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!
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
V. J. Graffeo
Lee Handley- President
Melanie Kern- Vice President
Lochrane Smith- Past President
Mike Stone- Treasurer
Ashely Tate- Secretary
Calling all Junior Patrons!
You love attending our events, so why not be a part of the action? If you would like to join the most exciting, dynamic and dedicated young professional board in Birmingham, please consider applying to the Junior Patrons Board. We have a limited number of spots available for 2015.
City Views, Local Brews and Stories from the Past
Wednesday, October 22
On October 22, the JP’s strolled through the exhibit “La Storia: Birmingham’s Italian Community” at Vulcan Park and Museum while enjoying some local brews & grub provided by Back Forty Beer Company & Dreamland BBQ.
The exhibit highlighted Birmingham residents of Italian heritage that ventured into their ancestors’ past to relive a time of fierce struggle and unwavering hope, of generations holding on dearly to their faith and values, while overcoming poverty and discrimination.
“La Storia” was on view at an appropriate venue, Vulcan Park and Museum, the site of Birmingham’s most famous statue by its most famous Italian immigrant, Giuseppe Moretti. In a small gallery inside the museum, a portion of the items collected told a story about the early days of Pratt City, Thomas and East Lake, the “Little Italy” neighborhoods of West Blocton and Ensley, their communities, churches, farms, businesses, and lives as stone masons and iron and steel workers.
Studio Tour by artist Amy Pleasant, featuring The Fuel and Lumber Company Exhibit
Thursday, September 25
5:30 – 7:30 PM
1805 3rd Avenue North
On Thursday, September 25, the Junior Patrons visited the studio of artist Amy Pleasant. Amy gave a short presentation with a primary focus on the practical considerations and aspects of operating a gallery as well as some insight into her own work.
Amy Pleasant is a Birmingham based artist known for her figurative, free associative paintings and drawings that explore simple, daily acts in slowly unfolding narratives. Pleasant has had solo exhibitions at the Birmingham Museum of Art, UAB Art Gallery, JoJo Home and the Tandem Gallery in Birmingham; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in Georgia; Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee; and the Ruby Green Center for Contemporary Art in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Fuel & Lumber Company was formed by artists Amy Pleasant and Pete Schulte in the Summer of 2013 to facilitate a variety of exhibitions and related projects.
Art on the Rocks
That’s a wrap for the 10th Anniversary season of Art On The Rocks presented by Dale’s Seasoning! More than 6,500 people visited the Museum and enjoyed performances by Birmingham artists, musicians, dancers, comedians, actors and designers who drew inspiration from the Museum’s world-renowned permanent collection and our summer exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.
Guests enjoyed Japanese inspired cuisine and drinks from A Social Affair, community art collaborations, an Asian-inspired fashion show, and our newest addition to AOTR – Nijikai! The Nijikai after-party was an enormous success thanks to participating venues: Carrigan’s Public House, Paramount, and The Collins Bar. The Upper Plaza was flooded with excitement brought on by the talented headlining bands Seryn, The Kopecky Family Band, and Matrimony. The diverse range of performances and demonstrations from local artists and supporters included DJ COCO, DANCEe, Yellowhammer Creative, Shaia’s and Southern Femme, AEIVA and Magic Chromacity, The Baking Bandits, Steva Casey of Veranda, Saks Fifth Avenue, Seasick Records, DJ Coco and Pastry Art.
The Birmingham Museum of Art would like to thank all of the volunteers, sponsors, and new guests who became members during Art on The Rocks!
A special thanks to the sponsors who made this 2014 season such a success: Dale’s Seasoning, Bromberg’s, Birmingham Budweiser, Bromberg’s, Pinnacle Vodka, Back Forty Beer Co., H2 Real Estate, Fox 6 and Birmingham Mountain Radio.
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 gallery’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