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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.


The Art of Seeing

Thursday, October 29: 6 to 8 P.M.

Warren Simons, award-winning Montgomery photographer, will show some of his own work and discuss the importance of learning how to see when creating photographic art, based on his ongoing experiences, studies in contemplative photography, and classes at the International Center of Photography in New York. Bring your thoughts, experiences, and questions to this unique discussion.
* This FREE program is co-sponsored by the Montgomery Art Guild.

Book Club

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



MMFA Trip to Mobile
October 22, 8:30 A.M.
$65/Collectors Society Members $75/Docents $85/members
Register by September 4 by calling Brandy Morrison at 240-4365

Join us for an excursion to the Alabama Contemporary Arts Center and Mobile Museum of Art. The AC, along with the MMFA, organized the groundbreaking, two-part exhibition History Refused to Die: Alabama’s African-American Self-Taught Artists in Context, in commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery March. The MMFA had great response to the exhibition and related programs, and our sister show – featuring different objects, by the same artists, and organized around the same themes – is still on view on Mobile.

We will hear from AC Director Bob Sain about History Refused to Die and the renovated building the AC makes its home in. Enjoy lunch at the original Wintzell’s Oyster House and visit the Mobile Museum of Art to hear from their Director, Deborah Velders. Drinks and light snacks will be provided on the bus, provided by Southern Coaches.

Short Course

Short Course: Journey Through the Collection with the Docents

Tuesdays at noon, September 15, 22, 29 and October 6 and 13

Gallery talks by five different docents will be presented on each of the five themes of the docent-curated exhibition, A Journey Through the Collection: Docent Choices. Topics include: “Remembering the Past”; “How Do They Do It?” (on technique); “A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words”; “Isms and Styles”; and “Echoes of the South.”

Led by Museum Docents

Short Course: Still Life Beyond Tradition
November 3, 10, 17, and December 1, noon
Led by Alice Novak

Educator Alice Novak will engage the topic still life in a 4-week short course. The course will address in lectures the still life tradition and contemporary expressions of still life in a variety of
media and progress to gallery talks in the Museum’s still life exhibition and Once and Again.

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

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 Flyer to learn more or call 334.240.4365.

Adults (ages 14 and older)

Expressive Watercolor Painting

During this series of classes, award-winning artist Joan DiLaura will use still life set-ups and landscape images to share her special techniques of working with watercolors, for all levels of eperience.  A supply list will be provided upon registration.  Class size limited to 10.

Instructor: Joan DiLaura
Time: 6  to 8 P.M.
Thursday: October 8, 15; November 5, 12, 19
Cost: $125 Museum of Montgomery Art Guild members/$170 non-members
for the series of five classes

Painting with Oils: Creating a More Convincing Illusion

Novices and seasoned painters alike will learn to create more dynamic, rich paintings in this informative two-day workshop, taught by well-known artist and UAB professor Gary Chapman. The course will concentrate on the law of contrasts (color-hue & temperature, value, texture, opacity, and types of edges) as a fundamental tool in still life and observational painting. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Class size is limited to 12 participants.

Instructor: Gary Chapman
Saturday, October 17: 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Sunday, October 18: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Cost: $125 members/$170 non-members; $75 students for the two-day workshop

Creating with Fused and Slumped Glass

Just in time for the holidays, learn to make beautiful fused-glass vessels, pendants, and earrings from this well-known artist and teacher.  All supplies are provided.

Instructor: Jo Taylor
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 P.M.
Saturday: November 1
Cost: $75 members/$120 non-members

Painterly Monotypes-Exploring Gesture, Color and Transparency with Encaustic Prints

Zdenko Krtic, who has exhibited internationally, will share techniques of drawing and painting directly on a heated printing plate using wax-based paints and drawing sticks.  The emphasis in this unique workshop will be on gestural spontaneity, playfulness, and exploring the creative potential inherent in this process.  Most supplies provided.  Class size limited to 10.

Instructor: Zdenko Krtic, Auburn Uniersith drawing and painting professor
Time: 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Saturday: November 7
Cost: $135 members/$180 non-members; $90 University students

In Bloom: Painting Still Life

In connection with the exhibition Once & Again: Still Lifes by Beth Lipman, well-known artist Nan Cunningham will guide participants through the steps to create dramatic still-life paintings, stressing color, light, and composition.  Class size is limited to 12 participants.

Instructor: Nan Cunningham
Saturday, November 14: 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Sunday, November 15: 12 noon to 4:30 P.M.
Cost: $200 members/$245 non-members 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.




Join artists and art lovers alike in this year’s three remaining sessions of this unique program: Thursday, July 23, September 24, and November 19 from 6 to 8 P.M.

Each session artists can bring one work of art to show for friendly feedback. Light refreshments are also served.

Monthly: July 23, September 24, and November 19
Time: 6 to 8 P.M.
Cost: $10.00 for Museum or Art Guild Members, $17.00 for non-members for three sessions.

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 334.240.4344 or Email.


ED.docent-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