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 […]

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 decorative arts dating from ancient to modern times. Our collection presents a rich panorama of cultures, featuring the Museum’s extensive holdings of Asian, European, American, […]

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, the group of works will explore the history of under-recognized labor and will feature pieces new to the collection, along with many that haven’t been […]

Black History Month: 10 Artists You Should Know

In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting 10 important artists whose work is on view now at the Birmingham Museum of Art. While the Museum takes the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month in February, we are dedicated to collecting work by African and African American artists year round. Our collection includes work […]

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 of water, endangering the drinking water supply on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Standing Rock is home to several bands of Lakota and Dakota Sioux, […]

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 this clash and its ramifications requires not only looking at military alliances and the theater of war, but also the human toll. The psychological impact […]

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.