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!

Youth Art Month Student Exhibition Opens

February 16 – March 16, 2014

Grades: K – 12

The Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to present its twenty-first Youth Art Month exhibition in March 2014. Youth Art Month was established to recognize the essential role of art in a balanced education. Artwork will be accepted for all grades. A reception to honor the students will be held at a time to be announced.

Visually Impaired Program: Against All Odds: Artists with Disabilities

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.

Free. Space is limited; reservations are required.

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.

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.

February’s First Thursday programming includes:

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day and Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, this month’s First Thursday will be a romantic, French evening!

5-9PM Open galleries

5-9PM Tapas

5-8PM Make your own Valentine printmaking activity

6PM Lecture with UAB Professor Emeritus and World-Renowned Proust scholar, William C. Carter. A signing of his books Proust in Love and Swann’s Way will immediately follow.

6PM Live music by classical guitarist Carlos Pino

6:30 Drop-in and Draw

7-7:30PM Wine Tasting

7PM Film Screening: Midnight in Paris

Art & Conversation: The Colorful World of Carrie Hill

$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 February, Graham Boettcher, PhD, the William Carey Hulsey Curator of American Art, will discuss the art of Carrie Hill, an Alabama artist.

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: Jizo Bosatsu, Japanese

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 master docent Emily Omura on Jizo Bosatsu.

Slow Art Sunday: Driven Back

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!

Today master docent Julia Stork will explore the painting Driven Back by De Cost Smith.

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 by January 2 to Mollie Bartholomew at mbartholomew@artsbma.org.

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.

This month, we will discuss Art and Technology with UAB studio faculty member Erin Wright. Check your email for more details!

Friends of American Art Lunch and Learn

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.

Curator of American Art Graham C. Boettcher, Ph.D. will share his insights on collecting American art, including predictions for emerging artists, periods, and movements, as well as advice on buying ahead of the market.

Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, contact Andrew Farrell at 205.297.8073 or afarrell@artsbma.org by January 21.

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)

Slow Art Sunday: Still Life of Flowers, Fruit, Shells, and Insects

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!

Join us today as we look at Balthasar van der Ast’s Still Life of Flowers, Fruit, Shells, and Insects. Marlene Wallace, master docent, leads the discussion on the piece.

Hiden Lecture: Kristina Wilson

Join us for a compelling lecture from Kristina Wilson, Associate Professor of Art History at Clark University. Her lecture, American Modern Design from Great Depression to Postwar: Contrast, Continuity, and Conformity, will discuss modern design and its historical context during the Great Depression, World War II, and the prosperity that followed. Kristina will focus her discussion on household furnishings and decorative accessories, providing a personal, domestic perspective of modern design between the 1930s and 1950s.

Google Art Project Debut and Reception

Please join the Birmingham Museum of Art, Google, and special guest speaker Senator Jeff Sessions for a reception to celebrate the launch of the Birmingham Museum of Art’s partnership with Google Cultural Institute.

The partnership will bring artworks from the Birmingham Museum of Art online, viewable to the public through the Google Art Project website. In this new partnership, pieces from the BMA’s collection can be accessed online alongside institutions from around the globe, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, Musée d’Orsay, and many more!

The BMA’s leadership will be announcing this partnership with representatives from Google.

 Refreshments will be served.

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: Orientalism in 19th-Century Western Art

Feed your body and mind at lunchtime every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk, then stay for lunch at Oscar’s! ArtBreak guests get treated to a free dessert!

This week, BMA docent Joyce Benington will discuss Orientalism in 19th-Century Western Art.