Adults and Teens

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!

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

FEBRUARY 27TH AND 28TH, 2015

Keynote Speakers:

Kathy Butterly, ceramic artist
Dr. Glen R. Brown, Professor of Ceramics and Art History, Kansas State University

Other speakers include:

Dr. Donald Wood, The Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art, BMA
Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, BMA

Save the date! Further information and a call for papers coming soon!

For immediate questions, please contact Dr. Anne Forschler at aforschler@artsbma.org or Dr. Emily Hanna at ehanna@artsbma.org.

ArtBreak: I Heart Art

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 members of Teen BMA, who will discuss their favorite works of art in the Museum.

Slow Art Sunday: Madonna and Christ Child with Infant St. John the Baptist and Three Angels

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 a piece from the workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio Madonna and Christ Child with Infant St. John the Baptist and Three Angels.

No ArtBreak

Please note that there is no ArtBreak today due to the Christmas holidays. Thank you!

Slow Art Sunday: Dalí Atomicus

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, master docent Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Philippe Halsman’s piece Dalí Atomicus.

ArtBreak: So Now I’m Lookin’ Dead At You, What Are You Gonna Do?: Mickalene Thomas and the Black Female Gaze

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 the BMA’s Ford Fellow in residence and Ph.D. candidate Kelli Morgan. Kelli will discuss So Now I’m Lookin’ Dead At You, What Are You Gonna Do?: Mickalene Thomas and the Black Female Gaze.

This ArtBreak is part of the monthly series Decoding Black Art, presented by Kelli Morgan. Kelli’s free lecture series on African American art begins this fall. The series will analyze and illuminate important works of African American art within the Museum’s permanent collection.

Slow Art Sunday: The Barricade

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 Katia Kass Miller will lead a discussion on George Wesley Bellows’s piece The Barricade.

ArtBreak: A Christmas in England

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 Lee Sandstead, art historian and star of Emmy-nominated Travel Channel series Art Attack.

When Lee Sandstead traveled to England for Christmas, he did not know what to expect. He knew that he would visit the museums, graves, universities, cathedrals, and other various sites to discover great and wondrous things. However, what he found was quite different. Over a period of time, Sandstead made one of the greatest discoveries of his life — the English people. Their Christmas traditions, gorgeous interiors, wonderful hospitality and civility, and — yes — their pubs made for an extraordinary way to spend the holidays.

Slow Art Sunday: Shiva and Parvati

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, master docent Julia Stork will lead a discussion on the Indian piece Shiva and Parvati.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

Art & Conversation

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

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.

ArtBreak: Madonna and Christ Child with Infant St. John the Baptist and Three Angels

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 BMA’s Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D, who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece, Madonna and Christ Child with Infant St. John the Baptist and Three Angels, from the workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio.

Slow Art Sunday: Girl Bathing, Looking At Her Reflection In The Water

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, master docent Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Max Klinger’s piece Girl Bathing, Looking at her Reflection in the Water.

ArtBreak: Simplicity and Symbolism: Lotus Blossoms

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 photographer Bahman Farzad, who will describe his work photographing lotus blossoms and their symbolism in Asian culture.

Slow Art Sunday: Horizontal Rectangle

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, master docent Marlene Wallace will lead a discussion on Ida Kohlmeyer’s piece Horizontal Rectangle.