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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

The 27th Annual Flimp Festival

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA spell of great weather accompanied by a strong camaraderie between the MMFA and Booker T. Washington Magnet High School contributed to the 2016 Flimp Festival making a lasting impression on LaToya Steele.
Steele said, “This is my first time coming. I didn’t know what to expect today. I loved the band, the dancers, and singers from BTW.”

Steele family FlimpSteele was among the nearly 2500 people who attended this year’s event. Her daughter, Carlisha, helped make up the group of 500 BTW students who helped the Museum prepare to make sure this showcase of art and education went smoothly. Carlisha Steele said, “It’s interesting. There was a lot of stuff going on.”

Koch-FlimpSeveral spectators echoed the  Steele’s sentiments. Rick Koch came specifically to see the sidewalk chalk art competition, but left with a deeper appreciation of what the festival has to offer. Koch said, “This was an awesome event especially for the kids. I will definitely come back next year.”

This year’s theme “Picture Yourself at the Flimp Festival” inspired Koch’s daughter and nearly 330 others to create remarkable chalk images of musical artists like Prince and David Bowie, and actress Audrey Hepburn. Two of those mentioned made the list of winners.



Elementary School
1st (pictured on the left): Swan Lake
2nd: Destination Unknown
3rd: Singing Beauty
Theme: Mother Teresa


Middle School
1st (pictured on the right): Unique Perspective
2nd: Woof
3rd: Tribute to Picasso
Theme: Audrey


HS-1stplace Flimp Chalk-Untitled

High School
1st (pictured on the left): Untitled
2nd: Portrait Palette
3rd: Our Aesthetic
Theme: Interpretation



1st (pictured on the right): Charles
2nd: Bowie
3rd: The Woman Behind the Magic
Theme: Charles



There were other attractions like the Do-Dah parade. BTW’s jazz band led the 15- minute procession as guests watched in amazement. Can you imagine 30 dogs, decked out from head to paw, strolling through the Museum’s parking lot wagging their tails to the beat? It happened. This dog-gone cute entertainment helped two dogs get adopted from the Montgomery Humane Society.

Other highlights at Flimp included arts and crafts activities such as face painting, a treasure hunt, and interactive musical performances by Dave Holland. Holland, a non-traditional artist and musician, received rave reviews from the audience. He showed spectators how conga drums, rattles, and animal bones can become a fun jam session for everybody.

If you didn’t get a chance to enjoy the fun this year, don’t worry. The MMFA hosts the Flimp Festival the first Saturday in May every year. We look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Click here to see a recap of the day’s festivities.

Cynthia Milledge
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Join us for Flimp!

GREENWe are hard at work gearing up for the 27th annual Flimp Festival to be held Saturday, May 7, on the Museum grounds. Our theme this year is Picture Yourself at Flimp. Over 300 artists will be participating in the Chalk Art Competition, working around the concept of portraits. We can’t wait to see how they design and execute their squares! The Museum is grateful to our many chalk art sponsors, but we are still looking for more. If you’re interested in sponsoring a square, please call Alice Novak at 334.240.4362.

FlimpBlog#5.2015.0004The Do-Dah Pet Parade will kick off at 10:30 A.M. led by the Booker T. Washington Magnet High School Brass Band. You can pre-register your pet online at or on Saturday starting at 10 A.M. There will be lots of prizes for best costumes courtesy of Petland, so make sure to dress up your furry friends for a chance to win! We are excited to be working with the Humane Society of Montgomery again this year and will have shelter dogs on site that are available for adoption.

Flimp Blog#1.2014.0022BTW students will be performing across two stages throughout the day. Performances will begin at 10 A.M. and end at 2 P.M. with new acts every 45 minutes. The students will also be manning a face-painting tent in the circle drive.

FlimpBlog#42012.0098Winfred Hawkins and Stephen Davis will be leading hands-on art activities as our demonstrating artists outside. Our studios will be full of fun projects and hat making will occur in the Orientation Circle. Be sure to sit in on a drum circle with Dave Holland in the Lowder Gallery and explore portraits from the Museum’s permanent collection via the Treasure Hunt starting in the Rotunda.

We are excited to be working with the Clean City Commission again this year for Funky Junk creating art from found and recycled objects. Family Sunshine Center will be here with their beautiful and unique birdhouses on display in the Rotunda. The Montgomery Advertiser will be on the grounds with selfie sticks taking candid shots with the attendees to stream live on their website throughout the day. We are thrilled that Nancy’s Italian Ice will be back and are happy to announce That’s My Dog will be providing the concessions for the day. So make sure to stop by the hot dog stand for your lunch and have Italian Ice for dessert!

FlimpBlog#2.2014.0054The Museum is grateful for the help of Bluewater Broadcasting, LLC, Cumulus Broadcasting, The Montgomery Advertiser, River Region Magazine, Parents Magazine, WSFA-TV, The Alabama News Network, and American Klassic Designs. We also want to thank the BTW teachers and students for their partnership in this event and our Museum volunteers and docents without whom this event would not be possible.

See you May 7th!

Blake Rosen
Special Events Coordinator

A Shared Legacy—Folk Art in America

SL.CatCoverBLOGSome of the most distinctive and widely collected American art today is admired for the simple fact that it is simple.  Compared with the rarified, highly refined arts and architecture of Western Europe, and the ancient productions of many other continents, centuries, and civilizations, American 19thcentury folk art generally looks, well, plain.  And that’s exactly what has made everyday people and art collectors since the early 20th century love it—its basic simplicity expresses the earnest striving of 19th-century American artists and artisans to meet the “art needs” of American citizens. American folk art descends from, and depends on, European stylistic resources, but the paintings, sculpture, furniture, and other objects that are included in the exhibition A Shared Legacy represent the art that “sprang up” of necessity in our country in its earliest years.SL.Blog.4

These objects were created in New England, the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic States, and the South between 1800 and 1925.  The collection contains representative examples in specific categories like portraiture (which before the development of photography was the surest way to preserve one’s likeness for posterity), home furnishings, and objects for commerce and entertainment (the carousel animals are wonderful and beguiling; the cigar store Indian is suitably mysterious.) There is an assemblage of beautifully painted chests, sculpture, and “fraktur” (illustrated documents) that embody the talents of the German-American immigrant community that produced art mirroring what that ethnic group had learned and known in Northern Europe. A common thread for all of these objects is that they were made for practical reasons—while they also served to decorate and embellish, they usually had a purpose to fulfill in the lives of those that acquired or used them. (At right: attr. to Ammi Phillips, James Mairs Salisbury, c. 1835, Collection of Barbara L. Gordon)

Blog.1.SLA Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America was organized by Art Services International in Alexandria, Virginia, from the collection of Barbara L. Gordon. A long-time collector of American folk art, Ms. Gordon, like many of her fellow collectors, came to her interest through (A) a visit as a seventh-grader to Colonial Williamsburg, and (B) antiquing. (At left: attr. to “Schtockshnitzler” Simmons, Bird, 1885-1910, Collection of Barbara L. Gordon)  And as with most collectors of any sort, once she got started she couldn’t stop. She became a regular at the antique shops and auction galleries in Washington, D. C., and as her interest deepened she met the knowledgeable dealers and the scholars who further fueled the zest for her quarry. One object led to another, and twenty years later she owns a sizable and much-admired collection of American folk art that is now traveling to museums around the United States to educate about the importance of this homegrown art phenomenon.

A Shared Legacy opens on Thursday evening, March 31, with a reception at 5:30, followed by a lecture at 7:00 P.M.  Dr. Libby O’Connell will deliver our annual Fleischman Lecture and will be speaking about the lives of American folk artists and their works.  Our Collectors Society will be hearing from both Dr. O’Connell and the collector, Barbara L. Gordon, at special events on Friday.  Don’t miss these great Spring programs, and this fine collection, which is on view through June 19. As always, the Museum is extremely grateful to the generous sponsors who make our exhibitions possible. The sponsors for A Shared Legacy are Sandra and Joe McInnes, ARONOV, Doug Lowe, and the 2015 Junior Executive Board. Co-sponsors of the exhibition are Harmon Dennis Bradshaw; River Bank; Aldridge, Borden and Company; Carolyn and Dr. Alfred Newman, Jr. (At right: attr. to the Dentzel Company, Rabbit Carousel Figure, c. 1910, Collection of Barbara L. Gordon)


Margaret Lynne Ausfeld
Curator of Paintings and Sculpture

41st Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition Opens


Blog.ArtGuildThe 41st Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition opened Friday night, June 12, with a festive reception attended by more than 400 people. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of 24 awards worth a total of $22,645. The Museum appreciates the work that Thornton Clark, the Art Guild’s show chair, has done to raise the money for these awards, encouraging the participation of so many accomplished artists. Museum Director Mark Johnson said, “We are also grateful to the many generous supporters, including the Museum’s 2014 Junior Executive Board, Sterling Bank, and Margaret Berry Lowder, who helped to sponsor this exhibition.”Blog.ArtGuild2015

The juror, Tom Butler, Director Emeritus of the Columbus (GA) Museum, selected 97 items from 427 entries by 127 artists. 38 artists entered for the first time, and 27 of those first-timers were among the 74 artists selected. Butler also presented the following awards (dimensions are in inches, height before width before depth). (At right: Director Mark Johnson and Juror Tom Butler.)


$3000 Noble Seay Jones Best In Show Award
Chie A. Hitchner, Unfolding, Weaving (108×28) (At left: Best-in-Show winner Chie A. Hitchner)
$2500 MMFA Director’s Award
Cicely Hulett, Genesis, Mixed media (48×48)
$1000 AUM College of Arts and Sciences Award
Dale Lewis, Heart of Gold, Wood and metal (30x9x9)
$1000 Thornton and Pat Clark Award
Lindy Bruggink, Casey in Black, Oil on panel (17×14)



$1000 Doster Award
Larry Percy, KERYGMA SERIES: Journeys to Holy Ghost Canyon XX/Dodged Bullet: Incident
401, Saggar fired earthenware, charred wood, concrete (53x19x14)
$1000 Kelly Fitzpatrick Award
Pamela Wesley Copeland, Rouen Nights, Oil (30×24)
$1000 Foy Gilmore Goodwyn Memorial Fund Award
Sheri Schumacher, Margins, Mixed media textiles (50×38)
$1000 Halvorson Award
Kate Seawell, Cadmium Orange, Mixed media monotype (24×32)
$1000 Moore Wealth Management Award
Michael Vaughn Sims, Mount Carmel, Mixed media (33x22x20)
$1000 Edward L. Robbins Award
Joan DiLaura, Irises, Mixed media, (28×22)
$1000 Jimmie Sabel Award
Richard Mills, The Poletoads Nesting in Lucerne, Watercolor, gouache, collage (40×50)
$1000 Vivian Butler Scott Award
Amber Hall, Tornado Aftermath at Lake Martin East I, Oil on canvas (30×60)
$1000 Chuck Whitehead Award for Figurative or Portrait Art
Scott Crockett, Self-Portrait, Graphite (27×21)
$500 2014 MMFA Junior Executive Board First-Time Entrant Award
Warren Simons, Palm Tree Repairs, Digital inkjet print on paper (33×24)
$500 Vincent Cappelluzzo Award for Figurative or Portrait Art
Cecile W. Morgan, Different Drummer, Oil (33×27)
$500 Doug’s 2 Award
Virginia Wolfe, Out to Paint the Town Red, Watercolor (26×22)
$500 The Sandra Hicks Larson Award
Donna Pickens, Variations on the Ladder Theme, Charcoal, conti, collage, graphite (20×27)
$500 McKenzie Award
Margaret Gluhman, Journey: Unknown, Collage (20×16)
$500 Midstate Advertising Award
Darrell C. Warr, Blue Haze, Oil (25×29)
$500 Terrell Stokes Award
Carol Barksdale, Indigo Vibes, Mixed media (24×36)
$500 Clark Walker Award
Rachael Sherer, Rodrigo, Oil (48×24)

Three Art Galleries and Artists of the South Advertisement Awards Donated by AGAS Publishing
Kay Alkire Brummal, Depth Perception, Color photograph on paper (24×28)
Ken Lever, Bow-Legged, Wood, (12x20x14) (At right)
Don Norris, Carpenter Romanesque, Monroe County, Alabama, Digital inkjet print on paper, (23×16)ArtGuild.Blog3

The MMFA and the Montgomery Art Guild’s partnership has again produced an outstanding exhibition representing the best contemporary art in the River Region.

Michael Panhorst
Curator of Art

Do-Dah is a Parade with a Purpose the MMFA moved from downtown Montgomery to the Blount Cultural Park in 1988, the staff began preparing for a park-and-art-centered outdoor event—a plan that came to fruition 18 months later as the Flimp Festival on May 5, 1990.  We introduced the Do-Dah Parade as a central part of those early Flimps, and it grew to include a diverse assortment of wonderful pets in costume, and some adventurous owners who dressed up as well.

Do-Dah.Lennox.blogThe original Do-Dah parades were eventually discontinued, however in 2014 a number of factors led the Museum to revive the Do-Dah tradition.  First, the Hannah Daye Ridling Bark Park opened in 2013 providing dogs and their families a safe place to play.  Then, in 2014, the Museum entered into a partnership with the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts to present the annual Flimp Festival, and we jointly approached the Montgomery Humane Society (sponsors of our Bark Park neighbors) to re-institute the Do-Dah tradition.  Our goals were to incorporate the BTW students as co-organizers and participants, and to bring greater visibility to the efforts of the Montgomery Humane Society to find loving families for shelter dogs. We continued this new tradition of Do-Dah at this year’s Flimp, and we are delighted to report that our participation

About fifty amazing dog and their human companions gathered on a perfect May morning to strut their stuff, and compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place gift cards generously donated by
Pet Supermarket.  The Parade was led by Jazz band musicians from BTW, and our judges, Alabama News Network anchor Tim Lennox and Museum Director Mark Johnson, awarded prizes to winners who achieved the most creative costumes and ensembles.   Students from BTW escorted 10 costumed dogs from the Montgomery Humane Shelter in the Parade, and later presented them to potential adoptive families in the adoption tent from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. The folks at For Healthy Pets provided gift packets of healthful and tasty products for adopters that day.

Do-Dah.pup.blogWe appreciate all the participants who made this second revival of the Do-Dah Parade and Adoption Event a great success—musicians, parading dogs and people, judges, and volunteers.  We particularly thank the BTW student escorts, and the volunteers from the Montgomery Humane Society who took such good care of the shelter dogs for the day.  Finally, we again thank our sponsors Pet Supermarket, For Healthy Pets, Barking Lot Grooming Salon, and Groomin’ Tails Pet Salon for their sponsorship of prizes for the Do-Dah Parade, and for contributing to the on-going welfare of pets in the Montgomery area.

Margaret Lynne Ausfeld
Curator of Art

The Flimp Festival Draws in a Record-Breaking Crowd

FlimpartsandcraftsLast Saturday, May 2, proved to be one of the most memorable dates in the Flimp Festival’s history. When everyone arrived at Blount Cultural Park, the friendly faces of the Booker T. Washington Magnet High School teachers, students, and Museum staff greeted them. This accompanied by great weather made it a perfect setting for our 2700 guests.

The annual event kicked off at 10 A.M. with registration for the Do-Dah Parade. This year, we had nearly 50 people and their dogs dressed in costumes marching to the tune of “When the Saints go Marching In,” led by BTW’s jazz band. At the end of the parade, three lucky winners received awards for the best ensembles. The Montgomery Humane Society also brought in 10 dogs in hopes of finding them permanent homes.FlimpDo-Dah

FlimpChalkartOur Sidewalk Chalk Art competition was another main attraction at the Festival. The MMFA used the theme “Montgomery: The Past, Present and Future.” There were more than 70 entries in the student and adult categories. What a fantastic display of talent!

The arts and crafts proved to be the most popular of all. Visitors got a chance to make hats, get their faces painted, create creatures like ladybugs with clay, or shape copper into jewelry. Dave Holland, a non-traditional artist and musician, received rave reviews after encouraging the audience to be a part of his percussion session.

Voices of BTW’s choir and the music from the school’s band could be heard throughout the Blount Cultural Park. As the Flimp Festival came to an end, we saw many families taking pictures capturing memories of another great year at the MMFA.Flimpband

Cynthia Milledge
Director of Marketing and Public Relations


Native American Family Day 2015

We held Poarch: History in Motion, our second Native American Family Day on Saturday and we certainly were in motion!  Over 1,000 visitors joined us for a full afternoon of activity. Several artisans were on hand helping the kids make decorated medallion necklaces, clay pinch pots and woven baskets in the Poarch tradition.

EV.NativeAM4blogTribal historian, Robert Thrower shared stories and showed Poarch artifacts to guests all afternoon. Through the objects he shared, he explained what life was like in the early days of the Tribe and some of their traditions.

In the field next to the Museum, the drumming group Medicine Tail played while members performed demonstrations of both Stomp Dancing and the elaborate Pow Wow Dances while the younger and more energetic attendees tried their hand at traditional Stick Ball, the predecessor of modern day lacrosse.

EV.NativeAM2blogIn the Rotunda, the premiere of a new photography exhibition Poarch: History in Motion was installed. Beautiful portraits by Karen Odyniec of tribal members were hung next to short stories about them with artifacts from Kerretv Cuko, the Poarch Band of Creek Indian Museum in Atmore.


EV.nativeAMERICAN-blogWe were delighted to partner with the Tribe again this year to present such a fun and informative day for the River Region, all of which was free.

Jill Barry
Deputy Director


Bazaar d’Art will feature ten works by Selma painter John Lapsley

Lapsley_Flower_Market_BLOGFor those interested in collecting work by Southern artists, this year’s Bazaar d’Art will present a very rare opportunity to acquire paintings by the Selma artist John Lapsley (1915–2005). Lapsley was an important Alabama painter/printmaker whose works date from the 1930s into the early part of the twenty-first century. The works being offered in the MMFA’s biennial silent auction reflect his passionate interest in the style of the French Post-Impressionists such as Edouard Vuillard (French, 1868–1940), Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867–1947), and the great French modernist Henri Matisse (1869–1944). His bright, colorful, and light-filled compositions were inspired by the style of these artists, however his subject matter was typically taken from his hometown in Selma, or the landscape and cultural environment of the American South.

Paintings by John Lapsley have graced the walls of central Alabama homes for many years; he was a prolific artist who exhibited widely during his later career. However, it is very unusual for ten works of this quality to be offered at one time. This opportunity has been made possible by a very generous donation from the Estate of Betty Baldwin, and by Nancy Buzard, both long-time Museum supporters. Betty’s nieces—Marcia Weese, Shirley Weese Young, and Kate Weese—joined with Nancy to make this wonderful gesture in support of the Lapsley_Sailboats_blogMuseum’s programs and mission in memory of their aunt, who passed away last year. Betty and Nancy were friends of the artist, and most of the works offered were acquired by them around the time they were painted. This circumstance makes this opportunity even more unusual, as when purchased on the secondary market, there are often questions regarding a work’s origin or its condition.

The works will go on view Saturday, February 21, at 10:00 A.M. and remain open for silent bidding until the Bazaar d’Art cocktail party on Thursday, March 5, beginning at 7:00 P.M. You may buy advance tickets at this link or call 334-240-4333 for more information.

Margaret Lynne Ausfeld
Curator of Art

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