Skip to content

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 […]

Building the Collection

As an institution committed to collecting broadly and in depth, the Birmingham Museum of Art is home to a diverse collection of more than 27,000 paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and […]

Contemporary Gallery Reopens this Spring

On April 27, the front section of the Pizitz gallery will reopen with a new installation of contemporary works curated by Hallie Ringle. Drawn largely from the BMA’s permanent collection, […]

Standing Rock

This photograph was taken by Tlingit/Cherokee artist Zoë Marieh Urness. Urness participated in the protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline—an oil pipeline which was to be installed under several bodies […]

Memories of the Coast of France

From 1939 to 1945, the Second World War shattered the world. Nations and their people were plunged into the global conflict, deprived of calm stability in their daily lives. Understanding […]

The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection

In commemoration of Alabama’s bicentennial, the Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to present The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection, an exhibition featuring more than 175 outstanding works of folk art from the Museum’s permanent collection.


Borders also delineate how we tell stories at the Birmingham Museum of Art. As in many encyclopedic art museums, our galleries separate the arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. A new initiative called Intersections crosses these “borders” to explore the connections between cultures.

Coe: Then & Now

Curating a show on Birmingham’s history has been an incredible learning opportunity for me as I am new to the city. Having moved here just recently, I have been struck by how much of Coe’s Birmingham is often still visible as I walk the city’s streets today.

Am I not a Man and a Brother?

Senior Curator Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, PhD discusses the powerful imagery featured on an 18th century medallion.