Garden From The Sky

About the Museum

Director’s Welcome

Gail AndrewsIn reading the summer issue of My Museum magazine, you will see the number of programs offering ways to understand and appreciate the samurai, as well as some aspects of Japanese culture in general. We have long valued the role literature, music, drama, religion, and geography play in providing context, amplifying ideas and emotions, and offering additional points of contemplation in the visual arts.

What is slightly different in the way museums are approaching this strategy today is that we now offer a variety of opportunities more frequently and often all at once. It’s been said that experience is the new cultural currency, and we understand the need to create more comprehensive experiences for our visitors. Sometimes termed “the mash up,” these offerings provide a combination of activities to attract a broader and more diverse audience more regularly. Our First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum series, for instance, encourages visitors to engage with our collection through various activities including gallery conversations, films, an art-making activity, music, wine tastings, and socializing. All of this centers on our goal of expanding opportunities for our community to connect with cultures and ideas across time and space. These opportunities allow us to diverge from our normal paths, challenging our way of seeing, stimulating new ideas, and increasing our curiousity about the world around us.

We talk about summer as a time to unplug and restore some balance to hectic lives. Standing in front of a work of art offers that possibility everyday, allowing us to find meaning, rediscover our passions, and be inspired to learn and do more. This summer, find a new way to connect with art in a way you had not previously considered. Our upcoming Art & Meditation class, Japanese Film Festival, and tenth anniversary series of Art On The Rocks are just a few of the ways you can enhance your usual Museum experience.

Finally, I recognize that all of these efforts would be impossible without our only fundraising event of the year, the Museum Ball. I would like to extend my deep and sincere appreciation to this year’s Museum Ball Committee, specifically to chairs Mrs. Bradford Kidd and Mrs. Thomas Jernigan, fundraising chair Mr. William R. Ireland, Jr., and to all of you who supported this evening through your generous contributions. Photographs in this issue of My Museum offer a glimpse into the beauty and sophistication of the evening; however, the real story of the Museum Ball is told every day through the teacher and school services, art programs in libraries and community centers, docent-led tours in our galleries, adult programs, family festivals, and in countless other ways.

Wishing you a wonderful summer and, as always, thank you for your membership at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Gail Andrews
The R. Hugh Daniel Director

The Collection

1991.879_p01The Birmingham Museum of Art, one of the finest regional museums in the United States, houses a diverse collection of more than 26,000 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.

Mission Statement

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.

Museum Facts

  • 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)

Museum Boards

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

Advisory Board

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
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
Ms. Jennifer R. McCain, Maynard Cooper & Gale
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

Chairmen Emeritus:
Mr. Thomas N. Carruthers, Jr.
Mrs. Margaret G. Livingston

Affiliated Leadership:
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

Members 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