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.
Gallery Talk: Journey Through the Collection: Docent Choices
Thursday, August 27, 2015, 5:30 P.M.
On the evening of the opening reception, join docents Pat Wanglie and George Jacobsen as they reflect on their process in creating MMFA’s first ever docent-curated exhibition. The discussion will feature the five themes of the exhibition, as represented in selected works of art.
Discussion: William Christenberry: Tracing a Line
Following the opening reception, Curator of Art Jennifer Jankauskas will lead a discussion of William Christenberry: Tracing a Line. This important exhibition examines the importance of drawing in Christenberry’s expressions of time and place and in preparation for his works in other media.
Korean Language Gallery Talk: Journey Through the Collection
Thursday, September 17, 10 A.M.
An overview of the Docent Choices exhibition will be presented by docent Jiyeon Suh. Her talk will address the five categories featured in the exhibition, as well as specific works of art.
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.
For reservations, or to order a lunch from the Museum’s café, call 334.240.4365.
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.
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: 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.”
Drop-ins welcome, Registration preferred. To register, contact Brandy Morrison at 334-240-4365, firstname.lastname@example.org
Led by Museum Docents
Interview with Mr. Jeff Benton
(REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER STUDIO CLASSES, SCHEDULED FROM JULY THRU SEPTEMBER, OFFICIALLY BEGINS FRIDAY, JUNE 5)
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)
Landscape Painting with Sandra
Well – known local artist Sandra Hicks Larson will teach these fun and informative series of classes, designed for students of all levels, including those who have no prior painting experience. If you want to improve your painting skills or have your own original artwork for your home, this is a great place to start! 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 12. Some supplies provided.
Instructor: Sandra Hicks Larson
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursday: July 16, 30; August 13, 27; September 3; October 1
Cost: $30 members per class/ $40 non-members per class;
$150 members/ $200 non-members for the series of six classes
Designing in Stained Glass
Participants will learn to design a small glass window and complete their creation by cutting, grinding, and soldering the glass patterns. Beginners as well as those with more experience in working with glass are welcome. The class size is limited to eight students to allow for individual instruction. All glass working tools and most materials are provided.
Instructor: Gloria Simons
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursday: July 30; August 13, 27; September 3, 17, 24; October 1
Cost: $165 members/$210 non-members for the series of seven classes
Play with Clay for Adults – Ceramics Workshop
Join nationally recognized ceramic artist Christopher Greenman, Associate Professor of Art at ASU, for this unique workshop and create SALT AND PEPPER shakers utilizing various ceramic construction methods. Come with or without design ideas and with a head full of inspiration and imagination. The second workshop will involve decorating the artwork using ceramic paints or glazes, after the work has dried and been bisque fired. All supplies provided.
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Greenman
Dates & Times: Saturday, August 15: 1:30 to 4:30 P.M.;
Sunday, August 29: 2 to 4 P.M.
Cost: $85 members/$130 non-members for the series of two workshops
Drawing with Pastels
Learn to “weave” a drawing “tapestry of colored strokes” using the medium of pastels from Marguerite Edwards, one of the region’s experts, in this exciting workshop, in connection with the exhibition Sticking to Color: Pastel Drawings from the MMFA Collection. Participants can choose to work from photographs of landscapes, sunsets, and atmospheric effects provided by the instructor or from their own photos. No previous experience working in pastels is necessary. Sign up for one day for an introduction to pastels, or complete a work of art in two days. Some supplies provided.
Instructor: Marguerite Edwards
Dates & Times: Saturday, September 12: 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.;
Sunday, September 13: 1 to 4 P.M.
Cost: $120 members/$155 non-members for the all day Saturday
$150 members/$195 non-members for both Saturday and Sunday
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
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 email@example.com to register.
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 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.
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