Wall to Wall: Rico Gatson

Aug 05, 2022 - Jun 17, 2023

The second iteration of Wall to Wall presented by PNC features Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Rico Gatson, who will transform the walls of the Museum lobby with a colorful, life-size image of an iconic Birmingham figure and an abstract composition. On Friday, August 5, guests attending Museum’s signature event, Art on the Rocks, will be invited to paint alongside Rico in the lobby to help complete the installation. Through community engagement, Gatson hopes to bring the energy from the Civil Rights movement into the present. Born in Augusta, Georgia, Gatson grew up in Southern California and received his BFA from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1989, and MFA from Yale School of Art in 1991.

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Wall to Wall presented by PNC 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. 


The diagonal lines and contrasting colors in our latest Wall 2 Wall installation may be disorienting for visitors with sensory processing disorders. We have KultureCity sensory bags as well as folding snap sunglasses available for free check out at the ground floor entrance.

For more information regarding accessibility at the BMA, visit our access page.