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, […]

Delft Tulip Vase

The BMA is pleased to add another outstanding example of ceramic art to its permanent collection. This 17th-century, blue and white, glazed earthenware vessel with two applied handles and applied spouts was made to hold tulips or other flowers. Tulips were introduced to Europe from Turkey in the 16th century. Once it became known that […]

Lifeline

This basket, entitled Lifeline, was made by Shan Goshorn, an Eastern Band Cherokee artist living in Oklahoma. Goshorn’s innovative woven containers reflect traditional Cherokee motifs while incorporating historic photographs, treaties, speeches, and Native alphabets. Lifeline addresses the subject of water, and was made by Goshorn in support of the oil pipeline protest at the Standing […]

Recent Beaux Arts Krewe Acquisitions

Two recent acquisitions are bolstering the collection of European art at the BMA. Both were made possible through funds provided by the Beaux Arts Krewe, which has supported important acquisitions for the Museum for more than 50 years. We are grateful for their continued dedication to the growth of the collection of European art. A […]

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 […]

Adoration of the Shepherds

This work has been acquired in memory of the life and work of Jeannine O’Grody, former Curator of European Art, Chief Curator, and Deputy Director at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Charles Sheeler’s Tree and Landscape

The Museum recently acquired Tree and Landscape, a painting in tempera on paper by Charles Sheeler from 1947. The painting will serve to expand the narrative of American modernism told in the Museum’s American art collection.

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.

Between Worlds

This work, Between Worlds, is made by Teri Greeves, a contemporary artist and beader. She is Kiowa, a Native American tribe (now based in Oklahoma) which once lived on the Great Plains and migrated with the bison. The object is inspired by a traditional Kiowa parfleche, a type of container made from rawhide—deerskin that has […]