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Collectors Society

Collectors Society

This select group of Museum members is designed for those who collect art as well as those who enjoy learning about art and collections. The schedule includes luncheon programs at the Museum and travel. Join us to celebrate 200 years of Alabama culture and more.


Collectors Society is a privilege for Museum members and costs $325 annually. The donation covers all programs, meals, and transportation for the year. Members are welcome to invite guests for an additional fee ($40/$85), space permitting.

Registration for 2017–2018 has closed; however, if you are interested in joining, please contact Alice Novak, Curator of Education, at or call 334.240.4361. Not a Museum member? Click here to join today!

Schedule: 2017 – 2018

Exploring 200 Years of Alabama and Beyond

This year, Collectors Society will focus on the bicentennial of Alabama.

“A Special Eye on Frank Stella’s Talladega Five I”

Friday, September 22, 2017
12 noon to 1:30 P.M., Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Following lunch, Dr. Richard H. Axsom, curator of Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective will speak in the galleries on the artist’s Circuits series of prints, including Talladega Five I. Dr. Axsom will address the landmark modern print series, Stella’s complex and innovative use of multiple print media, and the rewards of connoisseurship in looking at and assessing prints.  Senior Curator Emeritus, MadisonMuseum of Contemporary Arts, and Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of Michigan, he is also the author of the catalogue raisonné of Stella’s prints, which he will be signing after the presentation.

Dr. Richard H. Axsom. Photograph by Brandon Hayes.

Architecture and Community: Auburn University’s Rural Studio in the Black Belt

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
8:30 A.M. via chartered coach
Collectors Society will visit the Rural Studio.  A design-build program headquartered in the Black Belt, the Rural Studio celebrates serving the community with good design for all.  Our group will be greeted by Natalie Butts-Ball, Communication & 20K Home Manager, and Xavier Vendrell, Acting Director, and explore the studio’s headquarters and projects, including 20K model homes, parks, and other community projects.  Collectors Society will enjoy lunch at Newbern Mercantile Co.

This trip is limited to 30 Collectors Society members.

Newbern Library. Photograph by Timothy Hursley.

The Alabama Artist Atelier: A Visit to Three Studios

Thursday, January 11, 2018
8:30 A.M., via chartered coach
Collectors Society will tour the studios of three of the artists featured in Uncommon Territory: Contemporary Art in Alabama.  The exhibition, envisioned to mark the bicentennial of Alabama, celebrates the diverse contemporary expressions of artists living and working in the state.  In Birmingham, the group will be welcomed by mixed-media sculptor Merrilee Challiss and abstract artists Amy Pleasant and Pete Schulte.  The artists will share their workspaces and working processes, reflecting on the ideas in their work and sources of inspiration. The group will have lunch at Bottega.

The trip is limited to 30 Collectors Society members.

Amy Pleasant, Untitled (Seated #1-5, #8, #10, #12, #15), 2016, ink and gouache on paper, Lent by the artist.

Art Auction Tea

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
3:30 P.M., Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Join us for afternoon tea and be the first to hear from Jean Belt, Collectors Society member and Art Consultant, and Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Curator of Art, about the works on view in the Art Auction galleries.  Topics will include envisioning and developing collections, the history of Art Auction, and the personal and enduring value of art.

Exploring Historic Perry Street

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
9:30 A.M. via chartered coach
Members will explore Perry Street with historian Mary Ann Neeley and architectural historian Bob Gamble.  From Saint John’s to Lanier High School, the group will view examples of the Neoclassical, Carpenter Gothic, and Italianate styles, along with houses designed by Frank Lockwood. Mary Ann and Bob will focus on the stories behind the buildings, the importance of preservation, and blend contemporary designs and historic districts. Afterwards, the group will discuss connections to the Museum’s collections, including paintings of Montgomery. Lunch will follow.

Chartered coach seating is limited to 35 Collectors Society participants.

John Kelly Fitzpatrick (1888–1953), St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1934, oil on masonite, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Works Progress Administration, 1935.9

The World of Walter Anderson

Thursday, April 26, 2018
9 A.M., Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Collectors Society will have a private tour of MMFA’s Journey of the Islander: The Life and Art of Walter Inglis Anderson led by exhibition curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld. Anderson’sevocative paintings and ceramics representing the flora and fauna of the Mississippi coast have enchanted audiences for almost a century.  After the gallery talk, we will continue to the studios to create our own lyrical and colorful interpretations of nature inspired by Anderson. Kellie Newsome, Museum Store artist, will lead us in this lesson, followed by lunch.

Walter Anderson, Self Portrait, c. 1960, watercolor on paper, Lent by the artist, 1.91.3


For additional information, please contact Alice Novak, Curator of Education, at or call 334.240.4361.