This unique space features more than 40 interactive exhibits, which compliment the Museum’s permanent collection of American art. The ARTWORKS exhibits, many of which were designed by local and regional artists, explore the elements of art, art history, materials, techniques, and visual and tactile perception. To add to your experience in ARTWORKS, guided tours, educational backpacks, studio activities, and ongoing art classes are available for children and adults.
ARTWORKS has been a dynamic learning center since it was initiated by the Junior League of Montgomery in the 1980s. Following the Museum expansion project, ARTWORKS reopened in 2006 with almost double the space and many new exhibits.
- 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.
The ARTWORKS Corridor is primarily devoted to student art exhibitions that change every 4-16 weeks. Most student exhibitions relate directly to temporary exhibitions in the main Museum galleries. Occasionally this area houses exhibitions of works by a single artist, or of a special nature, or winners from statewide contests. The ARTWORKS Corridor art can be an excellent transition to and from the main galleries, ARTWORKS or the studio.
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 Assistant Curator of Education, Donna Pickens, 334.240.4363 or email@example.com for more information.
Inspired by Nature
Exhibition Connection: Nature Distilled
Artwork by Montgomery area Kindergarten through High School students enlivens the corridor during the winter months. Their drawings, paintings, ceramic wall reliefs, photographs, and prints were inspired by patterns and designs found in nature, just as the well-known contemporary artists in the Museum exhibition Nature Distilled created “fascinating new patterns by simplifying and replicating nature’s complex forms”.
Join us for An Expressive Evening and Student Recognition on Thursday, January 30, from 6 to 7 P.M.
Exhibition Dates: December 20, 2013 to February 16, 2014
A Romantic View of the South
Exhibition Connection: Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South
The exhibition, Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South will feature paintings of the American South from 1810 – 1896 by 32 artists who were inspired by the Romantic Movement in European literature and fine art. The core concepts of Romanticism included: the heroic and idealized individual, the sublime quality of nature, and an unwavering belief in the beauty of the natural world.
CD images of some of the works included in the Museum exhibition will be available upon request. Contact Donna Pickens, Assistant Curator of Education, 334.240.4363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Works Due: Friday, March 14
Exhibition Dates: April 12 – June 29
Eligibility: Third grade through high school
Project: In connection with this exhibition, students are invited to submit paintings and photographs of the Southern region. The subject matter of the artwork can be landscapes, genre scenes, still lives, and/or portraits. Paintings can be created in oil, acrylic, tempera or watercolor paints. Color and/or black-and-white photographic prints are also encouraged.
Size: Submitted artwork may be NO larger than 18” x 24”, although it may be smaller than this size. Entries may be matted, mounted or framed. Please use only white or off-white mats. Works on canvas may be framed. Artwork that is not matted or framed will be displayed in the Museum’s plexiglass frames.
Student Art Collection
Since 1990, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts has featured student exhibitions in the ARTWORKS Corridor, a gallery prominently located at the entrance of the museum, adjacent to the ARTWORKS hands-on galleries.
The exhibition themes coincide with temporary exhibitions featured at the museum. Calls for entries and detailed guidelines are sent quarterly to teachers in the area. A committee of curators and professional artists selects artwork from as many as 300 entries, and at least one artwork is selected from each school and/or teacher. An average of 45 works are chosen for each exhibition.
The museum has purchased artwork from many of the Corridor exhibitions, to create a substantial permanent student art collection. Artwork submitted to the Department of Education exhibition was selected from the permanent student art collection. The artworks were made by elementary, junior high, and high school artists.
Impact of the Program
The ARTWORKS Corridor program has increased in popularity since 1990, with entries sent from around the state. Exhibition guidelines encourage teachers to develop lesson plans revolving around Museum exhibitions, and students become engaged with the artwork on display by creating their own response.
Frequently over 100 students and family members attend the Artworks Corridor opening receptions, which coincide with the openings of related Museum exhibitions.
Possibly the most important impact of the ARTWORKS Corridor program is the students’ increased self-esteem when their artwork is displayed in one of the most prominent Museum locations. These exhibitions give a message to the community that the Museum values the creative expressions of students, and encourages visitors to thoughtfully consider their artwork.