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December 10, 2013 (10:30 am - 11:30 am)
December 10, 2013 (12:00 - noon - 12:30 - noon)
December 11, 2013 (12:00 - noon - 1:00 pm)
December 13, 2013 (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
December 14, 2013 (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)
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.
General Admission is FREE to enjoy First Thursdays: After Hours at the Museum. *
*If you wish to enjoy tapas or cocktails, see below for charges associated with those items.
5 - 9PM // Open Galleries
Every one of our beautiful galleries will be open throughout the evening. With a collection of over 24,000 works of art, we are constantly rotating our growing permanent collection and featuring newly acquired works, ensuring that each visit to the Museum is a fresh experience.
5 - 9PM // Tapas & Cocktails
Enjoy the best of seasonal and local dishes from Oscar's Café! All you can eat tapas is available for $13, and specialty beverages are available for $5. Members, bring your membership card for a discount - only $10 for tapas and 10% off of drinks! Click here to see the menu!
5:30 - 6:30PM // Piano by Willie Jackson // 8th Avenue Lobby
6PM // Gallery Talk: "A Few of My Favorite Things" // Asian Galleries
Join Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Art Donald C. Wood, Ph.D. for a tour of his favorite items in the Asian art collection.
6 - 8PM // Drop-in Holiday Card Making Workshop
6 - 7:30PM // Wine Tasting // Oscar's Café
Our friends from Hop City Birmingham will be pouring a selection of wines for you to sample! Come find your new favorite!
6:30 - 7:30PM // Embellishments holiday handbell performance
6:30PM // Drop-in and Draw
7PM // Film Screening // Miracle on 34th Street (1947, 96 minutes) // Steiner Auditorium
7:30 - 8:30PM // Live Holiday Jazz with Foxxy's Friends
$325 Museum members (click here to read about our Student Membership)
January 14 - April 8
No class March 25
Academy Apprentice: 6th–7th grades
Academy Assistant: 8th–9th grades
Academy Master: 10th–12th grades (coming fall 2014)
Clay at Play: Humor, Whimsy and Fun in the Ceramic Arts
The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium
February 20-21, 2015
Kathy Butterly, ceramic artist
Dr. Glen R. Brown, Professor of Ceramics and Art History, Kansas State University
Other speakers include:
Dr. Donald Wood, The Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art, BMA
Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, BMA
Save the date! Further information and a call for papers coming soon!
Lectures & Symposia
December 5th First Thursday
Charcuterie: House Cured Meats, Assorted Mustards, Caper Berries, Cornichons with Crusty Breads
Queso Dip served with Tortilla Crisps
Grilled Vegetables with Artisan Oils and Vinegars
Beer Boiled Shrimp with Creole Remoulade
Artisan Cheeses and Crackers
Specialty Drinks $6
2013 Gandhi Jayanti Student Essay and Poster Contest
The Museum and the Indian Cultural Society present the second annual Gandhi Jayanti Student Essay and Poster Contest.
This contest celebrates the connection between Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., two of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century. As the city and nation commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, we call attention to these two great historical figures and their contributions to civil rights movements across the globe.
High School students (9th through 12th grade) were asked to submit one essay (500-750 words) OR one original artwork submitted in a digital format that demonstrates the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., using one of the following themes:
- Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and results of non-violent Civil Rights activities in India
- The influence of Mahatma Gandhi on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.
- The influence of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophies on civil rights movements worldwide
Students were recognized at a special reception in honor of Gandhi’s birthday (Gandhi Jayanti) at the Birmingham Museum of Art on October 6, 2013. Special thanks to the Indian Cultural Society for sponsoring!
Nicholas Bruno, First Place
Madeline Hand, Second Place
Virginia Gresham, Third Place
Christina Johnsen, Brian Joseph, and Daveena Patel, Honorable Mentions
Thank you to all of our participants:
Drop-in and Draw: FREE First Thursday Drawing Class
Finally an evening drawing class that can be registered for on a class-by-class basis! Once a month, teens and adults of all experience levels will meet in the museum galleries for an introductory drawing experience that will focus on basic drawing elements. Click a date above to register today!
Clay Embodied: Ceramics and the Human Form, 2013
The 1st Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium was a great success!
We are delighted to announce the success of the 1st Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium with the theme, Clay Embodied: Ceramics and the Human Form held at the Museum on February 22-23, 2013. The symposium began on Friday with a fantastic lecture given by ceramic artist Magdalene Odundo to a packed auditorium. It continued on Saturday with an exciting and well-rounded line up of national and international speakers that included critic and collector Garth Clark; Bonnie Kemske, ceramicist and editor of Ceramic Review; and our own curators Dr. Jeannine O’Grody and Dr. Emily Hanna. In conjunction with the Alabama Clay Conference and through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Peter D. Bunting, the Museum celebrated its extensive collection of world ceramics with a weekend ceramics extravaganza!
Thanks to all who participated in this great event!
Summer Art Camp 2013: Wrap-up!
Lines and Designs: Exploring the Elements of Art
The Museum welcomed over 200 campers from the entire Birmingham area, other parts of Alabama, and as far as New York to this year’s Summer Art Camp. Teachers introduced students to artworks in our collection that illustrated “Lines and Designs: The Elements of Art.” The teachers led the campers on a journey through the Museum to discover obvious and hidden lines, colors, shapes, and patterns. Every camper this year received Museum Studio sketch books and used them throughout the week with their teachers, compiling a visual journal of their week at camp.
The summer began with the Young Artists discovering how pattern can be made through lines and repeated forms. They presented their discoveries through colorful, patterned paintings related to artworks in the Contemporary Gallery, cut paper referring to the graphic quality of the Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass window, and inscribed in clay referencing the BMA’s African pottery. The Young Artists also looked at the broader scope of how a Museum is curated, examining the larger picture of patterns and connections within a collection of objects. One group created mini museums, complete with brochures, while the second group designed boxes for a collection of objects.
The Little Masters continued the theme by creating paper maché vessels echoing lines and patterns found in our African pots, created their own geometric stained glass windows, and formed sculptures using clay, straw, and wire. They even successfully tackled the concept of “line of sight” using the gaze of the Horizon sculptures by Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir.
Our Junior and Senior campers examined the same ideas in more depth. They experimented with building whimsical clay pots, drawing the human form using a variety of materials, and different forms of printmaking. Our students rose to the artistic challenges the teachers provided, exceeding even their own expectations. Along with our Young Artists, the Junior/Senior campers looked at some artwork through the eyes of guest Annie Damsky, the owner of Villager Yoga, learning through their body movement how lines and designs are inherent in everything.
The highlight was one of our Young Artist’s moms passing on the message from her son after his first day: “Best camp ever!”
Keep your eyes open for our studio and family programs offered throughout the year. Summer art camp is not the only time to have fun looking at and creating art at the Museum! We look forward to seeing your budding artists again soon.
Other Parent testimonials:
“[My camper] wants to come back and spend more time looking at the artwork”
“As always, one of the best camps in Birmingham!”
“My daughter has decided that she will be an artist "when she grows up".”
To see more pictures of all the fun, please visit the Museum's Flickr page.
Museum Studio: Press Your Luck
Saturday, November 2
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
$60 ($50 Members) Includes Supplies
In this one-day workshop, participants will explore the exhibition Vanguard Views to find inspiration to create their own block prints. Students will have a completed print to take home at the end of the workshop.