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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!

Slow Art Sunday: Tidings From the Front (The Letter)

April 24, 2016

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 Judy Cook will lead a discussion on Tidings From the Front (The Letter) by Gilbert Gaul.

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

April 17, 2016

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 Still Life of Flowers, Fruits, Shells, and Insects by Balthasar van der Ast.

Slow Art Weekend: Gravity’s Rainbow

April 10, 2016

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 Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Gravity’s Rainbow by Odili Donald Odita.

Slow Art Weekend: Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California

April 9, 2016

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 Saturday at 2pm, Docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California by Albert Bierstadt.

Slow Art Weekend: Allegory of Charles I of England and Henrietta of France in a Vanitas Still Life

April 9, 2016

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 Allegory of Charles I of England and Henrietta of France in a Vanitas Still Life by Carstian Luyckx.

Art & Conversation: Paintings in Peril: Painting Conservation at the BMA — Past, Present, and Future

April 7, 2016

Curator Robert Schindler looks at the issues surrounding conservation of European paintings at the BMA. He examines past conservation projects, recently completed projects, and the museum’s future needs. Comparisons of photos of before, during, and after show how markedly a proper treatment can improve the appearance of a work. Fascinating discoveries can be made about the history of a painting during the treatment process; and some of these stories are among the most interesting one can encounter as a curator or art historian.

Slow Art Sunday: Lakshmi

March 27, 2016

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 will lead a discussion on Lakshmi of South India.

Oscar's Easter Sunday Brunch

Oscar’s Easter Sunday Brunch

March 27, 2016

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.

Visually Impaired Program: Ceramics at the BMA

Visually Impaired Program: Ceramics at the BMA

March 23, 2016

In this program for adults, 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.

The BMA has become an important center for the study of ceramics from all parts of the world. This tour will explore examples of ceramics from Asia, Europe, and America with music and tactile objects enhancing the experience.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, March 18.

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.

Slow Art Sundays: Cabinet (Bas d’armoire)

March 20, 2016

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 Cabinet (Bas d’armoire).

Artbreak: Stained Glass

March 15, 2016

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Curator of Education and/or Education Department staff lead visitors on a thirty to forty-five minutes exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Through a series of close-looking techniques and questioning, this free experience helps build the visitor’s interpretive skills across the comprehensive-range of art periods and canons represented by the BMA’s collections. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s and they will throw in a free dessert!

This month, we will explore Stained Glass from the Kress Townhouse in Manhattan, c. 1920
From the De Matteis workshop (under direction of Ezio Giovanozzi).

Salvador's Deli

Salvador’s Deli

March 13, 2016

Salvador’s Deli is an event created to award art materials to greater Birmingham area visual art teachers and students in desperate need of art supplies for their classrooms. Proceeds help put art supply kits directly in the hands of these 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 celebration will join Birmingham’s burgeoning art and food communities to create an event worth looking forward to each year. Salvador’s Deli will be a fun evening of local music, food, and art. Celebrity judges will vote on winners and you can cast your own vote with the People’s Choice Award!

If you are interested in submitting artwork or for more information about the event, please visit their website. The deadline for submitting an application for entry is February 29.

Slow Art Sunday: Nydia, The Blind Girl of Pompeii

March 13, 2016

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 Mary Helen Crowe will lead a discussion on Nydia, The Blind Girl of Pompeii by Randolph Rogers.

Holi Festival

Holi Festival

March 12, 2016

The Museum and ICS are thrilled to host Holi, the Indian celebration of color for the sixth year in a row! Last year, over 2,000 people came out to enjoy classical Indian and Bollywood style dancing and music, food, storytelling, art-making, and gallery exploration.

The Museum has one of the largest collections of Asian art in the Southeast, so there is plenty to see! The day ends with a huge celebration outside to play Holi, which involves the throwing of powdered colors, a traditional part of Holi celebrations. Make sure to wear something you don’t mind having to wash! There is truly something for everyone.

Visually Impaired Program: Ceramics at the BMA

Visually Impaired Program: Ceramics at the BMA

March 12, 2016

In this program for adults, 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.

The BMA has become an important center for the study of ceramics from all parts of the world. This tour will explore examples of ceramics from Asia, Europe, and America with music and tactile objects enhancing the experience.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 9.

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.