BMA Receives Coronavirus Relief Grant

The Birmingham Museum of Art is the recipient of a $50,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The BMA is among 855 organizations — representing every state — to receive the funds which are designated to support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, […]

BMA Announces Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Emily G. Hanna, Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, a new position on the BMA’s executive leadership team. “At the Birmingham Museum of Art, we now understand the urgency with which […]

Remembering Emma Amos

Senior Curator Emily G. Hanna shares memories of artist Emma Amos, who died on May 20, 2020.

American Painting Survey

This spring, the Museum took a close look at some of its American paintings. Collection highlights including George Inness’s Moonlight in Virginia, John Singer Sargent’s Lady Helen Vincent, and Charles Courtney Curran’s Lady With a Bouquet (Snowballs) were off of the walls for examination. As part of the BMA’s ongoing collection care efforts, a contract […]

MS Society Commissions Sculpture by Darius Hill

On June 18, 2018, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Alabama—Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society unveiled a new work of art commissioned in honor of the MS Society’s 2016 Legacy of Leadership honoree, Lee Styslinger Jr. The work, entitled Fiber, is a large sculpture by artist Darius Hill, created out of […]

BMA Returns Stolen Sculpture to India

The Birmingham Museum of Art officially repatriated a stolen work of art to the nation of India in a formal ceremony that took place in New York City on the evening of September 4. Dr. Graham Boettcher, R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, represented the BMA at the ceremony which was […]

The Birmingham Museum of Art Debuts Work by Artist Amy Sherald

The Birmingham Museum of Art unveiled a work by artist Amy Sherald, who was also commissioned to paint Michelle Obama’s official portrait for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in 2017. Amy Sherald’s work, All Things Bright and Beautiful, made its public debut at the Museum’s Art On The Rocks event on June 8. The […]

Teen BMA Trip to Nashville

Written by Teen Council Member Livvy Porrill As a member of Teen BMA, I recently traveled with the group to experience the art scene in Nashville. On February 3rd, I got up early on a Saturday morning to load up in a bus with all of my friends for a field trip that would expand my knowledge of the […]

In Memoriam: Frank Fleming

I was more at ease with nature and animals than people, I lived within myself. I didn’t use words to describe the things I saw, and I’m sure because I didn’t use words, I tended to think in visual images. — Frank Fleming Frank Fleming described both himself and the sculpture he made with those […]