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.

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!

ArtBreak: Somnus

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 senior docent Laura Wallace on this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, the Wedgwood sculpture Somnus.

Slow Art Sunday: Samurai Armor

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 our collection’s samurai armor, in preparation for our summertime exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor (opening June 28).

Friends of American Art: Rollin’ on the River: Riverboat Commerce and Decorative Arts in the Antebellum South

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.

Navigable rivers played an important role in the transportation of consumer goods from the North to the Deep South prior to the Civil War, and river ports emerged as important centers of commerce and culture. Curator of American Art Graham Boettcher, Ph.D. will look at well-appointed interiors of the period, and discuss how the riverboat trade helped shape Southern tastes.

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 Wednesday, May 21.

Slow Art Sunday: Plank Mask

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 leads a discussion on this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, Plank Mask, made by the Bwa people. Come explore our all-new African Gallery!

ArtBreak: Highlights of the BMA Collection

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 a docent-led tour of highlights from the BMA collection. See some of our most beloved works from our permanent collection, and learn about each from our docent! This is the perfect  opportunity to see the best of the BMA in 30 short minutes.

Romanticism in the Museum’s Collection Tour

Celebrate International Museum Day in Birmingham by checking out Delacroix and the Matter of Finish on its last day (tickets are $15 for nonmembers and FREE for members)! Also, make your own connection to our collection by going on a docent-led tour of our galleries.

This tour will explore Romanticism in the Museum’s Collection. Compare the Romantic styles in our collection with the French Romantic art found in the Delacroix exhibition!

Slow Art Sunday: The Arab Mourning His Steed

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 takes a closer look at Jean Baptiste Mauzaisse’s The Arab Mourning His Steed. During your visit, be sure to see Delacroix and the Matter of Finish on its last day!

Oscar’s Sunday Lunch

Oscar’s will be open during special hours for International Museum Day!

Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal lunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends. Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.

International Museum Day

The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, 2014. This year, the theme of the International Museum Day is “Museum Collections Make Connections.” Our rich heritage, which museums both display and protect, is associated with inventiveness and vitality, both of which have characterized the museum sector in recent years and are museum’s greatest strengths.

Celebrate International Museum Day in Birmingham by checking out Delacroix and the Matter of Finish on its last day! Also, make your own connection to our collection by going on a docent-led tour of our galleries.

Special events for the day include:

Last day of Delacroix and the Matter of Finish – bring a friend!
Sunday lunch in Oscar’s, 11AM-2PM
Bart’s ArtVenture open, noon-5PM
Slow Art Sunday, 2PM
Romanticism in the Museum’s Collection tour, 3PM

BMA Speaks

In honor of Mother’s Day, this BMA Speaks will celebrate the mothers in our lives and women around the world. Birmingham mover and shaker Sharrif Simmons hosts this evening of spoken word.

Cash bar opens at 6:30PM. Email Associate Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood at kpgreenwood@artsbma.org for more information.

ArtBreak: Replicating the Museum’s Asian Collection in Virtual 3D

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 Corey Shum, Techinal Director at UAB’s Enabling Technology Lab. He will discuss how he replicated pieces in the Museum’s Asian collection using 3D printing and virtual technologies.

Slow Art Sunday: Sun Mountain

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 Emily Omura takes a closer look at Helen Frankenthaler’s Sun Mountain.

Visually Impaired Program: The Arts of Africa

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, May 5.

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.

ArtBreak: Plank Mask

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 Arts of the Africas and Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D. Dr. Hanna will discuss this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, a Plank Mask by the Bwa people. Join us for the talk in our newly reinstalled African gallery!

First Thursday – May 2014: 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.

We will enjoy live music, beer tastings, food trucks, and the final after-hours opportunity to visit Delacroix and the Matter of Finish!


First Thursday // May 1 // Schedule of Events

5-9PM // Third floor galleries open (rest of Museum closed for Museum Ball preparations) // Visit the all-new African Gallery and visit Delacroix and the Matter of Finish before it’s gone!

5-9PM // Food trucks and full cash bar // Shindigs

5-6PM // Live music with Taylor Shaw // Guitar soloist in the garden

5:30PM // Public talk  // Tour of the all-new African Gallery with Curator of Arts of Africa and the America Emily Hanna, Ph.D.

6PM // Public talk  // Canvas to Cinema: Tracing Cinematic Influence from the Paintings of Delacroix to Gladiator // David Resha, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Media and Film, Birmingham-Southern College // Auditorium

6:30-8PM // Drop-in and Draw // Garden

7PM // Beer tasting // Garden

7-9PM // Live music by The Great Book Of John, presented by Communicating Vessels // Upper plaza of garden

7PM // Film Screening: Gladiator // Auditorium