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.