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Lectures and Gallery Talks



Lectures and Gallery Talks, which often explore the themes of temporary exhibitions, are free and open to the public.

Opening for Federico Uribe and First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare
Thursday, October 6, 5:30 – 8 P.M.
Reading by Geoffrey Sherman of ASF at 6 P.M.
Lecture by artist Federico Uribe at 7 P.M.

Join us for a celebration of our fall exhibitions, First Folio, Hamlet at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Federico Uribe, Callot’s Commedia dell’Arte Characters and 17th-Century Scenes, and The Political Persuader: Cartoons by Frank M. Spangler, Sr.  The opening reception will last from 5:30 to 7 featuring hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  At 6 P.M. in the galleries Geoffrey Sherman, Producing Artistic Director of ASF, will deliver a dramatic reading of Hamlet’s soliloquy with brief commentary. This selection corresponds to the page that Shakespeare’s First Folio will be open to for the month of October.  At 7 P.M. Federico Uribe will deliver a lecture in Wilson Auditorium about his magical installation pieces and whimsical work made from everyday materials.


The Political Cartoons of Frank M. Spangler, Sr.
Sunday, November 6, 2 P.M.

On the eve of the 2016 elections, the Museum will hold a gallery talk engaging the political cartoons of Frank M. Spangler, Sr., printed in the Montgomery Advertiser in the 1920’s and 30’s. The discussion will be led by Jim Earnhardt of the Media Production Group at Auburn University and the artist Marguerite Edwards.

Drawing on his own long career at the Advertiser, Earnhardt will offer insights into the political and media history of Alabama as reflected in the prints, while Edwards comments on the visual elements of communication in the cartoons. The granddaughter of the artist, Edwards is not only rich in personal anecdotes but has continued “Spang’s” interest in representing public figures through her many portraits of distinguished Alabamians.

Topics of the presentation will include the power of the political cartoon before the advent of television and major themes of Spangler’s work, such as the depression, Tom Heflin, and issues of Alabama politics of the early twentieth century – many of which remain relevant today.


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 danish-girl-movie-callout-2performance 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.

pollockFilm: Pollock
Thursday, November 3, 5:30 P.M.

Following the popular summer film series about women artists, the Museum will show several movies this winter that were requested by audience members.  Join us for the 2000 film Pollock, chronicling the abstract expressionist painter’s dramatic life in the 40’s and 50’s – from obscurity to fame, with fellow artist Lee Krasner – and his tragic end.

A Curator will introduce the history and the film with a brief discussion following.  Beverages will be available for purchase.  Popcorn will be served.


Book Club

ED.bookclub.7EKPHRASIS: A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum Members)

Ekphrasis is a monthly book club devoted to the history of art. Each month, we feature a work of fiction or nonfiction that covers periods ranging from the ancient world to the art of today. For this unique program, staff members make presentations to provide a visual context for the topics discussed.  Check out the list of upcoming featured books! Book club meets on Wednesdays at noon.  To reserve lunch from Café M, call the Education Secretary at 334.240.4365. Payment must be received by 10 A.M. the Fridays before the book club meets.

Ekphrasis is a free program for Museum members (click here to join the Museum.)


Collectors Society

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 $300 annually, which covers all programs, meals and transportation. Contact Alice Novak or call 240-4361 with any questions.

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


Short Course

Short courses meet on Tuesdays at noon and are free and open to the public.

Women’s Work
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.

Shakespeare Today
Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25, noon

Hear from Susan Willis, dramaturg of Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon of Huntingdon College about the myriad ways the works of Shakespeare are relevant today on stage and beyond.  Following the sessions focused on the text and performance of Shakespeare’s works, Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will lead a talk about representations of Shakespeare in works of art in the Museum exhibition Hamlet at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The short course will culminate with Dr. James and Mabs Seay of the Montgomery Chorale reflecting on and performing music inspired by Shakespeare’s works.

Drop-ins welcome, Registration preferred. To register, contact Brandy Morrison at 334-240-4365,

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 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, 22; October 20
Cost: $30 members per class/$40 non-members per class;
$140 members/$190 non-members for the series of five classes


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 


Creating a Minimalist Landscape with Palette Knife
All skill levels will enjoy using oil paints on frame-able archival canvas paper to create alluring landscapes with artist Alisa Koch. Participants will learn to see and understand the landscape in terms of shape and color, mixing colors from a limited palette, and manipulating paint with a palette knife to blend and shape the landscape form. Oil paints, paper, mineral spirits, easels, and reference photographs will be provided by the instructor and the Museum. Class size is limited to 8 participants to allow for individual instruction, so sign up early!
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Instructor: Alisa Koch
Time: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Dates: Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9, 2016
Cost: $225 members/$270 non-members for the two-day workshop


Designing in Stained Glass
With the skillful guidance of glass artist Gloria Simons, even beginners will learn to design, cut, and assemble amazing works of art in stained glass just in time for the holidays in the series of eight classes!  Those with more experience working in stained glass will be challenged to create more difficult designs.  Many supplies and all glass working tools are provided.  Register quickly to reserve a place in this series, limited to eight participants.
Instructor: Gloria Simons
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Dates: October 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8, 2016
Cost: $200 members/ $245 non-members for the series of eight glasses


Mixed Media Workshop
Be inspired by the exhibition Federico Uribe: Transformart and the Colombian-born, Miami-based artist’s use of recycled, everyday objects in his playful installations.  Learn to incorporate drawings, prints, photographs, and other media in your paintings, using archival adhesives.  Most supplies will be provided for this unique workshop.
Instructor: Madison Faile
Dates & Times: Sunday, October 16 – 12:30 to 4:30 P.M.
Sunday, October 22 – 10 A.M. to 4 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: September 22 and November 17
Time: 6 to 8 P.M.
Cost: $10.00 for Museum or Art Guild Members, $15.00 for non-members for the two remaining sessions.

Download the ARTtalk brochure here. Call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or email to register.

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 2015 JEB President is Mr. C.J. Hincy. To learn how you can be a part of JEB contact Development Office at 334.240.4350 or Email.


ED.docent-tourThe 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 discussions 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.