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We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Eighteenth Annual Rushton Concert: Sean Chen

Eighteenth Annual Rushton Concert: Sean Chen

October 13, 2015

Hailed as a rising star, 26-year-old pianist Sean Chen is most widely recognized for his “formidable set of fingers” and “million-volt smile”(Dallas Morning News). Originally from Oak Park, California, Chen then studied at Julliard College and then went on to receive his Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music. In 2013, Chen won the American Pianists Association’s DeHaan Classical Fellowship, one of the most lucrative and significant prizes available to an American pianist; he also won Third Prize at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, becoming the first American to reach the finals since 1997. He received Second Prize at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition, Third Prize at the 2013 Morocco Philharmony International Piano Competition, Best Performance of an American Work at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, and he was a semifinalist at the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition.
Join us before the concert at 6pm for a tour of the European Art Galleries with Curator of European Art, Robert Schindler, Ph.D. The auditorium doors will open at 7pm for the concert.

The Rushton Concert is generously sponosored by Mr. and Mrs. William J. Rushton, III.

Pre-Concert Tour

October 13, 2015

Join us before the Annual Rushton Concert for a tour of the European Galleries with Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D.

Click here to learn more about the Rushton Concert, which will begin at 7:30PM. Auditorium doors open at 7PM.

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration

October 11, 2015

The Indian Cultural Society and the Museum present an evening in honor of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Gandhi Jayanti (officially October 2). The event begins with a panel discussion, which will explore the American experience with a diverse group of second-generation Americans.

Following the panel discussion, the Museum will host the annual Gandhi Jayanti poster contest at 4PM. Each year, students from across the area submit artwork and essays demonstrating the influence of Gandhi on Martin Luther King, Jr., and the contributions of each leader to worldwide civil rights.

Download the guidelines in the PDF below.

Slow Art Sunday: Nobody Knows What Go On Behind the Jungle

October 11, 2015

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 Thornton Dial’s Nobody Knows What Go On Behind the Jungle.

Indian Cultural Society Fall Lecture: Against Integration

Indian Cultural Society Fall Lecture: Against Integration

October 9, 2015

The Indian Cultural Society is excited to welcome artist Kanishka Raja for its fall lecture. Raja creates paintings, textiles, installations, and site-specific wall works in which images and information from disparate global settings interlock in complex visual fields. The artist, who divides his time between New York and Kolkata, will discuss the ways in which his work is grounded firmly in colliding world views, both the foreign and the familiar.
Raja received his BA from Hampshire College, an MFA from The Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has exhibited widely in the United States, Europe and India and his works have been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY, New Paltz, the Institute of Contemporary Art – Philadelphia, and the Rose Art Museum, among others.

ArtBreak: So Close to Heaven

ArtBreak: So Close to Heaven

October 6, 2015

Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk during your lunch break. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

At today’s ArtBreak, we will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection, our exhibition So Close to Heaven: Sacred Sculpture of Asia from the Weldon Collection.

Slow Art Sunday: A Infanta

October 4, 2015

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 Katia Kiss Miller will lead a discussion on Beatriz Milhazes’s A Infanta.

Museum Studio: Watercolor Paint Day

Museum Studio: Watercolor Paint Day

October 3, 2015

Ages 16 and up

A Great Day of Watercolor Painting is promised with artist Cynthia Massey Parsons, WSA. Returning painters to Cynthia’s classes will get off to a quick painting start on their individual paintings. Newcomers will receive an overview of color theory and composition before starting their paintings.

Art Supplies: Please bring a photograph – not a photo of a painting – to use for your inspiration. An additional supply list will be provided upon registration.

Please plan for a noon-1PM lunch break. The Museum’s restaurant is not open on Saturdays, and there are limited options nearby. Please plan accordingly.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

October 1, 2015

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

Please note that costs apply for purchase of tapas and/or cocktails.

Art & Conversation: Black Like Who?: Exploring Race and Representation

October 1, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Black Like Who?: Exploring Race and Representation

Exhibition curator Graham C. Boettcher discusses Black Like Who?, an exhibition which considers a variety of historical and contemporary works by white and black artists, and examines how they communicate both the motives and beliefs of the artists, as well as the racial attitudes of their time.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

ArtBreak: Meet the Librarian

ArtBreak: Meet the Librarian

September 29, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Librarian Lindsey Reynolds, who will give a tour of the library and discuss what can be found within it. Come by and meet Lindsey, then grab lunch in the café!

Slow Art Sunday: Bonjour Julie

Slow Art Sunday: Bonjour Julie

September 27, 2015

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, Docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Joan Mitchell’s Bonjour Julie.

Day 2: Museum Studio: Oil Painting

September 27, 2015

Day 1: Saturday, September 26, 10AM-4PM
Day 2: Sunday, September 27, 1PM-4PMThis two-day portrait painting course will focus on the ‘how’ of starting a portrait, through a step-by-step breakdown leading to the likeness of the sitter. Working with a live model, your instructor Jason Espey, a Studio Incamminati graduate and former Fellow, will lead each student through the concepts of composition, proportion, shape (both positive and negative), planes of the head, and value gradation, as taught at Studio Incamminati.