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  • February – 2016 –
    docent led short course which began on January 26 2016 and will continue each Tuesday at noon through February 23 2016 I began the first session by highlighting Young s life work and legacy Regarded as an astute businesswoman active civic person and a philanthropist Young provided the endowment for the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund which has enabled the Museum to expand and enrich its American art holdings Following this presentation attendees proceeded to the galleries where Dr Alma Freeman led an in depth and captivating discussion on the first painting purchased through Young s art fund Francoise in Green Sewing 1908 1909 created in France by Mary Cassatt Participants enthusiastically offered their interpretations of the painting On Tuesday February 2 Session II of the course featured presentations by Mary Lil Owens William Sydney Mount s Any Fish Today 1857 and Lou Scott Severin Roesen s Still Life with Mixed Flowers and Bird s Nest ca 1851 1859 We look forward to more interesting and innovative discussions and your insightful interpretations of these fascinating works of art made possible through Young s bequest Additional sessions are scheduled as follows 2 9 George Henry Durrie s Holidays in the Country The Cider Party 1853 Beverly Bennett Edmonia Lewis Hiawatha s Marriage 1868 Pam Moulton 2 16 George Inness Medfield 1877 Jiyeon Suh Eastman Johnson s Girl in Landscape with Two Lambs 1875 George Jacobsen 2 23 Thomas Hart Benton s Ozark Autumn 1949 Pat Wanglie Max Weber s View of Roslyn New York ca 1922 1925 Gloria Simons Eleanor Lee Museum Docent and Docent Council Secretary Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Older Posts categories Artist ArtWorks Behind the Scenes Building Grounds Café Children Classes Collection Community Education Events Music Families General Programs Scholarship Research

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  • January – 2016 –
    performers Dr Felicia Bell and Donna Beisel Rosa Parks Library and Museum Troy University top Dr Courtney Griffin and the Dancers of Tuskegee University on the right Tyrone Hayes and Trebled Soul Alabama State University below Kristi McDaniel and the Voices of Huntingdon Huntingdon College bottom right D r Jan Hogan and College of Education Teacher Candidates Auburn University at Montgomery bottom I have learned over the years that when one s mind is made up this diminishes fear knowing what must be done does away with fear Rosa Parks Alice Novak and Madeline Burkhardt Assistant Curator of Education and Volunteer Coordinator Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Thank You 1 12 16 The Museum wants to thank everyone who contributed to the MMFA s End of Year Campaign Your donations helped the MMFA end 2015 on a high note The original fundraising goal for December was to raise 10 000 in order to maximize the 10 000 match graciously pledged to the Museum by Corrina and Barry Wilson Corrina and Barry have been major supporters of the Museum for many years and have contributed a 10 000 match to the MMFA s End of Year fund for the last four Their generous contribution is a wonderful example of the giving spirit I am proud to announce that we were able to significantly exceed our original goal Thanks to overwhelming community support the MMFA raised more than 50 000 These gifts help the Museum meet its mission of collecting preserving exhibiting and interpreting art of the highest quality for the enrichment and enjoyment of the public Donations directly support the Museum s mission by funding relevant temporary exhibitions important art acquisitions renowned artists to teach area youth and adults And free admission for more than 160

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  • December – 2015 –
    of service to this Museum and our community and we wish her the best in her retirement Donna earned an MFA at Georgia State University and taught art in Atlanta for nearly three decades before moving to Montgomery She is an accomplished sculptor with public art commissions and an artist who has mastered a wide variety of techniques and materials She looks forward to flexing her artistic muscles in retirement while spending more time with family and friends Fortunately for Museum staff and visitors Donna has agreed to continue working a couple of days a week for several months to sustain the popular Museum programs we have all come to expect So please wish Donna a happy retirement when you see her But don t dawdle She s got grandchildren to see and art to make Michael Panhorst Curator of Art Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Give a Community Gift 12 7 15 It s December which means that people are looking to donate to charitable causes for a couple of reasons 1 They are in the holiday spirit and they want to give freely of their time and money this time of year 2 The end of 2015 is quickly approaching so it s the last chance some have to make charitable contributions to causes they care about AND take advantage of the tax deductions that come with them Whichever category you fall into we hope you will consider giving a gift to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts For 85 years the Museum has been a cultural focal point in the City of Montgomery With free admission the Museum has been a gathering place in the community It s a place for young mothers to come and entertain their children for an afternoon without breaking the bank It s a place where high school students can come to learn about the history of art and can even earn college credits while they re at it through the Museum s A P Art History class On opening nights the Museum becomes a meeting place for the curious minds of Montgomery For those who can t make it to the MMFA the staff and volunteers bring the wonder and the knowledge of the Museum to underserved Montgomery area neighborhoods These outreach classes teach students to use artistic exercises to work through emotions in a safe and healthy environment which ultimately leads to a positive and lasting impact on behavior The MMFA strives to be a place for the curious to gather regardless age race income or social status so this holiday season keep the Museum close to your heART and give a gift your whole community can enjoy Make a donation to the MMFA today I heART the MMFA because There is beauty everywhere the building paintings sculptures grounds and people Montgomery Alabama is very lucky to have this fabulous museum Jules Jennifer Eitzmann Development Officer Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email

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  • November – 2015 –
    sculptures and eight photographs this is the largest exhibition of artist Beth Lipman s work to date While her sculptures allude to seventeenth century still life paintings her three dimensional interpretations of these historical canvases offer pointed commentary on contemporary art and life At left Artist Beth Lipman during installation at the MMFA Putting together these large scale sculptures assemblages of hundreds of individual glass objects is not a straightforward process but rather is an intricate dance of placement gluing with silicone and timing To create this exhibition in our galleries Lipman arrived at the Museum on November 4 Since then she has worked many long days on several pieces at once adding new layers allowing the silicone to dry and coming back to each of the sculptures to add additional elements day after day Lipman s works often defy gravity glass vines pitchers swags and vessels break free of the confines of their tables bursting beyond their edges to dangle unsupported in space Pushing the glass material to the point of breakage while simultaneously highlighting its strength Lipman s precarious compositions are fraught with a sense of immediacy and tension Watching the artist in action as she builds these complex installations demonstrates Lipman s mastery over her process and the results are stunningly beautiful feats of exemplary creative engineering Accompanying the sculptures are equally impressive photographic representations of Lipman s glass objects portrayed in two dimensional splendor revealing yet another aspect of the artist s approach to her work Once Again Still Lifes by Beth Lipman is accompanied by the first full scale illustrated catalogue of the artist s work produced by the MMFA and available in the Museum Store The exhibition is touring to two other venues The Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga Tennessee on view from March 11 to June 12 2016 and the Jewish Museum Milwaukee Wisconsin on view September 22 2016 to January 7 2017 Please stop by the MMFA between November 14 2015 and January 31 2016 to see the results of Beth Lipman s hard week s work of installation the culmination of her many years of experience creating art the in splendid medium of glass To see Beth in action check out the video Cynthia Milledge director of marketing and public relations captured of the installation and the brief interview she conducted Jennifer Jankauskas Curator of Art and the exhibition Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print The MMFA Salutes Our Invaluable Volunteers 11 2 15 On Tuesday evening October 27 the Museum held its annual Volunteer Recognition awards banquet The dinner and ceremony were held in the Rotunda with over 70 volunteers coming out to celebrate their many contributions to the MMFA The night began with a cocktail hour followed by a fall themed dinner catered by Jennie Weller Catering and Events that included a menu of spiced pork tenderloin roasted vegetables a sweet potato bar and peach cobbler Current Board of Trustees President Roger Spain gave

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  • October – 2015 –
    in Action 12 noon to 2 P M The menu for DiVine Lunch will start with a delicious Callaloo soup made of leafy greens typical of Caribbean dining accented with a southern twist of Ambrosia Salad Our partnership with United Johnson Brothers LLC wine distributors continues and their suggestion of either a crisp Equilibrium white blend or a smooth Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay will pair perfectly with the soup and salad combo The second course continues the Latin American theme using cumin and paprika to spice up the tomato sauce covering a quinoa and lentil hash which may be accompanied by your choice of Lamb Pops Braised Grouper or Cheese and Bread Stuffed Mirliton Squash The squash often referred to as Mirliton in Haitian or Creole cultures is better known in the states by another moniker the chayote It is smaller in size and green in color Depending upon your entrée choice either the A to Z Pinot Noir which received a 90 point rating from Wine Spectator or the Cambria Chardonnay will enhance your dining experience Last but certainly not least the Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake uses spiced chocolate to create an interesting spin on a classic dessert We are excited to be working with Goat Hill Roasters an original coffee roasting company located in Montgomery for the first time The owners will bring their unique coffee blend to the Museum from their mobile store downtown Make sure to stop by the Museum Store to see Betty Carroll our Artist in Action She will be working on a fall lake scene with the vibrant colors of the changing foliage reflecting on the water s surface She has been a great addition to the Museum Store and her landscapes are always in high demand So make sure to meet her as she brings fall colors to life as the Artist in Action Reservations are strongly recommended for DiVine Lunch please call 334 240 4339 as soon as possible to insure a not to be missed dining experience The cost is 20 per person excluding tax and gratuity Upcoming DiVine Lunch dates are Thursday January 21 and Thursday April 21 2016 Blake Rosen Special Events Coordinator Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print A Day in Historic Eufaula with the Collectors Society 10 6 15 On Thursday October 1 the Collectors Society took a splendid excursion to Eufaula Doug Purcell Executive Director Emeritus of the Historic Chattahoochee Commission led the tour of historic architecture and collections The day began at the neo classical Shorter Mansion 1884 renovated 1906 where Mayor Jack Tibbs warmly welcomed the group Ann Hubbert who has been a part of Collectors Society since its inception remarked that going to Shorter Mansion was a highlight both for its beauty and remarkable history She was also glad she ascended to the cupola at Fendall Hall in order to enjoy the view The group enjoyed lunch on the porch of the Italianate style Fendall Hall 1860 Afterwards

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  • September – 2015 –
    legacy of Ida Belle Young who bequeathed the Museum funds for the purchase of traditional American art upon her death in 2004 However having the resources for a purchase was only one factor in acquiring the appropriate work The staff made a concerted effort for more than seven years to locate the right Benton before Ozark Autumn became available This work possessed two attributes that were considered critical as a larger scale work in oil and tempera it could be put on long term view with our other important American paintings unlike a work on paper which is subject to damage over time from exposure to light and the subject was an agrarian one depicting a corn harvesting scene Since many of our Southern Regionalist works depict the rural South it was important to us that our Benton reflect that same agrarian tradition And yet a second exciting day dawned on August 31 when we finally unveiled this outstanding work of art for our MMFA Board of Trustees The event held in the Museum s Rotunda at 5 30 P M celebrated the support of the Board the generosity of Ida Belle Young and the City of Montgomery s ongoing belief in our mission to the community The painting was given a very warm and hearty welcome accompanied by a toast to the memory of Ida Belle Young whose gift in the form of the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund had made its acquisition possible Right Acquisition Committee Chairman Winnie Stakely and MMFA President of the Board of Trustees Roger Spain unveil Ozark Autumn For any collecting museum the addition of a truly major work of art is a rare event and one that contributes to the ongoing vitality of the institution It takes a concerted team effort to achieve the Museum s mission to collect preserve exhibit and interpret art of the highest quality This acquisition of Ozark Autumn and the many people that worked to get it to Montgomery is a testament to what that mission statement is really all about Margaret Lynne Ausfeld Curator of Art Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Korean Language Gallery Talk Connecting to American History through Art 9 18 15 On September 17 MMFA Docent Jiyeon Suh led a dynamic Korean language gallery talk in the exhibition Journey Through the Collection Docent Choices She focused on a section of the exhibition called Remembering the Past which includes art that addresses American history from the Native American experience to the Civil Rights Movement I was lucky enough to be a participant and occasionally heard an English phrase such as Manifest Destiny or flappers which gave me a sense of the conversation At the end I asked Jiyeon Did you mention Kevin Costner and a few other questions What is something about American history as represented in the exhibition that you find particularly interesting Jiyeon At the beginning of the gallery talk I introduced the idea that learning about

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  • August – 2015 –
    bread pudding all provided by the Museum s co sponsor of the evening Wintzell s Oyster House The Lo Fi Loungers performed in the Lowder Gallery entertaining guests as they ate Retired army Lt Col Isaiah Flowers said it s an honor to be recognized for his service to our country Makes you feel good I think it s great This event exposes people to something we should all be coming to but don t because we simply aren t aware of what the Museum has to offer said Flowers Guests received an early look at the two newest special exhibitions William Christenberry Tracing a Line and Journey Through the Collection Docent Choices both of which opened early for MOH Inspired by Christenberry s drawings younger visitors created their own tree collages in the studios Others built clay masks reminiscent of the masks in the Museum s African exhibition The Museum is pleased to offer this annual evening event as a small thank you to those who serve our community and our country in the armed forces It was a fun evening for everyone involved and we hope to see our military friends visit often 96 year old World War II and Korean War veteran Roscoe Brannon says you can count on him coming back I loved it I am glad my granddaughter Rhonda brought me here Jill Barry Deputy Director for Development Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print A First for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 8 21 15 The excitement is mounting On Thursday evening August 27 the first ever docent organized and curated exhibition will open In May of 2014 our docent corps of 45 members was given the unique opportunity of creating an exhibition from beginning to end It was decided to break down this task into several committees Selection and Installation Education Programming Research and Writing and Public Relations and Development All docents were asked for input and most volunteered for one or more of the committees After many discussions and meetings works were chosen and it was decided that our exhibition would be titled Journey Through the Collection Docent Choices When the selected works were reviewed it was discovered that they fit into five different categories Remembering the Past offers a window into the past illustrating how events from the past shaped our present and helped us to envision the future Isms and Styles showcases some of the stylistic trends in 20th century art and describes these evolving theories in art How Do They Do It helps answer questions the viewer might have about artists creative processes and techniques Echoes of the South reflects a diverse cultural and personal history that calls to mind the strong sense of place embodied in Southern culture A Picture Is Worth 1 000 Words stimulates and challenges the viewer to look closer and discover the stories within each work During this process the docents not only became familiar with MMFA s entire collection

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  • July – 2015 –
    how contemporary artists smoke masks in the rafters of their kitchens to achieve the patina that tourists and collectors prefer Indeed Dr Roy captures the character of African artists so effectively that the viewer can almost feel the heat of the desert the humidity of the rain forest and the reverence the artists have for their materials and their tasks That is not an insignificant achievement for a Western humanist communicating through the Internet to viewers who sit with computers in homes libraries and coffee shops around the world It adds a dimension a depth of understanding to the isolated objects of African art one encounters at the MMFA Right Horse Rider 2013 17 14 Michael W Panhorst Ph D Curator of Art Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Now on View J Kelly Fitzpatrick s Negro Store 7 14 15 Last winter the Museum was contacted by a member of the staff at the Fine Arts Program of the U S General Services Administration otherwise known as the GSA The program had just taken repossession of an oil painting by J Kelly Fitzpatrick 1888 1953 and knowing the MMFA has a large holding of this Alabama native s work they asked if we might be interested in receiving this painting to exhibit on long term loan Most Americans associate the Federal government s art holdings with the many and varied collections of the National Gallery of Art or the system of Smithsonian Museums in Washington D C However there s also a large collection of art owned by the U S government that is housed outside of museums and indeed outside of Washington This collection is administered by the Art in Architecture and Fine Arts offices of the GSA and consists of all types of art everything from wall murals to public sculpture to printed materials It can be found in government owned buildings all over the United States A sizeable portion of this collection dates from the era of the New Deal in the 1930s and was created under the auspices of the Federal relief programs that assisted Americans during the Great Depression Above Negro Store 1936 oil on canvas Loan from the Fine Arts Program Public Buildings Service U S General Services Administration Treasury Relief Art Project 1935 1938 Loan from the Fine Arts Program Public Buildings Service U S General Services AdministrationTreasury Relief Art Project 1935 1938 Kelly Fitzpatrick was one of some 10 000 artists who were out of work and seeking assistance when Franklin Roosevelt inaugurated the New Deal programs in 1933 Fitzpatrick eventually worked for the Public Works of Art Project PWAP and later for both of the Treasury Department based programs the Treasury Section of Paintings and Sculpture popularly known as the Section and the Treasury Relief Art Project called TRAP For the Section program he created post office murals in Ozark and in Phenix City Negro Store was painted for the TRAP program and is an outstanding

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