The new year welcomes many exciting changes and experiences at the Birmingham Museum of Art. As many of you know, last year Jeannine O’Grody stepped out of her role as Curator of European Art to devote her full attention to the positions of Chief Curator and Deputy Director. Soon after, we launched a national search for her replacement and happily received an overwhelming response. This December we welcomed with great pleasure Robert Schindler, who joins us most recently from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Robert brings to the Museum a deep and broad knowledge of European Art, and is dedicated to underscoring and enhancing the strength of our European collection.
The arrival of a new Curator of European Art could not be more timely, as we anticipate the opening of our first traveling exhibition of European paintings in more than a decade. Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art opens February 22. The exhibition will feature richly hued paintings and detailed works on paper from the leader of the French Romantic Movement, Eugène Delacroix.
More immediately, at the invitation of University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts, the BMA curates the inaugural exhibition, which opens this month. We look forward to joining UAB for this unique opportunity to celebrate the vibrant arts community in our city. The exhibition will center on the concept of “Birmingham Collects,” and will consist of works borrowed from some of Birmingham’s inspiring private collections. This is just one of many important collaborations that already take place between our institutions, and we look forward to the new platform the IVA offers to generate greater dialogue across our entire community.
Thank you for your support as a member of the Birmingham Museum of Art. I look forward to seeing you at the Museum soon.
The R. Hugh Daniel Director
The Birmingham Museum of Art, one of the finest regional museums in the United States, houses a diverse collection of more than 25,000 paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and decorative arts dating from ancient to modern times. The collection presents a rich panorama of cultures, featuring the Museum’s extensive holdings of Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American art. The mission of the Birmingham Museum of Art is to provide an unparalleled cultural and educational experience to a diverse community by collecting, presenting, interpreting, and preserving works of art of the highest quality.
The mission of the Birmingham Museum of Art is to provide an unparalleled cultural and educational experience to a diverse community by collecting, presenting, interpreting, and preserving works of art of the highest quality.
- Founding Date: 1951
- Location: 3.9 acres in the heart of the cultural district, 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd (formerly 8th Avenue North), Birmingham, AL 35203-2278
- Owner: City of Birmingham, Birmingham Museum of Art
- Governed: Museum Board of the City of Birmingham
- Present Building: Erected in 1959. Designed by Warren, Knight & Davis; Birmingham, AL
- Major Additions: 1965, 1967, 1974 and 1980 by Warren, Knight & Davis
- Major Renovation: Completed 1993; Designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes
- Expansion: Edward Larrabee Barnes/John M.Y. Lee & Partners; New York, New York
- Museum Facility: 180,000 gross square feet (150,000 square feet three-story structure; 30,000 square feet outdoor sculpture garden)
The Museum is grateful to the members of the community who serve on our Board of Trustees, Advisory Board, and Members Board.
Board of Trustees
Mr. Ralph D. Cook, Chairman, Hare, Wynn, Newell
Ms. Myla C. Choy, Secretary, Birmingham Business Alliance
Mr. Michael Straus
Mrs. Nan Skier
Mr. Larry D. Thornton, Thornton Enterprises
Mr. Charles H. Simpson, 1st Vice Chairman, Brookmont Realty Group
Mrs. Maye Head Frei, Ram Tool and Supply Company
Mr. Sanjay Singh, CTS
Mr. Edgar B. Marx, Jr., Governance Chair, Marx Brothers, Inc.
Mr. John O. Hudson III, Alabama Power Company
Dr. George T. French, Miles College
Mr. Mark L. Drew, Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C.
Mr. William C. Hulsey, Arlington Properties, Inc.
Mr. Joel B. Piassick, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair, Harbert Management Corporation
Mr. G. Ruffner Page, Jr., McWane Inc.
Mr. James K. Outland, New Capital Partners
Mr. Russell Jackson Drake, WhatleyKallas, LLP
Mrs. Philippa Bainbridge
Ms. Dalton Blankenship
Ms. Kay Katherine Blount
Mr. William A. Bowron, Jr., Red Diamond, Inc.
Ms. Jane Comer
Mr. Donald L. Cook
Mrs. Jane Emily Crosswhite
Mr. H. Corbin Day, Jemison Investment Company
Mr. Otis W. Dismuke, Birmingham City Schools
Mrs. Rebekah Elgin-Council, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Mr. Adrián Garrido, BBVA Compass Bank
Mrs. Ellen Gillespy
Mr. T. Randolph Gray
Mrs. Melanie Grinney
Mr. Jim Hansen, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Mr. Wyatt R. Haskell, Haskell Slaughter & Young
Ms. Pauline Ireland
Mr. Donald M. James, Vulcan Materials Company
Ms. Cathy Sloss Jones, Sloss Real Estate Group
Dr. William Mason
Ms. Jennifer R. McCain, Maynard Cooper & Gayle
Dr. Dannetta K. Thornton Owens
Mrs. Penny Page
Mrs. Katharine Patton
Dr. John W. Poynor, ENT Associates of Alabama
Mr. William Ritter, Regions Bank
Mrs. Marilyn Smith
Mr. James D. Sokol
Mrs. Patricia Sprague
Mrs. Catherine Styslinger
Mr. Crawford Taylor, Merrill Lynch
Mrs. Carolyn Wade
Mr. Alan K. Zeigler, Bradley Arant Rose & White
Mr. Thomas N. Carruthers, Jr.
Mrs. Margaret G. Livingston
Mr. Ralph D. Cook, Chairman, Board of Trustees
Mr. William J. Cabaniss, Chair, Endowment Trust Committee
Mrs. Langston Hereford, President, Members Board
Mr. Henry S. Lynn Jr., President, Art Fund Inc.
Ms. Lochrane Smith, President, Junior Patrons Board
Mrs. Langston Hereford, President
Mrs. Patti Whitt, Treasurer
Mrs. Alice Thigpen, Assistant Treasurer
Mrs. Gloria Anderson, Secretary
Mrs. Mimi Arrington, Parliamentarian
Mrs. Kimberly King, Events Committee Chair
Ms. Marianne Schoel, Stewardship Committee Chair
Ms. Tania Adams
Mrs. Beth Adams
Mr. Chip Brantley
Mr. Patrick Cather
Mrs. Marilyn Dixon
Ms. Mary Evans
Ms. Ashelynn Karle Falkenburg
Mrs. Minnie Finley
Mrs. Kay Grisham
Mrs. Helen Harmon
Mrs. Mary Margaret Hendry
Mrs. Leigh Inskeep
Mrs. Mindy Lalor
Mrs. Margaret G. Livingston
Mrs. Geeta Malik
Mrs. Suzanne M. Mann
Mrs. Laura Kelly Murphey
Mrs. Lori Salter-Schommer
Ms. Shandra J. Smith
Ms. Lochrane C. Smith
Mrs. Virginia Volman
updated October 2013