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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!

Museum Ball: Second Floor Closes at 2PM

April 29, 2015

Please note that the second floor of the Museum, including galleries, the café, Bart’s ArtVenture, and the Museum Store, will close today at 2PM due to Museum Ball set up.

The third floor galleries and gardens will remain open.

Art Break: Between Fantasy and Reality with Artist Frank Fleming

Art Break: Between Fantasy and Reality with Artist Frank Fleming

April 28, 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 Frank Fleming, whose art is currently on display in the Museum’s exhibition Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of Alabama’s favorite artists, as he speaks about artwork from his early years.

Drop-in Tours

April 26, 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:

1-1:30PM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA
3-3:30PM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA

Slow Art Sunday: Bands of Color in Various Directions

Slow Art Sunday: Bands of Color in Various Directions

April 26, 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, Master Docent Judy Cook will lead a discussion on Sol LeWitt’s Bands of Color in Various Directions.

Drop-in Tours

April 26, 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:

1-1:30PM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA
3-3:30PM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA

Magic City Art Connection Workshop

Magic City Art Connection Workshop

April 26, 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!

Birmingham Fashion Week: Rising Design Start Challenge Closes

Birmingham Fashion Week: Rising Design Start Challenge Closes

April 26, 2015

Every year, students from across the city, in grades 6-12, come to the Museum to display their innovative fashion designs. Students are asked to get creative with their pieces, using very unconventional materials. This year’s designs are up to the challenge, featuring cartons of buttermilk, trash bags, fishing nets, stamps, and more!

Click here to see some of the designs as students set up their creations at the Museum.

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.

Annual Chenoweth Lecture: Personal Encounters with Small Treasures

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.