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Lectures and Gallery Talks


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.

IntoLight_talkEvening with the Curator: Into the Light: Early Materials and Techniques 
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:30 P.M.

Gouache, tempera, pastel, graphite, ink, aquatint, etching…. There is a dizzying array of media and techniques that artists have used to make the art on paper in the exhibition Into the Light: American Works on Paper from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Dr. Michael Panhorst Curator of Art will discuss some of the materials and processes that 19th and early 20th-century artists in the show employed to achieve their artistry.

AmPaper_HopperEvening with the Curator: Into the Light: Edward Hopper’s Watercolor Practice 
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 5:30 pm

Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Curator of Art, will discuss the two major examples of Edward Hopper’s watercolors in the Blount Collection: Bow of the Beam Trawler, Widgeon, 1926 and Light at Two Lights, 1927. These two rarely seen examples of Hopper’s work reflect his interest in maritime life and the sea. Raised in Nyack, New York on the Hudson River, he had a life-long interest in water and activities associated with it, including the effects of light as reflected by bodies of water. Ms. Ausfeld will discuss Hopper’s use of the medium and will place his works in the context of other important American watercolorists of the early twentieth century.

Book Club

ED.bookclub.7EKPHRASIS: A Monthly Book Club About Art (Free to Members)

The monthly book club just finished the last meeting for the fall period. We will resume in January 2015. As a reminder, the book club is a members only program. If you are not a member, I hope you will join the Museum and remain an active participant in the Book Club.  Individual Memberships are quite affordable and start at $45 and family memberships begin at $60. So far, two authors have joined us via Skype: Susan Vreeland and Joan Breton Connelly. We look forward to more engaging discussions this fall. Check out the list of upcoming featured books!
You can save a stamp and join on-line today!

For reservations, or to order a lunch from the Museum’s café, call 334.240.4365.

Collectors Society

CollectSocietyJoin 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 240-4362 with any questions.

Check out this year’s calendar of events or sign up today to become a member.

Classes and Workshops

Short Course: Art of the Early 20th Century
Tuesdays at noon, October 28, continued from August and September

In the latter sessions of “Art of the Early 20th Century”, learn about art between the world wars including: modern architecture, the Harlem Renaissance, and art that continued to challenge convention, such as the illogical and playful work of the surrealists. This course led by Assistant Curator of Education Alice Novak is comprised of classroom presentations and gallery discussions.

To register, please contact the Education Secretary at or 240-4365.

Interview with Mr. Jeff Benton

Studio Classes


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 brochure to learn more or call 334.240.4365.

Adults (ages 14 and older)


ED.arttalk.5Get 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 at 334.240.4365 or email Donna Pickens, Assistant Curator of Education.

Monthly: 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 or $5 per session, $10 non-members.

Junior Executive Board

Jr.Exec.Board-1The 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 Office at 334.240.4344 or Email.


ED_tourThe 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. 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
  • People-friendly
  • Eager to learn and share
  • Flexible
  • 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

Active Docents
If you are currently an active docent, including new docents in training, you can now view the training schedule online.

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