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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!

ArtBreak: Replicating the Museum’s Asian Collection in Virtual 3D

May 13, 2014

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 Corey Shum, Techinal Director at UAB’s Enabling Technology Lab. He will discuss how he replicated pieces in the Museum’s Asian collection using 3D printing and virtual technologies.

Slow Art Sunday: Sun Mountain

May 11, 2014

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 Helen Frankenthaler’s Sun Mountain.

Visually Impaired Program: The Arts of Africa

May 10, 2014

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, May 5.

ArtBreak: Plank Mask

May 6, 2014

Today’s ArtBreak is presented by Curator of Arts of the Africas and Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D. Dr. Hanna will discuss this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, a Plank Mask by the Bwa people. Join us for the talk in our newly reinstalled African gallery!

First Thursday – May 2014: After Hours At BMA

First Thursday – May 2014: After Hours At BMA

May 1, 2014

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

Museum Ball Set Up: Part Of Museum Closed

May 1, 2014

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.

Art & Conversation

May 1, 2014

$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

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

April 29, 2014

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

April 27, 2014

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

African Gallery Reopening Celebration

April 25, 2014

To 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. Stay after for our opening reception!

Sankofa Society: New African Gallery Tour

April 25, 2014

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.

Collectors Circle Salon

April 24, 2014

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

Asian Art Society: Lunch and Learn: Recent Acquisitions

April 23, 2014

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.

ArtBreak: The Barricade

April 22, 2014

Today’s ArtBreak is presented by sculptor Brad Morton, who will discuss contemporary sculpture in the Red Mountain Garden. After ArtBreak, head into the garden to see the art and enjoy the lovely spring weather!

Slow Art Sunday: Madonna and Christ Child

April 20, 2014

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.