Callahan lecture

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!

Callahan Lecture

Join us for an evening with Dr. Robert J. Del Bontà, who will lead a discussion on Illustrating Victorious Lives: Jaina Narrative Painting. Dr. Del Bontà will examine illustrated manuscripts that detail the lives of the Jainas, through the lens of the Svetambara and the Digambara. Seeing these illustrated narratives side by side is both rare and informative, showing how similar stories are told in different ways. A reception will follow the lecture.

Robert J. Del Bontà has taught courses at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and curated many shows there and elsewhere. He has written on a wide range of subjects, but his major interest is Jaina art. Since 2006, he has worked with the Centre of Jaina Studies at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

Visually Impaired Program: Bridges Between the Earthly and Spiritual Realms

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, March 3.

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 Trip to Dallas & Fort Worth

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.

Join the Friends of American Art in the Lone Star State:  Dallas & Fort Worth, March 7 – 9, 2014!

Saddle up, buckaroos, and enjoy a weekend jaunt to the heart of Texas, where we will enjoy curator-led visits to world-class museums, a private collection tour, and fine dining!

Participation will be limited to the first 25 members to sign up.  Because we will need to finalize plans for the trip soon, please contact Mollie Bartholomew at mbartholomew@artsbma.org or 205.254.2567, no later than Thursday, February 20th.  Please have your credit card information available when you call, as we will need it to reserve your room and take your deposit. 

Preliminary Itinerary:

  • Friday, March 7, 2014:  Travelers arrive and check in to hotel. Our first event will be a group welcome dinner that evening at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 8, 2014: We spend much of the day in Fort Worth, beginning with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (www.cartermuseum.org), where we will take in the outstanding permanent collection, and see the special exhibition, Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine, organized by the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition includes two American icons:  Norman Rockwell’s Freedom From Want and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, both painted in 1942. After lunch, we will walk across the lawn to visit the Kimbell Art Museum (www.kimbellart.org)  Housed in an outstanding building by the architect Louis Kahn, the Kimbell’s collection consists of only about 350 works, but each of them is considered a world-class masterpiece.  That evening, we will visit a private collection and enjoy a delicious meal at a local culinary hotspot.
  • Sunday, March 9, 2014:  We will spend the morning and early afternoon visiting the Dallas Museum of Art (www.dma.org) and the Nasher Sculpture Center (www.nashersculpturecenter.org), which are both within easy walking distance of our hotel. We will conclude our trip no later than 2:00 in the afternoon. Please plan to take a late afternoon or early evening flight back to Birmingham. Those wishing to stay longer are welcome to do so. 

COST:  Participants will cover their own air travel, hotel accommodations (see below), and entrance fees, as well as any non-group meals and incidentals.  Participants in Dallas-Fort Worth trip will be required to make a $250 deposit to guarantee their spot. $150 of this is tax-deductible contribution to the Friends of American Art; the other $100 will be deducted from your final bill. The cost of group meals and ground transportation related to the museum visit will be divided equally among the participants, with each covering a portion of the curator’s share.  Participants will receive a bill shortly after we return.

CANCELATION POLICY:  Of the $250 deposit, the $150.00 tax-deductible contribution is nonrefundable.  Travelers who cancel up to two weeks in advance of a trip’s departure date will be refunded $100.00; after this time, no money will be refunded.

HOTEL:  We have reserved a block of rooms at The Joule, a chic boutique hotel within easy walking distance of the Dallas Arts District:  www.thejouledallas.com  We have received a preferred rate of $200 per night.

SUGGESTED AIR TRAVEL:  Direct flights from Birmingham (BHM) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) are available on American Airlines, as well as on Southwest, which flies into Dallas Love Field (DAL). Delta flights are routed through Atlanta.

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, listen to live music, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

Bonjour, Delacroix! 

Get to know artist Eugène Delacroix, the star of our newest exhibition Delacroix and the Matter of Finish.

5-9PM Open galleries

5-9PM Tapas and cocktails, with a special French-inspired menu // Oscar’s Café

5:30-6:30PM Hamlet performance by Samford University students // Main Lobby

6PM Lecture: Eugène Delacroix: The Last of the Great Artists of the Renaissance and the First Modern, by Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D. // Auditorium

6:30PM Drop-in and Draw class // 19th-Century Gallery

7PM Beer tasting // Oscar’s Café

7PM Live music // The Valley Roots

7PM Film Screening // Les Miserables (2012) // Auditorium

Art & Conversation: Change, Change, Change…Changing Exhibitions

$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.

In March, Exhibitions Designer Terry Beckham present Change, Change, Change…Changing Exhibitions – a closer look at how exhibition spaces are planned and designed.

Photography Guild Travel to Atlanta

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. For more information about this trip, please contact Suzanne Stephens at svstephens@artsbma.org.

Join your fellow Photography Guild members for a day trip by carpool to Atlanta to see a lecture and exhibition by Abelardo Morell. Our day includes a visit to Jackson Fine Art, dinner, and a lecture and viewing of he Morell exhibition at the High Museum of Art.

AEIVA Tour

This is an event for the members of the Sankofa Society, the Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art, and the Photography Guild support groups at the BMA. If you are interested in joining one of these support groups, please contact Membership Officer Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

The Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts is the new home for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Art and Art History and University Galleries. Material Evidence is the inaugural exhibition for the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Curated by the Birmingham Museum of Art, the exhibition features works culled from the impressive private collections of some of Birmingham’s most dedicated art collectors and enthusiasts, and selections from UAB’s Permanent Art Collection.

Join us for a reception, opening remarks, and a tour of the new exhibition. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Development Events Manager Carrie Montgomery at cmontgomery@artsbma.org or 205.254.2086 by Monday, March 3. 

Museum Academy: Art Classes for Grades 6-9

Registration is now closed for Spring 2014. Please look at our summer offerings and check back soon for Fall 2014 listings.

The Museum Academy is a new and unique experience in Birmingham that provides students the opportunity to learn from working artists in the Museum’s studios and original artworks in the galleries. Teaching artists at the Academy reflect the diversity of art and techniques represented in the Museum.

Students emerge from the 12-week program with critical-thinking experience, discipline of practice, and a portfolio of original artwork that explores a variety of processes and media.

Join us for this new mentally stimulating, creative afterschool program and become pioneers of the Museum Academy!

$325 Museum members // $360 non-members

Spring 2014 Schedule:
Tuesdays 3:45–5:45PM, January 14 – April 8 (No class March 25)

Academy Apprentice: 6th–7th grades
Academy Assistant: 8th–9th grades
Academy Master: 10th–12th grades (coming fall 2014)

ArtBreak: Hamilton Folios

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 presented by the BMA’s Librarian Tatum Preston, who will discuss this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, Hamilton Folios.

Salvador’s Deli

Salvador’s Deli is a fundraiser created to award art materials to greater Birmingham area visual arts teachers and students in desperate need of art supplies for their classrooms. Proceeds put art supply kids directly in the hands of those teachers and students. Each kit includes all of the materials necessary for an art project of the teacher’s choice, for up to 29 students. The event will feature art made from food by local artists and art students. Our inaugural celebration will join Birmingham’s burgeoning art and food communities to create an event worth looking forward to year after year.

Salvador’s Deli will be a fun evening of local music, food, and art. Celebrity judges vote on winners and you can cast your vote in the People’s Choice Awards!

Slow Art Sunday: Procession

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 takes a closer look at the Chinese piece Procession.

Teen BMA Night: Bollywood-Style

Teen BMA takes you to India for a night. Celebrate Holi, the Hindu celebration of color, at this cool event just for teens (ages 14-18)!

Sample traditional Indian food
Dance the night away with DJ Omari
Experience India through a Museum scavenger hunt (with prizes!)
Make some art of your own on our graffiti wall
Adorn yourself with Henna tattoos
Make a keepsake photo in the photo booth

For the grand finale, throw colors on your friends in the true spirit of Holi! Make sure you wear something white and something you don’t mind getting COLOR on!

Holi is a spring festival known as the festival of colors and is a national holiday in India. Traditionally, everyone plays, chases, and colors each other with dry powder to welcome the start of spring!

For more information on Teen BMA, email Associate Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood at kpgreenwood@artsbma.org.

BMA Speaks

Sharrif Simmons hosts a night of spoken word performances. Contact Associate Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood at kpgreenwood@artsbma.org to submit your work.

In celebration of African American History Month, BMA Speaks welcomes featured performer Priscilla Hancock Cooper, who will present poetry reflecting the national theme “Civil Rights in America.” Her performance will include original work from her one-woman show Call Me Black Woman, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary, as well as poetry by other noted African American writers. This work is featured in Words Like Freedom, a curriculum-based video produced and distributed by Kentucky Education Television as part of the state’s arts toolkit.

Cash bar opens at 6:30PM.

Photography Guild: Living With Art Tour

This event is for members of the Photography Guild. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.
To attend this event, RSVP by February 24 to Carrie Montgomery at cmontgomery@artsbma.org.

Contemporary art collectors Jim Sokol and Lydia Cheney invite Photography Guild members to tour their collection. Learn how these collectors live wit their art, how they began collecting, and how they integrate both local and international photographers’ works into their collection.

Museum Academy: Art Classes for Grades 6-9

Registration is now closed for Spring 2014. Please look at our summer offerings and check back soon for Fall 2014 listings.

The Museum Academy is a new and unique experience in Birmingham that provides students the opportunity to learn from working artists in the Museum’s studios and original artworks in the galleries. Teaching artists at the Academy reflect the diversity of art and techniques represented in the Museum.

Students emerge from the 12-week program with critical-thinking experience, discipline of practice, and a portfolio of original artwork that explores a variety of processes and media.

Join us for this new mentally stimulating, creative afterschool program and become pioneers of the Museum Academy!

$325 Museum members // $360 non-members

Spring 2014 Schedule:
Tuesdays 3:45–5:45PM, January 14 – April 8 (No class March 25)

Academy Apprentice: 6th–7th grades
Academy Assistant: 8th–9th grades
Academy Master: 10th–12th grades (coming fall 2014)