In an effort to more fully understand the faces behind some of the works in the Museum’s most recent exhibition, Uncommon Territory: Contemporary Art in Alabama, the MUSES teen council had the opportunity to meet and interview three artists about their work: Jamey Grimes, Amy Pleasant, and Pete Schulte.
I hope your Thanksgiving was amazing and filled with family, friends, and most important, love. I hope your Black Friday was fruitful and that you managed to shop local on Small Business Saturday. Thank goodness we are given Sunday as a day of reprieve, but today is Cyber Monday, and it’s time hunt deals, followed by Giving Tuesday, a time to give back! But you don’t have to wait until Tuesday to support your favorite non-profit (hopefully the MMFA!)
Artist Market kicks off with its preview party the Friday before Thanksgiving with a preview party for museum members from 5:30 to 8:00 P.M. and open to the public Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Artist Market celebrates local and regional artists by offering an opportunity to feature and sell their art, while also connecting with others in the industry. We took a moment to interview a couple of our artists.
Come join us as we celebrate our 8th Artist Market!
As fall transitions into winter, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ calendar heats up with free tours, classes, films, and other captivating events. Throughout the month of November, we are hosting entertaining activities for our community. Below is a preview of what you can expect.
There is a whole different sort of art to entertaining and doing it well. That’s been the function of our MMFA events planner since the Museum relocated to the Blount Cultural Park in 1989. This individual is responsible for ensuring that every event held at the Museum—from receptions, to dinners, to musical performances and community festivals—is a distinctive and memorable experience for our guests. Aaron Ganey recently joined us as Events Coordinator after having worked previously for our long-time caterer Jennie Weller Catering and Events. It was a smooth transition since the Museum staff had already enjoyed working with Aaron for several years, and Jennie now has an established and familiar line of communication within the Museum’s staff. I sat down to talk with Aaron about his position at the MMFA the morning after he coordinated a wonderful dinner for more than 300 guests held to celebrate Montgomery Medical Advocacy and Outreach and its 30 years of serving our community. The building was still buzzing with the excitement generated by this amazing occasion when we began our discussion.
Are you looking for something fun, creative, and educational to do but don’t have time to book an MMFA studio class?
Many of the Education Department’s DIY projects are on our Pinterest page! These are great at-home projects that you can do with your child or your friends using regular household items. Our Hans Grohs-themed project below ties into our exhibition now on view, Hans Grohs and the Dance of Death. Your spooky cat or pumpkin will be a great addition to your Halloween celebrations!
Visit our Pinterest page to get step-by-step instructions!
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.
Rarely do citizens of a city the size of Montgomery have an opportunity to see a retrospective exhibition of a great living artist here at home. Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective from the Collections of Jordan Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, is one of those rare occasions, with 84 works on paper (some of which are extremely large) that are on view at the MMFA through October 29.
Jazz music featuring local talent, arts and crafts, and a reception celebrating one of the most influential and important contemporary American Artists are just a few of the events visitors can expect this month. As the seasons change we encourage you to take a moment to check out the artwork in our galleries and enjoy the activities created with you in mind. View the September calendar now.
The Museum Education Department has welcomed four new team members in 2017. We have quickly become close colleagues and friends; it’s hard to believe they are so new to the Museum staff. I hope you will take the time to get to know the talented individuals who have recently joined fellow Educators Brandy Morrison, Meg Hall, Jill Byrd, and myself.
From left to right: Kaci Norman, Elisabeth Palmer, Laura Bocquin, and Kelly Bazan.