Get to Know Artist Carlton Nell

WMA’s exhibition Carlton Nell: Compositions showcases large-scale, abstracted landscapes by artist Carlton Nell. Nell is a professor at Auburn University and his paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries nationwide and are included in various public and private collections. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, most recently on the cover of the historical […]

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WMA awarded $50,000 from Wiregrass Foundation for tech improvements 

DOTHAN, Alabama – May 10, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has received a capital project grant award exceeding $50,000 from Wiregrass Foundation to upgrade technological capabilities to better serve the broad needs of the public and daily museum visitors. The award will be used to purchase devices, […]

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‘Continuum: 1808 to 2017/ Goya to Erdreich’ examines the effects of war and violence

DOTHAN, Alabama – April 11, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce the opening of Continuum: 1808-2017/Goya to Erdreich on the evening of Thursday, April 18 at WMA’s spring quarter Art After Hours event. The exhibition, comprised of a series of mixed-media works by artist Beverly Erdreich, takes an unflinching look at […]

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‘Where You Come From is Gone’ to document Native American sites in the Wiregrass

DOTHAN, Alabama – April 4, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce that Birmingham, Alabama-based photographers Cary Norton and Jared Ragland, collectively known as GUSDUGGER, will be in residence at WMA April 18-20. The residency, a regional extension of Norton and Ragland’s project Where You Come From is Gone, will […]

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Letter from the Director – Spring

Dear Friends and Members, WMA has seen tremendous growth in the past year, including a 13% increase in quarterly attendance from this time last year, a 72% increase in student artwork submissions for Youth Art Month, and a 24% increase in member households and 126% increase in corporate membership. These are exciting times at your […]

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Get to Know Artist Sheri Schumacher

Sheri Schumacher is a designer and educator whose work is at the interface of architecture, public-interest design, and craft practices. In her WMA exhibition, textile | assemblage | place,  Schumacher sets out to “map” the sensory experience of place by recording cultural landscapes with textiles. Schumacher uses repurposed materials, including linens and clothing in her work, often combining them […]

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Get to know artist Sydney A. Foster

WMA had a chance to sit down and chat with artist Sydney A. Foster this past January while she was in Dothan installing her current exhibition, Walks in the South. In 2016, while walking through downtown Montgomery on her lunch break, Sydney was compelled to begin photographing people she met along the way. The series, […]

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Wiregrass Museum of Art awarded $9,000 to support Youth Art Month

The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has received grant awards totaling $9,000 from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA), The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Publix Supermarket Charities, and Dothan Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics to support Youth Art Month, a national program held annually to recognize […]

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Corporate Member Spotlight: Econo Lodge and Team Linda Simmons

WMA is supported by companies throughout diverse sectors, from construction and transportation, to banking and architecture, and more. We spoke with Vimal Patel, a young professional in the hospitality and real estate industries, about his support for the museum through his companies. Vimal also serves as an officer on WMA’s Board of Trustees. Econo Lodge […]

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“Home: Where I Live” offers a glimpse into homelessness in Dothan

DOTHAN, Alabama – January 16, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of Home: Where I Live on the evening of January 17 at Art After Hours. Home explores the unique perspective of Dothan and Wiregrass area citizens that are either homeless or housing insecure. Artists were each given a […]

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Letter from the Director – Winter

Dear Friends and Members, January marks a new year at WMA, and we have created a number of programs to inspire you throughout the year. From new exhibitions, to classes and workshops for all ages, and extended hours with Third Thursday every month, there is always an opportunity to enjoy the museum. Remember, WMA is […]

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Charity Ponter on “Ground Beneath My Feet: Collaborative Portraits with Visual Artists in My Hometown”

We recently asked Birmingham, Alabama-based artist Charity Ponter a few questions about her exhibition, Ground Beneath My Feet: Collaborative Portraits with Visual Artists in My Hometown, on display now in the Coleman Gallery at WMA. She published the series of photographs that make up the show in a book by the same name earlier this year, a […]

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Just eight days left to see “Echoes” at WMA

WMA is hosting a unique exhibition this quarter, and there are only a few more days to take it all in. Echoes: A response to objects in WMA’s permanent collection by the Alabama Women’s Caucus for Art  is the first exhibition in WMA’s history to feature artworks created in response to or inspired by pieces in […]

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WE MADE IT THROUGH HURRICANE MICHAEL!

The Wiregrass Museum of Art made it through Hurricane Michael with very little damage and just a couple of days without power. The staff would like to thank the City of Dothan (especially for the generator to run portable dehumidifiers and fans in the vault), the utilities crews, the local media, and everyone who has […]

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Corporate Member Spotlight: Georgia-Pacific

WMA’s regional reach extends beyond Alabama, touching residents in the Florida panhandle and southwest Georgia. One out-of-state corporate member, Georgia-Pacific, understands the regional draw of the museum, and supports its mission to serve the tri-state area. We spoke with Peggy Jaye, Public Affairs Manager, about their company’s philanthropy toward arts and culture in the Southeast. […]

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WMA announces ‘B18: Wiregrass Biennial’ award winners

The Wiregrass Museum of Art is pleased to announce two exhibition award winners for the recently closed B18: Wiregrass Biennial. The Judge’s Prize will be given to Elysia Mann for her weaving, Reading Narcissus; and the People’s Choice Award goes to Chiharu Roach for her painting, My American Ears. The Judge’s Prize winner was chosen by Douglas Pierre Baulos, […]

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Letter from the Director – Fall

Dear WMA Members and Friends, As we come to the end of a very busy summer at the museum, I hope that you had a chance to visit us during one of our many programs or events. We hosted over 330 students during summer camps this year and have been planning new classes and workshops […]

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Get to know the artists of ‘B18: Wiregrass Biennial’ – Part 5 (final segment)

WMA asked several of the 41 artists whose work is currently on display in B18: Wiregrass Biennial to answer questions about their artistic practice. This is the last post in our five-part series of B18 artist interviews on the #wmaINSPIRED blog. If you have missed the previous four, you can find them archived on the blog. Thanks […]

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Get to know the artists of ‘B18: Wiregrass Biennial’ – Part 4

WMA asked several of the 41 artists whose work is currently on display in B18: Wiregrass Biennial to answer questions about their artistic practice. Get to know them better during the next few posts here on the #wmaINSPIRED blog. Jacob Phillips – Dothan, Alabama Suspended Memory, 2018 Spanish moss, cheese cloth, paint, wire, audio WMA: Tell us about […]

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Get to know the artists of ‘B18: Wiregrass Biennial’ – Part 3

WMA asked several of the 41 artists whose work is currently on display in B18: Wiregrass Biennial  to answer questions about their artistic practice. Get to know them better during the next few posts here on the #wmaINSPIRED blog. Amy Fleming – Tallahassee, Florida Florence, 2018 Screen print, drawing WMA: Tell us about your work in B18. […]

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Get to know the artists of ‘B18: Wiregrass Biennial’ – Part 2

WMA asked several of the 41 artists whose work is currently on display in B18: Wiregrass Biennial  to answer questions about their artistic practice. Get to know them better during the next few posts here on the #wmaINSPIRED blog. Vivian Liddell – Athens, Georgia Troll with Talisman, 2016 Soft sculpture with embroidered fabric, googly eyes, and synthetic […]

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Get to know the artists of ‘B18: Wiregrass Biennial’ – Part 1

WMA asked several of the 41 artists whose work is currently on display in B18: Wiregrass Biennial  to answer questions about their artistic practice. Get to know them better during the next few posts here on the #wmaINSPIRED blog. Tom Wegrzynowski – Tuscaloosa, Alabama The Death of Caesar, 2017 Oil on canvas WMA: Tell us about your […]

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Alabama Bicentennial Commission grants $20,000 for  Stories of the Wiregrass project

DOTHAN, Alabama – September 11, 2018 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has been awarded $20,000 from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission in support of Stories of the Wiregrass, a collaborative project to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Alabama’s statehood. Previous funding for bicentennial activities was awarded from the Alabama […]

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WMA summer interns experience museum life first hand

What does it take to run a museum? Sarah Ivey and Brandon Rice got a behind-the-scenes look this summer as they completed internships at WMA. The two art students from Troy University’s main campus gained experience serving as docents, assisting in summer camps, installing exhibitions, and volunteering at museum events. WMA’s staff loved working with […]

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Yard Party for Art, the HOTTEST party of the year, returns to WMA’s garden

On Saturday, August 11, with the support of our community, the Wiregrass Museum of Art turned its garden into a summertime oasis at Yard Party for Art. It was a beautiful evening of music, art, entertainment, and food and drinks. Yard Party for Art goes beyond just one night. This year’s proceeds will fund innovative […]

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Corporate Member Spotlight: SunSouth Bank

The corporate member program at WMA is supported by diverse industries across the Wiregrass business community; what unifies them all is their belief in WMA’s ability to be a cultural-gathering place for local residents. Leila Smith, Vice President and Branch Manager of SunSouth Bank, spoke with WMA about how the arts can impact communities in […]

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Letter from the Director – Summer

Dear Friends and Members, It is officially the summer season, and the museum is buzzing with activity. As I write this letter, I keep reflecting on the students in our first summer camp last week, learning about what we do behind the scenes, before heading to our studio to make unique pieces inspired by works […]

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WMA and City of Dothan select summer artist-in-residence for Highway 84 E corridor project

DOTHAN, Alabama – July 3, 2018 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA), in partnership with the City of Dothan, is pleased to announce it has selected mural artist Cosby Hayes to serve as an artist-in-residence in Dothan from June 1 through August 31 to gather community input for the City’s Highway 84 East corridor improvement project. The […]

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Wiregrass Museum of Art Hosts Alabama History Institute, June 18-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Andi Martin, Alabama Bicentennial Commission 334-242-5864, andi.martin@bicentennial.alabama.gov Wiregrass Museum of Art Hosts Alabama History Institute, June 18-21 Montgomery, AL (June 18, 2018) – The Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan will host an Alabama History Institute (AHI) for grades 3-5 teachers and administrators entitled Our Roots Run Deep: Digging Up Alabama’s Rich Farming History. Sponsored by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission and the Alabama […]

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WMA and City of Dothan partner in Call for Artists for Highway 84 E corridor project

DOTHAN, Alabama – May 15, 2018 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA), in partnership with the City of Dothan, is pleased to announce a Call for Artists for a summer residency to take place between June 1 and August 31 to study transportation needs along the U.S. 84 East corridor — a stretch of highway […]

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WMA receives $10,000 for youth education programs

DOTHAN, Alabama – April 26, 2018 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has received two grants for youth art education totaling $10,000. A $5,000 award from Wiregrass Foundation will fund WMA’s six summer camp offerings, as well as outreach camps to the Hawk Houston Youth Enrichment Center and the […]

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‘Alabama Reckoner’ honors the state’s living artists and unique ecology

DOTHAN, Ala. – April 11, 2017- The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) announces the opening of “Alabama Reckoner,” featuring the work of Birmingham-based artist Douglas Pierre Baulos. The exhibition is an exploration of Baulos’ process-driven work and the role the state of Alabama plays in his art. “Alabama Reckoner” will present twelve mixed-media portraits of […]

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Corporate Member Spotlight: LBA

WMA’s corporate members believe in the transformative power of art, and are committed to supporting the museum’s programs and exhibitions. We chatted with Beau Benton, President of LBA, about their company’s role in the Wiregrass community. LBA supports WMA as a Supporter level corporate member. WMA: What would you like our other corporate members and […]

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Letter from the Director – Spring

Dear WMA Members and Friends, WMA is a place to be inspired, to learn, and to gather as a community year-round. This quarter we are making meaningful connections through new exhibitions, programs, and initiatives that are bringing artists and ideas together, right here in the Wiregrass. Last quarter I mentioned to you all that we […]

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Youth Write Night 2018

To coincide with the national celebration of Youth Art Month and WMA’s exhibition, we hosted our first ever Youth Write Night, inviting 7th-12th grade students to share an original written work. The night was a wonderful success with 15 students presenting! Participants came out from Girard Middle School, Beverlye Magnet School, Dothan High School, Chipley […]

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WMA accepted into national preservation program

DOTHAN, Alabama – March 6, 2018 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce its acceptance to the 2018 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program with the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. WMA was selected into the CAP program in a highly competitive year, with 60% more […]

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WMA Participates in Geneva Program Outreach

As an educator, nothing makes me happier than being able to share my passion for art with students. While the galleries provide the ideal platform to show incredible artwork from astounding artists, not everyone is able to make the trip out. Thankfully, WMA is able to go outside our walls with outreach programs, including Artful […]

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WMA receives oak tree during Arbor Day celebration

The Wiregrass Museum of Art was recently selected by the City of Dothan to be the recipient of its annual Arbor Day tree planting. A live oak was chosen and was planted on the museum’s grounds. Dothan is an official Tree City USA community, one of 71 in the state, and the City has participated […]

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WMA Receives $5,000 ASCA Grant

WMA receives $5,000 ASCA grant for digital learning DOTHAN, Alabama – January 30, 2018 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has received grant funding in the amount of $5,000 from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA). The money will be used to support the implementation of technology […]

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Corporate Member Spotlight: ServisFirst Bank

WMA’s corporate members believe in the transformative power of art, and are committed to supporting the museum’s programs and exhibitions. We chatted with Harrison Morris, CEO and President of ServisFirst Bank, about their company’s role in the Wiregrass community. ServisFirst supports WMA as a Patron level corporate member. WMA: ServisFirst Bank will celebrate the 10th […]

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Letter from the Director – Winter

Dear Friends and Members, January is the month most associated with fresh starts, and a new year. While we are always looking forward here at WMA, and there is much to look forward to, none of our work is exactly “new,” as much of our upcoming plans center on great experiences that the museum offers […]

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Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Throughout the year, WMA will host “Meet the Educator” days where parents and their children can come to the classroom to meet the instructor before beginning classes and camps. 2019’s schedule is as follows: January 30 from 4pm-6pm, May 29 from 4pm-6pm, and August 28 from 4pm-6pm.