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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!

Drop-in Tours

April 25, 2015

The Museum is an official partner of this year’s Magic City Art Connection! Come visit us for free tours and an art workshop during the festival!

Here is the tour schedule for Saturday:

11-11:30AM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA
1-1:30PM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA

Drop-in Tours

April 25, 2015

The Museum is an official partner of this year’s Magic City Art Connection! Come visit us for free tours and an art workshop during the festival!

Here is the tour schedule for Saturday:

11-11:30AM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA
1-1:30PM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA

Magic City Art Connection Workshop

Magic City Art Connection Workshop

April 25, 2015

The Museum is an official partner of this year’s Magic City Art Connection! Come visit us for free tours and an art workshop during the festival!

Frank Fleming’s Between Fantasy and Reality exhibit features funny and fascinating sculptures produced between 1970-1985, a period when Fleming worked primarily with clay, stoneware, and ceramics. Animals with human fingers and toes, and cakes covered in tongues are just a few of the works featured in Fleming’s early work. Inspired by these sculptures at the Birmingham Museum of Art we will be making our own fantasy creatures. Craft your own paper animal or human body, hands & feet, and hold the puppet rods to make it dance to the music. Perhaps no one has ever seen a unicorn with duck feet and walrus tusks, but your shadow puppet can be the first!

ArtBreak: Small Treasures: A Student Response

ArtBreak: Small Treasures: A Student Response

April 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 University of Alabama Assistant Professor of Art History Tanja Jones, Ph.D. and her students, who will lead a discussion on their studies of Small Treasures. Be sure to purchase a ticket to the exhibition (free for BMA members, $12 for non-members) to enjoy the ArtBreak!

Concert: Musical Treasures from 17th-Century Netherlands

April 19, 2015

The Birmingham Music Club presents a chamber concert of music that complements the exhibition, Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries. Listen to the music that would have been played during the time of the Dutch Masters.

Before the concert, visit Small Treasures before it closes! Tickets to the exhibition are free for BMA members and $12 for non-members.

Slow Art Sunday: Canal in Winter

Slow Art Sunday: Canal in Winter

April 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 Clyde Oyster will lead a discussion on Jacob Ruisdael’s Canal in Winter.

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Annual Chenoweth Lecture: Personal Encounters with Small Treasures

April 18, 2015

The Chenoweth Lecture was originally scheduled in March but was canceled due to winter weather. We are excited that Dr. Wheelock will be able to come back before the end of the exhibition! Along with the lecture, the Museum, exhibition, and café will be open for your enjoyment.
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.

Wheelock was raised in Uxbridge, Massachusetts before attending Phillips Exeter Academy, Williams College, and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1973. He came to the National Gallery of Art in 1973 as the David E. Finley Fellow, after which he was named Research Curator. At the same time, he began his teaching career at the University of Maryland. He was appointed curator of Dutch and Flemish painting at the National Gallery in 1975. Wheelock, who has lectured widely on Dutch and Flemish art, has written a number of books, including Perspective, Optics, and Delft Artists around 1650 (1977); Jan Vermeer (1981); Vermeer and the Art of Painting (1995); the catalogs of the Dutch and Flemish collections at the National Gallery of Art, along with other works and articles.

The Chenoweth lectures are endowed by Dr. Arthur I. Chenoweth as a memorial to his brother and parents. The purpose of the lectures is to encourage international understanding through the presentation of a variety of subjects by specialists in their fields.

Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

April 18, 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.

ArtBreak: Painting Demonstration in the Manner of Small Treasures

ArtBreak: Painting Demonstration in the Manner of Small Treasures

April 14, 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 artist Patty B. Driscoll, who will lead a painting demonstration in the style of Small Treasures. Be sure to purchase a ticket to the exhibition (free for BMA members, $12 for non-members) to enjoy the ArtBreak!

Decoding Black Art: This Woman’s Work: Emma Amos and the Black Female Body

Decoding Black Art: This Woman’s Work: Emma Amos and the Black Female Body

April 12, 2015

Join Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow in African American Art Kelli Morgan 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 “This Woman’s Work”: Emma Amos and the Black Female Body.

Portland Vase Copy. Wedgwood, about 1790. Stoneware (jasperware). The Dwight and Lucille Beeson Wedgwood Collection.

Slow Art Sunday: Portland Vase Copy

April 12, 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 Wedgwood’s Portland Vase Copy.

Slow Art Day 2015

April 11, 2015

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year along with museums around the world. This year, join us for refreshments and thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks!

Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

April 11, 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.

Slow Art Day 2015

Slow Art Day 2015

April 11, 2015

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year along with museums around the world. This year, join us for refreshments and thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks!