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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!

Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

September 4, 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.

Stay after the public tour for our First Thursday event!

Art & Conversation

September 4, 2014

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers GONNA BUILD A MOUNTAIN: THE MAKING OF BIRMINGHAM’S AMERICAN COLLECTION Have you ever wondered how museums build and refine their permanent collections? In this candid talk Curator Graham Boettcher discusses the strengths of our

ArtBreak: Spotlight on the Collection: It’s the Real Thing

ArtBreak: Spotlight on the Collection: It’s the Real Thing

September 2, 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 BMA Trustee Jack Drake, who will lead a discussion on September’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, Smokin’ Joe Ain’t J’mama by Hank Willis Thomas.

Three for Five. John George Brown, 1890. Oil on canvas. Collection of The Art Fund, Inc., at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Ireland, AFI1.1980.

Slow Art Sunday: Three for Five

August 31, 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 John George Brown’s piece Three for Five.

Art & Meditation

Art & Meditation

August 30, 2014

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

ArtBreak: Objectives of the Tea Ceremony

ArtBreak: Objectives of the Tea Ceremony

August 26, 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 Urasenke Birmingham, demonstrating a traditional tea ceremony. Explore the ancient traditions and significance of the tea ceremony in Japanese culture.

Slow Art Sunday: Sun Mountain

Slow Art Sunday: Sun Mountain

August 24, 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 look slowly at Helen Frankenthaler’s piece Sun Mountain.

Art & Meditation

Art & Meditation

August 23, 2014

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

ArtBreak: The Making of an Exhibition: Behind the Scenes from a Collector’s Perspective

ArtBreak: The Making of an Exhibition: Behind the Scenes from a Collector’s Perspective

August 19, 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 BMA Docent, Trustee, and Collector Nan Skier. Learn about the process of creating an exhibition at the BMA, as Nan did when making the exhibition Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection. Hear about her process of collecting, working with the BMA, and now sending the exhibition across the country.

Slow Art Sunday: Hot Water Urn

Slow Art Sunday: Hot Water Urn

August 17, 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 Hester Bateman’s piece Hot Water Urn.

Art & Meditation

Art & Meditation

August 16, 2014

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

Art & Meditation

Art & Meditation

August 16, 2014

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

ArtBreak: Lethal Beauty

ArtBreak: Lethal Beauty

August 12, 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 Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Art Don Wood, Ph.D. Join us for a tour of the exhibition Lethal Beauty. Please note that you must purchase a ticket for this ArtBreak. Tickets to Lethal Beauty are FREE for BMA members and $10 for non-members.

Slow Art Sunday: Allegory of Charles I of England and Henriette of France in a Vanitas Still Life

Slow Art Sunday: Allegory of Charles I of England and Henriette of France in a Vanitas Still Life

August 10, 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 look closely at Carstian Luyckx’s piece Allegory of Charles I of England and Henriette of France in a Vanitas Still Life.