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Flimp Writing Competition

Inspired by Yvonne Wells’s narrative quilt Higginbothams II, the Museum is inaugurating a Flimp writing competition for local schools!  Kindergarteners through eighth graders are invited to participate.  Students are invited to “tell the story” they see in Yvonne’s quilt on a square piece of paper or fabric 8 by 8 inches and are welcome to decorate their page, be creative, and have fun!

The story quilt squares are a perfect-cross-curriculum lesson incorporating Alabama history, visual art, and literature!  Teachers are welcome to contact the Museum for a related lesson plan.  After students complete the work, teachers should choose two story squares to enter from their respective classes, which will then be juried by Museum educators and curators, and narrowed down to nine total finalists (one student from each grade).  The nine winners will be pieced together by Museum professionals put on display for the Museum for Flimp Festival!


Entry ages: Kindergarten through eighth grade
Entry deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017

Teachers, please call 334.240.4365 or email for more information about entry forms and project requirements.

Yvonne Wells (American, born 1939), The Higginbothams II, 1989, cotton, wool, cotton/polyester blend, and plastic buttons, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2004.21.27

Curriculum Tours

Tours are available for school groups in grades K-12, Tuesday through Friday. To request a tour, please fill out the online request form. Tour requests are not official until you have received a confirmation from the Tour Coordinator.


The American Scene

This special curriculum-based tour is designed for 5th grade students in public and private schools. The tour covers a range of subjects in the Museum’s permanent collection of American art, and addresses content standards in language arts, social studies, math, and visual arts. This tour is organized in conjunction with Montgomery Public Schools and includes the participation of all students in the 5th grade. Special arrangements are also available for private schools. To learn more about the tour content, you can view the content online.

 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 for more information.

Threaded Through Tradition

Exhibition Connection: Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts
Exhibition Dates: January 21 through May 7, 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.

Calls for Entry and Guidelines for Next Juried Exhibition of Student Art:

Upcoming Exhibition:
“Learning Through Art” at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School  

May 11 through June 25, 2017

This exhibition of student art will showcase creations made by third and fourth graders at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School, where the Museum outreach program Learning Through Art: Artist in Residence Program is now in its fourth year of enriching students through weekly art classes. Using the Museum’s collection as the foundation for inspiration, students first engage with art utilizing the Visual Thinking Strategies method, observing details and deciphering what is going on in each picture. These student-driven discussions open the door for each individual to explore creativity as they then make their own artwork based on the subjects and styles of the art discussed. One piece of art from every participating student will be hung in this exhibition, ranging from colorful paintings and collages to innovative prints and sculptures. This show will be up for just over a month, so please come and see the fruits of these students’ year-long adventure with art while they are on view!

Learning Through Art is sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Montgomery and Central Alabama Community Foundation.

Calls for Entry and Guidelines for Next Juried Exhibition of Student Art:

Advanced Placement Studio Artists of the River Region

Exhibition Connection: The 42nd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition
Artwork Due: Friday, May 26, 2017
Exhibition Dates: June 30 through August 6, 2017
Eligibility: Students enrolled in Advanced Placement Studio Art

Project: This exhibition will highlight artworks that Advanced Placement students have created during the school year. These students are part of a nationwide program that consists of curriculum that places emphasis on academic excellence. Completing the courses successfully designed by The College Board may earn early college credits. Advanced Placement art students have a true passion and talent for the visual arts, and this exhibition celebrates the hard work and dedication put forth by these students. Submissions may include photographs, paintings, sculptures, prints, and mixed media works. Each entry should include a brief (100-word maximum) artist statement.

Size: One work per student only. Entries may be no larger than 18” 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.

Coming up in early fall!

Inspired by Stella

Artwork Due: Friday, September 8, 2017
Exhibition Dates: September 21 through November 12, 2017
Eligibility: K-12

Look for more details in the next onExhibit!

ARTWORKS Corridor is sponsored by Regions Bank and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Junior Executive Board.

Middle and High School Classes

– English teachers, bring your students to practice Ekphrastic writing (or writing in response to works of art!) in the galleries. Co-lead a writing workshop with a Museum and host a reading at the end.

– History teachers, don’t forget about the American historical sources hanging all over the Museum walls. Call us about an American history gallery talk or writing assignment for your students.

– Foreign language teachers, bring your students to discuss works of art in a second language. We can help you find references to your country of focus in our collection. We have Museum docents who speak German, Spanish, and Korean.

– Math and science teachers, brainstorm with us to think about applications of mathematics and science in works of art and architecture, explore the wall in ARTWORKS based on the Fibonacci sequence and more.

-Interested in having your students learn more about working at an art Museum? Call about the possibility of partnering on a Junior Curators or Junior Docent program or to take a behind the scenes tour of the Museum.

To explore these or any other school partnerships, please call Alice Novak at 334.240.4361.

Teacher Workshops

Teacher workshops are available for teachers who would like to use the Museum’s collection as a resource for arts integration. Workshops are offered during the regular calendar year, and/or special arrangements can be made for specific school partnerships. Please call Outreach Coordinator, Laura Bocquin, 334.240.4364 for more details.


ED_teachersArt Ed Central

Each month enjoy gallery talks in new exhibitions at the Museum and experience related lessons to use in your classrooms at these FREE teacher workshops.  Earn certification hours while sharing ideas with other art professionals.

To register for these FREE workshops, call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or email Art Ed Central is a regional division of the Alabama Art Education Association, and is co-sponsored by the MMFA and AAEA District Representative Sally Chambliss, art teacher at LAMP.

Be sure to mark these workshops on your calendar:



Thursday, April 6, 4:30 – 6 P.M. – at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery

Lesson Plans
Lesson plans provide ways to integrate the Museum’s collection into classroom activities. Teachers are invited to share lesson plans on the Museum’s Pinterest board for educators.

Pinterest Board – K-12 Lesson Plans

Traveling Suitcase

FREE for teachers!

Bring part of the Museum to your classroom by checking out one of our free Traveling Art Suitcases. Choose between Printmaking or Alabama Artists. Each suitcase contains
lesson plans, materials and original works of art. For more information please contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or

School Partnerships

Ed Drozdowski, Principal of Wares Ferry Road Elementary

Artist in Residence – Learning Through Art

Thanks to funding from a National Endowment for the Arts grant, this unique visual arts program will continue for a third year and will expand to include third and fourth grades at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School.

This weekly partnership includes art lessons based on the Museum’s collection and connected to the core curriculum, frequent visits from professional Alabama artists, and VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) discussions and writing sessions to encourage critical thinking and literacy skills.

Since fourth graders study Alabama history, their lessons will include well-known Alabama artists in the MMFA collection.  The students will also work on collaborative projects related to the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and will visit the Museum before the holidays.

Staff members assisting with this program include the following:

• Jean Kocher –  veteran art educator, with 30+ years experience in the public schools, and a former Museum docent
• Laura Bocquin – Museum’s Outreach Coordinator