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.
2016 Fleischman Lecture:
The Daily Lives of American Folk Artists
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 7 P.M.
Following the opening of A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America, Dr. Libby O’Connell will explore the work and daily lives of selected artists in the exhibition, including Edward Hicks (represented in the Museum’s Blount Collection), Ammi Phillips, and Clarissa Peters Russell. The Fleischman Lecture will examine the early to mid-19th century through both the folk art on view, which is often associated with the customs of ordinary Americans, and aspects of the artists’ personal lives. For example, what did they eat? How did they dress? What were the prevailing attitudes about love and marriage? And how did the era inform the artists’ careers and expressions?
Building upon her early scholarship in social history, Dr. O’Connell’s Emmy-award-winning career at the History Channel speaks to her dedication to connecting people to the past.
The Fleischman Lecture Series in sponsored by the Carolyn and Winton Blount Endowment in honor of Larry Fleischman, a dynamic specialist and leader in the field of American art. As president of Kennedy Galleries of New York, Fleischman played a role in many innovative ventures, raising international awareness of issues concerning American art. He served as a member of the Fine Arts Advisory Committee of the White House, co-founded the Archives of American Art (now part of the Smithsonian), and founded and published The American Art Journal. During the 1950s, along with his wife, Mr. Fleischman amassed one of the nation’s earliest collections of significant American art.
To register, call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For reservations, or to order a lunch from the Museum’s café, call 334.240.4365.
Featuring Frida Thursday, June 16, 5:30 P.M. In anticipation of the summer exhibition Women’s Work, celebrating female artists, the MMFA will screen Frida (2002.) The film, in which Salma Hayek plays one of the most intriguing and popular modern artists, will be introduced by Jennifer Jankauskas, Curator of Art. Dr. Jankauskas will provide the context for Frida Kahlo’s life and career. Beverages will be available for purchase. Popcorn will be served.
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 240-4361 with any questions.
A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America
Tuesdays at noon, May 10, 17, 24, 31 at 12 noon
Explore A Shared Legacy, featuring works by 19th-century self-taught American artists. As the cultural landscape of the nation shifted, self-taught artists created still lifes, landscapes, and allegories popular with the growing middle class. The course will also examine the essential genres of portraits, decorative arts, and signs made by folk artists of the time. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Barbara L. Gordon.
Drop-ins welcome, Registration preferred. To register, contact Brandy Morrison at 334-240-4365, email@example.com
Interview with Mr. Jeff Benton
(REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES, SCHEDULED FROM APRIL THRU JUNE, BEGINS FRIDAY, MARCH 18)
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)
Painting the Landscape
Join Barbara Davis in a series of classes focusing on painting the landscape in oils. Beginners are welcome in addition to more experienced artists as you study value, composition, color, and color mixing. Using your photographs or those provided by the instructor, you will learn more about painting the land, sky and water. Register early for this popular artist/teacher! A supply list will be provided upon registration.
Instructor: Barbara Davis
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Thursdays: April 14, 28; May 5, 12, 26
Cost: $125 members/$170 non-members for the series of five classes
Pet Portrait Workshop
Well-known portrait artist Steven Davis will help you capture the likeness of your pet in this workshop featuring detailed instructions, demonstrations, and individual critiques. A supply list will be distributed after registration. Beginners are welcome!
Instructor: Steven Davis
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Saturday, April 16: 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.;
Sunday, April 17: 12 noon to 4 P.M.
Cost: $125 members/$170 non-members for the two-day workshop
Sunlight & Shadow: Capturing the Essences of Architectural Elements
Learn to draw architectural detail focusing on the values in the shadows cast by sunlight. On Saturday participants will work with pencil drawings, inspired by photographs provided by this nationally recognized instructor, and with pen and ink on Sunday. Students and artists of all levels of experience will increase their skills of seeing the range of values from black to white in an image, and then re-creating them in a work of art.
Instructor: Melissa Tubbs
Saturday, May 14: 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Sunday, May 15: 12 noon to 4 P.M.
Cost: $125 members/$170 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.
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.
Dates: March 24, May 26, July 28, September 22, November 17
Time: 6 to 8 P.M.
Cost: $20.00 for Museum or Art Guild Members, $35.00 for non-members for three sessions.
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 interested in becoming a Docent Volunteer, please fill out the docent application.
To learn more, call Alice Novak, Assistant Curator of Education. at 334.240.4361 or Visit the Docent Volunteer website