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!

Museum Ball Set Up: Part Of Museum Closed

Please note that the second floor galleries (including Oscar’s, Bart’s ArtVenture, and Museum Store) will be CLOSED to the public beginning at 2PM.

Our First Thursday events will be in the Sculpture Garden, Auditorium, and third floor ONLY. Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, on the third floor, will be open.

Thank you!

Art & Conversation

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

YOU ARE WHAT YOU WEAR: NATIVE AMERICAN BEADED APPAREL

Curator Emily Hanna discusses Native American traditions of adorning garments with beads and other decorative elements. A special focus of the talk is four beautiful beaded dresses on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

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: Delacroix and Chopin: Their Fascinating Friendship Through The Romantic Period of Art and Music

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!

At this week’s ArtBreak, Nancy Wingard, Associate Professor at Birmingham-Southern College Conservatory of Music, will discuss Delacroix and Chopin: Their Fascinating Friendship Through The Romantic Period of Art and Music. With musical accompaniments, the talk will talk place in Steiner Auditorium. After ArtBreak, be sure to go see the exhibition Delacroix and the Matter of Finish!

Slow Art Sunday: Ganesha

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 takes a closer look at the Indian piece Ganesha.

African Gallery Reopening Celebration

Babatunde LawalTo celebrate the African gallery’s reopening, the Museum will host a lecture by renowned African art scholar, Dr. Babatunde Lawal. His talk, Meditating and Enabling the Soul: Tradition and Change in Yoruba Art, will focus on the cultural and spiritual significance of art among the Yoruba of Nigeria, contemporary movements in Yoruba art, and the Yoruba influence on the arts of the African Diaspora.

Lawal is a Professor of Africa, African American, and African Diaspora Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. His books include The Gèlèdé Spectacle: Art, Gender, and Social Harmony in an African Culture (1996), Embodying the Sacred in Yoruba Art (2007), and Yoruba: Vision of Africa Series (2012).

Reception will immediately follow!

Sankofa Society: New African Gallery Tour

This event is for members of the Sankofa Society support group. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

Be among the first to see the brand new African Gallery! Join us before the opening lecture and reception for an exclusive tour with Curator of Arts of Africa and the Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D. To RSVP, please contact Carrie Montgomery at cmontgomery@artsbma.org or 205.254.2086 by Monday, April 21.

Collectors Circle Salon

This event is for members of Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

To attend this event, RSVP to Marianne Griffin at marianne.griffin1@gmail.com.

Salons are an opportunity for members to get together in a casual setting and consider the latest happening, whether it is an acquisition by a member or the Museum, an opening, a new artist, an art magazine article, or a Collectors Circle trip. The topics are limitless and we welcome your ideas and offers to host.

April’s Salon will be a visit to the UAB Art Studio Faculty Group Show at The 2300 Studios. The 2300 Studios are located at the intersection of 23rd St. and 7th Ave. South.

Asian Art Society: Lunch and Learn: Recent Acquisitions

This event is for members of the Asian Art Society support group. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

Join us for a Lunch and Learn as we look at some of the exciting recent acquisitions that have come to the collection. We will also be discussing upcoming Asian Art Society events.

Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact Andrew Farrell at afarrell@artsbma.org or 205.297.8073 by Tuesday, April 22.

ArtBreak: The Barricade

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 has been changed. We apologize for the inconvenience. Instead of contemporary art in the sculpture garden, Assistant Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood will lead a discussion on George Bellows’ “The Barricade” in our American galleries.

Slow Art Sunday: Madonna and Christ Child

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 Emily Omura takes a closer look at Madonna and Christ Child, from the workshop of Ghirlandaio.

Birmingham Fashion Week: Rising Design Star Challenge Closes

The Museum is partnering with Birmingham Fashion Week to present an exhibition of fashion designs from students in grades 6 through 12. Birmingham Fashion Week was founded on the ideals of bringing unity to our community through fashion. Local and national designers, alongside local and national boutiques, and the Birmingham Museum of Art will gather together to promote and inspire our rising stars. Models, make-up artists, and hair stylists will showcase their talents on the runway, while encouraging locals and visitors to explore the creative talents of Birmingham.

Visit bhamfashionweek.com for more information.

Indian Cultural Society Concert

The Indian Cultural Society invites you to TRILOGY, a confluence of northern Indian music by three master musicians. The concert features the music of Dr. Rajeeb Chakraborty, eminent sarod player, Mr. Jesse Bannister, leading UK saxophonist, and Pt. Subhen Chatterjee, internationally acclaimed tabla maestro. Experience some of the best in northern Indian culture with this exceptional collaboration by the three musicians.

ArtBreak: Delacroix and the Power of Color

Please note that you must purchase a ticket to the exhibition Delacroix and the Matter of Finish to attend ArtBreak. Admission is free for Museum members and $15 for non-members. 

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!

At this week’s ArtBreak, Curator of European Art Dr. Robert Schindler will discuss Delacroix and the Power of Color. Hailed as one of the great colorists of all time by his artist friends and critics alike, Delacroix’s mastery of painting is unrivaled in his time. He was seen, and saw himself, as following in the footsteps of such great old masters as Rubens and Rembrandt. The exhibition Delacroix and The Matter of Finish provides an extraordinary opportunity to study his genius first-hand, and this talk will help understand and appreciate Delacroix’s remarkable virtuosity.

EAS Annual Dinner

This event is for members of the European Art Society. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

The European Art Society at the Birmingham Museum of Art invites you to attend the Eleventh Annual Dinner. The evening will begin at 6:30PM with cocktails, and dinner will be served at 7:30PM. Curator of European Art Dr. Robert Schindler will welcome the group and present on the future of European Art at the BMA at 7PM.

The evening is $75 per person. If you plan to attend, please contact Carrie Montgomery at cmontgomery@artsbma.org or 205.254.2086.

Birmingham Fashion Week Rising Stars Reception

While our Birmingham Fashion Week: Rising Design Star Challenge exhibition is on view, be sure to cast your vote before April 13 for the People’s Choice Award! One lucky student, selected by our visitors, will have their work featured on the runway at Birmingham Fashion Week. At this reception, students participating in the exhibition will be honored for their hard work, and the winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced.