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.

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

A CONVERSATION ON CONSERVATION

Although the job of a Museum Conservator involves monitoring the collection, good handling and housekeeping methods, and research, there are times when intervention and treatment of an object is necessary. In this overview Conservator Margaret Burnham provides insight into the care and treatment of our collection at the Birmingham Museum of 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.

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

GONNA BUILD A MOUNTAIN: THE MAKING OF BIRMINGHAM’S AMERICAN COLLECTION

Have you ever wondered how museums build and refine their permanent collections? In this candid talk Curator Graham Boettcher discusses the strengths of our collection, recent acquisitions, and his plans for the future of the Museum’s American Galleries.

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.

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

A New Gift Revealed

Museum Director Gail Andrews unveils an exciting gift to the BMA folk art collection consisting of over 400 objects by artists working across the South in the 20th century. It includes paintings, sculptures, quilts, and works on paper. They are primarily by Alabama artists such as Sybil Gibson, Jimmie Lee Sudduth, Benjamin Perkins, and Fred Webster to name just a few.

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.

Summer Academy (Grades 6 – 12)

For students entering grades 6 – 12

$250 Museum Members // $300 non-members

7:30AM early drop-off is available

Enhance your art practice and build your portfolio during this summer intensive—a week of professional-level art making and instruction. Students will take inspiration from African and Japanese cultures to create artworks about power, symbolism, and concepts of beauty.

Register Now

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

LETHAL BEAUTY

This exhibition explores the exquisite craftsmanship the Samurai lavished on their weapons and equipment that were the soul of their life. With Curator Don Wood as our guide we discover this fascinating way of life as seen through the superb Samurai collection from the Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture.

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.

Asian Art Society: Private Tour of Lethal Beauty

Join us for a private walk through of our summer exhibition Lethal Beauty, which features Samurai weapons and armor. We will meet in front of the exhibition galleries, and we will convene after the tour to discuss the exhibition and enjoy wine and cheese.

To RSVP, please contact Mollie Bartholomew at mbartholomew@artsbma.org or 205.254.2567 by Monday, June 23.

Slow Art Sunday: Somnus

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 this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, Somnus.

Lethal Beauty Opening Lecture and Reception

Japanese suits of armor stand out amongst the armor of other world cultures because of their flashy, colorful appearance and exquisite design. The armor most often seen in exhibitions or auctions ranges in date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. During this time a large industry of samurai-oriented crafts production catered to a significant part of Japanese society. Based on the sense for aesthetics and beauty of wealthy samurai, such armor was custom-made, employing a range of materials from different types of metal to leather, lacquer, and silk. An iconic part of Japanese armor is the head protection, consisting of fierce face masks and dramatic helmets, underlining the owner’s superhuman image of power. This lecture, Lethal Beauty: Design Elements in Samurai Suits of Armor, will focus on the design of suits of armor and helmet forms, especially often-found elements like demonic Chinese lions.

The lecture will be given by Dr. Andreas Marks, who is the Head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department and Director of the Clark Center at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. From 2008 to 2013 he was the Director and Chief Curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in California. Before coming to the U.S., he was the Managing Director of an international exhibition and fair organizer based in Germany, with branches in California, the U.K., Australia, and China. He holds a Master’s degree in East Asian Art History from the University of Bonn, and a Ph.D. from Leiden University in the Netherlands. To learn more about Dr. Marks, his exhibitions, and his published work, please visit our website.

Following the lecture, help us welcome Lethal Beauty with an opening reception and viewing of the exhibition! Enjoy food, drinks, music, and a festive celebration of Japanese culture from 7–10PM. Please arrive early for the lecture to ensure your seat; all seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.