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Photography Guild

The Photography Guild was established in 1987. The Guild supports the Museum by stimulating interest in the photographic arts and by encouraging and facilitating the acquisition of photography for the Museum. Photography Guild members enjoy special lectures, workshops, and presentations on a wide range of photo-related issues. Guild membership dues support acquisitions of photography for the Museum’s permanent collection.

$250 per member
$100 junior member (under 40)
$100 professional artist member

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Recent Events

Special Lecture with Paper Conservator
June 17, 2015
12:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Members Room

The BMA welcomes Dr. Sheila Siegler, DIC, FIIC, MAIC, who is currently a freelance paper conservator, lecturer, and science consultant. This is an event for members of BMA support groups only.

In her talk, Dr. Siegler will discuss what paper is and how it’s made; what deteriorates paper (light, humidity, insects, humans, and more); how to stop deterioration; and how to care for your collection at home, especially photographs.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring 1-2 works on paper from your personal collections. Dr. Siegler will comment on the condition of your works, as well as recommend treatments. Lunch will not be served at the event; however, we encourage you to meet your friends before or after the event for lunch in Oscar’s Café.

If you plan to attend the event, please RSVP to Bethany McClellan at 205.254.2567 or by Friday, June 12.

Recent Events

Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
12:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Members’ Room

Friends of American Art / Photography Guild Lunch & Learn

Silent Witnesses:  Photographing the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression

*To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact please contact Andrew Farrell at or 205.297.8073 by Wednesday, September 17.

Salon with artist Maegan Hill-Carroll; Collectors Circle invited to attend
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
6:00 PM
Omni Studio, 2309 1st Avenue North, Birmingham AL

*To RSVP please contact Carrie Montgomery at or 205.254.2086 by Tuesday, October 7th

Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
12:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Members’ Room

Friends of American Art / Photography Guild Lunch and Learn

Photographic Masters of the Yosemite Valley, from Carleton E. Watkins to Ansel Adams

*To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact please contact Andrew Farrell at or 205.297.8073 by Wednesday, October 22

Private Photography Guild Reception with Curran Hatleberg
Thursday, November 6, 2014
5:30 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Member’s Room

The Photography Guild is invited to a private reception before the Morton Lecture with this year’s lecturer, Curran Hatleberg.

Curran Hatleberg was born in 1982 in Washington, D.C. Since receiving his MFA from Yale University, he has traveled the United States extensively to photograph, while based in New York. His work has been shown in galleries nationally and internationally with critical success including most recently Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY and The International Center of Photography, New York, NY. He is the recipient of the Richard Benson Prize for excellence in photography and the winner of the 2013 Annual Juried Competition at The Camera Club of New York. His photographs are included in the Williams College Muesum of Art and Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University. His work has been published frequently, including The United States (2003-2013) from Mossless Publishing, his forthcoming monograph, To Build a Fire, will be released by TBW Books in early 2015. He currently teaches photography at Yale University.

Morton Lecture in Photography, Presenting Curran Hatleberg
Thursday, November 6, 2014
7:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Steiner Auditorium

Since 2008, the BMA’s John Morton Lecture in Photography has presented photographers on the cutting edge of art and culture. Sponsored by Birmingham philanthropist and collector John Morton, the lecture is always free and open to the public.