Things to See & Do in Alabama
Huntsville Art Galleries at UAH
The UAH art department presents the work of regionally and nationally known artists, visiting-artist lectures, as well as offering exhibition opportunities for faculty and students. There are two gallery/exhibition spaces on campus -- the Union Grove Gallery & Meeting Hall and the University Center Gallery.
Huntsville Museum of Art
The Huntsville Museum of Art, North Alabama’s leading visual arts center, fills its seven galleries with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, including prestigious traveling exhibits and the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. The Museum’s own 2,300-piece permanent collection also forms the basis for several exhibitions each year. In addition to its exhibitions, the Museum offers art classes for children and adults along with special programs, lectures, and musical presentations that add extra dimensions to the art work on display.
Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center
Community Theatre, Ballroom Dancing, Featured Regional Artists, and Traveling Exhibitions are just a sampling of what the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center has to offer. The Community Arts Center was constructed to better serve the artistic needs of the Auburn-Opelika area and provide residents and visitors with access to an outstanding, active schedule of exhibitions, musical concerts, lectures, art classes and special events for children and adults throughout the year. The Arts Center also provides artists, dancers, and actors the opportunity to offer programs and instructional classes to area citizens. The Community Arts Center contains an Art Gallery, 2 studio/classrooms, a children's gallery, a conference room, and a performance room. The Community Arts Center currently offers dance, theatre, and art classes, as well as theatrical performances, dance recitals, and other activities. Located in Auburn.
Eastern Shore Art Center
Eastern Shore Art Center is a non-profit arts organization located in downtown Fairhope, Alabama. The Art Center houses four galleries with exhibits that change monthly, as well a gallery featuring member artists' work for sale. The Academy offers a wide variety of classes and workshops in five spacious studios. Classes are offered on a quarterly basis to both adults and children.
Isabel Anderson Comer Museum and Arts Center
Located in Sylacauga, the Museum offers special art exhibits, sculpture, the Native Sons Gallery, historical photgraphs, historical displays, and classes.
Birmingham Museum of Art
The Birmingham Museum of Art is the largest municipal museum in the Southeast and one of the premier regional art museums in the country. Collection includes more than 21,000 works spanning the history of art from 5000 B.C. to the present. Offers special exhibits and educational programs.
American Sports Art Museum
The American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) is a division of the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama, and is dedicated to the preservation of sports history, art, and literature. Housed in artistic surroundings, in the architecturally acclaimed main campus building at the United States Sports Academy, the gallery regularly features exhibits of world-renowned sport artists. Exhibits spotlight visiting artists on a rotating basis as well as a permanent collection of prints, sculpture, original paintings, photographs and other arts media.
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
For seventy years, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts has been a showcase for the visual arts in Central Alabama. A primary focus of the Museum’s mission is collecting and preserving works by some of history’s best known, and some of our region’s best loved artists. Collections include American Art, Old Master Prints, porcelain and glass collections, and special traveling exhibitions.
Gadsden Museum of Art
The museum features a permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and local historical decorative arts, plus monthly changing exhibits featuring works of local and regional artists. Group tours available. Annual exhibits include Gadsden Art Association Exhibition; Art Students Exhibit; New Age Art Alliance Exhibition; Quilts, A Southern Tradition; Photography Competition; and Holiday Dollhouse and Miniature Exhibition.
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art
The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is home to Auburn University's permanent collection of American and European art. The museum gardens present a series of formal gardens that incorporate walking paths, water features and fountains. Each of the galleries is specially designed to complement a permanent collection, including the Audubon Collection, Works on Paper Study Room, and the "Advancing American Art Collection," 36 paintings and drawings that represent the post-World War II era. The collection includes many of the best examples ever executed by such well-known figures of the American art scene as John Marin, Georgia O'Keefe, Ben Shahn, Arthur Dove, Ralston Crawford, Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden. The Museum also offers traveling exhibitions, accompanied by educational programming that includes lectures by noted authorities, special symposia, catalogs, guided tours and opening events.
Alabama Artist’s Gallery
The Alabama Artists Gallery, located at the offices of the Alabama State Council on the Arts in the RSA Tower in downtown Montgomery, provides an on-going showcase of the work of Alabama artists in all media.
Mobile Museum of Art
The new museum, completed in the spring of 2002, is now the largest art museum along the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Tampa. It is located in Mobile's Langan Park, just two miles from Interstate 65. Offers a permanent collection of more than 6,000 works of art, with American art of the 1930s-40s, work by southern artists, art of the French Barbizon School, contemporary American crafts, late 19th century American art, and Asian, African and European works.
Wiregrass Museum of Art
Located in Dothan, the Wiregrass Museum of Art offers art exhibits, education programs, and special events.
SOS Children's Villages - USA Family Dinner Time Art Contest
The Family Dinner Time Art Contest celebrates family dinner time and kicks off on Thanksgiving each year. Children may submit artwork of their family at dinner time to win a home computer. Artwork can be in any form, but must illustrate a family eating together. For sculptures and other difficult-to-ship items, please send a photo as opposed to the actual artwork. A winner will be selected from each age group: preschool ages 1-7; grade school ages 8-12; and high school ages 13 -17.
Bell South Gallery
The Bell South Gallery located in Tuscaloosa is an art and photography museum.
Alabama Judicial Department Museum
Located in downtown Montgomery, the Museum includes several areas featuring unique architecture, historical displays, and art galleries. Also offers guided tours of the Alabama Judicial Building, in which you will learn the difference between the trial courts and the appellate courts, and how a case is handled as it moves through the judicial system, ending with the Alabama Supreme Court. You will also learn about the Alabama appellate courts' rich history.
Kentuck Museum and Art Center
Nestled around a landscaped courtyard in downtown Northport, you'll find the Kentuck Museum of Art, the Gallery at Kentuck and the acclaimed Kentuck Studio Artists. Sometimes eclectic, occasionally experimental, the Gallery at Kentuck showcases the work of up-and-comers, while the Kentuck Museum of Art exhibits bimonthly exhibits of nationally known and established artists.
Alabama River Region Arts Center
Their mission is to bring the people of the River Region together to appreciate, learn and create all types of arts and cultures. The Arts Center has four classrooms with access to two overflow classrooms and a staged auditorium. The Pottery Studio is fully equipped with three pottery wheels, a clay press and sink. A second is equipped with a series of floor plugs to accommodate sewing machines, computers, etc. There is a music room with a small number of basic instruments for in-house use. And the fourth contains a number of easels, art horses and tables to support drawing pads and canvas.
Robinson Iron Factory Tour
Robinson Iron is located in Alexander City. Offers a free tour of the facilities that produce cast iron, aluminum and bronze historic reproductions, furniture, lamps, fountains, urns, and more. During the tour you will see the projects that are currently being working on.
Sloss Furnaces
On April 18, 1882, Sloss Furnaces began producing iron and did not stop until ninety years later. Over the decades, Sloss Furnaces gave rise to the city of Birmingham and served as a battleground for economic, employment and social reform. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss Furnaces is open to the public as a museum of industry which speaks to the contributions of the working men who labored there. With its massive furnaces, web of pipes, and tall smokestacks, it offers us a glimpse into the great industrial past of the South and our nation.
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