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Adults and Teens

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!

Slow Art Sunday: Selection from Haitian Flags from the Cargo Collection

February 7, 2016

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 a selection from the exhibit, Haitian Flags from the Cargo Collection.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

February 4, 2016

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.

5-9PM: Tapas and cocktails in the café.

5-7PM: Live music by local musician Jonathan Stephens

Art & Conversation: Institutional and Personal Perspectives on Collecting African American Art

Art & Conversation: Institutional and Personal Perspectives on Collecting African American Art

February 4, 2016

$10 Museum Members // $15 Non-Members

Institutional and Personal Perspectives on Collecting African American Art

Curator Graham Boettcher leads a conversation with Carnetta and Norm Davis, whose outstanding collection comprises the work of historical artists as well as modern masters, from Henry Ossawa Tanner to Radcliffe Bailey. Works from the Davis collection have been exhibited throughout the Southeast, and they recently gave an important 1884 still life by Charles Ethan Porter to the BMA’s collection.

Slow Art Sunday: Moonlight in Virginia

January 31, 2016

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 will lead a discussion on Moonlight in Virginia by George Inness.

Visually Impaired Program: Shapes and Figures

Visually Impaired Program: Shapes and Figures

January 27, 2016

In this program for adults, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

What shapes and figures do artists use to create their message? Explore artwork in the Contemporary, Japanese, and Wedgwood galleries. What does the artist want you to learn? Come join the discussion!

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, January 22.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

Slow Art Sundays: Landscape

January 24, 2016

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 leads us in a discussion on Landscape by William Lester Stevens.