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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: Baroque Music in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands and Europe: What music would Vermeer’s Young Woman have been playing on the Virginal?

March 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 musician Suzanne Beaudry and Museum docent and pianist Nancy Wingard, who will discuss Baroque Music in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands and Europe. Following the talk and concert, be sure to see our exhibition, Small Treasures, which features artwork from seventeenth-century Netherlands. Tickets are required for entry to the exhibition; tickets are FREE for BMA members and are $12 for non-members.

Slow Art Sunday: Le Village d’Eragny

Slow Art Sunday: Le Village d’Eragny

March 22, 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 Camille Pissarro’s Le Village d’Eragny.

Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

March 21, 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.

Decoding Black Art: It’s Like This: Chakaia Booker and the Black Female Experience

Decoding Black Art: It’s Like This: Chakaia Booker and the Black Female Experience

March 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 It’s Like This: Chakaia Booker and the Black Female Experience.

Slow Art Sunday: Britannia Triumphant

Slow Art Sunday: Britannia Triumphant

March 15, 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 Marlene Wallace will lead a discussion on Wedgwood’s Britannia Triumphant.

Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

March 14, 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.

Visuall Impaired Program: European Masterpieces: The Grand Tour

Visuall Impaired Program: European Masterpieces: The Grand Tour

March 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.

Join docent Mary Helen Crowe for European Masterpieces: The Grand Tour.

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

ArtBreak: Cooking and Eating in Renaissance Italy: From Kitchen to Table

March 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 Professor Emeritus from UAB Katherine McIver, who will discuss Cooking and Eating in Renaissance Italy: From Kitchen to Table.

Last year's Salvador Deli winner

Salvador’s Deli

March 8, 2015

Salvador’s Deli is a fundraiser created to award art materials to greater Birmingham area visual art teachers and students, who are 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. The celebration will join Birmingham’s burgeoning art and food communities to create an event to look forward to year after year. Salvador’s Deli is 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 email Interim Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood kpgreenwood@artsbma.org. The deadline for submitting an application for entry is January 31, 2015.

Slow Art Sunday: St. Sebastian

Slow Art Sunday: St. Sebastian

March 8, 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 Bacchiacca’s St. Sebastian.

Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

March 7, 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.

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