Open Today 12pm-5pm

Montgomery Museum of Fine Art

Open Today 12pm-5pm


Lectures and Gallery Talks



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

New Techniques for Using Golden Paints
Sunday August 28, 2016, 2 to 4 P.M.
Instructor: Phil Garrett, nationally recognized artist & Golden paint Representative

This FREE demonstration presents Golden paints, gels, and mediums, including Williamsburg Oils and the new versatile Watercolor QOR. Learn to use different products to create unique textural surfaces for watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, oil and soft pastels. A packet of literature and free samples of paints and gels will be available for all those who attend.


Films, Panel Discussions, and Symposia

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 performance 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.

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.

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, 15, 22
Cost: $30 members per class/$40 non-members per class;
$140 members/$190 non-members for the series of five classes

Painting Large Abstracts
Well-known artist Kellie Newsome will help artists of all skill levels create bright, colorful abstract paintings. This informative workshop includes sketching tips and instructions on loose application of paint, unique color schemes, color blending, and building a balanced composition; and tips for combining a wide variety of art materials.   Most supplies, including Atelier Interactive acrylic paints, are provided. Class size is limited to 11 participants, so sign up early!

Instructor: Kellie Newsome
Time: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Saturday: September 10
Cost: $120 Museum/$165 non-members


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 



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 334.240.4344 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 disucssions 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.