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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!

Visually Impaired Program: Exploring Recent Ceramics Acquisitions

Visually Impaired Program: Exploring Recent Ceramics Acquisitions

June 13, 2015

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.

Join master docent Julia Stork for Exploring Recent Ceramics Acquisitions. New acquisitions from different times and different places will give opportunity to explore differences and similarities in their function, form/shape, finish, surface decoration, etc.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, June 8.

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 On The Rocks

Art On The Rocks

June 12, 2015

The Birmingham Museum of Art’s popular summer series Art On The Rocks, presented by Dale’s Seasoning, is back for its 11th season! Featuring the best of Birmingham culture, Art On The Rocks collaborates with local artists, downtown businesses, and breakthrough musical guests to offer three Friday nights of art, performances, giveaways, food, and drinks.

The 2015 Art On The Rocks events will take place on June 12, July 10, and August 14.

For a limited time only, BMA Members will receive 60% off a regular admission ticket now through May 31. Members, buy your tickets now to take advantage of this special rate. On June 1, the member discount returns to 40% off for the remainder of the Art On The Rocks season. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Not a member? Join today and start saving! Click here to learn more about the benefits of membership.

June 12: Reptar

Opening act: Breathers
Athens, Ga. has churned out a steady stream of great bands in the last three decades, including Reptar, which includes members Andrew McFarland (drums), Ryan Engelberger (bass) and William Kennedy (analog keyboard) Still, the ability to amuse and arouse their fans is just as important to them as indulging their musical curiosities. This sonic wanderlust extends from African Music to post-punk to psych-pop and converges joyously in songs such as “Blastoff” and “Rainbounce,” and it’s won them high fives from NPR and NME alike.

Buy tickets for June’s event now.

Check back soon for more details about June’s schedule of events and special guests!

Art & Conversation: David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter

June 11, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter

With its tradition of employing freelance artists at the factory, in 1964 Wedgwood invited David Puxley to become its first studio potter in residence. The BMA houses the largest collection of Puxley’s work in the world. Curator Anne Forschler-Tarrasch talks about David Puxley’s work at the factory and the studio pottery tradition he created there.

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: Islam: Seeing God in Text, and Text in Trade on the Silk Road

June 9, 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 Education Intern Madelyn Dixon, who will lead a discussion on Seeing God in Text, and Text in Trade on the Silk Road.

Slow Art Sunday: Pig Lounging on a Chaise

Slow Art Sunday: Pig Lounging on a Chaise

June 7, 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 Frank Fleming’s Pig Lounging on a Chaise.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

June 4, 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: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree // Join a tour with Interim Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood, who will show works in our collection by artists related to one another.
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw
7PM: Art On Stage // The Birmingham Museum of Art and the Birmingham Art Association are once again partnering to present Art On Stage. Find out if creativity is in the genes when local celebrity Steve Holmes, interviews Trés and Lillis Taylor, father and daughter artists who have collaborated on numerous artistic endeavors.
Trés Taylor is a contemporary self-taught painter living in Birmingham. Taylor was a biochemist for over 20 years then, after a visit with Southern artist R.A. Miller in 1998, he was inspired to begin his journey as a painter. His work can be found in several collections including Dupont Pioneer of Des Moines, IA, the Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art of Savannah, GA, and is publicly displayed at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham.
Trés’ daughter, Lillis Taylor, is an industrial designer who is inspired by her father’s art. Lillis is the founder of Bibb and Tucker Sew-Op in Woodlawn and founder of The March Quilts. Together they have created artful textiles which celebrate the joy of life.

ArtBreak: Chatsworth House

ArtBreak: Chatsworth House

June 2, 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 Assistant Curator of Education Kristi McMillan, who will lead a discussion on Pieter Tillemans’ Chatsworth House.

Slow Art Sunday: Hungry Man’s Cross

Slow Art Sunday: Hungry Man’s Cross

May 31, 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 Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Lonnie Holley’s Hungry Man’s Cross.

Studio Class: Vintage Tie-dye Jaipur Style with Project Runway Star

Studio Class: Vintage Tie-dye Jaipur Style with Project Runway Star

May 30, 2015

Click here to register now. Class limited to 20 people!

Hand Tie and Dye a beautiful silk scarf using vintage techniques originating from Jaipur, India. You will have the option of choosing between:

*Lehriya tying technique- Multi colored organic stripes made diagonally on the textile.
*Mothra tying technique or geometric Technique- Textile is neatly pleated in origami folds and resist tied before dying to get a geometric pattern.
*Khombi technique- tie your initials or motifs in the scarf

All students are encouraged to bring and old t-shirt, blouse, dress or skirt (Please bring only Cotton, Silk, wool or any other natural fabric) and we can give these pieces a new life, a fashionable face-lift. Every student will walk away with a custom hand-made silk scarf and a re-invented piece of clothing.

Instructor: Sandhya Garg, featured on Project Runway Season 13

Garg polished her skills at International design studios training at Alexander McQueen, Alice Temperley and Izmaylova, learning everything from different pattern cutting techniques to hand embroidery craft and vintage knitting-lace making at the Gucci factory in Italy. She decided to launch her own label after graduating from the London College of Fashion in 2011. Sandhya Garg was recently seen at Project Runway Season 13, She won 2 Challenges, Was in Top a lot and her work was admired by Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen. Specializing in womenswear, for her fashion is all about glamour and personal style.

Visually Impaired Program: Artists with Disabilities

Visually Impaired Program: Artists with Disabilities

May 27, 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 Artists with Disabilities. Dale Chihuly, Claude Monet, and Josiah Wedgwood all had different, potentially career-ending disabilities. Yet, they all found ways to overcome their disabilities and become masters of their art form.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, May 22.

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.

No ArtBreak

May 26, 2015

There will be no ArtBreak today due to the Memorial Day holiday. Join us again for next week’s event on Tuesday, June 2.

Slow Art Sunday: The Bathers

Slow Art Sunday: The Bathers

May 24, 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 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Pater’s The Bathers.

ArtBreak: Accessibility for All at the BMA

May 19, 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 Assistant Curator of Education Kristi McMillan and Exhibition Designer Terry Beckham, who will lead a talk on Accessibility for All at the BMA. Join us for a look at how the BMA opens its building, exhibitions, and programs to all visitors through universal design and other accessibility strategies.

The Museum has partnered with Disability Rights and Resources to acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADA25 is on a yearlong tour to commemorate this historic event.

Slow Art Sunday: Moon Jar

Slow Art Sunday: Moon Jar

May 17, 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 Katia Kiss Miller will lead a discussion on the Korean piece Moon Jar (dal hang-ari).