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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!

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.

Asian Art Society: Private Tour of Lethal Beauty

June 29, 2014

Join us for a private walk through of our summer exhibition Lethal Beauty, which features Samurai weapons and armor. We will meet in front of the exhibition galleries, and we will convene after the tour to discuss the exhibition and enjoy wine and cheese.

To RSVP, please contact Mollie Bartholomew at mbartholomew@artsbma.org or 205.254.2567 by Monday, June 23.

Somnus, about 1774. Wedgwood (est. 1759), Staffordshire, England. Stoneware (black basalt). 11 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 14 inches. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc., at the Birmingham Museum of Art; The Buten Wedgwood Collection, gift through the Wedgwood Society of New York, 300.2008.

Slow Art Sunday: Somnus

June 29, 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 this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, Somnus.

Lethal Beauty Members Opening Lecture and Reception

Lethal Beauty Members Opening Lecture and Reception

June 27, 2014

Help us welcome Lethal Beauty with an opening lecture, reception, and viewing of the exhibition! Enjoy food, drinks, music, and a festive celebration of Japanese culture. Please arrive early for the lecture to ensure your seat; all seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is FREE for BMA members, and $25 for non-members.

Collectors Circle Salon

June 26, 2014

This event is for members of Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org. To attend this event, RSVP by June 19 to Mollie Bartholomew at mbartholomew@artsbma.org. Salons are an opportunity

ArtBreak: In the Round: Symbols, Scenes, and Circles in Asian Art

ArtBreak: In the Round: Symbols, Scenes, and Circles in Asian Art

June 24, 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 presented by Curator of Education Samantha Kelly and Assistant Curator of Education for Family Programs Madeline Adams. Samantha and Madeline will discuss In the Round: Symbols, Scenes, and Circles in Asian Art.

Summer Solstice Concert

June 22, 2014

Inspired by the Museum’s English Gallery, the Red Mountain Chamber Players’ annual concert is themed English Tea Time. The music will reflect the elegance and sophistication surrounding afternoon tea in eighteenth-century England.

A tour of the Museum’s English gallery and our recent acquisition Chatsworth House, by Peter Tillemans, will precede the concert.

Slow Art Sunday: Chatsworth House

Slow Art Sunday: Chatsworth House

June 22, 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, docent Judy Cook will lead a discussion on Pieter Tillemans’ Chatsworth House.

ArtBreak: Mystery at the Museum

ArtBreak: Mystery at the Museum

June 17, 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 presented by Assistant Curator of Education for Visitor Engagement Kristi McMillan, who will lead a discussion on Mystery at the Museum. Learn all about our mystery object on view at the Museum now!

Slow Art Sunday: Horse

Slow Art Sunday: Horse

June 15, 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 our Chinese piece, Horse.

Visually Impaired Program: Feasts and Celebrations

Visually Impaired Program: Feasts and Celebrations

June 14, 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, June 9.

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.

Seryn / Art On The Rocks / June 13, 2014

Art On The Rocks! – Seryn

June 13, 2014

Sample brews by Back Forty Beer Co., secure eternal good luck by folding one of a thousand paper cranes for a collaborative installation, or enjoy everything else we have planned:

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