Adopt an Artwork

Recently Adopted Pieces


Mrs. Ogilvy

October 8, 2020

Girl with Bonnet

July 4, 2018

Still Life with Game Birds

May 22, 2018

Saint Mark the Evangelist

June 30, 2017

About the Adopt-An-Artwork Program

Many objects in our care here at the museum are in need of conservation. Many are hundreds of years old and some wear and tear is completely normal. Fortunately, this can be fixed, but in order to address some of our more urgent conservation needs, we need your help. We’ve developed the “Adopt-An-Artwork” program to find sponsors, who are willing to help us fund the treatment of one or more objects. It is a great way for you to take part in the conservation process!

This page features objects that need conservation and are looking to be adopted.

When adopting a artwork, you will receive the following:

  • A short dossier on the work you have chosen.
  • A short tour to introduce you to the work you have chosen and the conservation it needs, which will give you an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about conservation and the process behind it.
  • When the artwork returns from treatment (we cannot do it on site in Birmingham) you will be invited for a private viewing before the artwork goes back on display in our galleries.
  • Finally, if you so wish the gallery label for the artwork will recognize your name for five years.

Thank you for considering to support this program and thank you for your support of the BMA!

It’s easy to adopt an artwork! Here is a Step-by-Step:

  1. Once you have chosen which artwork you would like to adopt, reach out to our Curator of European Art, Robert Schindler ([email protected]; 205.297.8064), and let him know. You can also jointly adopt an artwork with friends or family (even a company can adopt an artwork)!
  2. We will then send you information on the work you have selected, including its conservation needs and a treatment proposal. You will also be invited to the tour before the work is conserved.
  3. When the conservation is completed, you will be invited for a viewing “after treatment” and you will be sent an invoice along with the treatment report.
  4. Finally, choose whether you want to be credited on the gallery label or not. At the end, you send your payment for the treatment to Robert and we will forward to you a formal acknowledgment of your tax-deductible contribution.
  5. Done!

If you have questions or would like to adopt an artwork, please call or email Robert [email protected] // 205.297.8064.