European Art Society

European Art Society

The European Art Society was established in 2001 to further awareness and appreciation of thirteenth-century to early twentieth-century painting, sculpture, and works on paper. The group is devoted to the continued growth and development of the Museum’s collection, and to educating its members about European art in general, and the Museum’s collection specifically. Regular European Art Society events include the annual dinner, when members vote for an acquisition for the permanent collection; sneak previews and curator-led tours of all European art exhibitions and gallery reinstallations; enlightening connoisseurship sessions with leading experts; lunchtime lectures; and domestic and international travel opportunities.

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

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Upcoming Events

Trip to the Huntsville Museum of Art

April 15, 2015
9:00 AM – 4:20 PM

Rescheduled Trip to the Huntsville Museum of Art for the exhibition “Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe” (originally scheduled for Feb. 25, but canceled for inclement weather). Leave from the BMA on a coach bus at 9 AM and return at 4:00 PM.

Contact Bethany McClellan at for more information.

European Art Society Private Tour with Arthur Wheelock, Ph.D.
April 18, 2015
5:00 PM

Please meet outside Small Treasures  

Dr. Wheelock, Curator of Northern Baroque Painting at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. is a leading scholar on the work of Johannes Vermeer. Join Dr. Wheelock as he talks about the star of Small Treasures, Vermeer’s Girl with the Red Hat, and other works in the exhibition.

Annual Chenoweth Lecture: Arthur Wheelock, Ph.D.
April 18, 2015

6:00 PM
Steiner Auditorium

Personal Encounters with Small Treasures, Arthur Wheelock, Ph.D., Curator of Northern Baroque Painting, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

To RSVP please contact Carrie Montgomery at 205.254.2086 or

EAS Twelfth Annual Dinner
May 12, 2015
6:30 PM

Evening schedule:
6:30 Cocktails
7:00 Presentation & Voting
7:30 Dinner

To RSVP please contact Carrie Montgomery at 205.254.2086 or

First Thursday Express Tour
June 4, 2015
5:30 PM
Meet in the 8th Ave lobby at 5:30 PM.

First Thursday Express Tour for EAS members only: “Paintings in Peril: Conserving the Collection ”, followed by a private reception.

To RSVP please contact Carrie Montgomery at 205.254.2086 or

Lunch and Learn
July 1, 2015
12:00 PM– 1:ooPM
Members’ Room

Following the successful first Lunch & Learn reviewing upcoming Old Master auctions we will repeat the event turning our attention to auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in London: “What to buy and what not to buy”.

To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact Andrew Farrell at or 205.297.8073

Recent Events

Private Tour of Small Treasures with Dr. Dennis Weller
April 2, 2015
5:30 PM 

Join Dr. Dennis Weller, Curator of Northern European Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art and organizing curator of the BMA’s current special exhibition for a private tour of Small Treasures, followed by his public lecture.

Private tour of Small Treasures

January 29, 2014
5:30 PM

EAS exclusive tour for the opening of the special exhibition “Small Treasures:  Rembrandt, Vermeer,Hals, and Their Contemporaries” at the BMA

Tour and Reception
December 4, 2014
6:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art 8th Avenue Lobby

First Thursday Express Tour for EAS members only

New on display: Charles Vignon’s Adoration of the Magi

Lunch & Learn
November 25, 2014
12:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Members Room

Lunch & Learn: Preview of the Fall Old Master auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s: What to buy and what not to buy

Day Trip to The High Museum in Atlanta for private tours of two special exhibitions
November 22, 2014

  • “Make A Joyful Noise”: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral.
  • Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection.

Weekend Trip to Detroit and Toledo
October 10-12, 2014

The European Art Society organized a weekend-trip to the Motor City, Detroit. Curators at the Detroit Institute of Arts spent a day showing EAS around their magnificent collection. That evening we dined at the Detroit Athletic Club and also explored the club’s own art collection. We had a chance to see the new expansion of the Michigan University Museum of Art and the truly outstanding collection of European paintings at the Toledo Museum of Art, expertly guided by curators from both institutions. On the last day, we visited the private home, now museum, of Edsel and Eleanor Ford (see photo), saw two private collections (one featuring Wedgwood and, yes, Lover’s Eyes!), and made a last stop at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, which is at the heart of Detroit’s thriving creative scene.

Lecture: The Detroit Institute of Arts- Past, Present, and Future
September 12, 2014
6:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Steiner Auditorium

Dr. Salvador Salort-Pons, Executive Director, Collection Strategies and Information, Detroit Institute of Arts, gave a public lecture (co-sponsored by the EAS): The Detroit Institute of Arts – Past, Present, and Future