Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art

The Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art was founded in 1991 to help support the Museum’s contemporary art collection and related exhibitions, as well as to educate its members and the community at large about contemporary art through programs, events, and art-related travel. Throughout the year, the Collectors Circle organizes a variety of events and activities for its members, including tours of contemporary art exhibitions and private collections, as well as gallery talks and lectures by experts in the field. The group maintains a busy travel schedule with frequent trips to regional, national, and international art destinations. At the Collectors Circle’s annual dinner, members vote to acquire a new contemporary work for the Museum, the cost of which is covered by annual membership dues.

$500 per member
$250 per junior member (under 40)

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Upcoming Events & Travel

Collector’s Circle Salon
August 20, 2015
6:00-8:00 PM
The home of John Hagefstration

At this special Salon, we will welcome new Collectors Circle members from the Photography Guild, and John will speak briefly about his collection of 20th-century photography.

Food, drinks, and valet parking will be provided. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Carrie Montgomery at or 205.254.2086 by Monday, August 17.

Collectors Circle Trip to Chicago for the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art
September 17-20, 2015

Contact Bethany McClellan for more information at 205.254.2567 or

SAVE THE DATE: Collectors Circle Annual dinner will take place October 22, 2015

Collectors Circle Trip to Venice, Italy for the 56th Venice Biennale
November 2-8, 2015

Contact Bethany McClellan for more information at 205.254.2567 or

 Recent Travel

Collector’s Circle Trip to the Havana Biennial
May 22-28, 2015



Collectors Circle Trip to Los Angeles
April 9-12, 2015


The Collectors Circle spent four days in Los Angeles visiting artist studios and private collections, touring museums, and enjoying group meals. The group kicked off the trip on Thursday, April 9 with a private visit and VIP opening for the solo exhibition Enrique Martinez Celaya: Lone Star at the L.A. Louver. Installed throughout all of the L.A. Louver’s gallery spaces, the exhibition featured new paintings, sculptures, installations, and writings by artist Enrique Martinez Celaya. Dinner followed at famed Japanese restaurant, Nobu.

On Friday, CC members visited the studios of artists Mark Bradford and Sterling Ruby, as well as the private collection of Mandy and Cliff Einstein. The Einstein’s have developed one of the most formidable art collections in the country, listed together as one of America’s Top 100 collectors by Art and Antiques magazine. The group also spent time at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, an institution with a comprehensive collection of over 120,000 objects. They enjoyed authentic Mexican cuisine for lunch at La Casita Mexicana, and had the evening on their own to unwind after a full day!

Saturday morning included visits to the studios of artists Glenn Kaino and Sam Falls, followed by catered lunch at the Hammer Museum’s café. After lunch, the group toured The Hammer museum’s current major exhibitions: Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now, and Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989. Next, they traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art for a guided tour of the exhibition: William Pope.L: Trinket. After an afternoon of touring exhibitions, they attended artist Diana Al-Hadid’s Gallery Opening Reception at the OHWOW Gallery in West Hollywood. Farewell dinner took place at the Church Key LA.

Recent Events

Collector’s Circle Salon Vamp and Tramp
June 25, 2015
6:00 PM
The home of Tina Ruggieri  

BMA Librarian Lindsey Reynolds will give an introduction on artists’ books and their importance to the Hanson Library’s collection.

Special guests Bill & Vicky Stewart of Vamp & Tramp booksellers will follow with a presentation on contemporary fine press and artists’ books. A selection of works from their inventory of rare artists’ books and fine press materials will be available to browse, including books by local and international artists. Based in Birmingham, the Stewarts are one of the premier vendors of handmade artists’ books, traveling the United States with their vast and unique collection, selling to libraries, museums, collectors, and retail shops. They are frequent lecturers on artists’ books at major events, including conferences, and they have been working closely with individual book artists for more than a decade.

Special Lecture with Paper Conservator
June 17, 2015
12:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Members Room

SieglerThe BMA welcomes Dr. Sheila Siegler, DIC, FIIC, MAIC, who is currently a freelance paper conservator, lecturer, and science consultant. This is an event for members of BMA support groups only.

In her talk, Dr. Siegler will discuss what paper is and how it’s made; what deteriorates paper (light, humidity, insects, humans, and more); how to stop deterioration; and how to care for your collection at home, especially photographs.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring 1-2 works on paper from your personal collections. Dr. Siegler will comment on the condition of your works, as well as recommend treatments. Lunch will not be served at the event; however, we encourage you to meet your friends before or after the event for lunch in Oscar’s Café.


Collector’s Circle Salon
May 16, 2015
6:00 PM
Private Collection Visit

Be part of the unveiling of a new site-specific sculpture by artist Jo Nigoghossian and enjoy the opening of an exhibition of works on paper, curated by Fuel and Lumber.

Collectors Circle Salon
April 23, 2015
6:00 PM
The home of Rick and Patricia Sprague

Please join us at our April salon at the home of Rick and Patricia Sprague. Artist Frank Fleming, whose work is featured at the Museum now in the exhibition Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming, will be our guest for the evening. We will also welcome Ramiro Gomez, juror and featured poster artist at this year’s Magic City Art Connection.

Meet and Greet with Rick Lowe
April 8, 2015
6:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art

Collectors Circle hosts a meet & greet with Rick Lowe followed by a lecture at 7:00 pm titled Social and Community Engaged Art: The Genuine and the Artificial.

Collectors Circle Salon
March 27, 2015
6:00 PM
The home of Jack and Rebecca Drake

CC Salon with artist Derrick Adams

Derrick Adams performance “The Entertainer”
March 28, 2015
7:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art

Collector’s Circle Salon
November 19, 2014
5:30 -7:30 PM

Collector’s Circle travel to New Orleans for Prospect New Orleans
October 23-26, 2014

Click here to see the full itinerary for the trip.

Collector’s Circle Annual Acquisition Dinner
October 16, 2014
6:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art

Salon with artist Maegan Hill-Carroll  and the Photography Guild
October 14
6:00 PM
Omni Studio
2309 1st Avenue North
Birmingham AL

Art Papers Live
Slavs and Tatars: Long Legged Linguistics
Saturday, September 20, 2014
11:00 AM
Birmingham Museum of Art

Slavs and Tatars joined ART PAPERS and the BMA to explore the potential of language-and particularly, of transliteration, or the conversion of scripts-as a strategy of both resistance and research into notions of identity politics, colonialism, and faith.

Slavs and Tatars’ sculpture Rahle for Richard (2013) will be on view in the BMA’s Contemporary Galleries starting in September 2014.

Private Dinner Welcoming Art Papers to Birmingham
with special guest Slavs and Tatars
Friday, September 19, 2014
6:30 PM

Guests joined ART PAPERS at the Home of Robin and Carolyn Wade.

Collection visit to the home of Michael Straus
Thursday, July 10
6:00 PM

On  Thursday, July 10 Collector’s Circle members visited Michael Straus’ art collection at his warehouse-office space. Having built an in-depth collection featuring notable artists such as Tara Donovan, Ivan Navarro, Andy Warhol and Keith Sonnier, Michael’s collection consists largely of minimalist, as well as conceptually-driven drawings, paintings, and sculptures.


Collector’s Circle Salon
At the home of Stan and Beverly Erdreich
Thursday, June 26

5:30 PM

Wassan Al-Khudhairi, the Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art discussed some initial thoughts and ideas about exhibitions, programs, and collecting areas, as well as possibilities for future Salon topics and group travel.