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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!

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

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!

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

February 27, 2015

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,

Visually Impaired Program: Romantic Excursions

Visually Impaired Program: Romantic Excursions

February 14, 2015

In this program for adults, held the second Saturday of each month, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

This Valentine’s Day, stroll along the coast of France, voyage on a gondola through the canals of Venice, and hike along one of America’s most beautiful national parks in the Yosemite Valley. Join master docent Stacy Smith for this tour!

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, January 5.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

Visually Impaired Program: Art Sleuth: Finding The People Who Disappeared

Visually Impaired Program: Art Sleuth: Finding The People Who Disappeared

January 10, 2015

In this program for adults, held the second Saturday of each month, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

For many years, archeologists were puzzled by the disappearance of the cliff-dwellers of the Mesa Verde and the people of Chaco Canyon. Recent discoveries have “found” these missing people through their distinctive art. Join master docent Janet Sanders for this tour!

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, January 5.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

No First Thursday

January 1, 2015

Please note that since the Museum will be closed for New Year’s Day, there will be no First Thursday event this month. Check out our plans for our next First Thursday on February 5!

ArtBreak: I Heart Art

ArtBreak: I Heart Art

December 30, 2014

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.

Madonna and Christ Child with Infant Saint John the Baptist and Three Angels. Workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio, about 1485/1500. Tempera on panel. Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.97.

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

December 28, 2014

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

December 23, 2014

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

Slow Art Sunday: The Deserted Studio

Slow Art Sunday: The Deserted Studio

December 21, 2014

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

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

December 16, 2014

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.

Slow Art Sunday: The Barricade

Slow Art Sunday: The Barricade

December 14, 2014

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.

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ArtBreak: A Christmas in England

December 9, 2014

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 Art Sunday: Shiva and Parvati

December 7, 2014

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

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

December 4, 2014

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