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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!

ArtBreak: Lobby Projects

ArtBreak: Lobby Projects

May 17, 2016

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum staff lead visitors on a thirty to forty-five minutes exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Through a series of close-looking techniques and questioning, this free experience helps build the visitor’s interpretive skills across the comprehensive-range of art periods and canons represented by the BMA’s collections. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s and they will throw in a free dessert!

This month, we will explore Lobby Projects with Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Curator of Contemporary Art.

Slow Art Sunday: Sacrifice to Minerva

May 15, 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 leads us in a discussion on Sacrifice to Minerva by Joseph-Marie Vien.

Birmingham Speaks: The Future of Public Art in Birmingham

Birmingham Speaks: The Future of Public Art in Birmingham

May 12, 2016

Throughout the world, art has played a critical role in making cities vibrant and friendly. Often, these spaces encourage discourse and gathering, and have provided communities with a source of pride and a sense of well-being. But can public art further expand community development in other ways, perhaps even serving as a tool for economic development?

The time is ripe to discuss the future of public art in Birmingham. Join us as we imagine a city filled with art, and think through the challenges that must be overcome to make it a reality.

No Slow Art Sunday

May 8, 2016

Due to the Museum Ball, we will not host Slow Art Sunday this week. Check out next week’s event and join us then!

Oscar's Mother's Day Brunch

Oscar’s Mother’s Day Brunch

May 8, 2016

Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal brunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends.

Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.

Art & Conversation: All the Colors of the Rainbow

Art & Conversation: All the Colors of the Rainbow

May 5, 2016

Curator Don Wood introduces us to this special exhibition of Uzbekistan Ikat robes and accessories from the collection of Peggy Slappey, opening a window into a culture and tradition that is not often seen in the West. A cooperative effort between people of different religions and backgrounds, the production of an Ikat textile is a complex process that takes many skilled hands.

Slow Art Sunday: Samurai Armor

May 1, 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 Samurai Armor by Saotome Iyetada.

Slow Art Sunday: Tidings From the Front (The Letter)

April 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 Judy Cook will lead a discussion on Tidings From the Front (The Letter) by Gilbert Gaul.

ArtBreak: IKAT Robes

ArtBreak: IKAT Robes

April 19, 2016

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum staff lead visitors on a thirty to forty-five minutes exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Through a series of close-looking techniques and questioning, this free experience helps build the visitor’s interpretive skills across the comprehensive-range of art periods and canons represented by the BMA’s collections. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s and they will throw in a free dessert!

This month, we will explore All The Colors of the Rainbow: Uzbekistan Ikats from the Collection of Peggy Slappey with Dr. Donald Wood, Curator of Asian Art.

Slow Art Sunday: Still Life of Flowers, Fruits, Shells, and Insects

April 17, 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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on Still Life of Flowers, Fruits, Shells, and Insects by Balthasar van der Ast.