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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!

Small Treasures Members Opening and Reception

Small Treasures Members Opening and Reception

January 30, 2015

Small Paintings, Big Party!

Join us for an exclusive first look at our new exhibition, Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries! Come see the first exhibition that explores small-format, seventeenth-century paintings by the greatest masters of Dutch and Flemish art. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, beer tasting, music, and cash bar.

Want to dress up like the star of the show? Wear your own red hat to celebrate Vermeer’s piece Girl with a Red Hat! Share your photos on social media for a chance to win prizes.

ArtBreak: Art and Medicine

ArtBreak: Art and Medicine

January 27, 2015

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 led by curator of the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Stefanie Rookis, who will discuss art and medicine.

Slow Art Sunday: Peony Dish

Slow Art Sunday: Peony Dish

January 25, 2015

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 will lead a discussion on the Japanese Peony Dish.

ArtBreak: Designing Be

January 20, 2015

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 led by recent BFA graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Ali Garbutt, who will discuss Designing Be.

Decoding Black Art: School of Beauty, School of Culture: Representations of African American Culture in the Works of Kerry James Marshall

Decoding Black Art: School of Beauty, School of Culture: Representations of African American Culture in the Works of Kerry James Marshall

January 18, 2015

Join Kelli Morgan, Ph.D. Candidate and Ford Fellow in residence at the BMA for a lecture series on African American art. The series will analyze and illuminate important works of African American art within the Museum’s permanent collection. All lectures are free and open to the public.

At this month’s Decoding Black Art talk, Kelli will lead a discussion on School of Beauty, School of Culture: Representations of African American Culture in the Works of Kerry James Marshall.

Slow Art Sunday: Birmingham Persian Wall

Slow Art Sunday: Birmingham Persian Wall

January 18, 2015

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, touring docent Clyde Oyster will lead a discussion on the Dale Chihuly’s Birmingham Persian Wall.

ArtBreak: From Selma to Montgomery: Flowing Towards Freedom and Stitching a New Story

ArtBreak: From Selma to Montgomery: Flowing Towards Freedom and Stitching a New Story

January 13, 2015

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 led by Lillis Taylor, owner and principal designer at Tre Lilli who will discuss the March Quilts. Click here to learn more about the project.

Slow Art Sunday: Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess d'Abernon

Slow Art Sunday: Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess d’Abernon

January 11, 2015

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, touring docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on the John Singer Sargent’s Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess d’Abernon.

Visually Impaired Program: Art Sleuth: Finding The People Who Disappeared

Visually Impaired Program: Art Sleuth: Finding The People Who Disappeared

January 10, 2015

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.

For many years, archeologists were puzzled by the disappearance of the cliff-dwellers of the Mesa Verde and the people of Chaco Canyon. Recent discoveries have “found” these missing people through their distinctive art. Join master docent Janet Sanders for this tour!

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, January 5.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

Art & Conversation: You Are What You Wear: African Apparel and Body Art

January 8, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

You Are What You Wear: African Apparel and Body Art

Clothing, hats, jewelry, and body adornment can communicate everything from ethnicity and marital status to ones occupation. Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D. explores the relationship between apparel and identity in African art.

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: Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess d’Abernon

January 6, 2015

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 led by BMA’s Chief Curator and Curator of American Art Graham C. Boettcher, Ph.D, who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece, Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess d’Abernon by John Singer Sargent.

Slow Art Sunday: Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara

Slow Art Sunday: Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara

January 4, 2015

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, touring docent Katia Kass Miller will lead a discussion on the Tibetan piece Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara.

Oscar's Brunch

Oscar’s Brunch

January 4, 2015

Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal brunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends. Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.

No First Thursday

January 1, 2015

Please note that since the Museum will be closed for New Year’s Day, there will be no First Thursday event this month. Check out our plans for our next First Thursday on February 5!

ArtBreak: I Heart Art

ArtBreak: I Heart Art

December 30, 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 led by members of Teen BMA, who will discuss their favorite works of art in the Museum.