Past Exhibitions

For Freedoms: Civil Rights and Human Rights

September 08, 2018 - November 18, 2018

Freedom of Speech Freedom from Want Freedom from Fear Freedom of Worship Who could access these freedoms in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, and who can access them now? How much has changed in Alabama and the nation, and how

The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection

June 16, 2018 - December 30, 2018

In commemoration of Alabama’s Bicentennial, the Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to present The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection, an exhibition featuring more than 160 outstanding works of folk art from the Museum’s permanent collection. As a

Ways of Seeing: An Exploration of Line

September 08, 2018 - February 10, 2019

We see lines everywhere in daily life: in cracks on the sidewalk, on our notebook paper, and as we stand in lines buying groceries, just to name a few. We may learn in school that a line is created by


July 27, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Featuring just a single work of art, Waterline is an immersive exhibition experience that reflects artist Marianne Nicolson’s Native American roots. In a darkened gallery, visitors will observe a light that moves slowly up and down within a cubed glass

1930s Photography from the Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art

March 24, 2018 - June 17, 2018

This small exhibition features the work of Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, and Marion Post Wolcott, three photographers who documented the American South during the Great Depression. Images of hardship and hope exist together in photographs representing children in tattered clothes,

Youth Art Month 2018

March 01, 2018 - March 28, 2018

Every March, artwork of local students grace the walls of the Birmingham Museum of Art’s Burrow Education Gallery in celebration of Youth Art Month.

Magic City Realism: Richard Coe’s Birmingham

March 24, 2018 - June 17, 2018

In the wake of the Great Depression, Birmingham experienced a remarkable transformation that helped shape the city as we know it today. Artist Richard Coe, an Alabama-native, documented the city’s rapidly changing urban fabric in his prints and paintings. “Magic City Realism: Richard Coe’s Birmingham” brings together over 60 of Coe’s images of the city and state from this decade for the first time.

Selections from Spencer C. Shoults

October 09, 2017 - November 12, 2017

Spencer C. Shoults (1977 – 2017) was an American painter, printmaker, pinhole photographer, and kinetic artist. Adept in mathematics and raised in a family of artists, Shoults earned a degree in printmaking from the University of Montevallo. Featuring 11 works

Opulence in Disguise: The Netherlands’ Golden Age

On view beginning September 9, 2017

In the 17th century, the Netherlands witnessed a Golden Age of economic prosperity. With it came a booming art market. The BMA recently renovated and expanded gallery space to better tell this story through its growing collection of Dutch and

Japanese Prints

July 11, 2017 - September 03, 2017

Dr. Roy T. Ward, Jr. (1922–2015) of Watkinsville, Georgia was a doctor by profession, but an artist at heart. Not only was he a skilled physician, but also an accomplished painter in both oils and watercolors, and a talented printmaker,