About the Museum

The Collection

1991.879_p01The Birmingham Museum of Art, one of the finest regional museums in the United States, houses a diverse collection of more than 26,000 paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and decorative arts dating from ancient to modern times. The collection presents a rich panorama of cultures, featuring the Museum’s extensive holdings of Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American art. The mission of the Birmingham Museum of Art is to provide an unparalleled cultural and educational experience to a diverse community by collecting, presenting, interpreting, and preserving works of art of the highest quality.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Birmingham Museum of Art is to spark the creativity, imagination, and liveliness of Birmingham by connecting all its citizens to the experience, meaning, and joy of art.

Museum Facts

  • Founding Date: 1951
  • Location: 3.9 acres in the heart of the cultural district, 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd (formerly 8th Avenue North), Birmingham, AL 35203-2278
  • Owner: City of Birmingham, Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Governed: Museum Board of the City of Birmingham
  • Present Building: Erected in 1959. Designed by Warren, Knight & Davis; Birmingham, AL
  • Major Additions: 1965, 1967, 1974 and 1980 by Warren, Knight & Davis
  • Major Renovation: Completed 1993; Designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes
  • Expansion: Edward Larrabee Barnes/John M.Y. Lee & Partners; New York, New York
  • Museum Facility: 180,000 gross square feet (150,000 square feet three-story structure; 30,000 square feet outdoor sculpture garden)

Museum Boards

The Museum is grateful to the members of the community who serve on our Board of Trustees, Advisory Board, and Members Board.

Board of Trustees

Mr. James K. Outland, Museum Board Chairman, New Capital Partners
Ms. Myla E. Calhoun, Secretary, Alabama Power Foundation
Mr. Braxton Goodrich, Endowment Chair, Timberline Investments
Mr. Joel B. Piassick, Treasurer & Finance Chair, Harbert Management Corporation
Mrs. Maye Head Frei, Governance Chair, Ram Tool and Supply Company
Honorable Houston Brown, Retired Judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Jefferson Co, AL
Mr. Mark L. Drew, Protective Life Corporation
Dr. George T. French, Miles College
Mr. John O. Hudson III, Alabama Power Company
Mrs. Joyce Crawford Mitchell
Mr. G. Ruffner Page, Jr., McWane Inc.
Mr. Sanjay Singh, CTS
Mrs. Nan Skier
Mrs. Kelly Styslinger
Mr. Larry D. Thornton, Thornton Enterprises
Mrs. Patricia Wallwork, Milo’s Tea Company

Chairmen Emeriti:
Mr. Thomas N. Carruthers, Jr.
Mrs. Margaret Livingston

Advisory Board

Mrs. Philippa Bainbridge
Ms. Dalton Blankenship
Ms. Kay Katherine Blount
Mr. William A. Bowron, Jr., Red Diamond, Inc.
Mr. Brian H. Bucher, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Mrs. Catherine Cabaniss
Ms. Jane Comer
Mr. Donald L. Cook
Mrs. Jane Emily Crosswhite
Mr. H. Corbin Day, Jemison Investment Company
Mrs. Rebekah Elgin-Council, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Mrs. Carolyn Featheringill
Mr. Ed Fields, Alabama Media Group
Mrs. Kelley Fitzpatrick
Mrs. Ellen Gillespy
Mr. T. Randolph Gray
Mrs. Melanie Grinney
Mr. Thomas L. Hamby
Mr. Wyatt R. Haskell, Haskell Slaughter & Young
Ms. Pauline Ireland
Mr. Donald M. James
Ms. Cathy Sloss Jones, Sloss Real Estate Group
Ms. Jennifer R. McCain, Maynard Cooper & Gale
Mr. John Montgomery, Big Communications
Dr. Dannetta K. Thornton Owens, Kennon Family Investment and Properties
Mrs. Penny Page
Mrs. Katharine Patton
Dr. John W. Poynor, ENT Associates of Alabama
Mr. William Ritter, Regions Bank
Mrs. Paul G. Smith
Mr. James D. Sokol
Mrs. Patricia Sprague
Mrs. Catherine Styslinger
Mr. Crawford Taylor, Merrill Lynch
Mrs. Carolyn Wade
Mr. Alan K. Zeigler, Bradley Arant Rose & White

Trustee Emeritus:
Mr. Henry S. Lynn Jr., Stifel Financial

Affiliated Leadership:
James K. Outland, Chairman, Board of Trustees
William J. Cabaniss, Chair, Endowment Trust Committee
Alice Thigpen, President, Members Board
Michael Straus, President, Art Fund Inc.
Jim Sears, President, Junior Patrons Board

Members Board

Mrs. Alice Thigpen, Co-President
Mrs. Beth Adams, Co-President
Ms. Eleanor Allen
Mr. Patrick Cather
Mrs. Judy Cook
Mr. V.J. Graffeo
Mrs. Barbara Huntley
Mrs. Elizabeth Koleszar
Mrs. Mindy Lalor
Mrs. Margaret Livingston
Mrs. Mary Beth Wood

 

updated October 2016