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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!

Holi: Indian Culture Festival

Holi: Indian Culture Festival

March 7, 2015

Did you know that one of the biggest Hindu holidays—Holi—is celebrated in March? Take an adventure through the Museum’s Southeast Asian and Indian galleries for one of Birmingham’s favorite cultural celebrations. Music, dance, art activities, and more fill up the day!

Check back soon for a full schedule of events and performances!

Annual Chenoweth Lecture: Personal Encounters with Small Treasures

Annual Chenoweth Lecture: Personal Encounters with Small Treasures

March 5, 2015

Our Annual Chenoweth Lecture will take place during our First Thursday: After Hours event. Click here to see what else is planned for the evening!

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.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

March 5, 2015

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.

6PM: Gallery Talk // Docent-led tour of Small Treasures (must have exhibition ticket)
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw
7PM: Annual Chenoweth Lecture // Read more here

Art & Conversation: Dialogue with a Collector

March 5, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

A CONVERSATION ON CONSERVATION

Photography collector John Morton joins Suzanne Stephens of the BMA Registrars Dept. to discuss highlights of his collection, exploring both what attracts him to certain works and what he considers when deciding what to buy. The works vary in subject matter while sharing commonalities in terms of how the artists approach their subjects and how they use the camera to create 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: Britannia Triumphant

ArtBreak: Britannia Triumphant

March 3, 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 Museum docent Laura Wallace, who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece, Britannia Triumphant by Wedgwood.

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Oscar’s Brunch

March 1, 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.

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

February 28, 2015

The Museum is pleased to announce the Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium with the theme Clay @ Play. Irony, Humor & Whimsy in the Ceramic Arts. Generously sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Peter D. Bunting, the symposium will bring together scholars, artists, and ceramic enthusiasts for a series of lectures that explore the theme by considering the subject in a broad array of historical and geographical contexts.

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

February 27, 2015

The Museum is pleased to announce the Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium with the theme Clay @ Play. Irony, Humor & Whimsy in the Ceramic Arts. Generously sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Peter D. Bunting, the symposium will bring together scholars, artists, and ceramic enthusiasts for a series of lectures that explore the theme by considering the subject in a broad array of historical and geographical contexts.

Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming Opens

Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming Opens

February 27, 2015

Join us for an opening reception for our new exhibition Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, a talk by Director Gail C. Andrews, and the beginning of our Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium.

ArtBreak: Behind Closed Doors: Dutch Interiors in the Seventeenth Century

February 24, 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 Professor and Chair of the Department of Interior Architecture at Samford University Jeannine Krumdieck, IIDA. Join us in a discussion about Dutch interiors in the 17th century, the same time many of the pieces in Small Treasures were on display in private homes. Stay after the talk to see the exhibition!

It’s the Little Things: Small Objects with a Big Effect on Life in the Dutch Golden Age with Dolores Hydock

It’s the Little Things: Small Objects with a Big Effect on Life in the Dutch Golden Age with Dolores Hydock

February 21, 2015

You could hold them all in the palm of your hand: five tiny things that were a huge part of life in seventeenth-century Holland. To complement the Small Treasures exhibition, storyteller Dolores Hydock shares stories of these miniature marvels and the role they played in a small country at the height of its power.

Check back on the website soon to save your spot! Spots will go quickly!

ArtBreak: Small Treasures

ArtBreak: Small Treasures

February 17, 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 Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D. Robert will lead a talk on our new exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries. Please note that you will need a ticket to enter the exhibition; tickets are FREE for BMA members and $12 for non-members.

Decoding Black Art: Premonition: The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards

Decoding Black Art: Premonition: The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards

February 15, 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 Premonition: The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards.

Visually Impaired Program: Romantic Excursions

Visually Impaired Program: Romantic Excursions

February 14, 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.

This Valentine’s Day, stroll along the coast of France, voyage on a gondola through the canals of Venice, and hike along one of America’s most beautiful national parks in the Yosemite Valley. Join master docent Stacy Smith 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.

ArtBreak: The Newspaper Boy

February 10, 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 author and senior counsel at Baker Donelson Chervis Isom, who will lead a discussion on The Newspaper Boy.