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Overview

The Museum strives to provide enrichment, enlightenment, and enjoyment to the public through art. Our blog features stories that spotlight artists, offer insight into artworks, feature programs, and highlight collaborators. Check back regularly for new posts.

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Recent Posts

MMFA Responds

In mid-March, we reached out with our concerns for the community’s wellbeing as the public health crisis began to emerge. Today, we reach out again with concern for the community—this time in the wake of the demonstrations in our nation, state, and city protesting the senseless death of George Floyd and far too many others.

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Regarding COVID-19

The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors are always our highest priorities. Click “read more” for the latest information.

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Sunday Puzzle – Untitled (Two-Story Log Cabin)

Challenge yourself to create something beautiful! Each week, we will be sharing a new puzzle made from an artwork in the Museum’s collection. Play on your computer, smartphone, or tablet—alone or with others in your family.

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Artists+Activism: Let's Talk

More than just a vehicle of aesthetic beauty, art has the power to evoke emotion and invoke contemplation. Arts+Activism brings artists and community members together to do just that: share ideas and consider the feelings of others.

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Creative Conversations

Creative Conversations brings together MMFA staff, artists, and members of our community and beyond in a casual setting to discuss their work, reflect on the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, and dialogue about current issues. We encourage you to tune in live, ask questions, and engage creatively from the comfort of your own homes.

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Sunday Puzzle – The Book Shop, Paris

Challenge yourself to create something beautiful! Each week, we will be sharing a new puzzle made from an artwork in the Museum’s collection. Play on your computer, smartphone, or tablet—alone or with others in your family.

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Meet the Publisher – Paulson Fontaine Press

MMFA Curator Jennifer Jankauskas caught up with Pam Paulson and Rhea Fontaine to learn more about the Paulson Fontaine Press, their dedication to working with African American artists, and some of the works featured in Personal to Political.

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Local Artists Live – Tori Jackson

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes in studios of local artists? On Saturday, May 30, Montgomery artist Tori Jackson will broadcast live on the Museum’s Instagram—opening her studio space to share her artwork, reflect on her inspirations, and offer a live Q&A with her audience!

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Backyard Botanical Art

Through the Museum’s Instagram account, Assistant Curator of Education Laura Bocquin shares the basics of botanical art that you can accomplish in your own backyard.

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Sunday Puzzle – Red Fish

Challenge yourself to create something beautiful! Each week, we will be sharing a new puzzle made from an artwork in the Museum’s collection. Play on your computer, smartphone, or tablet—alone or with others in your family.

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Film Recommendations – May 2020

Scrolling through Netflix, Prime, and Hulu can be an endless rabbit hole. To help your search, we’re spotlighting three films related to art that you should watch during the safer at home order.

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Sunday Puzzle – Stars Falling on Alabama

Challenge yourself to create something beautiful! Each week, we will be sharing a new puzzle made from an artwork in the Museum’s collection. Play on your computer, smartphone, or tablet—alone or with others in your family.

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Local Artists Live – Kevin King

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes in studios of local artists? On Saturday, May 16, Montgomery artist Kevin King will broadcast live on the Museum’s Instagram—opening his studio space to share his artwork, reflect on his inspirations, and offer a live Q&A with his audience!

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Book Recommendations – May 2020

Several members of the Museum’s book club, Ekphrasis, reflected on their collective favorites over the years in order to make some recommendations for you. Below are some of their selections—check back each month for additional suggestions—happy reading!

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Animal Crossing at the MMFA

You’ve been able to enjoy the MMFA’s artworks in person and online, now, you can bring them into your Animal Crossing world!

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Sunday Puzzle – Still Life

Challenge yourself to create something beautiful! Each week, we will be sharing a new puzzle made from an artwork in the Museum’s collection. Play on your computer, smartphone, or tablet—alone or with others in your family.

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Local Artists Live – Tara Sartorius

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes in studios of local artists? On Saturday, May 2, Montgomery artist Tara Sartorius will broadcast live on the Museum’s Instagram—opening her studio space to share her artwork, reflect on her inspirations, and offer a live Q&A with her audience!

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Meet the Artist – Carl Burton

Carl Burton is a New York photographer whose work was exhibited at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in 2011. Curator of Education, Alice Novak, recently caught up with the artist to ask him about the creation of The Dogana, Grand Canal, Venice, Italy.

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Home Studio: Zelda

We invite you to gain a better understanding of basic elements of art by looking closely at a still life painting by Montgomery’s own Zelda Fitzgerald and creating an original monochromatic work of art.

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Film Recommendations – April 2020

Scrolling through Netflix, Prime, and Hulu can be an endless rabbit hole. To help your search, we’re spotlighting three films related to art that you should watch during the stay at home order.

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Home Studio: Coloring Pages

If your kids are anything like mine, they’ve gone through all the coloring books already during this quarantine! An activity that is fun for all ages (no children required) is making personalized coloring pages designed after famous works of art.

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Home Studio: Floral Arrangements

Inspired by the blooms of spring and the trending #MuseumBouquet, MMFA Special Events Coordinator Aaron Ganey has created a floral arrangement that brings the beauty of spring inside.

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Local Artists Live – Madison Faile

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes in studios of local artists? On Saturday, April 18, Montgomery artist Madison Faile will broadcast live on the Museum’s Instagram—opening his studio space to share his artwork, reflect on his inspirations, and offer a live Q&A with his audience!

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Book Recommendations – April 2020

Several members of the Museum’s book club, Ekphrasis, reflected on their collective favorites over the years in order to make some recommendations for you. Below are some of their selections—check back each month for additional suggestions—happy reading!

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Home Studio: Arts for Autism

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and although the MMFA has cancelled our annual Arts for Autism, we still want to celebrate and gather support for members of our community living on the spectrum.

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Home Studio: HeART for our Heroes

For our third activity, help us show our appreciation and inspire strength in our healthcare workers and others on the front lines by creating encouraging works of art.

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Home Studio: From Pieces to Patterns

Our second activity explores the pieces and patterns that make-up quilts. Follow these steps to create your own paper quilt collages inspired by quilts from the Museum’s collection.

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Home Studio: Real-World Color Wheel

Our first activity explores the relationship of colors, both in art and the world around us. Engaging in a basic discussion about the color wheel and how it is made is a great way to begin this project!

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A Familiar Face Returns to the Museum

The Museum is excited to welcome Tisha Rhodes back to the Museum family in her new role as Director of Development.

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A Fresh Look at our Studio Glass Collection

With the reinstallation of its collection, we hope to bring attention and appreciation to the accomplishments of the leading artists involved in the Studio Glass movement.

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A Gift that Sparks the Imagination

The Museum is thrilled to introduce its latest permanent installation in the John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden to the River Region.

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Yvonne Wells – 2019 Governor’s Arts Award Recipient

The Museum wishes to celebrate artist Yvonne Wells (American, born 1939), a recipient of the 2019 Governor’s Arts Award from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

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Stephen Rolfe Powell (1951–2019)

The Museum wishes to honor the memory of Stephen Rolfe Powell, a luminary in the field of studio art glass and a friend of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, who passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

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Gifts from Mark and Amy Johnson

In January of this year, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts received as gifts three works of art that were part of the collection of the Museum’s Director Emeritus, Mark Johnson, and his wife, Amy Johnson.

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Poetry of Glass

Introduced to ekphrasis writing by poet and Auburn professor Janelle Green, teens responded to works on view in Lino Tagliapietra: Master of Beauty by creating their own poetry.

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Contemporary Conversations: Lino Tagliapietra

The Museum’s Muses took a guided tour of Lino Tagliapietra: Master of Beauty and spoke with the artist about his life, his work, and his advice for young artists.

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Conservation: Untitled (Nymph), 1933

The John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden gained its first permanent resident in October when Jessie Duncan Wiggin’s (1872–1954) Untitled (Nymph) took center stage at the top of the new Garden.

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Caddell Sculpture Garden – Ribbon Cutting

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts officially opened the John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden to the public.

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Recent Acquisition: After the Rain (Methane)

The Museum has acquired After the Rain (Methane) by Jacqueline Bishop who was recently featured in the Museum’s Natural Wonders: The Art of Jacqueline Bishop and Douglas Bourgeois exhibition in the spring of this year.

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Social Justice and Human Rights Through Art

In honor of the opening of the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the Museum is pleased to highlight works of art that echo the EJI’s mission.

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Frank Fleming (1940–2018)

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, renowned Alabama artist Frank Fleming passed away. In addition to being an outstanding and creative talent in our state, Frank Fleming was a good friend to the Museum.

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Our Work in the Schools

The close of the 2017–2018 school year marks two milestones for the Museum.

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Five “Greats” Chosen By Our Staff

Short on time while visiting the Museum? Make sure to check out these works, voted on by our staff, for a glimpse at the variety of the Museum’s collection.

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Stars Falling on Alabama

Take a deep dive into the Museum’s iconic Lowder Gallery windows, which feature Cappy Thompson’s 2005 commission, Stars Falling on Alabama: We Are Enraptured by the Celestial Fireworks of the Muses.

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