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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 Break: Barbershop Sign

Art Break: Barbershop Sign

December 1, 2015

Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk during your lunch break. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

At today’s ArtBreak, we will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection, the Ghanaian piece Barbershop Sign (Oginga Cut).

Art & Conversation: Dialogue with a Collector

November 5, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Dialogue with a Collector

Photography collector John Morton joins Suzanne Stephens of the BMA Registrars Dept. to discuss highlights of his collection, exploring both what attracts him to certain works and what he considers when deciding what to buy. The works vary in subject matter while sharing commonalities in terms of how the artists approach their subjects and how they use the camera to create art.

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 Break: Driven Back

Art Break: Driven Back

November 3, 2015

Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk during your lunch break. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

At today’s ArtBreak, we will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection, De Cost Smith’s Driven Back.

Open Studio Series

October 29, 2015

Entire series: $65 Museum members / $75 non-members; Drop-ins: $20

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill.

Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Click here to register now!

Open Studio Series

October 22, 2015

Entire series: $65 Museum members / $75 non-members; Drop-ins: $20

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill.

Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Click here to register now!

Hiden Lecture: Mathematics, Magic, and Mid-Century

Hiden Lecture: Mathematics, Magic, and Mid-Century

October 21, 2015

In conjunction with Design Week Birmingham, the Museum welcomes Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin for a lecture on mid-century modern design.

Natalie “Alabama” Chanin is the owner and designer of Alabama Chanin. She was born and raised in Florence, Alabama, where her company is based. Chanin strives to achieve complete sustainability at every stage of the manufacturing process – from materials and processes, to cultural sustainability in the form of preserving hand-sewing skills. Over the years, Alabama Chanin has organically expanded, establishing a family of businesses that includes the Alabama Chanin collection, Studio Style DIY sewing kits, The Factory Store + Café, the A. Chanin machine-made line, and Building 14 Design + Manufacturing Services. All facets work together to create a collaborative community and idea exchange, healthy growth, and a love of quality goods that last. In 2013, Chanin won the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, an award competition that identifies and celebrates the greatest American designers working in the realm of sustainable fashion. Chanin continues to learn and to teach craft traditions, or “living arts,” using them to bridge generational, economic, and cultural gaps.

Before the lecture, our exhibition David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter will be open for viewing from 5-6pm. Following the lecture, join us for a reception from 7-8:30pm in Oscar’s Café and the garden.

Open Studio Series

October 15, 2015

Entire series: $65 Museum members / $75 non-members; Drop-ins: $20

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill.

Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Click here to register now!

Eighteenth Annual Rushton Concert: Sean Chen

Eighteenth Annual Rushton Concert: Sean Chen

October 13, 2015

Hailed as a rising star, 26-year-old pianist Sean Chen is most widely recognized for his “formidable set of fingers” and “million-volt smile”(Dallas Morning News). Originally from Oak Park, California, Chen then studied at Julliard College and then went on to receive his Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music. In 2013, Chen won the American Pianists Association’s DeHaan Classical Fellowship, one of the most lucrative and significant prizes available to an American pianist; he also won Third Prize at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, becoming the first American to reach the finals since 1997. He received Second Prize at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition, Third Prize at the 2013 Morocco Philharmony International Piano Competition, Best Performance of an American Work at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, and he was a semifinalist at the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition.
Join us before the concert at 6pm for a tour of the European Art Galleries with Curator of European Art, Robert Schindler, Ph.D. The auditorium doors will open at 7pm for the concert.

The Rushton Concert is generously sponosored by Mr. and Mrs. William J. Rushton, III.

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration

October 11, 2015

The Indian Cultural Society and the Museum present an evening in honor of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Gandhi Jayanti (officially October 2). During the evening, we will host a program honoring student participants in the Gandhi Jayanti poster and essay contest.
This contest celebrates the connection between Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., two of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century. This celebration of Gandhi’s birthday calls attention to these two great historical figures and their contributions to civil rights movements across the globe.

For more information, please contact sharris@artsbma.org or 205.254.2571.

Open Studio Series

October 8, 2015

Entire series: $65 Museum members / $75 non-members; Drop-ins: $20

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill.

Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Click here to register now!

ArtBreak: So Close to Heaven

ArtBreak: So Close to Heaven

October 6, 2015

Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk during your lunch break. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

At today’s ArtBreak, we will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection, our exhibition So Close to Heaven: Sacred Sculpture of Asia from the Weldon Collection.

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.

Open Studio Series

October 1, 2015

Entire series: $65 Museum members / $75 non-members; Drop-ins: $20

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill.

Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Click here to register now!

ArtBreak: Meet the Librarian

ArtBreak: Meet the Librarian

September 29, 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 Librarian Lindsey Reynolds, who will give a tour of the library and discuss what can be found within it. Come by and meet Lindsey, then grab lunch in the café!

Slow Art Sunday: Bonjour Julie

Slow Art Sunday: Bonjour Julie

September 27, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Joan Mitchell’s Bonjour Julie.