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 […]

Honoring an Expert

The BMA recently acquired five rare original drawings attributed to the Japanese painter and print designer Kamisaka Sekka, which were purchased by the Museum to honor Dr. Donald A. Wood.

Summer Wedgwood Intern

Traveling from Essex, located an hour northeast of London, 18-year-old William Leisk arrived in Birmingham this summer to study the Museum’s Wedgwood collection during an eight week-long internship. Leisk had previously met Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts, in London at the 2016 Wedgwood International Seminar, a gathering of Wedgwood collectors, scholars […]

What is a Rotation?

The BMA staff recently completed the first of three rotations for its current exhibition, Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art. In addition to the 50 pieces that will remain on view for the entirety of the exhibition’s two-year run, certain works within Third Space will rotate every six months to showcase new pieces and […]

Recent Acquisitions: Sunita, Sita, and Nirmala

The three girls seen in this photograph, Sunita, Sita, and Nirmala, were participants in Balika Mela, a fair for young girls held annually in the Lunkaransar block of Rajasthan, India. Balika Mela calls attention to the severe disadvantages girls face in the region, while also empowering participants to find their own voice to take a […]