Med Students Improve Practice With Art

Medical students undergo rigorous training before they can become doctors—years of internships, residencies and classes, all preparing them to know the human body and the many things that can go wrong with it. So why do they take time out of their busy schedules to attend a class at an art museum? The Museum and […]

Happy Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a month-long celebration honoring famous female heroines of the past, as well as recognizing the many women whom history has forgotten. Art has been one of the areas that historically favored men, but there is no shortage of works by and about strong females. The Museum has a number of […]

Happy Presidents’ Day!

This Presidents’ Day, we look to our first president, as this year’s holiday falls just a few days before George Washington’s 284th birthday. This engraving depicts the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova’s massive seated statue of George Washington in Roman guise, which was commissioned by the North Carolina General Assembly, and executed in Canova’s studio in Rome between […]

An Unconventional Love Story

Walking around our galleries, you are sure to find many examples of love: familial, romantic, unrequited, and many other interpretations. This Valentine’s Day, we are here to share the story behind one piece, which is certainly unlike the fairy tales you know: this is the love story of Antiochus and Stratonice, as depicted in a […]

Happy Birthday, Lonnie Holley!

Happy birthday to Alabama artist Lonnie Holley, born February 10, 1950! Holley was born in Birmingham during the Jim Crow-era, as the seventh of 27 children. His story, although dubious at times, is eccentric and heart wrenching: he says the woman who informally adopted him at birth traded him for a pint of whiskey when […]

Happy Chinese New Year!

Although China has recognized the Gregorian calendar and January 1 as New Year’s Day since 1912, the Chinese calendar is still used to determine traditional holidays. The Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, is the most important among these holidays. The calendar is based on lunar cycles, with the first day of the […]

Director Gail Andrews On The Loss Of Thornton Dial

Article from; see the full article here. On Monday one of America’s great artists died, Alabama native Thornton Dial. Dial’s work ranged from small sculptures to large and ambitious mixed-media paintings and enormous installations. They also varied in tone and emotion as they reflected his life and worldview as an African-American man, born in […]

Happy Birthday, Thomas Cole!

Happy birthday to artist Thomas Cole, who was born on February 1, 1801. Measuring nearly six feet wide, this carefully delineated, panoramic view of Sicily’s Mount Etna by Thomas Cole is the largest known drawing by the artist. Cole, hailed as “the father of the Hudson River School,” was the originator of this country’s first […]

Happy Birthday, Robert Motherwell!

Born on January 24, 1915, Robert Motherwell, one of the most intellectually inclined Abstract Expressionists, studied philosophy at Stanford and Harvard Universities before moving to New York City in 1939. He came to prominence in the early 1950s with his Elegy paintings — grand gestural canvases with veiled political motivations. The Deserted Studio is from […]

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend At The Museum

“We must use time creatively — and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” -Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) The Birmingham Museum of Art proudly honors the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement with a selection of photos, located on our second floor hallway outside of the Museum Store. […]