Support Group

European Art Society

Contact Mary Little to Join:
mlittle@artsbma.org
205-254-2389

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What is the European Art Society?
The European Art Society (EAS) provides support to the Department of European Art. It consists of museum patrons interested in European Art – paintings, sculpture, as well as prints and drawings from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century – from all backgrounds and all levels of interest and expertise. The group is devoted to the continued growth and care of the Museum’s collection, and to learning about European art in general, and the Museum’s collection specifically. Regular European Art Society events include lectures, sneak peaks and tours of the collection and special exhibitions, collection visits, domestic and international travel opportunities, and the annual dinner; an opportunity to socialize with other members and learn about past, present, and future projects of the Department of European Art.


What do I get with my membership?
We offer exclusive programs throughout the year, including lectures, talks, and gallery tours by scholars and curators. Lectures and more informal talks will speak to a wide range of topics, from research on our collection, to collecting Old Masters, to the behind-the-scenes of the museum, and more. As a member of the European Art Society you are also invited to travel with the group. Trips are organized to visit important exhibitions, museums, private collections, and dealers as well as fairs in the US and Europe. See our website at http://artsbma.org/support-groups/european-art-society/ for a list of past and upcoming programs. The group holds an annual dinner in April, which is an exciting and festive event giving members a chance to celebrate the museum’s growing European Art collection, review the Department’s past year, and learn about plans for the coming year. The annual dinner is also a fundraising opportunity for a specific project to be supported by the EAS.

How does my membership support the museum’s collection of European art?
The membership dues support the work of the European Art Department. This can range, for instance, from supporting an acquisition for the collection, conservation treatments, the library, or research on the European collection.

Upcoming Events

Map Making and Redlining

January 21 @ 12:00 pm

Join Paul Boncella, PhD, Book and Map Conservator at the Birmingham Public Library, for an in-depth discussion on the making of historic Birmingham maps that gave the name to the practice of housing discrimination known as redlining.

Delft Tulip Vase

January 26 @ 2:00 pm

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Delft Tulip Vase by De Griexe A factory in the Dutch gallery.

Portrait of Mrs. William Monck

February 2 @ 2:00 pm

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Portrait of Mrs. William Monck by Thomas Gainsborough in the English gallery.

Nina Campbell Lecture and Reception

February 4 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for an evening with internationally renowned interior designer Nina Campbell. For nearly 50 years, Nina has created vibrant, imaginative spaces rooted in quintessentially English style for clients around the world, from rock stars to royalty. For this talk, Nina offers a personal tour of her colorful career with highlights from her most recent […]

Likeness and Meaning: Sculpted Portraits in Renaissance Italy

February 6 @ 10:30 am

Join Dr. Tim Smith, Associate Provost and Professor of Art History at Birmingham-Southern College, as he explores the significance of portrait busts and reliefs from private and public contexts in fifteenth and sixteenth-century Italy. After the talk, visit other portraits in the BMA’s collection in the exhibition, Ways of Seeing: Portraits, in the Bohorfoush Gallery.

A Night in Wakanda

February 7 @ 5:00 pm

Fire up your airship and head to the BMA to help us kick off a new season of Art After 5 with A Night in Wakanda!  Join us for a chill night out inspired by Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. Sip the Heart of Wakanda specialty cocktail as DJ Dolly sets the mood with some Afro […]

Power Symbols

February 8 @ 10:00 am

In this program for adults with low to no vision, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and original sculpture.

Join Master Docent Kathryn DeCola for this guided tour exploring symbols of power in the Japanese and African galleries.
Participates will have the opportunity to touch on this tour.

Reservations are required due to limited space. Please RSVP by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, February 5, 2019.

To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, email tours@artsbma.org or call 205.254.2964.
Sensory Empowerment tours are also available for school-age or adult groups.

Visitas guiadas en español en BMA // Spanish Tours At The BMA

February 8 @ 11:00 am

El BMA se enorgullece de presentar visitas guiadas de su colección en español.

Plate “Julius Caesar Offering Food and Wine to the Roman People”

February 9 @ 2:00 pm

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Judy Shaw Cook will lead a discussion on Plate “Julius Caesar Offering Food and Wine to the Roman People” by Antonio Patanazzi in the Italian galleries.

Ways of Seeing: Portraits

February 16 @ 1:00 pm

Curious about how artists have pictured themselves and others across time?  Want to get the inside scoop on our latest exhibition Ways of Seeing: Portraits?

Please drop-in and join Master Docent Judy Shaw Cook for a FREE tour of the exhibition at 1:00 pm!

News

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.

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Curator of European Art Endowment

We are so very honored to announce that Henry Sharpe Lynn, Jr. has endowed the position of Curator of European Art. The curatorial position is named in memory of his parents and will be the Farris Gambrill Lynn and Henry Sharpe Lynn Curator of European Art. Henry Lynn has been an active and influential member […]

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