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Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas
Friday, October 20, 2017
Gates open at 5:30 P.M.
Music starts at 7 P.M.

Tank and the Bangas is a New Orleans-based band that has gained popularity in the last several months after winning the NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Judges said the decision was made because the band was able to show a mastery of a unique sound while maintaining a chemistry that made them a pure joy to watch. The six-person band features Montgomery native and BTW alumn Albert Allenback.

The Museum will be bringing back the popular VIP tent sponsored by Pine Bar and Vintage Year for this year’s concert. Enjoy food and drinks and meet the band under a private tent from 5:30 to 7 P.M. prior to the concert.


This event is rain or shine. Please, no outside coolers. Food and beverages will be sold during the event. Please remember to bring with you a valid ID to purchase alcohol. All IDs will be checked, no exceptions.


Early Bird Pricing Regular Pricing (after October 19)
VIP tickets $50

General Admission tickets $15

VIP tickets $75

General Admission $20


EMERGE Montgomery, Goodwyn Mills and Cawood, Jack Ingram Motors, Montgomery Advertiser, National Land Realty, and Capital Container

Art in Concert

10.20.2017 - 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Junior Executive Board will host its annual Art in Concert featuring Tank and the Bangas. The group from New Orleans recently won the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Band saxophonist/flutist Albert Allenback is a Montgomery native and graduate of Booker T. Washington Magnet High School.

Early bird VIP tickets cost $50 per person and include a meet-and-greet with the band, food, and drinks. Early bird general admission tickets are $15 per person. Early bird pricing ends October 18, 2017, so get your tickets now!

Art in Concert will be held on the Museum grounds. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the event. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. No outside coolers will be permitted.

Tickets will also be available for purchase on the evening of the concert.

Last Call/Art in Concert

last-call-septThe Junior Executive Board of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts welcomed more than 100 young professionals to Last Call on September 1 in conjunction with the exhibition Photorealism. Guests sampled IPA and Pilsner from Railyard Brewing Company. They also dined on Red Beans and Rice and Jambalaya from The Seafood Bistro. All were encouraged to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a stock the cellar prize package or VIP tickets to Art in Concert that will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016. The JEB raised more than $600 to support the Artist in Residency Program–Learning Through Art at Wares Ferry Road featuring the likes of Barbara Davis and Darius Hill.

AIC16_OnExhibit ad_3x4Looking to the fall, the JEB is very excited to announce Daniel Elsworth and the Great Lakes as the featured band for the 5th annual Art in Concert.  Previous artists have included St. Paul and the Broken Bones and The FUTUREBIRDS. For the first time, there will be a VIP Tent sponsored by Pine Bar and Vintage Year offering free food and drink to those who purchase a $50 VIP ticket. General admission tickets are $15. All tickets can be purchased in advance here. We will be selling general admission tickets at the gate the night of the event. As always, this event is rain or shine! Please bring blankets and chairs, but no outside food or drink. Both will be available during the concert for purchase using either cash or card. Make sure to follow the JEB on Facebook (MMFA Junior Executive Board) and Instagram (mmfajuniorboard) for updates on food vendors, band information, and ticket flash sales!

last-call-sept-2-2Are you interested in joining the JEB?  The Junior Executive Board works to advocate the programs of the MMFA to young professionals in the River Region. Through significant fundraising events, the JEB supports major exhibitions and the Education Department of the MMFA. We are always looking for new faces to be part of this board of young people. If you would like to be considered for the 2017 board, please submit a cover letter and resume to Blake Rosen between October 1 and November 11  via email at The new board will be announced December 1.

We hope to see everyone October 14 for Art in Concert!

Blake Rosen
Special Events Coordinator

Art in Concert 2015

Art in Concert 2015, FuturebirdsWe could not have asked for better weather for the 4th Annual Art in Concert on Friday, October 16, organized by our Junior Executive Board (JEB). Local DJ Kevin Nutt opened the show turning the tables with fantastic tunes that really got the crowd going.  Over 400 people were on hand to welcome the headlining act The FUTUREBIRDS to Montgomery.  Hailing from Athens, GA but currently based in Atlanta, the FUTUREBIRDS are an incredible up-and-coming band on the verge of national recognition.  True to form, they played an amazing live show that had the crowd dancing long into the night.  Highlights included new songs from their album Hotel Parties and a great cover of Brooks and Dunn’s Neon Moon.

The side lawn was the perfect venue for the concert during which people enjoyed some great food catered by Jennie Weller Catering and Events, and craft beer from Back Forty Brewing Company located in Gadsden, AL.  We were fortunate to have the support of our key sponsors Auburn University at Montgomery, MATTER and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians; their generosity helped make the night the tremendous success that it was.  The Junior Executive Board, under the direction of president CJ Hincy, has decided to donate the proceeds, which were in excess of $10,000, to education programs within the Museum, as well as to our community art outreach programs benefitting many within the River Region.  We additionally want to thank key JEB members Allison Muhlendorf, Rachael Gallagher, Erika Tracy, and Harrison Hawke for their marketing, fund raising, and logistical work.Art in Concert 2015.2

The Junior Executive Board is looking for new members for the upcoming year. If you are interested in joining this dynamic group of MMFA supporters, please send a cover letter and resume to Deputy Director Jill Barry, for consideration before December 1.

Blake Rosen
MMFA Special Events Coordinator

A Thomas Hart Benton for the MMFA

Benton.BlogThursday, May 21, 2015 marked a significant milestone in the history of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and its collection.  At around 10:30 that morning, the Museum purchased Ozark Autumn, 1949, by the Regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975) for its American paintings collection. It is the first painting by one of the three major American Regionalist painters—Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood—to enter the collection.   Acquiring a painting by one of the artists from this particular school of American art was long considered an important goal for our MMFA collection because the Museum owns a significant number of works by Southern Regionalist painters who were contemporaries of Benton and the others. J. Kelly Fitzpatrick and his students formed a “mini-Regionalist” cohort here in the heart of Alabama, and these works were the foundation of the MMFA collection that began in 1930.
Benton.Blog.4Thomas Hart Benton was a controversial and influential character in both the art and social worlds in early and mid-twentieth century America.  After study and the practice of art in Paris and New York, Benton’s outspokenness, writings, and large-scale public mural projects made him a voice for national political and art issues in Depression-era America.  Early in his career he worked for a time as a modernist painter, but he eventually abandoned that style to pursue one rooted in traditional European art, creating murals with distinctly “American” themes that resonated with the public.  He is best known for his mural cycles such as America Today (now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York), and his massive composition for the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. His association with Wood and Curry, along with a December 1934, Time magazine cover story about Benton’s work, allowed him to settle into his permanently defined role as a Regionalist painter. (Above: Registrar Pamela Bransford and MMFA Consulting Conservator Larry Shutts examine the Museum’s latest acquisition.)
The acquisition of this critical work was made possible only by the amazing legacy of Ida Belle Young, who bequeathed the Museum funds for the purchase of “traditional American art” upon her death in 2004. However having the resources for a purchase was only one factor in acquiring the appropriate work.  The staff made a concerted effort for more than seven years to locate “the right Benton” before Ozark Autumn became available.  This work possessed two attributes that were considered critical—as a larger scale work in oil and tempera it could be put on long-term view with our other important American paintings (unlike a work on paper which is subject to damage over time from exposure to light), and the subject was an agrarian one depicting a corn harvesting scene.  Since many of our Southern Regionalist works depict the rural South, it was important to us that our Benton reflect that same agrarian tradition.
And yet a second exciting day dawned on August 31, when we finally unveiled this outstanding work of art for our MMFA Board of Trustees. The event, held in the Museum’s Rotunda at 5:30 P.M., celebrated the support of the Board, the generosity of Ida Belle Young, and the City of Montgomery’s ongoing belief in our mission to the community.Benton.Blog.3  The painting was given a very warm and hearty welcome, accompanied by a toast to the memory of Ida Belle Young, whose gift in the form of the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund had made its acquisition possible.(Right: Acquisition Committee Chairman Winnie Stakely and MMFA President of the Board of Trustees Roger Spain unveil Ozark Autumn)
For any collecting museum the addition of a truly major work of art is a rare event, and one that contributes to the ongoing vitality of the institution.  It takes a concerted team effort to achieve the Museum’s mission “to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret art of the highest quality.” This acquisition of Ozark Autumn, and the many people that worked to get it to Montgomery, is a testament to what that mission statement is really all about.Benton.Blog.2

Margaret Lynne Ausfeld
Curator of Art

October: A Month of Great Expectations at the MMFA!

All month long people expect to see creepy, crawly, ghostly, and ghoulishly delightful yet fun scenes. Here at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, we have a spooky treat of our own with the opening of Hans Grohs and the Dance of Death exhibition. This is just one of many ways we plan to celebrate the month of October. Check out the list of festivities below with you, our guests, in mind.


Last Call Draws a Great Crowd

Last Call Crowd Blog Photo 6.9.16The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Junior Executive Board hosted its first Last Call of 2016 in conjunction with A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America. The JEB was one of the lead sponsors for the exhibit and was very excited to bring the young professional community out to see the show before it closed.

Almost 100 people attended the lively event on Thursday, June 9 that included food provided by On A Roll and sampled spirits from John Emerald Distillery based in Opelika, AL. While the event took place in the Rotunda, partygoers were encouraged to peruse the galleries and take a last chance to see the amazing show. For some at the event, this was their first time at the Museum, and all were very impressed with the temporary exhibit, our permanent collection items as well as the event itself.

Last Call Blog #3A favorite component of Last Call events has been the raffle with all money raised going directly to the MMFA’s Education Department. Our guests were able to raise over $600 attempting to win a stock the cellar package and four VIP tickets to Art in Concert in October. The funds will provide scholarships for Summer Camp at the Museum to well deserving kids and help to fund the receptions on Fridays where the children can display their artwork.

LastCall Blog #2If you were not able to make it last week, please mark your calendar for Thursday, September 1 at 5:30 P.M. when we will be hosting our second Last Call of the year. The event is free and open to all young professionals in the River Region. For more information on the Junior Executive Board check us out on our Facebook page, MMFA Junior Executive Board or follow us on Instagram under the handle mmfajuniorboard. You can learn more about Art in Concert taking place on October 14th and featured band Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes by visiting our website

Interested in joining the Junior Executive Board? We will begin accepting applications for the 2017 board on October 1, 2016. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jill Barry at or call 334.240.4350 for more information.

Blake Rosen
Special Events Coordinator

The MMFA Salutes Our Invaluable Volunteers

VolRec.1.BlogOn Tuesday evening, October 27, the Museum held its annual Volunteer Recognition awards banquet.  The dinner and ceremony were held in the Rotunda with over 70 volunteers coming out to celebrate their many contributions to the MMFA.  The night began with a cocktail hour followed by a fall-themed dinner catered by Jennie Weller Catering and Events that included a menu of spiced pork tenderloin, roasted vegetables, a sweet potato bar, and peach cobbler.

Current Board of Trustees President Roger Spain gave a warm welcome, followed by remarks from MMFA staff Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Curator of Art, Alice Novak, Assistant Curator of Education, and Madeline Burkhardt, Volunteer Coordinator, who also presented the evening’s awards. The first award, for Outstanding Leadership, was presented by Mr. Spain to Board of Trustees member and past President of the Board of Trustees, Barrie Harmon.  Barrie was recognized for his many contributions through the sponsorship of temporary exhibitions, as well as his current, critical leadership of the campaign to fund the MMFA’s new Sculpture Garden.Blog.VOLREC.5

Other winners announced during the event included Jarrod Cowans,(pictured at left below) who was named Rookie of the Year, and Karla Hodges (at right, pictured on the left with MMFA educator Donna Pickens), winning the First Impressions award for her work at the Information Desk. Luigi Edwards received the award for FLIMP Festival support, recognizing her multiple years of service ensuring that this amazing event goes off without a hitch.   Vol.Rec.3.BlogCayla Hamilton, Jamie Reschke, and LaKendrick Taylor were named Outstanding Interns for their assistance to  Museum staff with photography projects, digital design work, and educational outreach programs.

The award for leading the Most Successful Bazaar d’Art went to Courtney Kershaw; the Fundraising Excellence Award for Art in Concert went to Harrison Hawke; the Development Leadership Award went to C.J. Hincy; and awards for the Last Call events sponsored by the Junior Executive Board were given to Rachael Gallagher, Allison Muhlendorff, and Erika Tracy. Docents who won awards during their graduation ceremony this past spring were also recognized.

We cannot thank all our volunteers enough for the hundreds of hours of their time donated to help the Museum! There are many opportunities to serve your Museum and your community by volunteering at the MMFA. If you are interested in volunteering at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, please contact Madeline Burkhardt at

(at right: Assistance Needed Today award winner Margaret Arthur, with MMFA educator Alice Novak.)


Madeline Burkhardt
Volunteer Coordinator

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Flimp Festival


Sat, May 5, 2018

Don’t miss this family-friendly day of fun featuring hands-on artmaking projects, interactive entertainment from Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, with dance, theatrical and musical performances, a treasure hunt, the ever- popular chalk art contest, food, and more!

This year’s theme will be Gulf Coast Jubilee, inspired by our exhibitions Journey of the Islander: The Life and Art of Walter Inglis Anderson and Natural Wonders: The Art of Jacqueline Bishop and Douglas Bourgeois.


$3 children
$5 adults
$15 for a family

Free to Museum members, City and County workers, and active duty military and their immediate family. Credit cards accepted.


Parking is free and widely available.


Enjoy a variety of concessions including hot dogs, pizza, and BBQ.  Soft drinks and bottled water are also available for purchase.

That’s My Dog (credit cards accepted)
Marco’s Pizza
Southern Smokeshack BBQ (credit cards accepted)
Nancy’s Italian Ice – All sales benefit BTW

Schedule of Events

 Parking Lot

 10AM  Registration for the Do-Dah Pet Parade
 10:30AM  Do-Dah Pet Parade with BTW First Line Band
 11AM  Announcement of Do-Dah Pet Parade Winners
 Ongoing  Nature Watch Drawing Station (Outdoor Tent 1)
 Ongoing  Rubber Stamp Landscapes (Outdoor Tent 2)
 Ongoing  Face Painting and Henna Tattoos
 Ongoing  Adoption Drive – Montgomery Humane Society
 Ongoing  Instrument Petting Zoo – Montgomery Symphony Orchestra

 Main Stage in front of the Museum

 10:45AM  BTW Choral Performance
 11:45AM  BTW Dance Performance
 1PM  Announcement of Chalk Art and Writing Competition Winners
 1:15PM  BTW Musical Theatre Performance

 Lake Stage on the Museum’s Terrace

 10AM  BTW Strings Performance
 11:15AM  BTW Concert Band Performance
 Noon  BTW Piano Performance
 1:30PM  BTW Show Band Performance

 Inside the Museum

 10:30AM  Morning Rhythms – Beatin’ Path Rhythm Events (Lowder Gallery)
 11:15AM  Drumming Up the Stories – Beatin’ Path Rhythm Events (Lowder Gallery)
 Noon  Fam Jam! – Beatin’ Path Rhythm Events (Lowder Gallery)
 12:45PM  Drumming Up the Stories – Beatin’ Path Rhythm Events (Lowder Gallery)
 1:30PM  Fam Jam! – Beatin’ Path Rhythm Events (Lowder Gallery)
 Ongoing  Under the Sea Watercolors (Studio 1)
 Ongoing  Winged Insect Wash and Reveal (Studio 2)
 Ongoing  Pirate-themed Treasure Hunt
 Ongoing  Winning Entries of the Writing Competition
 Ongoing  Costume Trunk – Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Orientation Circle)

Do-Dah Pet Parade

Kick off the Festival on Saturday, May 5 at 10 AM at the Do-Dah Pet Parade! First and second place prizes will be awarded in adult and child categories, in addition, one prize will be awarded based on the costume that best embodies this year’s Gulf Coast Jubilee theme.

Following the Parade, the Montgomery Humane Society will be on site with dogs available for adoption. Keep an eye out for the green “Adopt Me” bandanas! The Museum will also be collecting new or used towels, washable toys, dog and cat treats, bleach, and paper towels. If you would like to donate any of these items, please bring them to the Do-Dah Pet Parade Tent between 10AM to 2PM.

Participation in the Do-Dah Pet Parade is free with your Flimp Festival admission.

Do-Dah Sponsors

The Museum is grateful to Carriage Hills Animal Hospital & Pet Resort and Groomin’ Tails Pet Salon.


Pre-registration is encouraged. Please note, in order to participate, you must show proof of current rabies vaccination on the day of the event.

Pre-Register Online

Studio Art Activities

Under the Sea Watercolor (Studio 1)

Participants will create their own Walter Anderson inspired watercolor painting. Using watercolors and ocean themed templates attendees will leave with a beautiful artwork celebrating the Gulf-Coast.

Winged Insect Wash and Reveal (Studio 2)

Inspired by Jacqueline Bishop’s “Flutter” series, participants will use oil pastels and black paint to create a unique nature-themed artwork.

Nature Watch Drawing Station (Outside)

Sit down and spend a few moments looking at the world around you- there is plenty of plant and wildlife all around the Museum. Grab a sketch board and draw what you see.

Rubber Stamp Landscape (Outside)

Create a landscape using animal rubber stamps. Fill in the animals landscape, or habitat, using markers and your imagination.

Beatin’ Path Rhythm Events

Beginning at 10:30AM visit Lowder Gallery inside the Museum to experience the power of percussion. Rhythm facilitator Dave Holland will be leading children and families in a variety of high-energy performances that are sure to be fun for all, no experience required. Each performance is 30 minutes long.

Chalk Art Competition

Artists of all ages, the annual Flimp sidewalk chalk art competition will be held Friday, May 4, all day, and the morning of Saturday, May 5, 2018. Artists working individually or in groups up to four artists transform the Museum’s parking lot into masterpieces. The Museum provides the space, chalk, and the judging; participants provide the inspiration! The theme of this year’s competition is Gulf Coast Jubilee, inspired by the spring exhibitions. Prizes will be awarded by age group and theme.


Interested in sponsoring a chalk artist or team? Please contact Alice Novak at or call 334.240.4361. Contributions of $100 support a chalk artist or group and help make the competition possible every year.

Download Sponsorship Form

Flimp Writing Competition

The Museum is holding its second annual Flimp writing competition, open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Using Walter Anderson’s Road to Oldfields as inspiration, participants are invited to write a story about the artwork.

Stories should be creatively executed on 8 x 8-inch squares of paper. Students are welcome to incorporate various materials and decoration as long as the stories are clearly visible. Teachers should choose two entries from their respective classes.

Museum educators and curators will select nine total finalists (one from each grade). The winning stories will be pieced together by Museum professionals and displayed during the Flimp Festival.


Applications to participate in the writing competition are due Friday, April 27. For more information and to register, please contact Brandy Morrison at or call 334.240.4365.

Download Entry Form


The Flimp Festival is sponsored by Synovus.

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