Adult lectures are offered during exhibition openings and/or as public programs during the week. Most lectures are held during evening hours between 5 and 7 p.m., although occasionally, lectures are held on weekends. Lectures are free to the public.
Gallery talks provide opportunities for intimate discussions in the galleries, in the Museum’s Weil Print Room, or Orientation Circle. Discussions can be formal or informal, and often include multimedia presentations. Gallery talks are free to the public.
Evening with the Curator
Thursday, May 8, 5:30 P.M.
Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will discuss the landscapes, genre scenes, and portraits included in the exhibition Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-Century Paintings of the South. Her talk will focus on Romanticism, the primary painting style of that era.
Kerr Eby Artist of the World Wars
Thursday: May 22, 6:30 P.M.
Guest lecturer Sebastian H. Lukasik of Air Command and Staff College will explore Kerr Eby’s career as a combat artist in two world wars, with emphasis on his depictions of modern warfare.
EKPHRASIS: A Monthly Book Club About Art (Free to the Public)
The Museum’s monthly book club features books about art that cover topics ranging from artist biographies and art movements to historical fiction and art criticism. Book club meetings feature multimedia presentations to provide a visual context for the topics discussed. For reservations, or to order a lunch from the Museum’s café, call 334.240.4365.
May 7, 2014, 12 p.m.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old. F. Scott Fitzgerald is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the “ungettable” Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability; Scott isn’t wealthy, prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps absurdly insisting that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame.
All books can be purchased at Capital Book and News Company, 1140 East Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, AL or email to find out about availability.
Get an up-close look at artists, their work and the creative process in this unique program, designed for area artists as well as those interested in art. Artists bring a work of art to the Museum, show it to other artists and have friendly feedback about their work. To register for ARTtalk, contact the education secretary Max Milligan at 334.240.4365 or email email@example.com.
Monthly: March 27, May 29, June 5, July 24, September 25, November 20
Time: 6 to 8 P.M.
Cost: $20.00 for Museum or Art Guild Members, $35.00 for non-members for the year
Download the Studio Flyer for Spring 2014
Fused Glass Fun
Create one-of-a-kind jewelry and picture frames, just in time for Mother’s Day. All glass working tools and supplies are provided. Class is limited to 12 participants.
*Youth ages 9 and older can attend when accompanied by an adult partner.
Instructor: Jo Taylor
Time: 3 to 4:30 P.M.
Sundays: April 13 & 27
Cost: $75 members/$100 non-members for the two-day workshop
Stained Glass Creations
Celebrate the coming of spring by creating a unique floral work of stained glass in this series! Learn to make a glass pattern and to cut, grind, and solder the glass pieces to make a small window. Beginners are welcome; those with prior experience will work on more advanced designs. All glass working tools and most materials are provided. Class is limited to eight students.
Instructor: Gloria Simons
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursdays: April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 22, 29; June 5
Cost: $150 members/$195 non-members for the series
Atelier Interactive: Acrylic Painting Workshop
Explore the vibrant paint and paint mediums that Kellie Newsome uses to create her colorful paintings. Information will cover techniques usually associated with watercolor or oil paint, and methods of blending, creating texture, transferring photos, layering, and glazing. All supplies will be provided, with the exception of a canvas and brushes.
Instructor: Kellie Newsome
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursday: April 24
Cost: $35 Museum or MAG members/$$50 non-members
*This workshop is offered in partnership with the Montgomery Art Guild
Portrait Photography Workshop
Learn techniques of improving your cell phone photographs, including suggestions for composition, lighting, and contrast. Elliot Knight, Visual Arts Program Manager at the Alabama State Council on the Arts, will share his experience as a photographer and former art instructor at the University of Alabama. Participants are asked to email one of their own photographs (of a person) to the Museum as a part of the workshop.
Instructor: Elliot Knight
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursday: May 1
Cost: $35 members/$50 non-members
Portrait Painting Workshop
Learn to draw and paint remarkable portraits from one of the region’s best known artists. Participants will have instruction and exercises in composition, proportions, value and color. They will also paint a portrait, working from a model. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Individual instruction will be provided for all levels of skill. Class is limited to 10 participants, so sign up early!
Instructor: Marguerite Edwards
Time: 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday: May 17 & 18
Cost: $150 members/$195 non-members for the two-day workshop
Stone Carving Workshop
Participants will learn to carve soft alabaster while gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to carve a variety of different types of stone. Class time will include instruction in both age-old and modern techniques of using chisels, hammers, rasps and files. For beginners to intermediate skill levels with plenty of hands on carving time. A supply list will be available upon registration.
Instructor: Brooks Barrow
Time: Saturdays: May 31 & June 7 – 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Sundays: June 1 & 8 – 1 to 5 P.M.
Cost: $200 members/$245 non-members for the four – day workshop
$150: Students currently enrolled in a college or university
Color Mixing for Creating Light in Landscapes
Back by popular demand, Chattanooga artist Durinda Cheek will share color mixing techniques in oils or acrylics that make your landscape paintings glow with light and clear color. Learn about the palettes of the Impressionists, compared to other landscape artists. Bring photographs of landscapes to paint. If the weather permits, participants will create quick landscape studies on the Museum grounds. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Class size is limited to 12.
Instructor: Durinda Cheek
Time: 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday: June 21 & 22
Cost: $175 members/$220 non-members for the two-day workshop
FLIMP Chalk Art
FLIMP Chalk Art Competition
May 2 and 3, 2014
The drawing times for the FLIMP Chalk Art Competition will be Friday May 2, from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.. and the morning of Saturday, May 3, from 8 to 10 A.M., before the Festival begins. Chalk artists create inspired works of art in the Museum’s parking spaces, and the MMFA provides materials to all who register on time. During the FLIMP Festival, visitors enjoy the vivid chalk drawings in the parking lot gallery, and local celebrities judge the winners.
Theme: This year’s chalk theme is the “Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.” Works featuring the theme will also have a chance to win the ”Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts” theme judging category.
One 6-foot by 6-foot square of the Museum’s parking lot
The Museum will provide corner templates
Registered Participants are guaranteed:
A space in the area designated for their age group
Chalk pastels for their entire masterpiece
A placard with the title of their work beside their work
Late registrants should check with the Museum to confirm the availability of space and materials.
Drawing Schedule: Artists may work during the following times, with no exceptions:
Friday, May 2, 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Saturday, May 3, 8 to 10 A.M.
Judging: Saturday, May 3, from 10 to 11:30 A.M.
Awards: Saturday, May 3, at 12 noon
How to participate: Complete a registration form by Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
FLIMP Student Chalk Registration Form
FLIMP Adult Chalk Registration Form
If you have trouble completing the online registration form, you may print this form and submit it by fax, mail, or email:
FLIMP Student Registration Form (for printing)
FLIMP Adult Registration Form (for printing)
FLIMP Registration Information (for printing)
Calling Chalk Art Sponsors
The Chalk Art competition is open to artists of all ages. Contestants often work on their designs for weeks in advance and labor over their chalk masterpieces the days of the event. Each team sponsorship is $100. Sponsorships guarantee that the Museum can provide materials and support for all of the teams. Supporters are thanked on FLIMP signage and in On Exhibit.
FLIMP Chalk Sponsorship Form (for printing)
This special group enjoys viewing private collections and hearing from featured MMFA artists. Whether you collect, or just appreciate the Museum’s collection, a love of art is the foundation for this program. To inquire about dues or to join, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The season begins in October.
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 2014 JEB President is Ms. Beth Hataway. To learn how you can be a part of JEB contact Development Officer Katherine Trumble at 334.240.4347 or Email.
Classes & Workshops
Art History Short Course
Short Course: Art of the 18th and 19th Centuries
Tuesday: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 at 12 noon
Study European art of the 18th and 19th centuries and American art of the same time period with Assistant Curator of Education Alice Novak. For reservations call 334.240.4365.
The docent volunteer program is a year-long program that prepares docents to present adult tours, school tours, studio activities, ARTWORKS presentations, and outreach programs. Teaching credentials or artistic backgrounds are not required. The Museum’s education department will supply the necessary training that is needed to effectively lead tours of all ages.
Prospective Docents are:
- Eager to learn and share
- Interested in giving tours that generate conversations with their audience through questions (inquiry-based)
- Ready to be the Museum’s ambassador to the public
- Interested in leading groups of children, teens, and/or adults
If you are interested in becoming a Docent Volunteer, please fill out the docent application. To learn more, call Alice Novak, Assistant Curator of Education. at 334.240.4362 or Visit the Docent Volunteer website
The docent program is also supplemented by a website that offers information about the program and the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.