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  • June – 2015 –
    Exhibition opened Friday night June 12 with a festive reception attended by more than 400 people The highlight of the evening was the announcement of 24 awards worth a total of 22 645 The Museum appreciates the work that Thornton Clark the Art Guild s show chair has done to raise the money for these awards encouraging the participation of so many accomplished artists Museum Director Mark Johnson said We are also grateful to the many generous supporters including the Museum s 2014 Junior Executive Board Sterling Bank and Margaret Berry Lowder who helped to sponsor this exhibition The juror Tom Butler Director Emeritus of the Columbus GA Museum selected 97 items from 427 entries by 127 artists 38 artists entered for the first time and 27 of those first timers were among the 74 artists selected Butler also presented the following awards dimensions are in inches height before width before depth At right Director Mark Johnson and Juror Tom Butler 3000 Noble Seay Jones Best In Show Award Chie A Hitchner Unfolding Weaving 108 28 At left Best in Show winner Chie A Hitchner 2500 MMFA Director s Award Cicely Hulett Genesis Mixed media 48 48 1000 AUM College of Arts and Sciences Award Dale Lewis Heart of Gold Wood and metal 30x9x9 1000 Thornton and Pat Clark Award Lindy Bruggink Casey in Black Oil on panel 17 14 1000 Doster Award Larry Percy KERYGMA SERIES Journeys to Holy Ghost Canyon XX Dodged Bullet Incident 401 Saggar fired earthenware charred wood concrete 53x19x14 1000 Kelly Fitzpatrick Award Pamela Wesley Copeland Rouen Nights Oil 30 24 1000 Foy Gilmore Goodwyn Memorial Fund Award Sheri Schumacher Margins Mixed media textiles 50 38 1000 Halvorson Award Kate Seawell Cadmium Orange Mixed media monotype 24 32 1000 Moore Wealth Management Award Michael Vaughn Sims Mount Carmel Mixed media 33x22x20 1000 Edward L Robbins Award Joan DiLaura Irises Mixed media 28 22 1000 Jimmie Sabel Award Richard Mills The Poletoads Nesting in Lucerne Watercolor gouache collage 40 50 1000 Vivian Butler Scott Award Amber Hall Tornado Aftermath at Lake Martin East I Oil on canvas 30 60 1000 Chuck Whitehead Award for Figurative or Portrait Art Scott Crockett Self Portrait Graphite 27 21 500 2014 MMFA Junior Executive Board First Time Entrant Award Warren Simons Palm Tree Repairs Digital inkjet print on paper 33 24 500 Vincent Cappelluzzo Award for Figurative or Portrait Art Cecile W Morgan Different Drummer Oil 33 27 500 Doug s 2 Award Virginia Wolfe Out to Paint the Town Red Watercolor 26 22 500 The Sandra Hicks Larson Award Donna Pickens Variations on the Ladder Theme Charcoal conti collage graphite 20 27 500 McKenzie Award Margaret Gluhman Journey Unknown Collage 20 16 500 Midstate Advertising Award Darrell C Warr Blue Haze Oil 25 29 500 Terrell Stokes Award Carol Barksdale Indigo Vibes Mixed media 24 36 500 Clark Walker Award Rachael Sherer Rodrigo Oil 48 24 Three Art Galleries and Artists of the South Advertisement Awards Donated by AGAS

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  • May – 2015 –
    MMFA and with their help we look forward to another successful year educating the River Region about art and the Museum At right Beth Acker and Pat Wanglie Jill Byrd MMFA Tour Coordinator Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Learning Through Art 5 15 15 On Tuesday May 5 125 excited third grade students and their families filled the ARTWORKS corridor proudly snapping pictures of the artwork installed up and down the hall This happy occasion was the opening reception of the exhibition Learning Through Art featuring works of art created by each third grade student at the Wares Ferry Road Elementary School during this past year as part of the MMFA Artist in Residence Program One mother when viewing her son s artwork was overheard exclaiming I never knew he could do artwork as good as that That comment was repeated many times as families viewed paintings of bright red flowers inspired by Georgia O Keefe trees painted in an Impressionist style animals in clay relief George Rodrigue inspired blue dogs and other works of art in the exhibition The evening also included a special recognition ceremony for the students and teachers When Mrs Baker and Mr Diggs the homeroom teachers gave each student an award certificate the children paraded across the stage and lined up to have their pictures taken even without prompting Derek Murphy Jr was recognized for his artwork included in a state competition sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts Timiya Harris Willie Grant and Kimberly Gudino were honored for having their artwork included in an exhibition of student art at the U S Department of Education in Washington D C that just opened and will be on view through June 30 2015 The exhibition Museums pARTners in Learning 2015 is sponsored by the American Association of Museum Directors and the U S Department of Education and celebrates innovative visual arts programming of museums with schools The MMFA is one of 16 museums in the U S to have student work included in this exhibition The award ceremony ended with special thanks to Principal Ed Drozdowski and the outstanding MMFA art teachers Jean Kocher and Laura Bocquin Several members of the Montgomery Kiwanis Club were present in the audience and were recognized for their funding support of the program this year With assistance from a National Endowment for the Arts grant this unique program will continue and hopefully expand to additional classes next year Donna Pickens Assistant Curator of Education for Children and Family Programs Note for those unfamiliar with the MMFA Artist in Residence Program the Museum sponsors weekly art classes at the school with lessons based on works of art in the Museum s collection and related to the core curriculum Professional artists from the River Region also visit the classes teaching special techniques in drawing painting printmaking ceramics and sculpture The curriculum includes Visual Thinking Strategies VTS an inquiry based teaching method to encourage students critical

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  • April – 2015 –
    History in Motion was installed Beautiful portraits by Karen Odyniec of tribal members were hung next to short stories about them with artifacts from Kerretv Cuko the Poarch Band of Creek Indian Museum in Atmore We were delighted to partner with the Tribe again this year to present such a fun and informative day for the River Region all of which was free Jill Barry Deputy Director Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Reflections from a Montgomery Businessman and Civil Rights Activist 4 10 15 On April 2 the Museum hosted a special program to complement the exhibition now on view History Refused to Die The speaker was Mr Loyd Howard a local businessman who shared his memories of life in Montgomery during the height of the Civil Rights Movement To watch Mr Howard walk into the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art s Orientation Circle you would think he was a quiet but reserved man At first he stopped to scan the room to see who was in attendance at the reception held in his honor He then spoke to many smiled at some and even hugged others After 30 minutes of socializing he was introduced to a crowd of nearly 50 people When Mr Howard walked up to the podium almost instantly he transformed from a mature business owner of 55 years to a 14 year old teenager growing up in Montgomery Alabama during a time when discrimination was at an all time high He talked about his early life working in a barbershop with Raymond Parks the husband of Rosa Parks and others Mr Howard said Raymond Parks thought he and Mrs Parks would be killed after she refused to give up her seat What photographs don t reveal and people don t know is she wasn t sitting in the white section of the bus She was actually arrested for not giving up her seat to a white man in the black section of the bus Those words had some people in the audience shaking their heads The Civil Rights activist also described how blacks learned to unite during this period He recalled when Dr Martin Luther King Jr arrived in Montgomery Mr Howard said We didn t even know what a boycott was They had to teach us what it meant We were also taught how we needed to react to everything non violently Mr Howard said it was a movement that pushed the nation towards social reform and he described it as one of the greatest historical events that the world will ever have As the nation prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott on December 1 2015 the owner of Howard s Cosmetics said he hopes his story will help people get another first hand view of what actually took place during that time It was so refreshing to have someone who experienced those trials and tribulations in our midst here at the Museum Cynthia Milledge

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  • March – 2015 –
    of the woman now standing in her presence gave it a new meaning Jaida said I was excited to see her After screening the movie singer Eric Nettles performed the song So Amazing and further set the stage for Christburg s presentation Christburg said to the youngsters You need to know you matter in the world Be the best you can be and get a good education I tell you this because that s how Dr King spoke to me Develop a strong character Let it be deeply embedded in you Following a question and answer session the young people walked into the MMFA s galleries to view the exhibition History Refused to Die Alabama s African American Self Taught Artists in Context There they received another kind of history lesson Lonnie Holley one of 15 artists featured in the exhibition spoke with them about the sources of his painting Carrying the Lighter Child encouraging them to follow their dreams as he had his Re me mbering the March is just one of the FREE programs being held at the Museum commemorating key events of the Civil Rights era Thursday April 3 at 6 P M the pubic is invited to attend a presentation by Montgomery businessman Loyd Howard He will focus on his experiences during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in anticipation of the 60 th anniversary later this year Also on Thursday April 23 at 6 P M writer and editor Randall Williams will explore the larger social and political context of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama Cynthia Milledge Director of Marketing and Public Relations Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print History Marches On in Montgomery 3 23 15 On Thursday March 19 the Museum hosted an opening reception and lecture for our current exhibition History Refused to Die Alabama s African American Self Taught Artists in Context The exhibition was organized by the MMFA in collaboration with the Alabama Center for Contemporary Art in Mobile the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Tinwood LLC in Atlanta Georgia The artists featured in this exhibition all worked in Alabama in the mid to late twentieth century and with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March it seemed there would never be a more appropriate time to present these works for Alabama audiences A book published by Tinwood LLC also entitled History Refused to Die documents the works and the theme of the project as a whole an examination of the history of African Americans in the state as seen through the eyes of these extraordinary artists Pictured at left Louisiana Bendolph collector Bill Arnett Thornton Dial Sr and Richard Dial Guests at the opening on Thursday evening had the rare pleasure of greeting six of the fifteen artists whose works are on view They included Thornton Dial Sr his son Richard Dial Charlie Lucas Lonnie Holly Joe Minter at right and quilt maker Louisiana Bendolph It was a poignant moment in

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  • 2016 –
    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 Reflections on the 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott 1 26 16 In partnership with the Rosa Parks Library and Museum the MMFA welcomed students from Alabama State University Auburn University at Montgomery Huntingdon College and Tuskegee University who presented Honoring the Montgomery Bus Boycott An Evening of Artistic Celebration in the MMFA Wilson Auditorium After a historical introduction by Donna Beisel of the Rosa Parks Library and Museum Montgomery s university and college community lauded the efforts of Rosa Parks and others towards freedom through art song dance literature and reflection representing the power of art and the vital role of art as a reflection of society The Museum is grateful to our partners and 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

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  • 2015 –
    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 a warm welcome followed by remarks from MMFA staff Margaret Lynne Ausfeld Curator of Art Alice Novak Assistant Curator of Education and Madeline Burkhardt Volunteer Coordinator who also presented the evening s awards The first award for Outstanding Leadership was presented by Mr Spain to Board of Trustees member and past President of the Board of Trustees Barrie Harmon Barrie was recognized for his many contributions through the sponsorship of temporary exhibitions as well as his current critical leadership of the campaign to fund the MMFA s new Sculpture Garden Other winners announced during the event included Jarrod Cowans pictured at left below who was named Rookie of the Year and Karla Hodges at right pictured on the left with MMFA educator Donna Pickens winning the First Impressions award for her work at the Information Desk Luigi Edwards received the award for FLIMP Festival support recognizing her multiple years of service ensuring that this amazing event goes off without a hitch Cayla Hamilton Jamie Reschke and LaKendrick Taylor were named Outstanding Interns for their assistance to Museum staff with photography projects digital design work and educational outreach programs The award for leading the Most Successful Bazaar d Art went to Courtney Kershaw the Fundraising Excellence Award for Art in Concert went to Harrison Hawke the Development Leadership Award went to C J Hincy and awards for the Last Call events sponsored by the Junior Executive Board were given to Rachael Gallagher Allison Muhlendorff and Erika Tracy Docents who won awards during their graduation ceremony this past spring were also recognized We cannot thank all our volunteers enough for the hundreds of hours of their time donated to help the Museum There are many opportunities to serve your Museum and your community by volunteering at the MMFA If you are interested in volunteering at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts please contact Madeline Burkhardt at o n e s m a r at right Assistance Needed Today award winner Margaret Arthur with MMFA educator Alice Novak Madeline Burkhardt Volunteer Coordinator Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Art in Concert 2015 10 23 15 We could not have asked for better weather for the 4 th Annual Art in Concert on Friday October 16 organized by our Junior Executive Board JEB Local DJ Kevin Nutt opened the show turning the tables with fantastic tunes that really got the crowd going Over 400 people were on hand to welcome the headlining act The FUTUREBIRDS to Montgomery Hailing from Athens GA but currently based in Atlanta the FUTUREBIRDS are an incredible up and coming band on the verge of national recognition True to form they played an amazing live show that had the crowd dancing long into the night Highlights included new songs from their album Hotel Parties and a great cover of Brooks and Dunn s Neon Moon The side lawn was the perfect venue for the concert during which people enjoyed some great food catered by Jennie Weller Catering and Events and craft beer from Back Forty Brewing Company located in Gadsden AL We were fortunate to have the support of our key sponsors Auburn University at Montgomery MATTER and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians their generosity helped make the night the tremendous success that it was The Junior Executive Board under the direction of president CJ Hincy has decided to donate the proceeds which were in excess of 10 000 to education programs within the Museum as well as to our community art outreach programs benefitting many within the River Region

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  • 2014 –
    Curator of Education Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Don t Miss the Fifth Annual Artist Market 11 17 14 Just in time for the holiday season 30 local and regional artists will showcase their outstanding works of art this coming weekend at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art s highly acclaimed Artist Market 2014 You won t want to miss this opportunity to find one of a kind handmade gifts for everyone on your list The festivities kick off Friday November 21 with a Preview Party from 5 30 to 8 P M You can shop and get up close and personal with the artists while enjoying hors d oeuvres and a cash bar The fun continues on Saturday November 22 from 10 A M to 4 P M Shop early on either day to get the best selection of all the wonderful works that will be available This year s featured special artist is Elayne Goodman of Columbus Mississippi a contemporary self taught artist who will show her distinctive brilliantly colored decorative objects Other artists on hand will be potter Margaret Barber stone craftsman Brooks Barrow potter Dianne Benefield book maker Robin Birdwell leather artisan Pam Buwalda painter Joan DiLaura and mixed media artist Darrell Ezekiel The showcased artworks include pottery drawings and paintings and a host of other media While you are here feel free to stop by the Museum Store from 11 A M to 4 P M to shop for even more examples of artist made works or make a reservation for the special Artist Market Edition of our popular Saturday Brunch at Café M from 10 A M till 2 P M Artist Market 2014 is sponsored by STIFEL investment services For more information call 240 4333 or go to this link on the website http mmfa org visit events We look forward to seeing you at Artist Market 2014 Cynthia Milledge Public Relations and Marketing Director Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print 1991 IV Looking Like New Again 11 10 14 Museum staff recently reinstalled the three graceful gilded 14 foot long aluminum arcs in the lake adjacent to the building just in time for the arrival of wintering flocks of cormorants that love to perch on the kinetic sculpture and circle above tasty unsuspecting fish In fact it was the strong talons of these large waterfowl that abraded the original gold leaf applied by the artist Edward Lee Hendricks in 1991 when the sculpture was new After two decades of seasonal ornithological onslaught all trace of the gilding was gone and the golden color contrast with the silvery lake was lost Consequently the museum developed a plan to restore the color by reapplying gold leaf and adding an innovative new protective clear coating McKay Lodge Art Conservation of Oberlin Ohio proposed and implemented the treatment Now viewers can appreciate the site specific sculpture as the artist intended The Museum commissioned Hendricks to make the art to link the Museum and its contents with the natural beauty of the park He purposely sited this sculpture in this place to capitalize on the reflective lake surface the tree line in the distance and the wind The artist said he wanted to make sculptures that give physical substance to the grace and power of the wind Geometric elements of aluminum and stainless steel are carefully designed to maximize their response to the slightest breeze The interaction of these elements with wind and sunlight creates a visual counterpoint that is aesthetically satisfying on a very basic level Hendricks kinetic sculptures respond beautifully to the forces of nature With new gilding and a new protective coating they should satisfy viewers and cormorants for years to come Restoration of the gold leaf on the arcs was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Michael W Panhorst Ph D Curator of Art Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print With African Art the MMFA Welcomes a New Era in Collecting 11 3 14 The Museum celebrated a new collection and a new era in collecting with a series of events held between Thursday October 23 and Sunday October 26 The many participants over the three day event were given a sense of the importance of the African acquisitions that are new to both the Museum and to the community On Thursday evening the Museum hosted a lecture by Professor Robin Poynor a member of the faculty in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida Professor Poynor discussed the roles played by these newly acquired objects of African art in the lives of those who lived in traditional African societies He showed many of the Museum s woodcarvings weavings ceramics and metal objects in the context of their use through photography depicting homes communities and public performances For the past year Professor Poynor has served as the Museum s consulting curator to select works of art for the collection and to provide information and scholarship relative to their acquisition He worked closely with the donors and with the Museum staff to create the exhibition Art for Life s Sake An African Collection for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts The weekend events also included a Friday lunchtime presentation for the Museum s Collectors Society that featured the collector and donor of the African art acquired as a gift by the Museum Dileep Mehta of Atlanta Georgia As a professor of finance Dr Mehta traveled extensively and worked over a period of many years to build his collection of African materials On Sunday the Museum hosted a combination Family Day for African Art a Jazz Jams featuring the Jazz students in the program at BTW as well as a performance by the BTW Dance Theater Out of Africa There were hands on activities in the studios artist s demonstrations and tours of the new African collection for the public This

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  • 2013 –
    Hendricks in the Museum s lake in 1991 still pivoted on their stainless steel posts in a gentle breeze as designed adding their graceful movements to the tranquil scene However time and the talons of waterfowl especially wintering flocks of big black cormorants had eroded the gilded surface that initially glistened in the sun Consequently the Museum involved the artist in developing a plan to restore the arcs golden color and preserve the artist s intent for his only sculpture in a marine environment McKay Lodge Art Conservation of Oberlin Ohio examined the sculpture and proposed to clean and re gild the arcs with traditional gold leaf like that Hendricks had used They also recommended an innovative Tnemec clear coat to protect the gilding from damage In October of 2013 the arcs were removed from the lake and shipped to Ohio for treatment They will be re installed in the spring of 2014 This conservation treatment will insure that the gleaming golden arcs will again swing in the breeze as the artist intended The conservators will also be treating a second sculpture from the collection Buckminster Fuller s Twelve Degrees of Freedom 1983 This work is one of the collection s most significant examples of twentieth century American sculpture and it will also return to view in 2014 Funding for the conservation treat ment of these sculptures is provided by the Museums for America grant program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services the Museum and the MMFA Association 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 Science Store Teens archive Monthly February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015

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