Charles Smith: Black Hands/I AM

Posted on: June 3rd, 2015

June 5 – October 11, 2015

Looking back at a 40 year career in clay, the exhibition examines Mobile native Charles Smith’s expressive ideas about color, shape, and ornament.  He was included in the Alabama Public Television 2009 program Alabama Craft Tradition and Innovation.

The New Landscape

Posted on: June 1st, 2015

June 5 – October 11, 2015

The landscape has been a subject matter for painting since the beginning of time, and it continues to inspire artists today. Front & Center at the Mobile Museum of Art will showcase a few of the talented regional artists that represent both the beauty and complexity of the world around us.


Luke Allsbrook
Susan Downing-White    [View Studio Visit]
John Folsom    [View Studio Visit]
George Taylor
Jeff Rich

The Art and Design of Mardi Gras

Posted on: May 3rd, 2015

The Art and Design of Mardi Gras

November 8, 2014 – May 3, 2015

Organized in partnership with the History Museum of Mobile and the Mobile Carnival Museum


NO CHILD’S PLAY: Children in the Holocaust

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015

NO CHILD’S PLAY: Children in the Holocaust

March 2, 2018 – July 1, 2018

No Child’s Play is part of the Yad Vashem Art Museum in Jerusalem, and derives its name from an excerpt from Janusz Korczak’s “Rules of Life”, A Childhood of Dignity. An estimated one and a half million children perished in the Holocaust, and only a few thousand survived. This exhibition opens a window into the world of children during the Shoah. It does not focus on history, statistics, or descriptions of the physical violence and horror of the Holocaust. Instead, images of the toys, games, artwork, diaries and poems displayed in the panel images highlight some of the personal stories of the children, and provide a glimpse into their lives during the Holocaust. The exhibition tells the story of survival – the struggle of these children to hold onto life. It describes their attempts to maintain their childhood and youth by creating a different reality from that surrounding them. In many cases, it was the children who gave their parents the encouragement and hope to continue their desperate daily fight for survival.

Yad Vashem began collecting the toys and games of the children of the Holocaust in April of 1997. The panels document their stories and the resiliency of children even in the face of surrounding, horrific circumstances.

WELL SUITED: The Costumes of Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s Treme

Posted on: September 3rd, 2014

WELL SUITED: The Costumes of Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s® Treme

Organized by the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC

November 8, 2014 – May 3 2015

Well Suited includes costumes designed by Wilmington, North Carolina native Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s award-winning series Treme. The exhibition emphasizes fourteen exquisitely crafted Mardi Gras Indian suits from the series,  and also includes Mardi Gras costumes from select characters, as well as design sketches, film excerpts, video interviews with cast and costumers and behind-the-scenes photography. This exhibition coincides with The Art and Design of Mardi Gras exhibition.

Stephan Wanger & Bead Town

Posted on: September 3rd, 2014

Stephan Wanger & Bead Town

November 8, 2014 – May 3, 2015

Stephan Wanger is a self-taught artist who channels his creative energy into assembling dazzling mosaics using recycled Mardi Gras beads. Working in a photo-realistic style, Stephan recreates iconic Louisiana images to make the innate beauty and unique culture of this area available to the world.

In preparation for the formal construction of each piece, beads are meticulously sorted by size down to the exact millimeter and perfect shade, creating a detailed and varied palette much like a painter would prepare hues for painting. The resulting play of light and color recalls several Post-Impressionistic artists’ works while adding a new dimension of glitter and shine through the use of metallic, plastic and luminescent beads. The illusion of three-dimensional space is often created through the use of perspective but also the variety of sizes of the beads he uses to create actual dimension adds an element of bas-relief. The finished works are stunning to regard both from a distance and upon close inspection of the highly detailed craftsmanship.

In December of 2013, Stephan Wanger completed a Guinness World Record for the World’s largest mosaic called “Une Rue Principale en Louisiane” (A Main Street in Louisiana), a 8’H x 48’W large mural.

A manifestation of Mr. Wanger’s stylistic and environmental goal is the use of recycled materials for his pieces. Not only does he collect discarded beads throughout Mardi Gras in an effort to clean post-parade debris, but he regularly visits salvage yards to gather additional materials for his work. Through his art, Wanger hopes to inspire his audience to recycle and to create, and encourage appreciation for the unique culture and natural beauty that Louisiana has to offer. This labor of love is called Bead Town.

Wanger’s work was shown in our Front & Center Gallery as part of our 50th anniversary exhibition, The Art and Design of Mardi Gras.


Posted on: July 16th, 2014

August 8 – October 5, 2014

Regional contemporary artists show unlimited possibilities in their works with paper in our Front & Center and Back Room Gallery. Everything from the traditional to the unusual.

Artists included in this exhibition are:

  • Aaron McNamee
  • Dan Tague
  • Raine Bedsole
  • Hannah Chalew
  • Jason Guynes
  • Keith Perelli
  • Michael Pajon
  • Monique McFarland
  • Nall
  • Nancy Dahlstrom
  • Nikki Rosato
  • Paper Frank
  • Pinkney Herbert
  • Robert Lansden

The Big Draw

Posted on: July 16th, 2014

August 8 – October 5, 2014

A handful of wonderful local and regional artists have been invited to draw on the wall for an interactive exhibition. During the course of the exhibition, every Thursday we invite other artists and area citizens of all ages to add their own drawings to our wall in the Front & Center Gallery. Pencils, charcoal, and other drawing supplies are provided, you just bring the talent.

Artists included in this exhibition are:

  • Jason Guynes
  • Paper Frank
  • Phillip Counselman

Go here to find out more about The Big Draw>>


Celebrating African American Art

Posted on: May 1st, 2014

February 16, 2014 – May 16, 2014

Celebrating African American Art includes selections from the Mobile Museum of Art’s own collection of works by African American artists presented alongside promised gifts from the Collection of Jean and Robert E. Steele. Mobile native Dr. Robert E. Steele is currently retired from his position as Executive Director of renowned David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. The Driskell Center focuses on presenting and collecting works of African American Art and the African diaspora.

The works shown in this installation collectively suggest the growing vibrancy of artistic activity among African American artists since the 1960s, demonstrating a particular strength in the medium of print making. The selection of both offered gifts and MMofA collection works was made by the Steeles in consultation with MMofA’s senior curator and Assistant Director, Dr. Paul Richelson.


Posted on: April 29th, 2014

November 15, 2013 – April 27, 2014

The Masterworks exhibition launched a year-long celebration of MMofA’s 50th Anniversary. The exhibition’s 74 works represent highlights of the Beaverbrook’s collection, ranging from Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) to Lucian Freud (1922-2011) and is particularly strong in British masterworks, including artists Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable and J.M.W. Turner. Other international stars of the collection include Delacroix, Dali, Matisse, Copley and Sargent.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick, Canada, and its signature collection from which the exhibition is drawn were gifts to the people of New Brunswick from William Maxwell “Max” Aitken. Also known as Lord Beaverbrook, Aitken (1879-1964) was a Canadian-born business tycoon, newspaper publisher, politician, philanthropist and personal confidant of Sir Winston Churchill. Beaverbrook was an entrepreneur extraordinaire who took a proactive approach in establishing a world-class art collection. Among the many generous benefactions Aitken bestowed upon New Brunswick, the greatest is arguably his collection of 323 artworks, and the art gallery housing the collection.

According to Beaverbrook Art Gallery Director (and this exhibition’s curator), Terry Graff, “Like all collections, it tells stories and paints a compelling portrait of the personality and life of the collector. It is surprising that Hollywood has not as yet made a movie of Lord Beaverbrook’s epic life.”

Accompanying the exhibition is a hard-cover illustrated catalogue. Presented by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick, Canada, the tour is organized by Exhibits Development Group, U.S.A.