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!

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.

Slow Art Sunday: Four Quarters of the Globe

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 Judy Cook takes a closer look at Derby Porcelain Manufactory’s Four Quarters of the Globe.

Slow Art Day: School of Beauty, School of Culture

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year, along with museums from around the world. This year, join us for thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks, Robert Arneson’s Clay I Am, It Is True (at 11AM) and Kerry James Marshall’s School of Beauty, School of Culture (2PM).

Reservations are requested. To RSVP for the event, please visit the event page and register. For more information about Slow Art Day, click here.

Slow Art Day: Clay I Am, It Is True

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year, along with museums from around the world. This year, join us for thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks, Robert Arneson’s Clay I Am, It Is True (at 11AM) and Kerry James Marshall’s School of Beauty, School of Culture (2PM).

Reservations are requested. To RSVP for the event, please visit the event page and register. For more information about Slow Art Day, click here.

Visually Impaired Program: The Ties that Bind: Human Connections

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.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, April 7.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2643.

Program sponsored by the Eyesight Foundation and The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

Friends of American Art Lunch & Learn: How Great Thou Art: Biblical Imagery in America

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

Despite the historic importance of the Bible to American culture and daily life, Biblical subjects in 18th- and 19th-century American art are surprisingly few, especially considering their prevalence in the Old World.  Graham Boettcher, PhD, will explore this country’s sometimes uneasy relationship with religious iconography and discuss some fascinating examples of Old and New Testament imagery from the period.

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 April 2nd.