In Memoriam: Frank Fleming

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 […]

Gauri Gill, India, born 1970, Sunita, Sita and Nirmala, 2003, archival inkjet print mounted in Dibond; Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Purchase in honor of Gail C. Andrews for her dedicated service to Birmingham’s Indian community with funds provided by Dora and Sanjay Singh AFI 14 2017

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 […]

Director Gail Andrews Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

On Wednesday, May 24, the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) presented Gail Andrews, R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Jonnie Dee Riley Little Lifetime Achievement Award at its biennial Celebration of the Arts Awards Program in Montgomery, Alabama. Written by Dr. Graham Boettcher, the following article was presented at the Awards Program and is published in the current […]

Remembering William Christenberry

Alabama native William Christenberry, Jr. died on November 28 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at 80 years old. In announcing his death, The Washington Post recognized him as “one of the most respected and influential artists of the modern South.” As an Alabama artist, Christenberry’s work reflected his obsession with the landscape of his home. […]

A Christenberry Collection

The Museum actively collects the work of Alabama artists, and expanding the depth in our holdings of works by William Christenberry has been a longtime strategy. Born in 1936, Christenberry grew up in Tuscaloosa, spending his summers with his grandparents in Hale County, and receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees in art from the University […]


The Birmingham Beaux Arts Krewe, founded in 1966, is a major supporter of the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Each year, the Krewe donates a substantial amount to the Krewe Acquisition Fund, which has enabled the Museum to purchase important works for the collection over the past 50 years. Funds typically accumulate over […]

Family viewing sculptures in the gallery.

Five Reasons for a BMA Staycation

This Memorial Day weekend, visit the BMA for a trip around the world — no passports required. Here are five reasons to spend your staycation at the Museum: Entertain the little ones- Traveling with small children? Visit Bart’s ArtVenture, the Museum’s state-of-the-art interactive gallery designed for visitors with children who want to explore art at their […]