Frequently Asked Questions
How and where can I obtain a monetary appraisal of a work of art that I own?
The MMFA staff does not provide information on the monetary value of a work of art, nor does the Museum recommend appraisers. The Museum recommends that an accredited appraiser be contacted directly and that you research the specialties and qualifications for appraisers you plan to utilize appraisal services. For information on appraisals, appraisal specialties, and appraisal services, or to find an appraiser near you, you may wish to consult the websites of the following organizations:
American Society of Appraisers / 800.272.8258 / www.appraisers.org
Appraisers Association of America, Inc. / 212.889.5404 ext. 10 / www.appraisersassoc.org
International Society of Appraisers / 312.981.6778 / www.isa-appraisers.org
Art Dealers Association of America / 212.488.5550 / www.artdealers.org
I would like to find information about art that I own. Can the Museum help me?
Museum personnel do not appraise or authenticate works of art. The Museum has a non-circulating reference library of publications related to art and art history that is available for use by Museum staff and Docents, College and University Professors or students (with current valid ID or other credentials) and Members of the MMFA Association. The library holdings are available for use by appointment only.
I would like more information on a work in the Museum’s collection than I find on the website. How can I obtain that?
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts maintains documentation for collections objects which is not accessible online. Further information on collections objects may be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am interested in borrowing a work of art from the Museum’s collection for inclusion in an exhibition. How may I request such a loan?
A written request for a loan should be sent (no later than six months prior to the loan request date) to the Director’s Office, with a copy to the Senior Curator of Art. Further information on loan requirements will be provided upon receipt of the request.
I have a work of art that is damaged. How can I have it examined and repaired?
The MMFA recommends that trained conservators, experienced in treating the specific type of art involved, be consulted for repairs or restoration of works of art. For assistance in locating a professional conservator specializing in treating your object in need of care, we recommend that you consult the website of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, http://aic.stanford.edu, or call 202.452.9545.
I would like to take photographs inside the MMFA. What are the rules for making photographs in the Museum?
The MMFA does not allow photography of art that does not belong to the MMFA. Photographs may be taken in the permanent collection galleries of the Museum with hand-held photographic equipment, however, no extra equipment such as tripods or lighting may be used without permission. Commercial photography is not allowed.
I would like to donate a work of art to the Museum. How do I go about doing that?
Please contact the Museum Administrative Offices at 334.625.4333, and ask to speak to the Senior Curator. You may also send an email of inquiry to the Curator of Art.
I am an artist and would like to exhibit my art in the Museum. What procedures do I follow to have my portfolio considered for review?
One avenue for exhibition of art in the Museum is by participation in the biennial MMFA/Montgomery Art Guild Museum show. The Museum co-hosts a biennial exhibition of contemporary art with the membership of The Montgomery Art Guild, an organization of local artists in the Montgomery community. Art Guild membership is open to all working artists with the payment of a membership fee. The biennial Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Montgomery Art Guild Exhibition is a professionally-juried exhibition hosted in the Museum’s galleries.
Artists interested in introducing their work to an MMFA curator should submit the following materials for review (all materials must fit within a 9 x 12 inch envelope):
• 10–20 Digital Images on a CD, DVD or address of your personal website
• Image List, including media, dimensions, and date of works
• Articles and other support material (optional)
• A self-addressed stamped envelope, if you would like materials returned
• Artist Statement
To the attention of:
Jennifer Jankauskas, Curator of Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, One Museum Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117
We cannot accept actual works of art. Please do not send mounted or matted representational photographs of work, three-ring binders, or other bulky materials. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts cannot be held responsible for submitted material.
Please note that we cannot make studio visits, see the work in person or make visits to private collections during the initial phase of the review. If there is sufficient interest from a curator, we will contact you about any further steps.
Furthermore, while we are happy to review your work, our exhibition schedule is planned approximately two to three years in advance and is carefully balanced to present our viewers with a varied artistic program. Therefore, we are rarely able to accommodate unsolicited submissions for exhibitions. Reviews will occur on a quarterly basis.