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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.


Panel Discussion: Uncommon Territory
Thursday, November 30, 7 P.M.

To mark the bicentennial of Alabama’s creation as a territory, Uncommon Territory: Contemporary Art in Alabama includes both established makers along with younger, emerging artists to examine the current vitality of artistic creativity found throughout the state. Following the exhibition’s opening reception, exhibition curator Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas will moderate a panel discussion with four artists to reflect on their diverse ways of working and their careers. Jürgen Tarrasch, Birmingham-based abstract painter works in a variety of media; Huntsville-based printmaker and multi-media artist, Katie Baldwin’s narrative imagery relates to her place in the landscape; Tuscaloosa-based installation artist Claire Lewis Evans creates drawings in space; and Birmingham-based sculptor Stacey Holloway combines human and animal attributes in her narrative works to explore ideas of domesticity.

Short Course

American Artists’ Views of the First World War
Tuesdays October 31, November 7, November 14, 12 noon

Many artists represented in the Museum collection lived through the First World War, including Kelly Fitzpatrick, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, and the Canadian Kerr Eby. Some saw combat and each influenced our perspective in some way regarding how we see our world, our country, and our involvement in the unprecedented global conflict.

The short course taught by Curator of Art Dr. Michael Panhorst and Curator of Education Alice Novak will consider the ways in which art was shaped by the war and will reference peacetime works by the artists in focus. The series will draw heavily on scholarship around the exhibition World War I and American Art, which was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and opens at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville on October 6.

Uncommon Territory
Tuesdays, December 5 and 12, January 9 and 16, 12 noon

Join us for this Short Course as Curator of Art Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas and Assistant Curator of Education Elisabeth Palmer lead discussions with several artists represented in the exhibition Uncommon Territory: Contemporary Art in Alabama.

December 5     Artists Elisabeth Pellathy and Annie B. Campbell
Elisabeth Pellathy is a multi-disciplinary artist, utilizing drawing, printmaking, electronic media, and digital fabrication in her work. Her art is reflective of issues raised by the disappearance of species, language, culture, and information. Annie B. Campbell is a sculptor who works primarily with clay in addition to various mixed media. Her current concepts revolve around specific environmental events, including accidents related to the extraction and transportation of fossil fuels.

December 12   Artists Irby Pace and Carlton Nell
Irby Pace is a photographer and continues to be interested in capturing movement photographically by utilizing smoke in order to activate the landscape. Carlton Nell is an oil painter whose large oil paintings and small drawings capture the essence of a moment, a place, or a sensation in nature.

January 9        Jennifer Jankauskas and Elisabeth Palmer
The Curators will present an overview of other artists in the exhibition and contemporary practices in Alabama.

January 16      Artists E. Bruce Phillips Jr. and Darius Hill
E. Bruce Phillips Jr. is a mixed media artist whose work plays with perspective in order to investigate the interconnection between humans and the built environment. Darius Hill’s recent work is a meditation on identity. Using a variety of media, he examines the notion of the ‘black experience’.

College Programs

College Night: Frank Stella Prints
Thursday, October 26, 6 P.M.

College Night is inspired this Fall by the Museum’s temporary exhibition Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective from the Collection of Jordan Schnitzer and his Family Foundation.  Immerse yourself in the exhibit and enjoy live music by the Trebled Soul Vocal Jazz Ensemble from Alabama State University. Try your hand at printmaking to create your own Stella-inspired work and learn more about the printmaking process.




Film: The Agony and the Ecstasy
Thursday, November 9, 5:30 P.M.

Join us for the Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison film The Agony and the Ecstasy.

“Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo, who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone’s novel directed by Carol Reed. While the novel covers Michelangelo’s life from birth to death, the film focuses on the battle of wills between the perfectionist artist and the impatient Pope who commissions (and eventually commands) him to paint the famed chapel.” (Netflix)

Assistant Curator of Education Elisabeth Palmer will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion following. The Museum will provide complimentary popcorn, and beverages will be available for purchase.


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 $325 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.


Studio Classes

Fused Glass Adult Studio Class

Learn to fuse glass to make beautiful pendants, earrings and more! Instructor Jo Taylor will teach you everything you need to know about this unique technique. No previous experience is necessary. All tools and supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 10 participants.
Sunday: October 15
Time: 1- 4 P.M.
Cost: $50 members/ $65 nonmembers
Instructor: Jo Taylor

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.



This unique program, designed for artists and art lovers alike, has been celebrating the work of Montgomery area artists for over 25 years. Sign up for a new season of six opportunities to view outstanding artwork and receive feedback about your own work.  ARTtalk meets on select Thursday evenings in the Museum Library.

Date:  November 16
Time: 6 to 8 P.M.
Cost: $5.00 for Museum or Art Guild Members, $10.00.

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 hosts Last Call, arts focused after-hours events, throughout the year.  Resumes are solicited in the fall of each year and service on the Junior Executive Board runs from January to December.  The 2017 JEB President is Mrs. Rachael Gallagher. To learn how you can be a part of JEB contact the Development Office at 334.240.4333 or Email.