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Junior Patrons

The Junior Patrons are made up of nearly 1,000 young professionals with a mutual interest in art and promoting cultural involvement within the Birmingham community.  The JP’s host a multitude of exciting art-related events throughout the year.  See below for a list of Junior Patron member benefits and a listing of upcoming events.  We hope to see you at our next event soon!

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With your annual dues of $60 for an Individual membership or $80 for a Dual membership, you will receive all of the following benefits:

  • Invitations to Museum events and exhibitions
  • Free admission or discounts to Junior Patron events
  • Free admission to blockbuster exhibitions
  • Half-off discount to our summer concert series, Art on the Rocks!
  • 10% discount in the Museum Store and Oscar’s at the Museum
  • Reduced rates for Museum art classes
  • 100% tax deductibility
  • Subscription to the Members Magazine
  • Art-related travel opportunities
  • Free admission or discounts to more than 90 museums across the Southeast
Board Members:

Lucy Bennett
Krystal Drummond
Brooke Everley
V. J. Graffeo
Lee Handley- President
Melanie Kern- Vice President
Avani Patel
Myra Sanders
Jim Sears
Marquelon Sigler
Lochrane Smith- Past President
Chappell Stewart
Rachel Stricklin
Mike Stone- Treasurer
Ashely Tate- Secretary
Christopher Wigfall
Sadie Wootten

Upcoming Events

Art on the Rocks
August 15
7-11 PM

Join us this summer to celebrate 10 years of Art on the Rocks!  Junior Patrons receive half off admission to each event as well as access to the VIP area.  Link over to our Art on the Rocks page for more information and ticket sales.  Scroll back up to the top of the page to purchase your Junior Patron membership.

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Recent Events

Downtown Walking Tour: Rotary Trail to Railroad Park
Led by Mr. Philip Morris and Cheryl Morgan
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Drawing on a career of over 30 years in the city, Mr. Philip Morris has a wealth of knowledge to offer about the booming development of Birmingham. Mr. Morris led the Junior Patrons through an informative tour of downtown, touching on several topics: Birmingham’s growing demand for urban versus suburban living, the evolution and future of Railroad Park, the inspiration behind the artistic lights decorating the downtown rail road underpasses, and an examination of the impact that developments such as LIVE Parkside will have on the area.

Cheryl Morgan also joined the tour as a fellow guide, sharing her perspective and input on the new developments downtown. Cheryl Morgan is an architect and the Gresham Professor of Architecture at Auburn University, and is director of Auburn’s Urban Studio in Birmingham.


African Gallery Reopening Celebration
April 25, 2014

To celebrate the African gallerDSC_0104y’s reopening after nearly two years of renovations, the Museum hosted a lecture by renowned African art scholar, Dr. Babatunde Lawal. Dr. Lawal’s talk, Mediating and Enabling the Soul: Tradition and Change in Yoruba Art, focused on the cultural and spiritual significance of art among the Yoruba of Nigeria, contemporary movements in Yoruba art, and the Yoruba influence on the arts of the African Diaspora.

The Junior Patrons purchased a beautiful Nigerian gele (woman’s headwrap) by Abiola Sholanke in celebration of the newly renovated African Gallery.

The festive reception following the lecture included a Nigerian drummer, self-guided tours of the African gallery, African highlife music by DJ Andrew Mwaniki, light African-style hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar.

Annual Holiday Party
December 12, 2013
Cocktails on the Crest
April 18, 2013


Fall for Art
October 18, 2012