Lectures and Gallery Talks
Lectures and Gallery Talks, which often explore the themes of temporary exhibitions, are free and open to the public.
Gallery Talk: Photorealism: Selections from the Permanent Collection
Tuesday, July 12, noon
Leading up to the reception for Photorealism, Curator Michael Panhorst will explore themes in the show such as the camera’s influence on these paintings and prints, representations of urban settings and consumer products derived from photographs, and the genesis of this new approach to realism that developed in the United States in 1960s and 1970s.
Lecture: Women’s Work
Thursday, July 14, 7 PM
Following the opening reception for the exhibition, Dr. Kathleen Spies of Birmingham Southern will deliver a lecture on Women’s Work: Prints from the Collection of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Dr. Spies will explore the range of expressions in the show, spanning the early 19th to the early 21st centuries, including work that is figurative and abstract, universal and specific to the realm and influence of women. A specialist in Modern and American art, Dr. Spies also has an interest in gender studies and is currently working on a book about female performers in the 20s and 30s.
Gallery Talk: Joe Almyda
Tuesday, July 26, noon
Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will discuss recently acquired works from the MMFA’s permanent collection now on view in Harmonics: Joe Almyda’s Works on Paper. Participants will take a closer look at the elegant, often abstract, natural and geometric forms presented in compelling color harmonies by an artist who influenced many others in the Atlanta area during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Gallery Talk: Dark City with Lynn Saville
Wednesday, August 17, 7 PM
Lynn Saville will lead a discussion of her photographs in the exhibition Dark City: Urban America at Night. Explore the uninhabited scenes and observations of changing city spaces that nighttime photography allows. Hear from the creator about the often solitary process of capturing these nighttime views. To learn more about the range of her work, visit LynnSaville.com.
Gallery Talk: Taking It to the Streets
Tuesday, August 23, noon
Join Curator Jennifer Jankauskas in Taking It to the Streets, for a reflection upon compelling moments and perspectives of everyday life revealed through the camera lens. The active and contemplative street photographs in the show are taken by artists from Walker Evans to Lynn Saville.
New Techniques for Using Golden Paints
Sunday August 28, 2016, 2 to 4 P.M.
Instructor: Phil Garrett, nationally recognized artist & Golden paint Representative
This FREE demonstration presents Golden paints, gels, and mediums, including Williamsburg Oils and the new versatile Watercolor QOR. Learn to use different products to create unique textural surfaces for watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, oil and soft pastels. A packet of literature and free samples of paints and gels will be available for all those who attend.
Films, Panel Discussions, and Symposia
A Morning for Anne Goldthwaite
Saturday, July 30, 9 – 11:30 AM
During her summer sojourns from New York City, artist Anne Goldthwaite captured views of Montgomery, the surrounding countryside, and local inhabitants that are currently on view in Going Home: Paintings by Anne Goldthwaite. In honor of her early to mid-twentieth century seasonal visits, the Museum has chosen a summer morning to celebrate one of Alabama’s most accomplished women. Participants will hear from the May Lamar, who is currently at work on a fictional biography of Anne and her family. The group will also share in historian Mary Ann Neeley’s insights about the locations depicted in Goldthwaite’s work and examine the prints, paintings, and sculptures by Anne in the galleries with Curators Margaret Lynne Ausfeld and Alice Novak. Light refreshments will be served.
Panel Discussion: Women Making Art
Thursday, August 18, 6 PM
Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas, Curator of Art, has a special interest in contemporary art. She will moderate a discussion with the photographer Lynn Saville, figurative painter Elana Hagler, sculptor Rachel Wright, and quilt maker Louisiana Rudolph, to reflect on their diverse ways of working, their careers, and their experiences as women in the art world.
Film: Big Eyes a Tim Burton Film
Thursday, August 4, 5:30 P.M.
While the summer exhibition Women’s Work celebrates female artists, Big Eyes tells the story of a woman whose husband achieved fame by taking credit for her work. Amy Adams plays Margaret Keane, and Curator of Education Alice Novak will introduce the history and the film with a brief discussion following. Beverages will be available for purchase. Popcorn will be served.
Film: The Danish Girl
Thursday, September 29, 5:30 P.M.
Enjoy the story of two artists and a ground-breaking journey of gender identity, loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Alicia Vikander’s is an Oscar-winning performance as Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Eddie Redmayne, playing her husband was also up for the Academy Award as Best Actor. Beverages will be available for purchase, popcorn will be served, and Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion.
Ekphrasis is a free program for Museum members (click here to join the Museum.)
Join us for Collectors Society this year!
This special group for Museum members is enjoyable for everyone who collects art or loves the Museum’s collection. The fee is $275 annually, which covers all programs, meals and transportation. Contact Alice Novak or call 240-4361 with any questions.
Short courses meet on Tuesdays at noon and are free and open to the public.
Tuesdays August 30, September 6, 13, and 20, noon
Margaret Lynne Ausfeld and Alice Novak will lead a short course about the work of women artists, from beloved Alabamians Anne Goldthwaite and Clara Weaver Parish – who lived into the twentieth century – to artists practicing today. For the exhibition Women’s Work, the Museum has drawn upon its holdings of works on paper to explore the creations of women painters, print-makers, and sculptors that are often not on view. The course will examine the social changes of the early to mid-20th century when women moved beyond employment in the home, and into the salaried, working world. As women achieved more financial independence and responsibility, social recognition of their varied roles— including that of artist—profoundly impacted our culture. Addressing an array of subjects, techniques, styles, and media, the program will demonstrate women artists moving into America’s art world mainstream, where they are now trendsetters as never before.
Drop-ins welcome, Registration preferred. To register, contact Brandy Morrison at 334-240-4365, email@example.com
Studio classes are available for teens and adults throughout the year. Classes offer instruction in a variety of art mediums, including digital media. Download the Studio Flyer to learn more or call 334.240.4365.
Adults (ages 14 and older)
Summer Painting with Sandra
Back by popular demand, Sandra Hicks Larson will teach a fun and informative series of classes, designed for students of all levels, including those who have no prior painting experience. Participants will work from photographs and will view landscapes in the Museum for inspiration. Since these classes are offered during the summer, participants may sign up for individual classes or the entire series. Class size is limited to 10. Some supplies provided.
Instructor: Sandra Hicks Larson
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursday: August 4, 11; September 1, 15, 22
Cost: $30 members per class/$40 non-members per class;
$140 members/$190 non-members for the series of five classes
Twilight Photography Workshop
View the exhibition Dark City: Urban America at Night in the galleries with NY photographer Lynne Saville to learn about her work. The explore downtown Montgomery at twilight, taking your own pictures with the instruction of this accomplished artist and teacher. The workshop is open to digital and film photographers – beginner to expert. A tripod is helpful but not required.
Instructor: Lynn Saville
Time: 7 to 9:30 P.M.
Wednesday: August 17
Cost: $50 Museum members/$95 non-members
Painting Large Abstracts
Well-known artist Kellie Newsome will help artists of all skill levels create bright, colorful abstract paintings. This informative workshop includes sketching tips and instructions on loose application of paint, unique color schemes, color blending, and building a balanced composition; and tips for combining a wide variety of art materials. Most supplies, including Atelier Interactive acrylic paints, are provided. Class size is limited to 11 participants, so sign up early!
Instructor: Kellie Newsome
Time: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Saturday: September 10
Cost: $120 Museum/$165 non-members
CHARCOAL: Expressive Mark Making, A Painter’s Approach to Drawing
Explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark-making in this two-day workshop. Gary Chapman, a popular UAB professor whose work is represented in our collection, will help participants develop a personal approach to loose, aggressive mark-making with a combination of additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers. Students will also be encouraged to combine other media such as conte crayon, spray paint, ink and gesso. A supply list will be provided upon registration.
Instructor: Gary Chapman
Date & Time: Saturday, September 24: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.;
Sunday, September 25: 1:30 to 4:30 P.M.
Cost: $115 members/$160 non-members
$75 students for the two-day workshop
Tuition cost will be refunded if a class is canceled.
For a full refund, cancellations must be made NO LATER THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE
the class, workshop, or camp begins. After that time a 25%
administrative fee will be charged.
Six times a year artists have the opportunity to bring a work of art to the Museum, show it to other artists and those interested in art, and have friendly feedback about the work. Signing up for ARTtalk reserves a space in all six meetings, with or without artwork.
Each session artists can bring one work of art to show for friendly feedback. Light refreshments are also served.
Remaining Dates: July 28, September 22, November 17
Time: 6 to 8 P.M.
Cost: $10.00 for Museum or Art Guild Members, $15.00 for non-members for three sessions.
Junior Executive Board
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts founded a Junior Executive Board in Summer 2011 to promote membership to and build awareness about the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts among young professionals in the River Region. The Junior Executive Board targets community arts enthusiasts ages 25 to 40 and holds an annual fundraiser each fall called Art in Concert. The group also founded Mixed Media, arts focused after-hours events throughout the year; in 2012. Resumes are solicited in the fall of each year and service on the Junior Executive Board runs from January to December. The 2015 JEB President is Mr. C.J. Hincy. To learn how you can be a part of JEB contact Development Office at 334.240.4344 or Email.
The docent volunteer program is a year-long program that prepares docents to lead tours for students; including experiences in the galleries, studios, and ARTWORKS. Docents also lead adult tours, offsite presentations, puppet shows, and public programs.
Teaching credentials or artistic backgrounds are not required. The Museum will supply the necessary training to effectively lead dynamic learning experiences for all ages. The docent program is also supplemented by a website that offers information about the program and the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.
Prospective Docents are:
- Enthusiastic, flexible, and friendly
- Eager to learn about art and engage others in disucssions about art
- Ready to be the Museum’s ambassador to the public
If you are interested in becoming a Docent Volunteer, please fill out the docent application.
To learn more, call Jill Byrd, Tour Coordinator at 334.240.4359 or visit the Docent Volunteer website.