Support Group

Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art

$500 per member
$250 per junior member (under 40)

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Founded in 1991 to support the Museum’s contemporary art collection and related exhibitions, the Collectors Circle organizes a variety of social events, trips, and educational programs for its members.

Benefits of Membership Include:

  • Invitations to Salons at local collectors’ homes and businesses to learn about contemporary art and meet members, artists, and curators
  • Opportunities to travel, both domestically and internationally, with special access to private collections, artist studios, and curator-led tours of museums and galleries
  • Invitations and passes to special events, including exhibition openings, artist talks, performances, and contemporary art fairs

At the Collectors Circle annual dinner, members vote to acquire a new work of art for the Museum’s collection, the cost of which is covered by annual membership dues. This annual event has made a crucial impact on the Museum’s contemporary art holdings, with significant acquisitions by notable artists including Jose Bedia, Bill Viola, Tara Donovan, Nick Cave, and Elizabeth Murray.

General Museum membership is a prerequisite for support group membership.

Questions? Contact Curatorial Support Group Manager, Bethany McClellan 205-254-2567.

Upcoming Events

Ghetto Wall #1

September 24 @ 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 Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Ghetto Wall #1 by David Driskell.

Craft Tuesday

September 26 @ 6:00 pm

Craft while enjoying a complimentary craft beer or beverage. Learn a contemporary craft process that is related to artwork found in the museum and then make your own work of art during the two hour class. A list of specific

Chapter 02: Ebony G. Patterson

September 28 @ 6:00 pm

Chapter 02 features a conversation between Third Space artist Ebony G. Patterson and the BMA’s Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas, Dr. Emily Hanna. Ebony G. Patterson is known for her vibrant, highly adorned images and objects

Artist Reception (private event)

September 28 @ 7:00 pm

This event is by invitation to Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art members and select guests. To learn more about support group membership, visit the support group page. Please join the Collectors Circle following Chapter 02: Ebony G. Patterson for a reception

Welcome Reception

October 1 @ 4:00 pm

Join the Friends of American Art in welcoming the BMA’s new Curator of American Art, Katelyn D. Crawford, Ph.D. This event is by invitation to Friends of American Art members. To learn more about support group membership, visit the support group page.

30 Years of ACTing UP

October 4 @ 6:00 pm

As part of Birmingham’s city-wide One In Our Blood initiative, the Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to present a panel discussion to address the U.S. blood donation policy as both a civil right and a science issue, and its

Third Space Tour (Private Event)

October 6 @ 5:30 pm

Enjoy a private tour of Third Space led by Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas Dr. Emily Hanna and CC member and docent Jim Sokol. Following the tour, stick around for food, drinks, and entertainment as part of

Collage Painting Class Series

October 14 @ 1:00 pm

Be inspired by Mark Bradford’s use of found posters and advertisements. Make your own collage painting by building up a relatively thick surface with layers of papers and prints. Then we will use a subtractive process to reveal lower layers

Gail Andrews’ Retirement Celebration

October 19 @ 5:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate Gail’s 40 years of service to the BMA!   Gail Andrews’ Retirement Celebration Birmingham Museum of Art Thursday, October 19, 2017 5-7 PM, Remarks at 6 PM   Light hors d’oeuvres and spirits Courtesy valet

Collectors Circle Annual Dinner (Private Event)

October 26 @ 6:00 pm

This event is by invitation to Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art members and select guests. To learn more about support group membership, visit: RSVP to 205-254-2567.

Past Events

Day trip to Auburn University’s Rural Studio

by Collectors Circle member Tina Ruggieri Located roughly 47 miles South of Tuscaloosa is the small town of Newbern, Alabama, population 180, and the home of Auburn University’s Rural Studio. The visionary Samuel Mockbee founded the undergraduate program in the

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Collectors Circle travels to San Francisco

April 20-24 2017 By CC Member Michael Randman The Collectors Circle spent four days in the San Francisco Bay area visiting world class museums, artists’ studios, and a local leading private collector at his residence. The group consisted of local

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