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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!

Visually Impaired Program: The Language of Art

August 8, 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.

Explore artworks by different artists at different times and in different places. But, they all have one thing in common: the artists deliberately created their art in such a way to get us to see what they wanted us to see, think what they wanted us to think, and feel what they wanted us to feel. Discover how the artists used the elements of art including line, color, pattern, texture, and light and shadow.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, August 3.

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.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

August 6, 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: Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College // Join us for a free tour of our summertime exhibition, featuring the large-scale, colorful murals from Talladega College’s Savery Library.
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw: Murals
7PM: Panel Discussion // This panel, including the Honorable Judge Houston Brown, the Honorable Judge Ralph C. Cook, attorney Mason Davis, and civil rights leader Odessa Woolfolk, will discuss the legal case of the Amistad.

Art & Conversation: Hale Woodruff: An American Artist

August 6, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Hale Woodruff: An American Artist

While focusing on our special exhibition of Hale Woodruff’s Talladega College murals, curator Graham C. Boettcher discusses how the artist combined aspects of Modernism with more traditional elements of history painting to depict the story of the Amistad captives.

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: Woman in Green Coat

August 4, 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 Chief Curator and Curator of American Art Graham C. Boettcher, Ph.D., who will lead a discussion on Betty Grisham’s Woman in Green Coat, on view in the new exhibition Black Like Who?.

Slow Art Sunday: Erasistratus the Physician Discovers the Love of Antiochus for Stratonice

Slow Art Sunday: Erasistratus the Physician Discovers the Love of Antiochus for Stratonice

August 2, 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 Benjamin West’s Erasistratus the Physician Discovers the Love of Antiochus for Stratonice.

ArtBreak: Mid-Century Modern Design in the Work of David Puxley

ArtBreak: Mid-Century Modern Design in the Work of David Puxley

July 28, 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 Owner of Soho Retro Steve Thomas, who will lead a discussion on Mid-Century Modern Design in the Work of David Puxley.

Slow Art Sunday: The Green Apple

Slow Art Sunday: The Green Apple

July 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 Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Georgia O’Keeffe’s The Green Apple.

Visually Impaired Program: Ceramics at the BMA

July 22, 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 Mary Lynda Crockett for Ceramics at the BMA. 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, July 17.

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: Industrious Devotion: John Taylor Arms’s Gothic Vision

July 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 Goodrich Intern & Friends of American Art Curatorial Research Fellow James Denison, who will lead a discussion on Industrious Devotion: John Taylor Arms’s Gothic Vision.

Film Screening: Amistad

Film Screening: Amistad

July 19, 2015

Join us for a screening of the 1997 historical drama film Amistad, directed by Steven Spielberg. Based on the true story of the 1839 mutiny aboard the slave ship La Amistad, the film details the history of the event and the international legal battle that followed.

Amistad was nominated for Academy Awards in four categories: Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Original Dramatic Score (John Williams), Best Cinematography (Janusz Kaminski), and Best Costume Design (Ruth E. Carter).

Slow Art Sunday: Spirit Catcher

Slow Art Sunday: Spirit Catcher

July 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 Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Frank Fleming’s Spirit Catcher.