Annual Fund

Be a part of the big picture.

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What is the big picture?

Walking down the long hallway toward the American Gallery, you see Albert Bierstadt’s Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California. At just over five feet tall and eight feet wide, the grand dimensions of this beloved painting serve to convey the immense, wild beauty of the American West.

How was this renowned painting acquired by the Birmingham Museum of Art and what does it take to present, preserve, and interpret this masterpiece?

It is all part of the big picture. Every piece in our collection has a story and you are a part of the story, part of the big picture. We need your help to continue caring for and presenting the 27,212 works of art in our permanent collection, including the much-loved Bierstadt.

What is the Annual Fund?

In order to continue bringing art into the lives of more than 140,000 people each year, the Birmingham Museum of Art asks you to be a part of the big picture. Please join us by giving to the Annual Fund in honor of our big picture or your favorite work of art.

The Museum’s Annual Fund provides a stable source of income that makes daily life at the Museum possible. We rely on the generosity of our members and friends to help us carry out our mission, and your contributions to the Annual Fund provide essential operating support that allows us to continue preserving and promoting great works of art through conservation, exhibition and education.

Your impact

bierstadtImagine what it takes to share all 27,212 works of art with the community when the Bierstadt alone:
· Takes 8 PEOPLE to take it off the wall
· Uses 25 LIGHT BULBS each year
· Weighs 350 POUNDS and is hung with custom steel straps
· Requires over 491 HOURS of our docents’ valuable time to teach visitors about the painting

Your 100% tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund makes a difference—please help us reach our goal of $150,000 this year by donating to the big picture.

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