The heart of Dixie is the home of many enthusiastic art lovers, and the Metropolitan region houses some of the finest art galleries and museums in all of Alabama. If you love visual art you'll enjoy the area, whether you prefer large museums with nationally touring art exhibits or small galleries that showcase local talent.
The Birmingham Museum of Art has grown from a five-room SOMETHING in city hall to the largest municipal museum in the Southeast. The museum's permanent collection features over 21,000 works of art dating from the fifteenth century to the present day. Temporary exhibits include both major traveling exhibitions to smaller showings focusing on the work of a single artist. Located in downtown Birmingham, the Museum also features an outdoor sculpture garden, museum store, and a terrace café on the second floor atrium.
Step into Gallerie Alegria and you'll be emerged in subtly backlit orbs, glimmering representations of nature, and swooping lines of bright color. The gallery display contemporary glass art by established masters like Dale Chihuly as well as emerging national, international and regional artists. Many of the artists shown at Gallerie Alegria are available for commissioned architectural work and installation pieces. The gallery is located in the English Village shopping district of Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham.
Naked Art (the name refers to a "bare" appreciation of art) is an eclectic gallery that presents the visual art of untraditional artists in a vibrant, laid-back setting. Naked Art is committed to making art accessible to the public, and is especially fond of "functional" art. Rotating showcases of offbeat and unusual modern can be found at the gallery's location in Birmingham.
This full service gallery, established in 1987, stocks art in a number of mediums including oils, acrylics, watercolor, etching, lithograph, silkscreen, pottery, and sculpture. Monthly exhibits are opened with "meet the artist" receptions. The work of over 100 artists can be found at thee Monty Stabler Galleries.
Knestled in a wooded knoll overlooking Lake Tuscaloosa, the exhibits of the Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art depict some of the most pivotal moments in our nation's history. Featuring works by such American masters as James Whistler, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Cole, the museum houses hundreds of paintings, sculptures, artifacts and antiques.