Members Only Opening Reception

Posted on: August 23rd, 2018

Mobile Museum of Art is opening 4 new exhibitions. Join us for a members only opening reception to enjoy a private preview of the exhibitions:

If you are not a member and would like to attend the opening reception and preview, join now>>

For Freedoms

Posted on: August 23rd, 2018

Mobile Museum of Art is participating in the For Freedoms program, which promotes the intermingling of arts and political activism. Join us for an ongoing celebration of the four American freedoms mentioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt and reproduced in Norman Rockwell’s 1941 four paintings: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Visitors are encouraged to visit our galleries where four works have been selected to represent each freedom.

We welcome visitors to participate in an evening event, with activities to represent each one of the four freedoms. Exercise your freedom of worship and learn about the role of dance in religion, and how different faiths use movement and their bodies in worship. Several different faiths will be represented by diverse performance groups and multi-faith leaders.

Afterwards, join us in a craft to represent freedom from fear. Participants are invited to make small boats imitating the museum work selected to represent freedom from fear, The Voyage. Boats are also symbols charged with implications about immigration and the founding of our country. We invite you to think about fear and its role in our history as well as our world today.

In addition, we are also encouraging attendees to register to vote on provided forms as an exercise of their freedom of speech and to donate at least one non-perishable food item for the local food pantry in honor of freedom from want.

The Art of Seeing: Elements and Principles of Design with Matilde Tellaexte

Posted on: August 15th, 2018

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the most important concepts of two-dimensional design utilized in drawing, painting, photography, and other art forms. Each session will feature a short lecture with hands-on activities and examples in the galleries. Students have the option of taking only some classes, or attending them all. Supplies are included.

Week 1- Principles of Design
Week 2- Line as an Element of Art
Week 3- Shape as an Element of Art
Week 4- Value as an Element of Art
Week 5- Texture as an Element of Art
Week 6- Color as an Element of Art, Part 1
Week 7- Color as an Element of Art, Part 2 and Wrap Up

Thursdays, August 30-October 11
5:30 –  8:30 p.m.
Register for Individual weeks: $25/$15 members, per week
Register for all seven weeks: $125/$85 members

Unguided Studio Time: Figure Drawing

Posted on: August 15th, 2018

Enjoy unguided studio time to create artwork in your choice of medium from a live model. Each week will feature a different model for a fresh and inspiring experience each session. Bring your favorite supplies and get ready to create in this relaxing communal environment.

Fridays, September 28- October 19
12:30 – 3 p.m.
$75/$50 members

Indigo Dyeing and Shibori Workshop with Aaron Sanders Head

Posted on: August 15th, 2018

Indigo is one of the oldest dyes used for textiles and printing, with many countries having used the plant and its brilliant blue color for centuries. In this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of the ancient practice of indigo dyeing, along with the historic pattern making process known as shibori. The skills learned in this workshop can be used at home and applied to existing artistic practices. All experience levels are welcome. After spending time with an indigo vat, students will grow to appreciate the complexities of indigo, and come to understand the ritualistic and community aspects of natural dyeing.

A linen scarf and cotton tote will be provided. Feel free to bring your own goods to dye, but please avoid bulky pieces (towels, jackets, bedding, etc.). Cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie) accept the color best. Pre wash in hot water before the workshop.

Wear old clothing as dye will splash. Light refreshments will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

Saturday, October 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$145/$125 members

Plein Air Watercolor with Satomi Kamei

Posted on: August 15th, 2018

Discover the museum’s beautiful surroundings in Langan Park with artist Satomi Kamei as she leads this plein air watercolor class. Satomi is known for her expressive and realistic watercolor landscapes. Students will learn the under drawing technique in the classroom and spend the remaining classes outdoors exploring the area’s natural beauty. Enjoy learning new techniques in a relaxing atmosphere. Supply list provided upon registration.

Wednesdays, October 3 – 31
10 a.m. –  12:30 p.m.
 $145/$115 members
Early Bird: $125/$95 members
Register by 09/19/2018 for Early Bird Price

DIRECTOR’S SERIES: Fair Treatment for Artists Under the Law – Bruce A. Lehman

Posted on: August 9th, 2018

Join us for an evening discussion of the legal issues artists face today led by Bruce A. Lehman. In his lecture titled “Fair Treatment of Artists under the Law” he will bring some of these matters to light and open up an important discussion for artists and non-artists alike.


For the past 44 years, Bruce Lehman (Chairman and President of the International Intellectual Property Institute) has practiced law, advised lawmakers and made policy at the local, state, national and international levels in various capacities as a public servant, diplomat, attorney, and nonprofit executive. While he is best known for his role in shaping the development of intellectual property law both nationally and globally, his long career also included significant contributions in the areas of civil liberties, national security, health policy and public administration.

FREE for Museum Donors ($500+ annual giving) | $10 for all other current MMofA Members | $20 for Non-Members | Beer and Wine by donation

Delores Young,, 251.208.5203

This talk is part of a larger Director’s Series, which includes the following talks:

October 25 @ 6 p.m. | Howard Sutcliffe
“From Manchester to Montgomery: Textile Conservation in the UK & USA,” a lecture presented by Howard Sutcliffe, textile conservator with River Region Textile & Costume Conservation. RSVP by October 19.

November 15 @ 6 p.m. | Rod Bigelow
“Welcoming All: Launching a New Museum of American Art in the Heartland,” a lecture presented by Rod Bigelow, Executive Director of Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. RSVP by November 9.

LIVE at the Museum: Abe Partridge

Posted on: August 9th, 2018

LIVE is a performance series celebrating home-grown and regional performance art of all genres. From songwriters to gospel singers, poets to musicians, jazz to contemporary dance, MMofA is interested in the rare talents that heat and humidity can inspire. The performance is in Larkins Auditorium.

Thursday, September 20 @ 7 PM

Mobile-native Abe Partridge is often lauded for his gravelly voice reminiscent of Tom Waits and his acoustic guitar strumming that weaves together blues, country, punk, and rock influences. Previous to becoming a musician, Partridge was an evangelical minister and also served in the Air Force, both of which shaped his unique path to becoming a musician and helped him develop his ability to connect with the audience during live performances. Join us for a night spent enjoying Partridge’s poetic lyrics, which tell tales of love, loss, and harassment by the IRS.


Educators’ Night Out

Posted on: August 3rd, 2018

Join us at the Museum for an evening planned especially for all educators to mingle and develop new, creative ideas to enrich their curricula. The event will feature networking over wine and snacks, a special tour of current exhibitions (including ART:work, an exhibition of art educators), a tour of the brand new classroom and activity area in the Education Wing, and information about using the Museum School to enhance educational programs in all curricula. Finish the evening with a concert by Abe Partridge, musician and visual artist, who will entertain us in Larkins Auditorium. The event is free and four Professional Development Hours will be awarded.


4:30 – 5 pm:  Participants will enter through the front door for sign in, refreshments, socializing, shopping and welcome.
5 – 5:45 pm: Enjoy a guided tour through our current exhibitions.
5:45 – 6:15 pm: Explore the galleries of your choice.
6:15 – 6:40 pm: Visit the Education Gallery to view ‘ART:work’ and the new classroom and activity area.
6:40 – 6:50 pm: Raffle!
6:50 – 7 pm: Short Break
7 – 8:30 pm: Attend LIVE at the Museum: Abe Partridge*, then fill out evaluations and receive certificates.

*Abe Partridge is both a musician and visual artist. With deep roots in Alabama, as well as in Mobile, Abe draws his inspiration from blues, rock and folk music. His musical style has been called ‘Southern Gothic’, and he has produced several albums.

To sign up or for more information, please contact Kim Wood at or call (251) 208-5212.

Family Studio: Alabama Face Jugs

Posted on: August 3rd, 2018

While face jugs were commonly created in many African cultures and also date back to Medieval times in Europe, these whimsical, sometimes outlandish vessels came to the American South during the 1800s. The first American face jugs are attributed to African American slaves, and eventually they grew to become a popular American household item. Join us for a family-friendly clay workshop where participants can craft their own imaginative facial expressions to attach to a clay jug in celebration of this deeply rooted Southern tradition.