Garden From The Sky

About the Museum

Director’s Welcome

Gail AndrewsSpring is a time for new beginnings, and now that we’ve finally thawed from a long winter, we are anxious to unveil some exciting changes that are happening at the Museum.

At the end of April, we’ll open our newly renovated African gallery. After two years of construction and countless hours of dedication by our staff, the revitalized space takes visitors on a comprehensive tour of African art organized by region. Aesthetically, the gallery design enhances the collection with vibrant wall colors and warmly complements our existing gallery of African ceramics. We are proud to reintroduce our very important collection of African art to the community.

Another renovation we’ve recently made is that of the Museum’s website interface. Users will now find a cleaner, sharper, more interactive site through which one may explore a robust representation of our collections and programs.

This change is more than a typical website upgrade. It is also a reflection of a shift in mentality of how we characterize the Museum experience. We are expanding the definition of visitation beyond in-person visits to include visitors of our website, as both kinds may now offer meaningful experiences. Modern technology allows the Museum to share our collection and curatorial knowledge digitally. While the magic of standing before a work of art cannot be replicated, the ability to engage visitors virtually enables us reach to audiences around the world. As our online audience grows, we plan to increase the amount of website content to include more of our collection, recordings of our programs, and insight from our curators.

In addition to developing content for our own website, we recently became the first organization in Alabama to join the Google Cultural Institute. This initiative by Google is an online catalogue of millions of cultural treasures representing hundreds of acclaimed art institutions around the world.

I hope you, as a member of the Birmingham Museum of Art, have the opportunity to visit us soon to check out all of these wonderful changes—both in-person and online.

As always, thank you for your generous support of the Museum.

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 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.

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
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

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