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!

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.

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: Ganesha

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 Professor of Art History at UAB Cathleen Cummings, who will discuss our Cambodian piece Ganesha.

Birmingham Fashion Week: Rising Design Star Challenge Opens

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.

Slow Art Sunday: Moroccan Scene

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 Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Moroccan Scene.

EAS Lunch & Learn: Solving a Mystery: The Ingenray Portrait in Detroit

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.

Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, PhD, will share his most recent scholarship on an important, early 16th- century portrait in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, where he worked prior to joining the BMA. His presentation will demonstrate how archival research, connoisseurship, and a keen eye can drastically change our understanding of a work of art.

Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact Andrew Farrell at 205.297.8073 or afarrell@artsbma.org by March 18th.

Museum Academy: Art Classes for Grades 6-9 – NO CLASS

Museum Academy is cancelled this week due to Spring Break. See you next week!

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)

Slow Art Sunday: Screen

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 takes a closer look at the Japanese piece Screen.

Artist Lecture: Craig Wedderspoon

Artist Craig Wedderspoon, Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of Alabama, will give an overview of his exhibition Quilted Vessel. The exhibition, on view in our sculpture garden, examines the notion of form existing in biotic nature, enlarged to create inhabitable architectural space on a human scale. The building process is motivated by patterns and textures originally found in textiles, with particular influence coming from both traditional and contemporary quilts. The exhibition features new works created over the last year, made especially for the Museum.

Wedderspoon began his work in the tangible manipulation and composition of space and three-dimensional thought in 1985 in Miami, Florida, where he was trained as a glass and crystal carver. Returning to school to study sculpture, he completed his undergraduate studies at Florida International University with a B.F.A. in 1997, and then finished his graduate studies, earning an M.F.A. in 1999, at Virginia Commonwealth University. Wedderspoon joined the University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History in the fall of 1999, where he teaches all levels of graduate and undergraduate sculpture and three-dimensional design. While at UA, he has received several research grants and awards for outstanding commitment to students and teaching. His sculpture has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Along with multiple solo and group exhibitions, Wedderspoon has completed many permanent outdoor commissions for sculpture in Alabama, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, and Ohio.

Collectors Circle Salon

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 March 14 to Susan Reeves at swrlaw@aol.com.

Salons are an opportunity for members to get together in a casual setting and consider the latest happening, whether it is an acquisition by a member or the Museum, an opening, a new artist, an art magazine article, or a Collectors Circle trip. The topics are limitless and we welcome your ideas and offers to host.

March’s Salon theme is Collectors Show and Tell, recent works from group and individual travel, and will be held at the home of Becky Patterson. Scott Miller will show us images of the Collectors Circle trip to Dallas and Ellen Elsas will present works from the NY Armory show.

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: Yes Ma’am! A Celebration of Female Artists for Women’s History Month

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 the BMA’s Curator of Education Samantha Kelly, who will discuss Yes Ma’am! A Celebration of Female Artists for Women’s History Month.

Slow Art Sunday: A Tender Chord

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 takes a closer look at Francis Davis Millet’s A Tender Chord.

Holi: Professional Music and Dance Performances

HOLI: A Celebration of COLOR!

Join us in Steiner Auditorium during our Holi Festival for an incredible line-up of local, professional, Indian dance and music performances. These performances are part of the larger Holi Festival, which lasts from 10AM-4PM. Click here to see what else is planned for the day!

Performances include:

The Auburn Indian Music Ensemble
Bollywood Groove
Sudha Raghuram
Aastha Gandhakwala
Piyalee Sharma Creations
Natyananda Dance School and Company
Notinee Indian Dance Group
Nanda Sane Dance Group: Fusion Faction