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We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Art & Conversation: Black Like Who?: Exploring Race and Representation

October 1, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Black Like Who?: Exploring Race and Representation

Exhibition curator Graham C. Boettcher discusses Black Like Who?, an exhibition which considers a variety of historical and contemporary works by white and black artists, and examines how they communicate both the motives and beliefs of the artists, as well as the racial attitudes of their time.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

Art & Conversation: Video Art: What Is It?

September 3, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Video Art: What Is It?

Curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi reviews the emergence and history of video and the artists who pioneered the development of the medium.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

Art & Conversation: Hale Woodruff: An American Artist

August 6, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Hale Woodruff: An American Artist

While focusing on our special exhibition of Hale Woodruff’s Talladega College murals, curator Graham C. Boettcher discusses how the artist combined aspects of Modernism with more traditional elements of history painting to depict the story of the Amistad captives.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

Art & Conversation: Old and New: Japanese Prints at the BMA

July 2, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Old and New: Japanese Prints at the BMA

Curator Don Wood discusses the remarkable Japanese print collection at the BMA, looking at very early 18th-century examples up to the most modern. Learn how it all started and how it continues to grow.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

Art & Conversation: David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter

June 11, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter

With its tradition of employing freelance artists at the factory, in 1964 Wedgwood invited David Puxley to become its first studio potter in residence. The BMA houses the largest collection of Puxley’s work in the world. Curator Anne Forschler-Tarrasch talks about David Puxley’s work at the factory and the studio pottery tradition he created there.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

Art & Conversation: The Four R’s: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Art!

May 7, 2015

Here’s your chance to find out what the Education Department does and how it plays an integral role in the community through school and teacher programs, community outreach, and initiatives geared towards the teen and college audiences. Kristen Greenwood, Suzy Harris, and Toby Richards lead this enlightening discussion.

Slow Art Day 2015

April 11, 2015

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year along with museums around the world. This year, join us for refreshments and thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks!

Slow Art Day 2015

Slow Art Day 2015

April 11, 2015

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year along with museums around the world. This year, join us for refreshments and thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks!

Art & Conversation: Blood, Sweat, and Beers

April 2, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Blood, Sweat, and Beers

Exhibitions Designer Terry Beckham gives us his first hand knowledge of the many and varied steps involved in creating the new African Art Gallery.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

No ArtBreak

March 31, 2015

Please note that there will be no ArtBreak this week due to Spring Break. Check back for next week’s program!

ArtBreak: Baroque Music in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands and Europe

March 24, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by musician Suzanne Beaudry and Museum docent and pianist Nancy Wingard, who will discuss Baroque Music in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands and Europe. Following the talk and concert, be sure to see our exhibition, Small Treasures, which features artwork from seventeenth-century Netherlands. Tickets are required for entry to the exhibition; tickets are FREE for BMA members and are $12 for non-members.

Decoding Black Art: It’s Like This: Chakaia Booker and the Black Female Experience

Decoding Black Art: It’s Like This: Chakaia Booker and the Black Female Experience

March 15, 2015

Join Kelli Morgan, Ph.D. Candidate and Ford Fellow in residence at the BMA for a lecture series on African American art. The series will analyze and illuminate important works of African American art within the Museum’s permanent collection. All lectures are free and open to the public.

At this month’s Decoding Black Art talk, Kelli will lead a discussion on It’s Like This: Chakaia Booker and the Black Female Experience.

ArtBreak: Cooking and Eating in Renaissance Italy: From Kitchen to Table

March 10, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Professor Emeritus from UAB Katherine McIver, who will discuss Cooking and Eating in Renaissance Italy: From Kitchen to Table.

Last year's Salvador Deli winner

Salvador’s Deli

March 8, 2015

Salvador’s Deli is a fundraiser created to award art materials to greater Birmingham area visual art teachers and students, who are in desperate need of art supplies for their classrooms. Proceeds help put art supply kits directly in the hands of these teachers and students. Each kit includes all of the materials necessary for an art project of the teacher’s choice, for up to 29 students.

The event will feature art made from food by local artists and art students. The celebration will join Birmingham’s burgeoning art and food communities to create an event to look forward to year after year. Salvador’s Deli is a fun evening of local music, food, and art. Celebrity judges will vote on winners, and you can cast your own vote with the people’s choice award!

If you are interested in submitting artwork or for more information about the event, please email Interim Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood kpgreenwood@artsbma.org. The deadline for submitting an application for entry is January 31, 2015.