Friends of American Art

The Friends of American Art was founded in 2007 and actively supports the Museum by developing and expanding its American art collection. The group provides educational programs and travel opportunities to its members. Events include lectures by leading authorities and visits to auctions, galleries, and noted public and private collections. At the Friends’ annual dinner, members vote on a major acquisition for the Museum’s collection of American art.

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

For more information or to join, please contact Graham Boettcher, PhD, William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, at or 205.297.8048.

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Upcoming Events

Friends of American Art Trip to St. Louis

April 13—17, 2015

Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

12:00-1:00 PM

Birmingham Museum of Art Member’s Room

Because photography is so often used for documentary and evidentiary purposes, it is not difficult to see why some consider it to be more truthful than other artistic mediums. However, as Susan Sonntag observed, “Photographs, which fiddle with the scale of the world, themselves get reduced, blown up, cropped, retouched, doctored, tricked out.”

Join Curator of American Art, Dr. Graham Boettcher, on a strange and whimsical jaunt through the history of trick photography, including images of mammoth creatures and things, and spirit and fairy photographs. Seeing is not always believing!

Please RSVP and reserve a lunch with Andrew Farrell, or 205.297.8073 by Monday, April 20, 2015.

Recent Events

Friends of American Art and Sankofa Society Trip to Atlanta

On March 25th, Friends of American Art were accompanied by the Sankofa Society on a day-trip to the High Museum of Art in Alargetlanta. There, they met Dr. Brett Abbott, High Museum Curator of Photography and Head of Collections, who gave the group a personal tour of the exhibition Gordon Parks: Segregation Story. This exhibition showcases more than forty color photographs by trailblazing African American artist Gordon Parks, many on view for the first time.

The group enjoyed lunch at Table 1280, followed by an afternoon tour of the exhibition Dox Thrash: An American Journey with High Museum Curator of American Art, Dr. Stephanie HeydtThis exhibition presents 43 works on paper by 20th century artist Dox Thrash. His works offer not only one man’s observations but also a broad view of the larger cultural and political environment facing African Americans at the dawn of the Civil Rights Era.

The group also walked through A Painter’s Profile: The High Celebrates Romare Bearden and Imagining New Worlds: Wilfredo Lam, Jose Parla, and Fahamu Pecou with BMA Curators Dr. Graham Boettcher, Dr. Emily Hanna, and PhD Candidate and Mellon Fellow for African American Art, Kelli Morgan.

Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
12:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Members’ Room 

Walking Through a Winter Wonderland: Snow, Ice and Paint

Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
12:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Members’ Room 

Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride: The Colonial Revival in American Art

Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
12:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Members’ Room

Friends of American Art / Photography Guild Lunch and Learn

Photographic Masters of the Yosemite Valley, from Carleton E. Watkins to Ansel Adams