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May 21, 2013 (10:30 am - 11:30 am)
May 21, 2013 (12:00 - noon - 12:30 - noon)
May 25, 2013 (All Day)
May 25, 2013 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm)
May 26, 2013 (2:00 pm - 3:00 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.
5PM - 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.
5PM - 9PM // TAPAS & COCKTAILS // CANCELLED FOR MAY
Please note that May's tapas will not be served, due to Museum Ball set-up in Oscar's Café.
5:30PM - 8:30PM // DJ // LEE JEFFREY // OSCAR'S CAFÉ
6PM - 7:30PM // BEER TASTING // OSCAR'S CAFÉ
Our friends at Hop City Birmingham will be pouring an array of delicious beers for you to sample in the sculpture garden! Come find your new favorite!
There will also be a cash bar in the lobby by the auditorium!
6:30PM // DROP-IN AND SCULPT // STUDIO 1
All levels welcome. Be inspired by the beautiful sculpture garden for this drop-in sculpting class! Although this is a FREE class, registration is recommended.
7PM // ARTIST TALK // STEINER AUDITORIUM
Hear Icelandic artist, Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir, speak about her current installation in our sculpture garden, Horizons. Click here to learn more about Horizons!
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!
The 2nd Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium will be held in February 2015 with a new theme, new speakers and another big ceramics weekend. Stay tuned for more information in the months to come!
SUMMER ART CAMP 2013
Lines and Designs – Exploring the Elements of Art
Get your hands dirty and ignite your imagination at Summer Art Camp at the BMA. Campers explore the elements of art, discover the various ways to use them, and create their own masterpieces! Celebrate color, mix up materials, play with pattern, find your form, discover design, toy with texture, lose yourself in line, and shift up shapes. Step Out of Your Element–Step Into Art!
Only at the Museum can campers learn and gain inspiration from original works of world-class art representing thousands of years and cultures across the globe. Campers create unique works of art as they consider and experiment with the elements of art. A camp of limitless possibilities, join us as we explore the world and discover how artists over time have used the elements!
If you have any questions, would like to inquire about scholarships, or need technical assistance with online registration, please call 205.297.8151.
Please click on a date below to register online, or print a registration form to register by mail.
Having problems with online registration? Call 205.297.8151.
LITTLE MASTERS: Entering grades K5–1
Each week features the same curriculum.
Before care is available at an additional charge.
July 8-12: 9am-Noon // $180 ($126 Bart’s Kids Club Members)
July 15-19: 9am-Noon // $180 ($126 Bart’s Kids Club Members)
YOUNG ARTISTS: Entering Grades 2-5 - Space is filling up!
Different curriculum each week. Before care and after care are available at an additional charge.
June 17-21: 9am-3pm // $300 ($210 Bart’s Kids Club Members)
June 24-28: 9am-3pm // $300 ($210 Bart’s Kids Club Members)
CANCELLATION POLICY: Things come up! You may cancel your camp reservation up to the Friday before your registered camp begins. You will receive a refund of your payment less a $50 cancellation fee. Refund will be issued via check within two weeks of cancellation.
Lectures & Symposia
May 2, 2013 in the Garden
Tapas Bar Menu:
Southern Fried Chicken with Spicy Mustard
Crawfish Dipping Sauce with Crispy Tortilla Chips
Massaman Spinach & Mushroom Dip with Pita Crisps
Bite Size Burritos with all the Fixins
Alabama Goat Cheese and Roasted Vegetable Terrine with Crackers
$13 Tapas Bar
$5 Specialty Drinks
10% Discount for Museum Members
10% Discount for Students with College ID
Gandhi Jayanti Student Essay and Poster Contest Winners Announced!
On October 7, 2012, the Museum presented prizes for the Gandhi Jayanti Essay and Poster Contest winners as part of the Gandhi Jayanti celebration:
Emmie Leath, First Prize
Karan Patel, Second Prize
Rachel Moeller, Third Prize
Madison Diaz, Honorable Mention
Emma Claire Jones, Honorable Mention
Randy Smith, Jr., Honorable Mention
Sponsored by the Indian Cultural Society and in partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the First, Second, and Third Prize winners were awarded cash prizes. Essay and poster entries reflected 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., or the influence of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophies on civil rights movements worldwide.
Thanks to all of the entrants who participated!
Art and Conversation
Members Only Events
Drop-in and Draw: FREE First Thursday Drawing Class
Thursday, May 2 (online registration coming soon)
Thursday, June 6 (online registration coming soon)
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 on a date above to reserve your spot today!