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Birmingham Museum of Art

2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35203 United States
205.254.2565 artsbma.rangeprojects.com

Dec 15

Clay Ornaments

Clay Ornaments

December 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on December 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Free

Drop in to Bart’s ArtVenture for a kids art-making activity led by Teen BMA. For Art Cart in December we will be creating clay ornaments for the holiday season!

Dec 17

Lover’s Eyes

Lover’s Eyes

December 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum curators and special guests lead visitors on a 30-minute exploration in the galleries.

Dec 22

Still Life with Dead Game, Fruits and Flowers

Still Life with Dead Game, Fruits and Flowers

December 22, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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 Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Still Life with Dead Game, Fruits and Flowers by Jan Weenix in the Dutch gallery.

Dec 24

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2019
Free

The Museum will be closed for the holiday.

Dec 25

Christmas Holiday

Christmas Holiday

December 25, 2019
Free

The Museum will be closed for the holiday.

Dec 26

Museum Open

Museum Open

December 26, 2019
Free

The Museum will be open normal business hours (10am-5pm).

Dec 29

Four Quarters of the Globe

Four Quarters of the Globe

December 29, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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 Margaret Harrill will lead a discussion on Four Quarters of the Globe by Derby porcelain in the English gallery.

Dec 31

Museum Open

Museum Open

December 31, 2019
Free

The Museum will be open normal business hours (10am-5pm).

Jan 01

New Year’s Day

January 1, 2020
Free

Jan 05

Adoration of the Magi

Adoration of the Magi

January 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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 Adoration of the Magi by Claude Vignon in the Italian galleries.

Jan 10

Gosse Nature Walk #26 with Alabama Audubon

Gosse Nature Walk #26 with Alabama Audubon

January 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Join Alabama Audubon Executive Director Ansel Payne as he leads a walking tour of over two millennia of bird-inspired art at the BMA. There are only 15 spots available on this tour, so registration is required. More information and registration can be found on the Audubon's website.

Jan 11

Museum Closed

January 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Museum will be closed on Saturday, January 11. We will reopen on Sunday during normal hours.

Jan 11

Religious Symbols

Religious Symbols

January 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

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 Mary Helen Crowe for this guided tour exploring the Museum's permanent collection to discover religious symbols from around the world.
Participates will have the opportunity to touch an original sculpture while wearing gloves on this tour.

Reservations are required due to limited space. Please RSVP by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, January 8, 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.

Jan 12

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now

January 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Want to get a FREE tour of our exhibition Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now before it closes? No worries, we've got you covered.

Please drop-in and join Master Docent Margaret Harrill at 1:00 pm for your last chance to tour the exhibition!

Jan 12

Portrait of the Honorable Dixon Hall Lewis

Portrait of the Honorable Dixon Hall Lewis

January 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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 Margaret Harrill will lead a discussion on Portrait of the Honorable Dixon Hall Lewis by Sarah Miriam Peale in the American gallery.

Jan 19

Lady With Bouquet (Snowballs)

Lady With Bouquet (Snowballs)

January 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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 Marlene Wallace Berndt will lead a discussion on Lady With Bouquet (Snowballs) by Charles Courtney Curran in the American gallery.

Jan 21

Map Making and Redlining

Map Making and Redlining

January 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

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.

Jan 26

Delft Tulip Vase

Delft Tulip Vase

January 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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.

Feb 02

Portrait of Mrs. William Monck

Portrait of Mrs. William Monck

February 2, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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.

Feb 04

Nina Campbell Lecture and Reception

Nina Campbell Lecture and Reception

February 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Price$55

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 book, Nina Campbell Interior Decoration: Elegance and Ease. Following the lecture, please join us for a reception and book signing in our Main Lobby. Copies…

Feb 07

A Night in Wakanda

A Night in Wakanda

February 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

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 futuristic sounds. Create a custom piece of Vibranium jewelry or make your own textile inspired by African Adinkra cloth. Take in a screening of the…

Feb 08

Power Symbols

Power Symbols

February 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

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.

Feb 08

Dragon Puppets

Dragon Puppets

February 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Drop in to Bart’s ArtVenture for a kids' art-making activity led by our Teen BMA volunteers. For February's Art Cart activity, we will be making dragon puppets in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Join us! Crafts and admission are always free.

Feb 09

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

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

February 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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.

Feb 11

Craft Tuesday

February 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on April 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on May 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm

PriceFree - $30

Art meets craft in this laid back art class. Learn from a different teaching artist each month. Beverage and small snack provided.

Feb 16

Ways of Seeing: Portraits

Ways of Seeing: Portraits

February 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

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!

Feb 16

Interior of Antwerp Cathedral

Interior of Antwerp Cathedral

February 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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 Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Interior of Antwerp Cathedral by Pieter Neeffs the Younger in the Dutch/Flemish gallery.

Feb 16

Dragon Puppets

Dragon Puppets

February 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Drop in to Bart’s ArtVenture for a kids' art-making activity led by our Teen BMA volunteers. For February's Art Cart activity, we will be making dragon puppets in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Join us! Crafts and admission are always free.

Feb 16

Drop-In Drawing

February 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on April 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on May 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Free

Spend time sketching in the galleries during this guided drawing class. You provide the creativity. We’ll provide the supplies.

Feb 18

Pieces of Agatha

Pieces of Agatha

February 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

Join Hina Zaidi, our new curatorial assistant, as she discusses Patty B. Driscoll's Pieces of Agatha series, now on view in the Museum's Kress galleries of Italian Renaissance art.

Feb 20

JCMP Fellow Report Release

JCMP Fellow Report Release

February 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

JCMP Fellows will present their new research on our county's history of racial terror, including the discovery of previously undocumented victims.

Feb 23

Dead Hare, Grouse, King Fisher and Basket of Fruit at the Foot of a Stone Urn in a Garden with a Groom Holding a Basket of Fruit

Dead Hare, Grouse, King Fisher and Basket of Fruit at the Foot of a Stone Urn in a Garden with a Groom Holding a Basket of Fruit

February 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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 Dead Hare, Grouse, King Fisher and Basket of Fruit at the Foot of a Stone Urn in a Garden with a Groom Holding a Basket of Fruit by Jan Weenix in the Dutch/Flemish gallery.

Feb 29

17th Annual Eivor and Alston Callahan Asian Art Lecture

17th Annual Eivor and Alston Callahan Asian Art Lecture

February 29, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Beyond the Lotus: Flora in the Arts of India Throughout India the language of foliage is profound. Learn the secrets of this scented language as rendered in the visual arts through a discussion with Katherine Anne Paul, PhD, The Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, and Tushara Bindu Gude, PhD, Associate Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Mar 01

Allegory of Charles I of England and Henriette of France in a Vanitas Still Life

Allegory of Charles I of England and Henriette of France in a Vanitas Still Life

March 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Master Docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Carstian Luyckx’s piece Allegory of Charles I of England and Henriette of France in a Vanitas Still Life in the Dutch Gallery.

Mar 03

Craft Tuesday

March 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on April 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on May 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm

PriceFree - $30

Art meets craft in this laid back art class. Learn from a different teaching artist each month. Beverage and small snack provided.

Mar 04

Hand Embroidery

March 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on March 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Price$60

Learn from a local artist who makes old school look cool in this class that takes a playful look at embroidery sampler patterns.

Mar 06

Ladies Night in Shondaland

Ladies Night in Shondaland

March 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Bring your besties to Ladies Night in Shondaland, inspired by the unstoppable showrunner Shonda Rhimes!

Mar 08

More than a Pretty Pitcher: the BMA’s Wedgwood Gallery

More than a Pretty Pitcher: the BMA’s Wedgwood Gallery

March 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Did you know that the BMA has the largest collection of Wedgwood in the country? Or that the Museum houses one of only five copies of the famed Portland Vase made in slate blue? 

Please drop-in and join Docent Ellen Johnston for a FREE tour of the Wedgwood gallery at 1:00 pm!

Mar 08

The Farmers

The Farmers

March 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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 Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on The Farmers by Joan Bankemper in the English gallery.

Mar 11

Hand Embroidery

March 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on March 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Price$60

Learn from a local artist who makes old school look cool in this class that takes a playful look at embroidery sampler patterns.

Mar 14

The American West

The American West

March 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

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 Kay Hanlin for this guided tour to covering the complex implications of Manifest Destiny, beginning with the golden promises of Bierstadt’s Looking Down Yosemite Valley and ending with the James Earle Frasier’s tragic End of the Trail. Participates will have the opportunity to touch two original sculptures while wearing gloves.

Reservations are required due to limited space. Please RSVP by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 11, 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.

Mar 15

Drop-In Drawing

March 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on April 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on May 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Free

Spend time sketching in the galleries during this guided drawing class. You provide the creativity. We’ll provide the supplies.

Mar 17

Meet the Artist

March 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

Join us for this very special ArtBreak given by artist Curtis Talwst Santiago. Born in Edmonton, Alberta and now based in New York and Lisbon, Portugal, Santiago creates intricate miniature spaces inside of jewelry boxes. During this gallery talk, Santiago will discuss his work, What you doing? Just chilling with some friends II (2019), now on view in the Museum's recently opened exhibition, All Things Bright and Beautiful. ArtBreaks are free 30-minute talks open to the public. Admission to the…

Mar 18

Hand Embroidery

March 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on March 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Price$60

Learn from a local artist who makes old school look cool in this class that takes a playful look at embroidery sampler patterns.

Mar 22

Erasistratus the Physician Discovers the Love of Antiochus for Stratonice

Erasistratus the Physician Discovers the Love of Antiochus for Stratonice

March 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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 Marlene Wallace Berndt will lead a discussion on Erasistratus the Physician Discovers the Love of Antiochus for Stratonice by Benjamin West in the American gallery.

Mar 25

Open Studio

March 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Price$15

Here’s an all-access pass to use our art supplies with a professional teaching artist on hand to help with tips and tricks. Open studio makes available materials used for whichever way you create, from painting and pottery to printmaking and woodworking.

Mar 25

Procreate Workshop

March 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Price$30

Bring your tablet and stylus to the Museum for a crash course on Procreate, the popular digital illustration app. Learn new skills and tricks while exploring digital arts.

Mar 28

Exploring Indigo and Shibori

March 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Price$70

Explore the basics of textile dyeing with an organic indigo vat and various approaches to shibori dyeing in this special class.

Mar 28

Exalting Beauty Earring Workshop

Exalting Beauty Earring Workshop

March 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Price$30

Explore the art of jewelry making with Aliya as she teaches you how to create your very own pair of funky earrings inspired by her jewelry line.

Mar 29

Exploring Indigo and Shibori

March 29, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Price$70

Explore the basics of textile dyeing with an organic indigo vat and various approaches to shibori dyeing in this special class.

Mar 29

The Allen Sisters

The Allen Sisters

March 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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 The Allen Sisters by Wayman Adams in the American gallery.

Apr 03

Art After 5

Art After 5

April 3, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

The Museum is open late on the first Friday of the month from September through April for an evening of art, music, makers activities, and more! See our collection in a new light when you take an adults-only gallery tour. Discover the maker within and bring home your own masterpiece to put on the fridge. Sip a specialty cocktail crafted by a local mixologist while you enjoy the sounds of a local band. Art After 5 is a free night…

Apr 04

Holi: A Festival of Color

Holi: A Festival of Color

April 4, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free

Join us for our tenth annual Holi festival, the Indian celebration of color. Enjoy classical Indian and Bollywood-style dancing, a pop-up restaurant by Taj India, henna artists, art making, and more! At the end of the event, guests gather outside for the highlight of the day, the throwing of powdered colors to welcome the spring season. This event is free of charge. The Family Festivals Series is presented by Medical Properties Trust.

Apr 07

Craft Tuesday

April 7, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on April 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on May 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm

PriceFree - $30

Art meets craft in this laid back art class. Learn from a different teaching artist each month. Beverage and small snack provided.

Apr 10

Good Friday

Good Friday

April 10, 2020
Free

The Museum will be closed for the holiday.

Apr 19

Drop-In Drawing

April 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on April 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on May 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Free

Spend time sketching in the galleries during this guided drawing class. You provide the creativity. We’ll provide the supplies.

Apr 30

Museum Closes Early

Museum Closes Early

April 30, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

The Museum will close at 2pm for Museum Ball preparations and will reopen on Tuesday, May 5 at 10am.

May 01

May 1, 2020
Free

The Museum is closed for Museum Ball preparations and will reopen on Tuesday, May 5 at 10am.

May 02

May 2, 2020
Free

The Museum is closed for Museum Ball preparations and will reopen on Tuesday, May 5 at 10am.

May 03

May 3, 2020
Free

The Museum is closed for Museum Ball preparations and will reopen on Tuesday, May 5 at 10am.

May 05

Craft Tuesday

May 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on April 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on May 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm

PriceFree - $30

Art meets craft in this laid back art class. Learn from a different teaching artist each month. Beverage and small snack provided.

May 06

Homeschool Illustration Workshop

May 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on May 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Price$30

Students will spend time learning about variations of illustration techniques for animation and how it is used in pop culture, such as in magazines, professional ads, books, and cartoons.

May 13

Homeschool Illustration Workshop

May 13, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on May 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Price$30

Students will spend time learning about variations of illustration techniques for animation and how it is used in pop culture, such as in magazines, professional ads, books, and cartoons.

May 17

Drop-In Drawing

May 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on April 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on May 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Free

Spend time sketching in the galleries during this guided drawing class. You provide the creativity. We’ll provide the supplies.

May 20

Homeschool Illustration Workshop

May 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on May 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Price$30

Students will spend time learning about variations of illustration techniques for animation and how it is used in pop culture, such as in magazines, professional ads, books, and cartoons.

Jun 04

Ways of Seeing: Buildings and Monuments

Ways of Seeing: Buildings and Monuments

June 4, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Price$12 - $17

Join a special guest for a talk on our current exhibition, Ways of Seeing: Buildings and Monuments, which looks at built environments in Birmingham and across the globe.

Jul 04

4th of July

4th of July

July 4, 2020
Free

The Museum is closed for the holiday.

Aug 14

Art After 5 August 2020

August 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

The Museum is open late on the first Friday of the month from September through April for an evening of art, music, makers activities, and more! See our collection in a new light when you take an adults-only gallery tour. Discover the maker within and bring home your own masterpiece to put on the fridge. Sip a specialty cocktail crafted by a local mixologist while you enjoy the sounds of a local band. Art After 5 is a free night…

Nov 03

Election Day

Election Day

November 3, 2020

The Museum is closed for Election Day.

Nov 11

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

November 11, 2020

The Museum is closed for the holiday.

Nov 26

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

November 26, 2020

The Museum is closed for the holiday.

Nov 27

Museum Open

Museum Open

November 27, 2020

Nov 29

Museum Store Sunday

Museum Store Sunday

November 29, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

The holidays are upon us, and the Museum Shop is a wonderful destination to find unique items  for everyone on your list! The Museum Shop's wide-ranging selection includes hand-made artisan jewelry, art books, home decor, art supplies, exhibition-related items, and so much more. Museums around the country celebrate Museum Store Sunday each year, and the BMA is no exception. On Sunday, November 29 the Museum Shop will offer 10% off all in-store items and online purchases. Shop online 24/7 at…

Dec 24

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2020

The Museum is closed for the holiday.

Dec 25

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

December 25, 2020

The Museum is closed for the holiday.

Jan 26

Craft Tuesday // Block Printing

Craft Tuesday // Block Printing

January 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Price$30

For this Craft Tuesday, you will learn how to successfully design an image, experiment with linoleum block carving techniques, and print your image on different surfaces. We’re inspired by the work of printmaker Clare Leighton in one of our latest exhibitions, An Epic of Earth and Water: Clare Leighton and the New England Industries Series. This class is taught by illustrator and comics artist, Hannah Adamson, who received a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Montevallo. Every Craft Tuesday art…

Feb 03

Local Voices Network Community Conversation on Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle

Local Voices Network Community Conversation on Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle

February 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Join us for this community conversation inspired by our current exhibition, Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle. In partnership with the Local Voices Network (LVN), these small group conversations offer a space to share your perspectives and concerns for our community while listening to others’ stories of resistance and resilience. These conversations are recorded and transcribed with the goal of offering media, local leadership, and the greater public a window into the most important community concerns and ideas. To sign up,…

Feb 23

Craft Tuesday // Glass Paintings

Craft Tuesday // Glass Paintings

February 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Price$30

Art meets craft in this laid-back monthly class. Follow along in our virtual classroom and learn a different creative process from a Birmingham-based artist.

Jul 04

Museum Closed

July 4

In observance of Independence Day.

Aug 06

Art After 5: Afrofuturism in the Magic City

Art After 5: Afrofuturism in the Magic City

August 6 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

The Magic City is back to the future and we are throwing our first in-person party to celebrate! Join us for drinks, music, and a little bit of magic as we honor Afrofuturism in the Magic City, inspired by iconic artist and Birmingham native, Sun Ra. Get in the Mix! // Shure Shot DJs Suaze and DJ Rahdu will set the vibe with soulful tunes all evening long. Sun Ra Film Screening  // Check out the 1972 afrofutruist science fiction…

Aug 17

ArtBreak // Profile of a Young Woman

ArtBreak // Profile of a Young Woman

August 17 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

Join Erin Croxton, the BMA’s 2020 Goodrich Fellow, and Robert Schindler Ph.D., curator of European art, as they discuss the work Profile of a Young Woman, created by Mino da Fiesole in the mid-1400s. Learn about the efforts taken to uncover the provenance of a bas-relief sculpture currently on view in the European galleries. Provenance research not only verifies an artwork’s authenticity but also aids in telling the rich history of an object. In this discussion, we'll explore the difficulties…

Aug 28

Self-Soothe Saturday

Self-Soothe Saturday

August 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit with a Wellness Workshop by Bama Wellness Advocacy, yoga exercises with Yogi Adi Devta Kaur and a practice an artful approach to mindful meditation over selected art works.

Sep 08

Museum Closed

September 8 - September 13

The Museum is closed for Museum Ball preparations and will reopen on Tuesday, September 14 at 10am.

Sep 16

Art in Conversation

Art in Conversation

Power Women of Asia

Registration required

September 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join curatorial assistant Hina Zaidi for an insider look of the Power Women rotation in the Asian galleries which explores the ways art can help us to look critically at the social standards to which women have been held.

Sep 19

Highlights Tour // CANCELLED

Highlights Tour // CANCELLED

Dr. Graham Boettcher

Registration required

September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Free

Join BMA Director Dr. Graham Boettcher for an intimate highlights tour: The Enduring Legacy of Bierstadt’s Looking Down Yosemite Valley California.

Sep 29

Highlights Tour

Highlights Tour

Hold Me Closer Cosmic Dancer: Shiva Nataraja in the Sculpture Garden

In-Person - Free Registration

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

This week, join assistant curator of education, Angela May for Hold Me Closer Cosmic Dancer: Shiva Nataraja in the Sculpture Garden. Late September offers the perfect environment to learn more about this beloved sculpture in our beautiful Red Mountain Garden Club Memorial Garden. Our in-person highlights tours are limited to 10 individuals, and masks are required inside the BMA. Break up your week at the BMA! Join us every Wednesday at noon for a special 30 minute highlights tour of…

Oct 02

Latin American Heritage Festival

Latin American Heritage Festival

October 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free

Celebrate Latin culture at the Birmingham Museum of Art during our fifth annual Latin American Heritage Festival. This year’s festival will be a virtual and in-person hybrid program. Join us in-person for a Salsa music performance by Orquesta MaCuba, a Salsa dance performance and dance workshop with IV Motion, and enjoy Latin music provided by DJ Jorge Ibanez. Swing by to check out these on-site programs and pick up your art kit to complete at home. The art kits include…

Oct 09

Highlights Tour // Two New Exhibitions

Highlights Tour // Two New Exhibitions

In-Person - Free Registration

October 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Free

Dr. Emily Hanna, Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas offers a special tour on the opening day of two exhibitions, The Lost Realms of the Moundbuilders: Ancient Native Americans of the South and Midwest, and Voices So True: New Native American Art from the Clyde Oyster Bequest. As the project curator for both exhibitions, Dr. Hanna will give insight into how ancient Native American art inspires the work of contemporary Native artists of today.

Oct 13

Weaving Together Southeastern Indigenous Art and Ecology

Weaving Together Southeastern Indigenous Art and Ecology

In-Person - Free Registration

October 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join us for a conversation about how ever-changing ecology impacted southeastern indigenous art from Mississipian times to the present. Sehoy Thrower, an Environmental Protection Specialist for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and Jonathan Davis, a Native American textiles and weaving historian/conservator and weaving artisan, will discuss how these traditional arts have declined with land-use changes. Traditional artistic motifs often seek to restore balance, much like natural processes of the land that birthed these ancient cultures. Learn how regenerating ecological…

Oct 13

Highlights Tour

Highlights Tour

BMA Director Graham C. Boettcher

In-Person - Free Registration

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Free

Join Dr. Graham Boettcher, R. Hugh Daniel Director of the BMA for a special tour, Understanding Impressionism. Break up your week at the BMA! Join us every Wednesday at noon for a special 30 minute highlights tour of the BMA’s global collections and special exhibitions. We’ve collected more than 25,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and decorative arts dating from ancient to modern times. Come see what’s new or enjoy your favorite in a whole new light.

Oct 16

Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project

Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project

In-Person - Free Registration

October 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Join us for an in-person performance of the traditional Jingle Dress Dance followed by a presentation and Q&A discussion with artist Eugene Tapahe and the dancers. “The jingle dance of the Ojibwe people originated during the influenza pandemic of 1918-19,” says Eugene Tapahe. “It came as a dream to a father whose daughter was sick with the virus. His dream revealed a dress and a dance that had the power to heal. When the dresses were made, they were given…

Oct 19

Bird Motifs in Mississippian Art

Bird Motifs in Mississippian Art

In-Person - Free Registration

October 19 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

Join Ansel Payne, PhD, Executive Director for Alabama Audubon, for an exploration of the bird motifs seen in Mississippian art and its relation to attributes of these native species. This talk suggests interpretation of these motifs by equating them with the nature of these creatures to suggest concepts that validate their symbolic representation in Mississippian culture. ArtBreaks are presented in honor of Joyce Benington's twenty five years as a docent at the Birmingham Museum of Art. These programs, which bring curators, educators, artists,…

Oct 20

Highlights Tour // All Things Bright and Beautiful Exhibition

Highlights Tour // All Things Bright and Beautiful Exhibition

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

During the 2020-2021 school year, the Birmingham Museum of Art partnered with Birmingham City Schools’ Wylam Elementary School to curate the exhibition All Things Bright and Beautiful. Join the BMA’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Hallie Ringle, for an in-depth look at the exhibition featuring the six works selected by Wylam Elementary Students. All Things Bright and Beautiful brings together works primarily from the Museum’s permanent collection that look at themes of power and agency. This exhibition takes its name from a…

Oct 24

Highlights Tour // Horrible Hairstyles at the BMA!

Highlights Tour // Horrible Hairstyles at the BMA!

In-Person - Registration Required

October 24 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

Everyone has bad hair days, and the subjects in works of art are no exception. Join associate director of learning and engagement, Angela May, as she explores some of the most horrible hairstyles the BMA collection has to offer. Register below and meet in the main lobby of the BMA for the guided tour. Each highlights tour offers an intimate look at specific areas of the BMA collection with a BMA curator or educator. Join us to learn something new…

Oct 27

Highlights Tour // Ways of Seeing: Travel, Trade, and Transportation

Highlights Tour // Ways of Seeing: Travel, Trade, and Transportation

In-Person - Registration Required

October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

Join curator of Asian art, Dr. Katherine Paul, for a tour of our current exhibition Ways of Seeing: Travel, Trade and Transportation, an exhibition that brings together over seventy objects from BMA’s permanent collection to explore subjects of travelling for both pleasure and necessity. Register below and meet in the lobby for this guided tour. Each highlights tour offers an intimate look at specific areas of the BMA collection with a BMA curator or educator. Join us to learn something…

Nov 04

Annual Chenoweth Lecture

Annual Chenoweth Lecture

Kaywin Feldman, Director of the National Gallery of Art

In Person - Registration required

November 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

The BMA is pleased to welcome Kaywin Feldman, Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC as the speaker of its Annual Chenoweth Lecture. Feldman will present Building a National Collection in a Changing Nation. The National Gallery of Art is an institution of intriguing paradox. Founded by millionaire Andrew Mellon to educate a monolithic populace and to bestow contemporary ideas of good taste, Mellon's offering was in fact a grand populist gesture, a true gift to the…

Nov 10

Rediscovering Travel & Trade in Modern Times

Rediscovering Travel & Trade in Modern Times

In-Person - Registration Required

November 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

In conjunction with our current exhibition Ways of Seeing: Travel Trade and Transportation, we explore the ways technology continues to enhance how we interact and ways accessibility becomes critical. Birmingham is a hub of creative companies that have both reinvented and redefined how travel, trade, and transportation can be enhanced through innovative business models.  Landing is a nationwide membership network of fully-furnished apartments founded by Birmingham native and Shipt founder Bill Smith and is relocating its headquarters from San Francisco…

Nov 13

Highlights Tour // Lost Realms of the Moundbuilders and Voices So True

Highlights Tour // Lost Realms of the Moundbuilders and Voices So True

In Person - Registration Required

November 13 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Free

Join Dr. Emily Hanna, Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas, for a special tour of two current exhibitions: Lost Realms of the Moundbuilders: Ancient Native Americans of the South and Midwest and Voices So True: New Native American Art from the Clyde Oyster Bequest. Highlights Tour groups meet in the Main Lobby of the BMA. Each Highlights Tour offers an intimate look at specific areas of the BMA collection with a BMA curator or educator. Join…

Nov 17

The Importance of Archaeology and Excavation

The Importance of Archaeology and Excavation

In-Person - Registration Required

November 17 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

Join us for a 30 minute ArtBreak where educational and outreach coordinator for Moundville Archaeological Park, Lindsey Gordon shares her career path into archaeology excavation and the role it plays in the state park. ArtBreaks are presented in honor of Joyce Benington's twenty five years as a docent at the Birmingham Museum of Art. These programs, which bring curators, educators, artists, and creatives into conversation with the Museum's collection and exhibitions, have been generously funded by Joyce's friends, fellow docents, and members of the Art Focus…

Nov 20

Native American Heritage Festival

Native American Heritage Festival

In-Person

November 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free

Celebrate the rich Indigenous cultural history of Alabama. This free family-oriented festival features traditional Indigenous cuisine, storytelling, dance performances, various demonstrations from Indigenous makers across our state, gallery tours, art-making activities, animals presented by The Birmingham Zoo, and more family fun to immerse yourself into our region’s vibrant Native American culture! During your visit, check out two exhibitions celebrating Native heritage from ancient to modern times: Lost Realms of the Moundbuilders and Voices So True. Schedule of Events: 10am -…

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