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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: Swords of the Samurai

ArtBreak: Swords of the Samurai

July 29, 2014

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 Japanese sword specialist Ray Deadman. Ray will lead a tour of the swords in our exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.

To attend this ArtBreak, you must purchase a ticket to Lethal Beauty. Tickets to the exhibition are FREE for BMA members and $10 for non-members.

Slow Art Sunday: Imari Charger

July 27, 2014

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, we will take a close look at the Japanese piece Imari Charger.

Art & Meditation

Art & Meditation

July 26, 2014

This series is FULL and registration is closed. Thanks for your interest!

ArtBreak: Georgia On My Mind

ArtBreak: Georgia On My Mind

July 22, 2014

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 the BMA’s Curator of American Art Graham Boettcher, Ph.D. Dr. Boettcher will discuss the artistic relationship between Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz’s niece, Georgia Engelhard, nicknamed “Georgia minor” by the Stieglitz family. A formidable artist in her own right, Engelhard was given an exhibition by her famous uncle at the age of 10, and became a friend and protégée of Stieglitz’s wife, Georgia O’Keeffe.

Summer Academy (Grades 6 – 12)

July 21, 2014

Space is limited! Please call 205.297.8151 to register! For students entering grades 6 – 12. Enhance your art practice and build your portfolio during this summer intensive—a week of professional-level art making and instruction. Students will take inspiration from African and Japanese cultures to create artworks about power, symbolism, and concepts of beauty.

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Slow Art Sunday: Samurai Armor

Slow Art Sunday: Samurai Armor

July 20, 2014

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 the samurai armor in the BMA’s collection. After Slow Art Sunday, visit the exhibition Lethal Beauty and slowly look at more suits of armor on view!

ArtBreak: Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise

ArtBreak: Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise

July 15, 2014

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 the UAB/BMA Curatorial Fellow Joanna Wilson. Joanna will lead a tour of the exhibition Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise, which she helped organize. Learn all about a female entrepreneur of the 18th-century, Hester Bateman, and the silversmithing business she began.

Slow Art Sunday: Barbie

Slow Art Sunday: Barbie

July 13, 2014

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 Grace Hartigan’s Barbie.

Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

July 13, 2014

Free with admission (FREE for BMA members, $10 for non-members) // No reservations required

Discover the artistry of samurai arms and armor through a guided tour of Lethal Beauty.

Visually Impaired Program: Land and Water Scapes

Visually Impaired Program: Land and Water Scapes

July 12, 2014

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.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, July 7.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2643.

Program sponsored by the Eyesight Foundation and The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

Exploring the new African Gallery

ArtBreak: Out of Africa and into the Realm of Design

July 8, 2014

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 the BMA’s Exhibition Designer Terry Beckham. Terry will discuss the design behind our new African Gallery, including the layout, color choices, and more.

Slow Art Sunday: Quilted Vessel

Slow Art Sunday: Quilted Vessel

July 6, 2014

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 our exhibition by Tuscaloosa-based sculptor Craig Wedderspoon, Quilted Vessel.

Art & Conversation

Art & Conversation

July 3, 2014

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers LETHAL BEAUTY This exhibition explores the exquisite craftsmanship the Samurai lavished on their weapons and equipment that were the soul of their life. With Curator Don Wood as our guide we discover this fascinating

ArtBreak: Spotlight on the Collection: Samurai Armor

ArtBreak: Spotlight on the Collection: Samurai Armor

July 1, 2014

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 will be led by docent Clyde Oyster, who will give a tour of July’s Spotlight on the Collection piece. Learn all about the samurai armor in the BMA collection, then make a visit to the brand new exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.