Support Groups

Want to gain further knowledge of, and engagement with, various areas of the Museum’s permanent collection? Consider joining a collection support group!

Support group members enjoy exclusive lectures, travel opportunities, and more that improve their understanding of the art at the Museum. Additionally, a portion of support group dues are applied to the purchase of art for the Museum’s permanent collection.

The Museum offers 7 collection support groups and a new group especially for those who are learning how to begin an art collection. Click below to learn more about each group, or to join.

You may also join or learn more by contacting Bethany McClellan, Curatorial Assistant, at or 205.254.2567.

  • Emerging Collectors

    Emerging Collectors

    Emerging Collectors is the Birmingham Museum of Art’s newest support group.  Through Emerging Collectors, we hope to take the mystery out of art collecting by showing members that it can be accessible and affordable. Whether your interest is in porcelain…

  • Asian Art Society

    Asian Art Society

    The Asian Art Society plays an integral role in supporting the Asian Art Department through acquisitions, workshops and symposia, lectures, and exhibitions. Travel opportunities to Asia, as well as to local and national events involving Asian art, are also a part of this support group’s mission.

  • Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art

    Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art

    The Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art was founded in 1991 to help support the Museum’s contemporary art collection and related exhibitions, as well as to educate its members and the community at large about contemporary art through programs, events, and art-related travel.

  • European Art Society

    European Art Society

    The European Art Society is devoted to the continued growth and development of the Museum’s collection, and to educating its members about European art in general, and the Museum’s collection specifically.

  • Friends of American Art

    Friends of American Art

    The Friends of American Art provide educational programs and travel opportunities to its members. Events include lectures by leading authorities and visits to auctions, galleries, and noted public and private collections.

  • Indian Cultural Society

    Indian Cultural Society

    The Indian Cultural Society (ICS) at the Birmingham Museum of Art was established to promote all forms of Indian art and culture. All events sponsored by ICS are free and open to the public. ICS is able to provide world class programming due to the generosity of its patrons and the Museum, which provides its facilities and staff to ICS for the events.