The original plans for the Museum included an area devoted to implementing educational activities and programs outside of the main exhibit area. The result was an Education wing with two spacious and inviting art instruction classrooms and the interactive ART lab. Exhibit space in the Education Gallery consists of the walls and halls in the Holland Vestibule and the ART Adventures Lobby, which are filled year-round with the best artwork created by Southwest Alabama’s most promising young local and regional artists. From the Who I Am student exhibit and competition in the fall to the late summer’s Bay Area Art Educators Show, which showcases the professional work created by teachers, each exhibit serves to highlight and support the development of art education in Mobile and along the entire Gulf Coast.
Special exhibits such as Noel Concept Art, which highlights holiday art traditions and interpretations, and International Dolls by artist Claudia De Monte have been shown in this space due in part to their educational appeal to students both young and old. During the past year, the art displayed in the Education Gallery was viewed by more than 14,000 students served by the Museum’s school tour program.
The Education department is proud to be able to help young people in the Mobile area nurture their artistic talent and uphold the important legacy of visual art in southern Alabama.
For more information on current Education Gallery exhibitions, click here.