 10am · (no class May 2)

No drop-ins; registration required for entire series

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and then became very popular around the world.

Meditation instructors from the Shambala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions. Register online at artsbma.org on our events calendar. If you have questions, please call our Education Department at 205.254.2571.

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