The exhibits in ARTWORKS, many by regional artists, were designed to introduce young visitors to the basics of art through experiential learning. The hands-on, exploratory gallery complements the Museum’s permanent collection. Highlights include a large-scale kaleidoscope, an interactive video wall, touchable works of art, large-scale recreations of works in the collection, explanations of materials and techniques, a community tile wall based on the Fibonacci sequence, creative computer programs, and art-making stations. In addition to drop-in art activities offered in the galleries, ARTWORKS Gallery Guides and Gallery Backpacks are available.
ARTWORKS is free and open to the public, but scheduled guided tours take priority. Groups of ten or more must make a reservation. The dynamic learning center was initiated by the Junior League of Montgomery in the 1980s and expanded in 2006.
The Gallery Backpacks, designed for elementary students and their families, include imaginative activities to guide young learners through the Museum. Backpacks can be checked in ARTWORKS (with a valid id) from the Educator on duty.
For groups of ten or more, to make a reservation, please book your visit with the tour coordinator 334.240.4359 at least 48 hours in advance. Or fill out the online request form.
ARTWORKS is filled with numerous interactive galleries and computer stations. Below is a list of the highlights:
- Marking the entrance to ARTWORKS, the colorful illusionistic wall painting by Stephen Cappelli and corresponding block sculpture by Jennie Zehmer.
- The Make a Print, Take a Print stamp machine and display of printmaking techniques, with prints by Zarouhie Abdalian.
- Color Me in Motion, the psychedelic, ever-changing projections of YOUR image on the large screen, created by Ed Tannenbaum.
- Five desktop computer stations and four touchscreen kiosks, each with a different art related program.
- Hopper in Perspective, a 3-D interpretation of the famous painting, New York Office, by Edward Hopper.
- The Talladega Three Race Track, providing hours of fun while tracing the color lines and movements in the reproduction of Frank Stella’s Talladega Three/II.
- Bunny in Bronze, demonstrating the lost wax process used in casting Frank Fleming’s bronze rabbit.
- Three different interactive exhibits inside a replica of the Museum, created by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival scene shop.
- The Spiral Texture Wall, designed by Tara Sartorius and created by more than 700 individuals from the Montgomery community.
- The Upper Crust area with puppets, blocks, and books for imaginative play.
EARTH’s HEART: the Human Connection
Every Thursday at 2 PM (Starting October 5th)
Visit ARTWORKS on Thursday afternoons to learn about the arts of Peru (October), Russia (November), and India (December.) Each month participants will explore a different culture. ARTWORKS Educator Kelly Bazan will introduce young learners to the basic greetings, visual arts, music, clothing, and traditions of the country in focus. Connections will also be made to works in the Museum’s galleries. Class size is limited to 25 students. First come first serve.
Look for drop-in arts activities related to special exhibitions while you explore the ARTWORKS interactive gallery.
ARTWORKS is sponsored by Alabama Power.
Exhibitions of Student Art ARTWORKS Corridor
Located near the Museum entrance and adjacent to ARTWORKS, the ARTWORKS Corridor Gallery is devoted to temporary exhibitions of student art. Throughout the year, the Museum hosts juried shows of student work, designed in relation to temporary exhibitions in the main galleries. Exhibition guidelines encourage teachers to develop lesson plans inspired by Museum exhibitions, and students become engaged with the artwork on view by creating their own responses. Young artists from throughout the state enter work in the juried exhibitions, and at least one artwork is selected from each school and/or teacher whose students enter. The artists whose work is exhibited and their families are invited to attend special opening receptions.
Discover how your students may exhibit their artwork at the Museum. Student exhibitions in the ARTWORKS Corridor are designed to go hand-in-hand with art in the galleries. Detailed guidelines and entry forms are available by request. A jury of art professionals selects works for each show. Contact Kaci Norman, 334.240.4363 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Works on Paper from the Student Art Collection
August 10 through September 17, 2017
Over the years the MMFA has acquired a large collection of student artwork drawing from the various exhibitions. For this exhibition, we will delve into our collection and display a variety of works on paper in the corridor for the end of summer.
Calls for Entry and Guidelines for Next Juried Exhibition of Student Art:
Call for Entries
Artwork Due: Friday, September 8, 2017
Exhibition Dates: September 21 through November 12, 2017
Eligibility: Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28 at 5:30 P.M.
Project: This student exhibition will run concurrently with the exhibition showcasing the prints of Frank Stella, one of the most influential and important contemporary American artists. Known for his prints and paintings (and later structural and architectural designs), Stella turned the art world on its head in the late 1950s. Making a strong statement against the gestural brushwork of Abstract Expressionism, he gained instant recognition with his impersonal, geometric, striped paintings. His work inspired the minimalist movement of the 1960s and almost exclusively employed line, volume, color, and shape, removing the illusion of three-dimensions and highlighting nonrepresentational shapes on a flat canvas. Students are invited to create works that are inspired by the prints represented in the Museum’s retrospective exhibition of Stella’s prints. Submissions may include prints, painting, sculpture, photography and/or other mixed media.
Size: Entries may be no larger than 24” x 24” (they may be smaller than this). Photographs and works on paper must be presented in mats. Three-dimensional works of art may not exceed six inches in depth and must be ready to hang on the wall.
Emergent Viewpoints: Art in Alabama Today
Artwork Due: November 3, 2017
Exhibition Dates: November 16 through January 21, 2018
Eligibility: Middle School through College
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30 P.M.
Project: This exhibition, which is open to middle school, high school and college students will highlight emerging young makers. Contemporary student artists who are using materials in an innovative way or who have altered the way we understand traditional art forms like painting, photography, and sculpture are invited to submit. We will showcase a mixture of two-and-three-dimensional artworks that celebrate innovation, creativity, and a fresh perspective on the world we live in, our place in it, or any concept the artist wishes to explore. Submissions may include photographs, painting, sculptures, print and mixed media. Each entry should include a brief (100-word maximum) artist statement. A group of professionals will jury the show to determine which selections will be exhibited.
Size: Entries may be no larger than 18” x 24”. Photographs and works on paper must be presented in mats. Three-dimensional works of art may not exceed six inches in depth and must be ready to hang on the wall.
Coming up this winter!
The Southern Lens: Photographs of the South
Artwork Due: Friday, January 12, 2018
Exhibition Dates: January 25 through March 5, 2018
Eligibility: Kindergarten through 12th Grade
More details coming soon!
ARTWORKS Corridor is sponsored by Regions Bank and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Junior Executive Board.
Student Art Collection
The museum has purchased artwork from many of the student art exhibitions held in the ARTWORKS Corridor Gallery, forming a significant student art collection that spans over 25 years of creative expressions by young artists. Work from the student art collection is on view at various times and places and was included in two recent exhibitions in DC hosted by the Department of Education.