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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!

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Art & Meditation

May 16, 2015

Six Saturdays, April 11–May 23 · 10am · (no class May 2)

No drop-ins; registration required for entire series

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and then became very popular around the world.

Meditation instructors from the Shambala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions. Register online at artsbma.org on our events calendar. If you have questions, please call our Education Department at 205.254.2571.

Romanticism in the Museum's Collection // After seeing the Romantic works in the Delacroix exhibition, join us for a docent-led tour of Romantic works of art in our collection. Come find your new favorite!

Slow Art Sunday: The Sorceress

May 10, 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, Docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Georges Merle’s The Sorceress.

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Art & Meditation

May 9, 2015

Six Saturdays, April 11–May 23 · 10am · (no class May 2)

No drop-ins; registration required for entire series

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and then became very popular around the world.

Meditation instructors from the Shambala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions. Register online at artsbma.org on our events calendar. If you have questions, please call our Education Department at 205.254.2571.

Art & Conversation: The Four R’s: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Art!

May 7, 2015

Here’s your chance to find out what the Education Department does and how it plays an integral role in the community through school and teacher programs, community outreach, and initiatives geared towards the teen and college audiences. Kristen Greenwood, Suzy Harris, and Toby Richards lead this enlightening discussion.

No Slow Art Sunday

May 3, 2015

We will be cleaning up from the Museum Ball, so no Slow Art Sunday today! The Museum will be open during normal hours to the public.

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No Art & Meditation

May 2, 2015

Please note that there is no Art & Meditation class today due to the Museum Ball. Class will resume next Saturday, May 9.

Slow Art Sunday: Bands of Color in Various Directions

Slow Art Sunday: Bands of Color in Various Directions

April 26, 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 Judy Cook will lead a discussion on Sol LeWitt’s Bands of Color in Various Directions.

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Art & Meditation

April 25, 2015

Six Saturdays, April 11–May 23 · 10am · (no class May 2)

No drop-ins; registration required for entire series

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and then became very popular around the world.

Meditation instructors from the Shambala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions. Register online at artsbma.org on our events calendar. If you have questions, please call our Education Department at 205.254.2571.

ArtBreak: Small Treasures: A Student Response

ArtBreak: Small Treasures: A Student Response

April 21, 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 University of Alabama Assistant Professor of Art History Tanja Jones, Ph.D. and her students, who will lead a discussion on their studies of Small Treasures. Be sure to purchase a ticket to the exhibition (free for BMA members, $12 for non-members) to enjoy the ArtBreak!

Slow Art Sunday: Canal in Winter

Slow Art Sunday: Canal in Winter

April 19, 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, Docent Clyde Oyster will lead a discussion on Jacob Ruisdael’s Canal in Winter.

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Annual Chenoweth Lecture: Personal Encounters with Small Treasures

April 18, 2015

The Chenoweth Lecture was originally scheduled in March but was canceled due to winter weather. We are excited that Dr. Wheelock will be able to come back before the end of the exhibition! Along with the lecture, the Museum, exhibition, and café will be open for your enjoyment.
Renowned art historian and one of the most prolific writers on Vermeer, Curator of Northern Baroque Painting at the National Gallery of Art and Professor of Art History at the University of Maryland Arthur Wheelock, Ph.D. discusses his personal experiences with works in the exhibition Small Treasures.

Wheelock was raised in Uxbridge, Massachusetts before attending Phillips Exeter Academy, Williams College, and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1973. He came to the National Gallery of Art in 1973 as the David E. Finley Fellow, after which he was named Research Curator. At the same time, he began his teaching career at the University of Maryland. He was appointed curator of Dutch and Flemish painting at the National Gallery in 1975. Wheelock, who has lectured widely on Dutch and Flemish art, has written a number of books, including Perspective, Optics, and Delft Artists around 1650 (1977); Jan Vermeer (1981); Vermeer and the Art of Painting (1995); the catalogs of the Dutch and Flemish collections at the National Gallery of Art, along with other works and articles.

The Chenoweth lectures are endowed by Dr. Arthur I. Chenoweth as a memorial to his brother and parents. The purpose of the lectures is to encourage international understanding through the presentation of a variety of subjects by specialists in their fields.

Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

April 18, 2015

Enjoy our new exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries with a free docent-led tour!

Must have ticket to exhibition to join tour group; tickets are free to BMA members and $12 for non-members.

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Art & Meditation

April 18, 2015

Six Saturdays, April 11–May 23 · 10am · (no class May 2)

No drop-ins; registration required for entire series

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and then became very popular around the world.

Meditation instructors from the Shambala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions. Register online at artsbma.org on our events calendar. If you have questions, please call our Education Department at 205.254.2571.

ArtBreak: Painting Demonstration in the Manner of Small Treasures

ArtBreak: Painting Demonstration in the Manner of Small Treasures

April 14, 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 artist Patty B. Driscoll, who will lead a painting demonstration in the style of Small Treasures. Be sure to purchase a ticket to the exhibition (free for BMA members, $12 for non-members) to enjoy the ArtBreak!

Decoding Black Art: This Woman’s Work: Emma Amos and the Black Female Body

Decoding Black Art: This Woman’s Work: Emma Amos and the Black Female Body

April 12, 2015

Join Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow in African American Art Kelli Morgan 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 “This Woman’s Work”: Emma Amos and the Black Female Body.