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.
In the past, African artists created objects that served specific purposes: leadership, religion, education, social control, etc. Following a reception, Dr. Robin Poynor of the University of Florida’s School of Art and Art History and affiliated
with the Center for African Studies, will deliver a lecture on the functions of art in traditional African communities. The program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Art for Life’s Sake: An African Collection for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
On the evening of the opening of An American Collection Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will lead a brief tour of the exhibition, which features the gifts of Charles and Babette Wampold to the MMFA collections. She will discuss selected artists whose works are represented, including landscape painter George Inness (1825–1894), William Glackens (1870–1938), and Charles Burchfield (1893–1967), placing the Wampold’s paintings into the larger body of the artists’ work. She will also focus on how the Wampold’s gifts have broadened the range of our Museum’s collection of early twentieth-century American art.
Following the opening of Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Robert Thrower, of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians will deliver a lecture. In “A Collision of Cultures: Manifest Destiny and the American Indian”, Mr. Thrower will offer a Creek Indian perspective on the effects of Manifest Destiny upon American Indians.
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.
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.
For reservations, or to order a lunch from the Museum’s café, call 334.240.4365.
The book club is taking a short break during the summer. Although the official date for the next season is Wednesday, September 10th, we will meet once during the summer, Wednesday, August 20th, to discuss The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt. The novel is a gripping story about a young man who struggles with the loss of his mother at the tender age of thirteen, which leads to his possession of a Dutch masterwork called “The Goldfinch.” The book is over 700 pages, but is guaranteed to be a page-turner. Click here to learn more about book club and next year’s book selections.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-4365.
Interview with Mr. Jeff Benton
(REGISTRATION FOR FALL STUDIO CLASSES, SCHEDULED FROM OCTOBER THRU DECEMBER, OFFICIALLY BEGINS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH)
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)
Nationally known artist Don Andrews of Fairhope, Alabama will teach you to manipulate light to create dramatic watercolor landscapes in this informative workshop, geared to artists at all levels. A supply list will be provided upon registration.
Instructor: Don Andrews
Time: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Saturday and Sunday: Nov 8 & 9
Cost: $225 members/$270 non-members for the two-day workshop
Create a unique stained glass window just in time for the holidays in this series of classes, designed for beginning level students as well as those with prior experience. Learn to create glass patterns; cut, fit, solder, and finish your glass work of art. Some supplies and all glass working tools will be provided. Class size is limited to eight students, to allow for individual attention.
Instructor: Gloria Simons
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursdays: October 9, 16, 30; November 13, 20; December 4, 11
Cost: $150 members/$195 non-members for the series of seven classes
Learn to make one- of- a- kind handmade paper sheets which can be assembled into small journals or books, be drawn on, turned into greeting cards for the holiday season, and more! Basic materials will be provided, and participants may bring fresh or dried leaves or flowers and other materials to incorporate in their paper. Class size is limited to 12, so sign up early!
Instructor: Donna Britan
Time: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Saturday, November 1
Cost: $50 members/ $95 non-members
Create unique handmade books, using a variety of papers, including handmade paper, in this informative workshop. Learn several techniques for assembling and binding books, as well as unusual ideas for book covers. Most materials are provided. Class size is limited to 12. These works of art make treasured holiday gifts!
Instructor: Carol Hull
Time: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Saturday, November 15
Cost: $50 members/$95 non-members
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 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
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 Office at 334.240.4344 or Email.
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. 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:
- 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 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