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.
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 Brandy Morrison, 334.240.4365 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Whimsical Creatures & Imaginary Landscapes
Exhibition Connection: Federico Uribe: Transformart
Exhibition Dates: October 8, 2016 through January 8, 2017
Eligibility: Third grade through College
Project: In connection with the exhibition of whimsical work by Federico Uribe, students are invited to transform common, utilitarian objects (corrugated cardboard, wood fragments, books, colored pencils, wire, coat hangers, shoes, etc.) into two and three-dimensional animals and landscapes. Submissions may include collages, photographs, assemblages, sculptures, and mixed media artwork. Entries should also include a brief (25 to 50 word maximum) “storyline” or text about the image entered.
Size: Entries may be no larger than 18” x 24” (they may be smaller than this). Works on paper may be presented in white or off-white mats. Three-dimensional works of art may not exceed 6 inches in depth and must be ready to hang on the wall.
Calls for Entry and Guidelines for Next Juried Exhibition of Student Art:
Threaded Through Tradition
Exhibition Connection: Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts
Artwork Due: January 6, 2017
Exhibition Dates: January 21 through March 26, 2017
Eligibility: Middle School through College
Project: This innovative student art show is connected to the concurrent exhibition that showcases traditional Alabama quilts from the Museum’s collection and that of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Considering traditional quilting artistry, the cultural complexity of Alabama history, and the influence of both on life in the state today, students are invited to create two or three-dimensional pieces that reflect aspects of modern society being interwoven and quilted together and/or the lasting importance of the quilt in Alabama. Submissions may include photographs, paintings, sculptures, prints and mixed media artwork, and each entry should be accompanied by a brief (100 word maximum) artist statement describing the work’s inspiration.
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 6 inches in depth and muse be ready to hang on the wall.
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To Enter: A work of art that meets the guidelines above and a completed entry form must be delivered to the Museum Education Department by 5 PM on Friday, September 23. To download the entry form, please click here.
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.