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Wall to Wall: Amy Pleasant


Aug 04, 2023 - Jul 27, 2024

The third iteration of Wall to Wall features prominent Birmingham-born and based contemporary artist Amy Pleasant who will create a site-specific installation on the walls of the Museum’s lobby populated with images inspired by and in response to objects from the museum’s global, permanent collection. On Friday, August 4, guests attending Museum’s signature event, Art on the Rocks, will be invited to paint alongside Pleasant in the lobby to help complete the installation. Pleasant’s work includes painting, drawing, and ceramic sculpture, all exploring the body and language through repetition, pushing the boundaries between figuration and abstraction. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Pleasant received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994 and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 1999 and has received prestigious awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award.

Wall to Wall is an ongoing project that invites artists to activate the Museum’s lobby and cafe with artwork inspired by the city. Recognizing the lobby and cafe as vital places of exchange and communal gathering, the BMA seeks to make these spaces more accessible by providing immersive, site-specific experiences created uniquely for the Museum. 

Wall to Wall: Amy Pleasant is presented thanks to the generous bequest of Toni Tully, a grant from The Straus Family Fund, and the support of The Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art.

We are also grateful to our benefactors Jim Sokol and Lydia Cheney, and the Jefferson County Community Service Fund; our patrons Margaret and Bruce Alexander, Rebecca and Jack Drake, Ellen and Fred Elsas, Beverly and Stanley Erdreich, John Hagefstration, Hillery Head, Virginia and John Hillhouse, and Connie and Marshall Urist; and contributors Graham C. Boettcher, Doug McCraw, Robin Morgan, Sonja Rieger, and Margaret Shepherd