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!

Birmingham Fashion Week: Rising Design Star Challenge Closes

The Museum is partnering with Birmingham Fashion Week to present an exhibition of fashion designs from students in grades 6 through 12. Birmingham Fashion Week was founded on the ideals of bringing unity to our community through fashion. Local and national designers, alongside local and national boutiques, and the Birmingham Museum of Art will gather together to promote and inspire our rising stars. Models, make-up artists, and hair stylists will showcase their talents on the runway, while encouraging locals and visitors to explore the creative talents of Birmingham.

Visit bhamfashionweek.com for more information.

Indian Cultural Society Concert

The Indian Cultural Society invites you to TRILOGY, a confluence of northern Indian music by three master musicians. The concert features the music of Dr. Rajeeb Chakraborty, eminent sarod player, Mr. Jesse Bannister, leading UK saxophonist, and Pt. Subhen Chatterjee, internationally acclaimed tabla maestro. Experience some of the best in northern Indian culture with this exceptional collaboration by the three musicians.

ArtBreak: Delacroix and the Power of Color

Please note that you must purchase a ticket to the exhibition Delacroix and the Matter of Finish to attend ArtBreak. Admission is free for Museum members and $15 for non-members. 

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!

At this week’s ArtBreak, Curator of European Art Dr. Robert Schindler will discuss Delacroix and the Power of Color. Hailed as one of the great colorists of all time by his artist friends and critics alike, Delacroix’s mastery of painting is unrivaled in his time. He was seen, and saw himself, as following in the footsteps of such great old masters as Rubens and Rembrandt. The exhibition Delacroix and The Matter of Finish provides an extraordinary opportunity to study his genius first-hand, and this talk will help understand and appreciate Delacroix’s remarkable virtuosity.

EAS Annual Dinner

This event is for members of the European Art Society. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

The European Art Society at the Birmingham Museum of Art invites you to attend the Eleventh Annual Dinner. The evening will begin at 6:30PM with cocktails, and dinner will be served at 7:30PM. Curator of European Art Dr. Robert Schindler will welcome the group and present on the future of European Art at the BMA at 7PM.

The evening is $75 per person. If you plan to attend, please contact Carrie Montgomery at cmontgomery@artsbma.org or 205.254.2086.

Birmingham Fashion Week Rising Stars Reception

While our Birmingham Fashion Week: Rising Design Star Challenge exhibition is on view, be sure to cast your vote before April 13 for the People’s Choice Award! One lucky student, selected by our visitors, will have their work featured on the runway at Birmingham Fashion Week. At this reception, students participating in the exhibition will be honored for their hard work, and the winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced.

Slow Art Sunday: Four Quarters of the Globe

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 takes a closer look at Derby Porcelain Manufactory’s Four Quarters of the Globe.

Slow Art Day: School of Beauty, School of Culture

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year, along with museums from around the world. This year, join us for thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks, Robert Arneson’s Clay I Am, It Is True (at 11AM) and Kerry James Marshall’s School of Beauty, School of Culture (2PM).

Reservations are requested. To RSVP for the event, please visit the event page and register. For more information about Slow Art Day, click here.

Slow Art Day: Clay I Am, It Is True

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year, along with museums from around the world. This year, join us for thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks, Robert Arneson’s Clay I Am, It Is True (at 11AM) and Kerry James Marshall’s School of Beauty, School of Culture (2PM).

Reservations are requested. To RSVP for the event, please visit the event page and register. For more information about Slow Art Day, click here.

Visually Impaired Program: The Ties that Bind: Human Connections

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, April 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.

Friends of American Art Lunch & Learn: How Great Thou Art: Biblical Imagery in America

This event is for members of Friends of American Art. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

Despite the historic importance of the Bible to American culture and daily life, Biblical subjects in 18th- and 19th-century American art are surprisingly few, especially considering their prevalence in the Old World.  Graham Boettcher, PhD, will explore this country’s sometimes uneasy relationship with religious iconography and discuss some fascinating examples of Old and New Testament imagery from the period.

Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact Andrew Farrell at afarrell@artsbma.org or 205.297.8073 by April 2nd.

Museum Academy: Art Classes for Grades 6-9

Registration is now closed for Spring 2014. Please look at our summer offerings and check back soon for Fall 2014 listings.

The Museum Academy is a new and unique experience in Birmingham that provides students the opportunity to learn from working artists in the Museum’s studios and original artworks in the galleries. Teaching artists at the Academy reflect the diversity of art and techniques represented in the Museum.

Students emerge from the 12-week program with critical-thinking experience, discipline of practice, and a portfolio of original artwork that explores a variety of processes and media.

Join us for this new mentally stimulating, creative afterschool program and become pioneers of the Museum Academy!

$325 Museum members // $360 non-members

Spring 2014 Schedule:
Tuesdays 3:45–5:45PM, January 14 – April 8 (No class March 25)

Academy Apprentice: 6th–7th grades
Academy Assistant: 8th–9th grades
Academy Master: 10th–12th grades (coming fall 2014)

ArtBreak: Birmingham Fashion Week: What’s It All About?

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 Tiffany Linn, Birmingham Fashion Week Rising Design Star Chair, who will discuss our new student exhibition Birmingham Fashion Week. After ArtBreak, see all the designs and vote on your favorite piece!

Slow Art Sunday: Bonjour Julie

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 takes a closer look at Joan Mitchell’s Bonjour Julie.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

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.

Experience the bold and daring art of Delacroix with our themed night of Delacroix and the Exotic.

5-9PM Open galleries

5-9PM Tapas and cocktails // Oscar’s Café

6PM Public Talk: Delacroix’s Women of Algiers: Text and Context, by Lamia Ben Youssef Zayzafoon, Ph.D., UAB Professor of French // Auditorium

6-8PM Printmaking demonstration with University of Montevallo Professor Scott Stephens

6:30PM Drop-in and Draw class

7PM Wine tasting // Sculpture Garden

7PM Live music by Preston Lovinggood, presented by Communicating Vessels // Sculpture Garden

7PM Film Screening // The Wind and the Lion  // Auditorium

Art & Conversation

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

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.