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.
Current: July 2018
Handheld cameras, video cameras, and camera phones are welcome in all public outdoor spaces as well as in the permanent collection galleries, subject to the following:
- Photographs and videos are for personal use only and may not be sold or used commercially.
- Natural light only; no flash or other supplemental light permitted indoors.
- Selfie sticks are welcome in public outdoor spaces only. To protect the art and for the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, selfie sticks are not allowed inside.
- Tripods, monopods, handheld microphones, and other external equipment are not permitted indoors.
- A safe distance must be maintained from all artwork, cases, platforms, and pedestals. Cameras must be kept a minimum of 18 inches away from artwork and may never be held over an artwork.
Some works of art in the permanent collection galleries may be restricted; please do not photograph or videotape any work with this symbol:
Photography and video of artworks on loan for temporary exhibitions are sometimes prohibited by lenders. Please check at the entrances of changing exhibitions for any restrictions in those galleries. Where permitted, photography and video are subject to the same conditions described above.
Outdoor sculptures and works of art displayed in the galleries may also be protected by copyright law.
For safety and security reasons, drones are not permitted above the Museum, the Terrace, and the Sculpture Garden.
Professional / Special / Groups
A reservation is required for all professional / wedding / engagement / school / group photography regardless of party size. Reservations should be made at least 3 days in advance.
Private photoshoots are available by reservation for a $100 fee (waived for schools, K–12, and college students; fee is included in the cost of a facility rental). You do not need to be a Member of the Museum to make a reservation. Reservation slots are available between 10 AM and 5 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and from noon until 5 PM on Sunday. School groups wishing to take photographs on the Terrace during closed hours should make special arrangements with Cynthia Milledge, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Please call 334.625.4369 to make a reservation.
The Museum’s photography restrictions and general visitation guidelines (listed above) also apply.
If you are interested in learning more about renting a space for a fee, contact Aaron Ganey, Special Events Coordinator, at email@example.com or call 334.625.4350.
Members of the media should contact Cynthia Milledge, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 334.625.4369 to arrange shoots for still photography and film.
Privacy and Visitor Experience
Please be mindful that your photography or video activities respect the needs and privacy of other visitors and do not distract staff or volunteers from their primary duties. The Museum reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph or videotape on its premises if it is a disruption and/or is perceived that it might endanger works of art or other visitors.
Reproductions of Items in our Collection
The Museum provides specialized image resources used in reproducing works of art from the Museum’s collection. Image reproductions may be licensed for scholarly, commercial, or personal/study uses. All requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. To learn more, please visit our Image Resources page or contact Sarah Graves, Collections Information Specialist, at email@example.com.
MMFA-Sponsored Photography and Filming
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts may photograph, film, or videotape visitors for educational and promotional purposes. By visiting the Museum, you consent to the use of your likeness, voice, or video image for these purposes. Identifiable photography of children 18 and under will not be featured in any promotional photography without written parental consent.