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Meet Federico Uribe!

blog-uribe4-2016A lively giraffe made of colored pencils, a two-story tree made of khaki pants, a dazzling pond made of CDs – all of this and more can be found in an immersive and dreamlike exhibit created by Federico Uribe. Uribe transforms ordinary, everyday objects into extraordinary sculptures of the natural world. The Muses Teen Council was fortunate enough to experience a first-hand viewing of Federico Uribe: Transformart and conducted a personal interview with the artist.

Uribe’s artistic philosophy consists of more than just making statements, but instead creating feelings and beauty. He simultaneously imbues his own image and background in his art and attempts to evoke the same self-discovery in the viewer. Uribe grew up in Colombia on a farm and experienced a difficult childhood, but he found an escape through drawing. Colored pencils hold a special place in Uribe’s heart as a means to a personal childhood escape. This material is a common medium of his, and he believes every child can relate to drawing with colored pencils as a creative escape.

blog-uribe6-2016Uribe studied painting as a young adult, enjoying the Renaissance style until an exploration of his identity allowed him to discover a more contemporary artistic voice. Through his growth, Uribe reverted to valuing child-like wonder over the pretension and lack of originality he found in aspects of the art world. This free-spirited nature shone through in his wardrobe—plaid slacks with running shoes and a sports jacket—and posture, leaning nonchalantly across a cart as we interviewed him.

blog-uribe7-2016He offered some valuable advice for young artists: don’t procrastinate, don’t read art magazines, and don’t be pretentious. Working hard is natural to Uribe who works 10 hours a day 6 days a week, walking the beach and cycling on his free day. The Muses found inspiration in his confident self-expression and diligent work ethic to encourage us along our own artistic journeys. Thank you for letting us into your world Federico.


Written By MUSES Members: Kale Barragan, Marlee Bryant, Mikaela, Enriquez Shelly Lim, Gracie Moore, Hailey Palmer, Carson Scott, Meili Wang


To learn more about teen programs at the MMFA, contact Alice Novak 240-4361

MMFA Kicks Off the New Fall Season

pic118-mapache-in-a-corn-field-for-blogWith a new season comes a change of scenery in the galleries of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. On Saturday, October 1, 2016, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will debut its much anticipated fall exhibitions: First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, Hamlet at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival,  Boydell Shakespeare Gallery Engravings, Callot’s Commedia dell’ Arte Characters and 17th-Century Scenes, Federico Uribe: Transformart, and The Political Persuader: Cartoons by
Frank M. Spangler, Sr. 

The Museum is hosting an array of events all month long to celebrate.

Teacher Workshop: First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare
Saturday, October 1, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Read More

Short Course: Shakespeare Today
Tuesday: October 4, 11, 18, 25
12 noon to 1 P.M. Read More

Celebrating the Opening of the Fall Exhibitions
Thursday, October 6, 5:30 to 8 P.M.

hamlet-for-blogJoin us for the unveiling of our fall exhibitions. The evening will begin with a free reception from 5:30 to 7 P.M., followed by a reading of Hamlet’s soliloquy, “To Be or Not to Be…,” from Act 3, Scene 1 by Geoffrey Sherman, ASF Producing Artistic Director, at 6 P.M. We will end the evening with a lecture by Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Federico Uribe at 7 P.M. Read More 

College Night: First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare
Thursday, October 13, 6 to 7 P.M.

In honor of the First Folio! exhibition, Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon, Assistant Professor of English at Huntingdon College, will host an evening for the university community celebrating the enduring relevance of the works of William Shakespeare. Read More 


droeshoutportrait_firstfoliofolger-for-blog2Family Day: A Shakespeare Celebration
Saturday, October 15, 12:30 to 4:30 P.M.

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Collaboration with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival will present a day for families to view the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibition with offerings on the grounds of the theater including performances, creative children’s activities, artisan demonstrations, theatrical fight presentations, talks on Shakespeare, and more.  Several arts activities (1 P.M. and 3 P.M.) will be offered at the MMFA.  

Mixed Media Workshops

Saturday: October 15 and 22, 12:30 to 4:30 P.M. Read More

Credit Information:
Figure 1: Federico Uribe (American, born Colombia 1962), Mapache (Racoon), 2007, in Corn Field, 2011, wooden shovels, bicycle tires, and shoes, Lent by the artist

Figure 3: Nathan Hosner as HAMLET and Greta Lambert as GERTRUDE, photograph courtesy of Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Figure 2: Martin Droeshout (English, 1601–c.1650), Shakespeare, 1623, engraving, photograph courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library



Last Call/Art in Concert

last-call-septThe Junior Executive Board of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts welcomed more than 100 young professionals to Last Call on September 1 in conjunction with the exhibition Photorealism. Guests sampled IPA and Pilsner from Railyard Brewing Company. They also dined on Red Beans and Rice and Jambalaya from The Seafood Bistro. All were encouraged to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a stock the cellar prize package or VIP tickets to Art in Concert that will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016. The JEB raised more than $600 to support the Artist in Residency Program–Learning Through Art at Wares Ferry Road featuring the likes of Barbara Davis and Darius Hill.

AIC16_OnExhibit ad_3x4Looking to the fall, the JEB is very excited to announce Daniel Elsworth and the Great Lakes as the featured band for the 5th annual Art in Concert.  Previous artists have included St. Paul and the Broken Bones and The FUTUREBIRDS. For the first time, there will be a VIP Tent sponsored by Pine Bar and Vintage Year offering free food and drink to those who purchase a $50 VIP ticket. General admission tickets are $15. All tickets can be purchased in advance here. We will be selling general admission tickets at the gate the night of the event. As always, this event is rain or shine! Please bring blankets and chairs, but no outside food or drink. Both will be available during the concert for purchase using either cash or card. Make sure to follow the JEB on Facebook (MMFA Junior Executive Board) and Instagram (mmfajuniorboard) for updates on food vendors, band information, and ticket flash sales!

last-call-sept-2-2Are you interested in joining the JEB?  The Junior Executive Board works to advocate the programs of the MMFA to young professionals in the River Region. Through significant fundraising events, the JEB supports major exhibitions and the Education Department of the MMFA. We are always looking for new faces to be part of this board of young people. If you would like to be considered for the 2017 board, please submit a cover letter and resume to Blake Rosen between October 1 and November 11  via email at The new board will be announced December 1.

We hope to see everyone October 14 for Art in Concert!

Blake Rosen
Special Events Coordinator

Join us for Collectors Society 2016–17

blog-collectorssociety2Along with the beautiful days of fall, many MMFA members also look forward to a new Collectors Society season.  The annual program combines several excursions around the Southeast with luncheon lectures at the Museum – all with a focus on collecting art and art collections. During the spring there will also be a chance for Collectors Society members to make art – ceramic vessels inspired by the exhibition Nature, Tradition, and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics.

In fact, many of the Collectors Society activities this year are dedicated to creations by living artists.  We will kick off with a visit from Federico Uribe, whose installations made of everyday materials will be featured in the MMFA exhibition Federico Uribe:Transformart.  We will also be presented with wearable works of art made of everyday materials when we hear from MMFA Artist Market featured artist Kathleen Nowak Tucci.  The Birmingham Museum of Art will illuminate us further in the exhibition Third Space/shifting conversations about contemporary art.

blog-collectorssociety1At the same time, with all of the wonders of contemporary art, we might pause to ask whether we are losing touch with tradition?  Spalding Nix of Spalding Nix Fine Art in Atlanta will address the topic with “Millennials Don’t Polish Silver.”  But back to that beautiful fall weather, you won’t want to miss Dale Chihuly’s stunning glass works in Chihuly in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

We hope you will join Collectors Society today; we are waiting for you! For a full listing of events or to register, please click here.


Alice Novak
Curator of Education


The MMFA Pays Tribute to the Military

Blog.MilitaryOpenHouse3As someone who has several loved ones and friends in the military, I know it can be difficult to pack up, move your family to a different city, and start over. That’s why we, at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, do our part each year to let all current and former military members and their immediate families know they are appreciated.  The Museum is hosting its free annual Military Open House on Thursday, August 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.

You never know who you might meet. Last year, 96-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran, Roscoe Brannon, came in for the event. Before leaving, he gave me a quick hug and said, “I loved it. I am glad my granddaughter brought me here.” Priceless moments like that one are bound to occur this year.

MMFA Museum Director Mark Johnson remarked, “We value the contributions made by the Maxwell and Gunter communities. This family-oriented activity allows us the opportunity to express our gratitude for the commitment and sacrifices made by our military neighbors and friends.”

Blog.MilitaryOpenHouse2Everyone enjoys art-making activities in our studios and exploring the MMFA’s summer exhibitions and permanent collections through docent-led tours. ARTWORKS, our interactive interpretive galleries, will be open too. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the always popular Lo-Fi Loungers. The band is known for playing hits and misses of the pre-World War II era, and they also venture into the 50’s and 60’s.

Our guests for the evening will also enjoy an outstanding buffet generously provided by Wintzell’s Oyster House. The dinner menu includes fried fish, coleslaw, hush puppies, macaroni and cheese, and dessert.

Please come out and help us make this 21st year of Military Open House one to remember. We, the board and staff of the MMFA, will be waiting to greet everyone who walks through the door. We hope to see you there! For more information, please call the Museum at 334.240.4333.


The Museum greatly appreciates the co-sponsorship of Wintzell’s Oyster House. 

Cynthia Milledge
Director of Marketing & Public Relations





Women Making Art: A Panel Discussion

Blog.BendolphAs seen in the current exhibition Women’s Work (on view until September 18), the contributions made by women artists to the history of art are significant. With creativity and innovation women artists have been involved in art making throughout the centuries. Yet, despite their efforts, traditional art history narratives often misrepresent, under-represent, and marginalize these artists. Professor and feminist art historian Linda Nochlin addressed these problems in her 1971 ArtNews article, when she posed the question, Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? In the 45 years since Nochlin first asked the question, has anything changed?

Blog.HaglerBlog.WrightOn Thursday, August 18, at 6 P.M., urban photographer Lynn Saville, sculptor Rachel Wright, figurative painter Elana Hagler, and textile artist Louisiana Bendolph will be at the Museum to debate this issue in the FREE panel discussion Women Making Art. Drawing on personal experience, each of these artists will reflect on her diverse ways of working, the path of her artistic career, and what it means to be a woman in the art world. They will share their own dealings with gender bias while describing how they developed individual and strong voices in their chosen mediums.

Blog.SavilleFollowing the panel discussion, please join Lynn Saville as she signs copies of her book Dark City: Urban America at Night, which accompanies her exhibition of the same name (on view until September 25). Additionally, at 7 P.M. on Wednesday, August 17, the day before the panel, Saville will speak about her photographs within the exhibition. After her FREE gallery talk she will lead a twilight photography workshop in downtown Montgomery. Please call 334.240.4365 or email for more information about any or all of these events or to register for Saville’s workshop. We hope to see you and to celebrate all of these inventive, creative, and inspiring women artists.


Jennifer Jankauskas

Curator of Art


Credit Information:

Figure 1: Louisiana Bendolph (American), Three Squares, 2005, color aquatint and spitbite aquatint etching with chine collie, image lent by the artist

Figure 2: Rachel Wright (American), Luna Skull, 2016, blown and kiln formed glass, steel, and copper, image lent by the artist

Figure 3: Elana Hagler (American, born Israel), Debra, 2015, oil on linen, image lent by the artist, In the collection of Luke and Debra Ritter

Figure 4: Lynn Saville (American, born 1950), Brooklyn Bridge Park Construction, Brooklyn, NY, 2006, archival digital print from a digital original, Photograph courtesy of the artist

Join Us for “A Morning for Anne Goldthwaite”

July 30, 9:00 to 11:30 A.M.

Blog.Goldthwaite3During her summer sojourns from New York City, Alabama-native Anne Goldthwaite captured views of Montgomery, the surrounding countryside, and local inhabitants.  In honor of the painter’s early to mid-twentieth century seasonal visits, the Museum has chosen a summer morning to celebrate one of the South’s most accomplished women artists.  The event will be held on Saturday, July 30, from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. in the Orientation Circle, with a discussion that will center on Goldthwaite’s extraordinary life and her art in the Museum’s permanent collection. She is currently represented by more than 500 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper in the Museum’s holdings, with a sizeable portion of these representing her Alabama and Southern roots.


Blog.Goldthwaite2Participants will enjoy a presentation by writer May Lamar, who is currently at work on a fictional biography of Anne and her family, and will also hear historian Mary Ann Neeley’s insights into the locations depicted in Goldthwaite’s works. Many of her paintings are now on view in the second floor Balcony and Library galleries in the exhibition Going Home: Paintings by Anne Goldthwaite (through November 6).  To conclude the morning, we will visit these galleries to examine and discuss the works together.


Blog.Goldthwaite1Please join us on Saturday morning, July 30, for this opportunity to learn more about Goldthwaite and her art.  We’ll have some light refreshments, and the event is FREE!

To make a reservation, call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365.  We look forward to seeing you there.


Alice Novak, Curator of Education
Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture


Featured images (top to bottom):

Anne Goldthwaite, Street in Montgomery, n.d., oil on canvas, Gift of Isabel Scriba, in memory of her uncle, Dr. Oscar Martin Teague, 1990.1.3

Anne Goldthwaite, Montgomery Capitol, Halls of Legislature (No. 2), ca. 1931, etching on paper, Gift of Adelyn D. Breeskin, 1982.16.360

Anne Goldthwaite, North Court Street, Montgomery, Alabama, n.d., oil on canvas, Gift of Miss Lucille Goldthwaite, 1946.7

Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception 2016

Summertime is always a welcome season at the Museum—the galleries offer a cool respite from the heat and our staff takes a mini-break from the nonstop activities of the fall and spring. Nevertheless, there’s plenty to see and do at the MMFA, and this coming Thursday, July 14, offers a perfect opportunity for you to join as we celebrate five wonderful exhibitions now on view with a reception from 5:30 to 8:00 P. M..

Four of the shows are rarely seen objects from our own permanent collection—Photorealism, Harmonics: Joe Almyda’s Works on Paper, Taking It to the Streets, and Women’s Work: Prints from the Collection of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.  Our fifth show, Lynn Saville: Dark City, Urban American at Night features the work of a photographer who is also represented in the collection.  We have a number of exciting programs scheduled in conjunction with these shows, including a post-reception talk on Thursday evening beginning at 7:00 P.M. by Professor Kathleen Spies of Birmingham-Southern who is sharing her thoughts on the evolution of women as professionals in the art world.

Dr. Spies’s focus in her talk will be the creative spirit and accomplishments of women in the American art world, inspired by our Women’s Work show. This exhibition showcases forty-seven prints by twenty women artists from the Museum’s works on paper collection. The artists include the Alabamians Anne Goldthwaite and Clara Weaver Parrish from the earliest part of the century, to modern printmakers such as Jennifer Bartlett, Pat Steir, and Lesley Dill.

Below are a few examples of the works on view which you’ll be able to enjoy when you join us Thursday night!


Blog.Thomson.SummerOpening2016Laquita Thomson, November 13, 1833, 1990, 1995.12.5.5

Thomson is a member of the faculty at Freed Hardeman University in Clarksville, Tennessee.  While a Masters degree candidate at Auburn, she created a series of lithographs titled Celestial Happenings—Stars Fell on Alabama, in which she documents events such the one here— “the night the stars fell” was a meteor shower that inspired the popular song “Stars Fell on Alabama.”


Blog.Harshman.SummerOpening2016Melissa Harshman, 2nd Place, 2004, 2005.4

Prior to the twentieth century, the traditional roles of women and girls centered on the home and the domestic duties associated with homemaking.  In this screen print Harshman copies images from popular periodicals of the early twentieth century to illustrate how these roles were taken for granted, insuring that professionally many women were relegated to 2nd place.


Blog.Hartigan.SummerOpening2016Grace Hartigan, On a Tar Roof, 1960-1961, 1995.2.3.2

Grace Hartigan is recognized internationally as a leader in the second generation of Abstract Expressionists.  Hartigan broke away from the constraints of expressionism to explore not her personal emotions, but those derived from an outside sources such as poetry, in this case a work by the poet James Schuyler titled Salute.


Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, curator of Art
Sarah Graves, collections information specialist


Blog.PhotorealismgalleryThe first thing you notice about the new Photorealism exhibition is the big, bold, colorful images of planes and motorcycles, movie marquees, and cityscapes. The show includes only 20 items and fills only two galleries, but it is an eyeful. Indeed, there is more than meets the eye’s initial inspection. Each image invites close looking.

Some viewers may marvel at the images’ high degree of mimesis—the fidelity with which they mimic their subject. The vivid array of reflections in the cowl of a motorcycle, the nuanced shades of grey enveloping the fuselage of a P-51 Mustang sitting under an overcast sky, the glittering gold and patriotic colors of a Fourth of July still-life composition impress viewers with their detailed representation of reality. But it is not immediately apparent that these pictures do not mimic three-dimensional reality. These are pictures of photographs—primarily photos of motorcycles, airplanes, movie marquees, and other urban imagery—hence the exhibition title, Photorealism, and the name of the style that took root in 1960s Pop Art.

Blog.Empire.PhotorealismThat’s right. Photorealist artists paint pictures of photographs. First they photograph places like banal urban views and things like cars, trucks, and other macho machines. Then they project those images onto canvas or paper, trace the forms, and fill in the colors, often with airbrushes that capture the fuzzy effects of soft-focus lenses and out of focus photos. Photorealists often crop their images to make the most of abstract design compositions, but the results always look realistic, even if artists like Robert Cottingham take some creative license with the isolation or modification of their images as he does with movie marquees like that of the now demolished Empire Theatre that once stood in downtown Montgomery (fig. 2, above). Still, the subject of the photograph remains recognizable in every Photorealist painting or print.

Photorealist prints are much more common than Photorealist paintings, which typically require many months to complete. However, Photorealist prints are similarly time-consuming to create because each usually involves a dozen or more individual screens—one for each color. One print by Tom Blackwell (whose Triumph Trumpet and 451 are in this show) required 86 separate screens and took 15 months to make. That print, Shatzi (1979), depicts a World War II aircraft and was printed on Masonite (as is Ron Kleeman’s Mustang Sally in this exhibition) because of its great scale (4 x 6 feet). It was printed by Norman Lassiter, a master printer who partnered with Louis Meisel, a New York gallery owner, to publish Photorealist prints under the aegis of Editions Lassiter-Meisel.

Editions Lassiter-Meisel also published the ten silkscreens in the City-ScapBlog.CityscapesPortfolioes Portfolio (fig. 3, to the right) that are on view in the current exhibition. Most are signed and numbered A.P. 21/30, indicating that they were the 21st of 30 artist proofs pulled in addition to 25 publisher’s proofs plus the full edition of 250. Signed and numbered print editions of this scale enabled Photorealists to sell images of their paintings for substantially less than the original paintings cost. Relatively large editions like this one also enabled Meisel to donate a few of the portfolios to museums—as he did for our museum.

So, when you go to see the new Photorealist show, don’t get blown away by the big, bold, colorful images. Take time to look closely at these prints. It’s a little like a summer “staycation,” enjoying the everyday sights without leaving the air-conditioned comfort of your hometown museum.

Michael Panhorst
Curator of Art


Image Credits
Figure 2: Robert Cottingham, Empire, 2009, screen print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the artist, 2009.12

Figure 3: Colophon and Preface, from the portfolio, City-Scapes, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, 2014.5.8

Last Call Draws a Great Crowd

Last Call Crowd Blog Photo 6.9.16The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Junior Executive Board hosted its first Last Call of 2016 in conjunction with A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America. The JEB was one of the lead sponsors for the exhibit and was very excited to bring the young professional community out to see the show before it closed.

Almost 100 people attended the lively event on Thursday, June 9 that included food provided by On A Roll and sampled spirits from John Emerald Distillery based in Opelika, AL. While the event took place in the Rotunda, partygoers were encouraged to peruse the galleries and take a last chance to see the amazing show. For some at the event, this was their first time at the Museum, and all were very impressed with the temporary exhibit, our permanent collection items as well as the event itself.

Last Call Blog #3A favorite component of Last Call events has been the raffle with all money raised going directly to the MMFA’s Education Department. Our guests were able to raise over $600 attempting to win a stock the cellar package and four VIP tickets to Art in Concert in October. The funds will provide scholarships for Summer Camp at the Museum to well deserving kids and help to fund the receptions on Fridays where the children can display their artwork.

LastCall Blog #2If you were not able to make it last week, please mark your calendar for Thursday, September 1 at 5:30 P.M. when we will be hosting our second Last Call of the year. The event is free and open to all young professionals in the River Region. For more information on the Junior Executive Board check us out on our Facebook page, MMFA Junior Executive Board or follow us on Instagram under the handle mmfajuniorboard. You can learn more about Art in Concert taking place on October 14th and featured band Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes by visiting our website

Interested in joining the Junior Executive Board? We will begin accepting applications for the 2017 board on October 1, 2016. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jill Barry at or call 334.240.4350 for more information.

Blake Rosen
Special Events Coordinator

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