Tags: Artists.

WMA’s new fall events draw large crowds

Posted: Nov 01, 2022

In celebration of its upcoming 35th anniversary, the Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) debuted two new fall events this past weekend, The Glass Pumpkin Party, and The Pumpkin Patch, a free family art festival. These events provided fun, unique opportunities for area residents and families to experience artmaking by learning directly from artists. WMA’s slate […]

Two new exhibitions to open at Art After Hours on October 20, 2022

Posted: Oct 17, 2022

DOTHAN, Alabama — October 16, 2022 — The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) will open new exhibitions on the evening of Thursday, October 20 at its monthly Art After Hours event, which will be on view until December 31, 2022. “entwined” is an exhibition of work by Pinky/MM Bass and Carolyn DeMeritt, long-time collaborators and […]

New family art festival and glass art party to debut at Wiregrass Museum of Art

Posted: Oct 14, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DOTHAN, Alabama — October 14, 2022 — The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is introducing two new events at the end of the month, The Glass Pumpkin Party, and The Pumpkin Patch, a free family art festival. Both events are part of the museum’s series of community-focused events and programs in celebration […]

Corporate Member Spotlight: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Posted: Oct 05, 2022

WMA is generously supported in part by the regional business community through its corporate member program. For this spotlight, we talked with Sarah Adkins-Jablonsky, a student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine about the connections between art and medicine. Southeast Health and ACOM both support WMA as a Patron level corporate member. WMA: Sarah, […]

WMA announces prize winners for ‘B22: Wiregrass Biennial’

Posted: Sep 30, 2022

DOTHAN, Alabama — September 30, 2022 — The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) has named three artists to receive awards for work included in the juried exhibition ‘B22: Wiregrass Biennial’, with two artists receiving multiple awards. ‘B22’ was on view over the last summer quarter from July 21-September 24th at WMA. Both the Judge’s Award […]

WMA awarded $12,700 in grants from Alabama State Council on the Arts

Posted: Sep 23, 2022

The Wiregrass Museum of Art is pleased to announce two grant awards from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) for two programs, WMA Teens, and its Visiting Artist Series, for a total of $12,700. The first award in the amount of $6,600, supports WMA Teens, a program designed to provide arts opportunities for […]

Stories from WMA

Posted: Jul 26, 2022

This past Thursday, WMA’s team welcomed artists and visitors from across the Southeast for the opening of two new exhibitions, B22: Wiregrass Biennial and Mary Ann Sampson: Puppets and Poetry at Art After Hours. Showcasing work from 38 artists in 7 states, the Biennial fills two of the museum’s galleries with sculpture, painting, drawing, multimedia, […]

WMA to host Alabama arts education grant workshop

Posted: Jul 25, 2022

The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) will host a grant workshop session with the Alabama Arts Education Initiative on Saturday, August 6th at the museum from 10:00am until 1:00pm. The workshop will explore opportunities for schools to enhance existing arts programs or initiate new arts programs through Alabama Arts Education Initiative Grants. Through a line […]

WMA to host information session with Verdant Fund for artist project grants

Posted: Jul 07, 2022

WMA will host an information session for Verdant Fund, an expansion of the Warhol Foundation’s Regional Re-grant program, which supports creative practice born of and within Alabama. The fund’s goal is to reach a broad range of artists across all geographic areas of the state, and WMA is one of seven arts organizations throughout Alabama […]

Q&A with Photographer Jared Ragland

Posted: Jun 21, 2022

WMA recently announced the launch of an online exhibition, What Has Been Will Be Again, by photographer Jared Ragland. Between 2020–2021 Ragland traveled across more than 15,000 miles and 50 counties in his home state of Alabama to photograph during a critical moment of pandemic and protest, economic uncertainty, and political polarization. The interactive exhibition […]

WMA announces the launch of What Has Been Will Be Again, an Online Exhibition by Photographer Jared Ragland

Posted: May 16, 2022

The Wiregrass Museum of Art announces the launch of an online exhibition, What Has Been Will Be Again, by photographer Jared Ragland. Between 2020–2021 Ragland traveled across more than 15,000 miles and 50 counties in his home state of Alabama to photograph during a critical moment of pandemic and protest, economic uncertainty, and political polarization. […]

WMA Announces Artists Selected for ‘B22: Wiregrass Biennial’

Posted: May 11, 2022

WMA announces its selection of 37 works of art from 38 artists from across the Southeast U.S. for its upcoming juried exhibition, B22: Wiregrass Biennial, to open this summer on July 21st at Art After Hours. The Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition open to all artists living and working in the Southeast over 18 […]

Stories from WMA

Posted: Apr 22, 2022

What a great week it’s been at WMA — and it’s not over yet! WMA opened new exhibitions last night at Art After Hours, with exhibiting artists Sonya Yong James and Sarah Marshall in attendance. Each artist took the time to chat at length with the many guests and museum members about their work, and […]

New exhibitions to open at Art After Hours

Posted: Apr 20, 2022

WMA will open new exhibitions on the evening of Thursday, April 21 at its monthly Art After Hours event, which will be on view until June 25, 2022. Sonya Yong James: The Eye of a Needle features an installation of works from the Atlanta-based artist, with a focus on repurposed cloth and thread as mediums […]

Stories from WMA

Posted: Feb 15, 2022

We’ve had so much fun taking the tour groups through the new exhibitions. The kids seem to really respond to the work. One of the 3rd graders said that he wants to work in a museum one day, but he also wants to be a teacher. We pointed out that Ms. Brook is an educator in […]

WMA awarded $30,800 in grants for Sydney A. Foster artist residency and exhibition

Posted: Sep 29, 2021

Pictured Above: Sydney Foster, Photo by Frank Jackson.  The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce grant support for an artist residency and upcoming exhibition with Sydney A. Foster, from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Alabama State Council on the Arts, in the amounts of $25,000 and $5,800, respectively.  Foster, an […]

Beyond the Box: ArtBox 2021

Posted: Aug 24, 2021

Two young artists. Three artist mentors. One project to change the world. During the last week of February for the last ten years, WMA would transform into a beautiful realm of chaos as teams of high school students took over the galleries to create installation art works from scratch in less than 48 hours. Teams […]

Alabama State Council on the Arts awards $10,400 to WMA for artist residencies and professional development

Posted: Mar 24, 2021

DOTHAN, Alabama – March 24, 2021 – The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) has awarded two grants totaling $10,400 to the Wiregrass Museum of Art through its organizational grants program. WMA was awarded $5,200 to support its artist residency program, and another $5,200 for professional development and training in 2021. ASCA receives annual […]

‘Sara Garden Armstrong: Threads and Layers’ set to open October 16 at WMA

Posted: Oct 15, 2020

DOTHAN, Alabama — October 13, 2020 — “Sara Garden Armstrong: Threads and Layers,” an exhibition surveying works by Alabama native Sara Garden Armstrong, will open at the Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) on October 16. The exhibition represents an artistic legacy in Alabama and New York spanning six decades, bringing together handmade artist books, paintings, sculpture, and mechanical, light- and […]

Art + Community Connection

Posted: Oct 13, 2020

Wiregrass Museum of Art thanks Southeast Health for their generous support in 2020! By upholding their commitment to Screen on the Green sponsorship during the museum’s temporary closure and reopening, and program cancellations due to COVID-19, their support provided WMA with funding to remain flexible and responsive to community needs in a challenging year. Southeast […]

WMA announces prize winners for ‘B20: Wiregrass Biennial’

Posted: Sep 30, 2020

DOTHAN, Alabama — September 30, 2020 — The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) has named six artists to receive awards for work included in the exhibition “B20: Wiregrass Biennial,” the museum’s first virtual exhibition. The Judge’s Prize will be given to Lauren O’Connor-Korb (Athens, Georgia) for her sculpture “The Soloist,” and the Alabama Prize will go to Jasper […]

B20 Artist Interview with Tara Stallworth Lee

Posted: Sep 25, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries for […]

B20 Artist Interview with Lilian Garcia-Roig

Posted: Sep 22, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries for […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Artists

Posted: Sep 14, 2020

How do artists contribute to the communities where we live, work, and learn? What role do artists play here in the Wiregrass? Artists teach us how to use creativity and innovation to solve everyday problems, cultivate social and cultural sharing, and enliven our neighborhoods by bringing diverse groups of people together through active arts participation. […]

B20 Artist Interview with Heidi Carlsen-Rogers

Posted: Sep 13, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries for […]

B20 Artist Interview with Jessica Caldas

Posted: Sep 08, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries for […]

B20 Artist Interview with Maggie Evans

Posted: Sep 06, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries for […]

B20 Artist Interview with Jasper Lee

Posted: Sep 01, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries for […]

B20 Artist Interview with Jonathan Adams

Posted: Aug 30, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries for […]

B20 Artist Interview with Chieko Murasugi

Posted: Aug 25, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries for […]

B20 Artist Interview with Bryce Lafferty

Posted: Aug 23, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries for […]

House Party for Art brings art + music + tech to viewers across the region

Posted: Aug 21, 2020

WMA recently concluded House Party for Art, its first virtual festival during August 13-15th, which included artist hangouts, spoken word, and music performances from artists and musicians across the Southeast. In a time of extended physical distancing and preventative health measures to protect our Wiregrass community, WMA created the virtual festival as an alternative to [...]

B20 Artist Interview with Sarah Bryant

Posted: Aug 18, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries for […]

B20 Artist Interview with Kelly Boehmer

Posted: Aug 16, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries for […]

B20 Artist Interview with Leah Hamel

Posted: Aug 11, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries […]

B20 Artist Interview with Carrie Ann Baade

Posted: Aug 09, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries […]

WMA’s House Party for Art will celebrate art, music and tech

Posted: Aug 07, 2020

DOTHAN, Alabama — August 6, 2020 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) will hold House Party for Art (HPA), a free virtual music, art and technology festival August 13-15. Due to current restrictions on in-person gatherings, HPA will replace Yard Party for Art this year, an event that is held annually in August in […]

B20 Artist Interview with Andrea Vail

Posted: Aug 04, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Civic Dialogue

Posted: Aug 03, 2020

Did you know that the arts create opportunities for residents to become more engaged in their communities’ civic dialogue? Specifically, participants in arts events, programs, and projects have more exposure to experiences that unite generations, bridge language barriers, and increase understanding and cultural sharing1. The arts bring us together. At WMA, we’re actively engaging and […]

B20 Artist Interview with Victoria Sauer

Posted: Aug 02, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 […]

B20 Artist Interview with Mär Martinez

Posted: Jul 28, 2020

B20: Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors chose from a field of over 130 entries for […]

‘B20: Wiregrass Biennial’ set for a virtual opening at WMA

Posted: Jul 14, 2020

DOTHAN, Alabama — July 14, 2020 — The Wiregrass Museum of Art announces the opening of the virtual exhibition, “B20: Wiregrass Biennial” on July 16 at wiregrassbiennial.com/. WMA’s biennial showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. The juried exhibition encourages innovative and progressive work that utilizes a variety of art […]

Wells Fargo lends support to WMA for artist programs and virtual offerings

Posted: Jul 13, 2020

WMA has received support from Wells Fargo for museum programs and virtual offerings that respond to the community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. A grant in the amount of $5,000 provided funding for digital lessons and activities, including “art breaks” on social media and special content from artists. This funding will also support arts-based learning […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Innovation

Posted: Jul 06, 2020

Did you know artistic innovation helps build equitable communities, gives people the tools to tell complex histories, and can help build more inclusive economies? By supporting artistic innovation, arts organizations can bring about positive social change. Artists cultivate creativity and innovation within their artistic practices and share important stories through their artwork. Their use of […]

WMA Artist Interview with Laura Lucía Sanz

Posted: Jul 05, 2020

The exhibition Path of Entry was to have opened at WMA this spring, but due to the temporary closure of the museum, it was postponed until next year. The group show, featuring artists from around the world and guest curated by Chintia Kirana, was inspired by the poem “Remember” by U.S. poet laureate Jo Harjo, […]

WMA Artist Interview with Karen Stentaford

Posted: Jun 19, 2020

The exhibition Path of Entry was to have opened at WMA this spring, but due to the temporary closure of the museum, it was postponed until next year. The group show, featuring artists from around the world and guest curated by Chintia Kirana, was inspired by the poem “Remember” by U.S. poet laureate Jo Harjo, […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Access to Education

Posted: Jun 08, 2020

Did you know that the arts provide an open door to significant educational benefits and valuable life skills for students? Students who have arts-rich experiences are more likely to graduate high school and college, vote and be highly engaged in the community, and have a stronger development of fuller and more empathetic perspectives on other […]

WMA Artist Interview with Chintia Kirana

Posted: Jun 04, 2020

The exhibition Path of Entry was to have opened at WMA this spring, but due to the temporary closure of the museum, it was postponed until next year. The group show, featuring artists from around the world and guest curated by Chintia Kirana, was inspired by the poem “Remember” by U.S. poet laureate Jo Harjo, […]

WMA Artist Interview with Path of Entry artist Joe Ren

Posted: Jun 03, 2020

The exhibition Path of Entry was to have opened at WMA this spring, but due to the temporary closure of the museum, it was postponed until next year. The group show, featuring artists from around the world and guest curated by Chintia Kirana, was inspired by the poem “Remember” by U.S. poet laureate Jo Harjo, […]

WMA Artist Interview with Bethany Johnson

Posted: May 27, 2020

Get to know Path of Entry artist Bethany Johnson The exhibition Path of Entry was to have opened at WMA this spring, but due to the temporary closure of the museum, it was postponed until next year. The group show, featuring artists from around the world and guest curated by Chintia Kirana, was inspired by […]

WMA Artist-in-Residence Lily Reeves Launches “Spirit Kin”

Posted: May 19, 2020

Above Image: Lily Reeves, from her series Spirit Kin, Image courtesy the artist WMA artist-in-residence Lily Reeves was to have launched her new project Spirit Kin in the Wiregrass this spring. Due to the museum’s temporary closure and travel restrictions, the residency became a virtual one, and Reeves presented her work during an artist takeover of WMA’s Instagram account May […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Well-being

Posted: May 05, 2020

“The arts benefit patients, their caregivers, and the systems that provide the care—saving money, reducing pain medication needs and the length of hospital stays, strengthening immune levels, decreasing depression, increasing memory and cognitive function, and improving communication and behavioral skills.” While ongoing research supports the role of the arts in medical environments, we at WMA […]

Artist Profile – Beverly West Leach

Posted: May 05, 2020

Beverly West Leach’s work is currently on display at WMA, in the exhibition Telling on Myself: Recent Works by Beverly West Leach. Due to the museum’s temporary closure, the exhibition has been extended through September 2020. Here she discusses her work in more detail. What inspires you most? Well, many things and topics inspire me, […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Technology

Posted: Apr 20, 2020

Arts organizations overwhelmingly agree: Technology and social media have made art a more participatory experience, and have helped make art audiences more diverse1. What happens when technology and social media are the primary ways to engage with art? WMA is responding rapidly to offer its community ways to engage with, learn from, and connect with […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Advocacy

Posted: Mar 02, 2020

Do you know how your advocacy for the arts affects funding opportunities for artists and students at WMA? Learn more about WMA’s impact in our region this month, and join WMA’s efforts to advocate for the arts by participating in Arts Advocacy Day with us on March 31st! In 2020, WMA will support 49 artists […]

Guest Post – Art and Healing: You Can’t Have Stars Without Darkness

Posted: Feb 26, 2020

“He doesn’t like doing art projects, so don’t be offended if he doesn’t participate,” Cindy said with a sweet smile as she rushed to set up the generous snack offerings for the evening. The gentleman she spoke of was sitting off to the side, at a table away from the group. Never one to back […]

Synchronized Swimmers – An interview with artist Jenny Fine

Posted: Feb 10, 2020

Jenny Fine is a visual artist and professor currently living and working in Enterprise, Alabama. Rooted in the photographic form, Fine’s practice employs time as material in an exploration of both personal and cultural memory, identity, and our shifting relationship to the photograph in our digital, image-saturated age. In Synchronized Swimmers, Fine explores her personal [...]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Tourism

Posted: Feb 05, 2020

Did you know that 68% of all tourism in the U.S. is driven by art, cultural heritage, and history?¹ Tourism drives economic growth, strengthens regional identity, and increases human connection. Importantly, cultural tourists spend nearly twice as much as other travelers, creating greater impact in the areas they visit! Last month, WMA opened two new […]

Wiregrass Museum of Art launches the WMA App

Posted: Jan 31, 2020

DOTHAN, Alabama – January 29, 2020 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has launched the WMA App for Apple and Android mobile devices. WMA worked with PushCrankPress (PCP), a Dothan-based design agency, to develop the app to deliver additional content about exhibitions, artists, and programming to both museum guests and offsite users. […]

Why Does WMA Matter to You?

Posted: Jan 27, 2020

Dear Friends of WMA: We at Wiregrass Museum of Art care deeply about making the art and programming we share meaningful to you, our community, and all our visitors. But we need your help! To learn more about how visitors like you engage with us, we are participating in a national survey of museum-goers, sponsored […]

WMA’s winter exhibitions to feature Alabama artists

Posted: Jan 15, 2020

DOTHAN, Alabama – January 9, 2020 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it will feature work from two Alabama artists during its winter quarter of exhibitions. Jenny Fine’s Synchronized Swimmers and Beverly West Leach’s Telling on Myself are set to open on January 16 at Art After Hours (5:30-8 p.m.) […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + PreK-12 Education

Posted: Jan 08, 2020

Did you know that a single field trip to an art museum can help students learn new skills? A recent study from The National Art Education Association (NAEA) Museum Education Division and its partner, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), shows that inquiry-based field trip experiences at an art museum help students learn crucial […]

Alabama State Council on the Arts awards $11,200 to WMA

Posted: Dec 18, 2019

DOTHAN, Alabama – December 17, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has been awarded two grants totaling $11,200 from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Two equal awards of $5,600 will be used to support WMA’s public art programming and new artist residencies in 2020, as well […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Intergenerational Learning

Posted: Dec 10, 2019

Did you know the arts make every phase of life better and more fulfilling, and that learning through the arts has proven benefits for participants at all stages of life? In early childhood, the arts can boost IQ and get kids school-ready1. For older adults, arts participation also leads to better physical and mental health, higher […]

Caring for the Wiregrass through Art program issues call to artists

Posted: Nov 07, 2019

Wallace Community College – Dothan (WCCD) Foundation, the Heersink Family Foundation, and the Wiregrass Museum of Art are partnering to showcase the work of artists living and working in the tri-state region including Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Caring for the Wiregrass through Art will serve as a touchstone for WCCD Health Science programs. Artists participating in Caring […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Economic Development

Posted: Nov 05, 2019

Did you know the arts play a significant role in regional economic development? The arts spark growth and innovation by creating a fast-growth, dynamic business sector; helping mature industries become more competitive; providing critical ingredients for innovative places; catalyzing community revitalization; and delivering a better prepared workforce.1 At the Wiregrass Museum of Art, we’re grateful […]

Get to know ceramic artist Jessica Smith

Posted: Nov 04, 2019

This summer, WMA’s communications intern, Harley Masoner, set out to learn more about ceramic artist Jessica Smith, whose exhibition, In Flux, is on display in the Dove Gallery through the end of the year. Smith will teach a Visiting Artist Workshop on Saturday, November 16. In the one-day class, students will create a functional plate […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Empowered Conversation

Posted: Nov 02, 2019

Did you know visual art empowers people by making space for needed conversation? Art helps us critically and creatively imagine our communities.1 Students recently experienced this kind of empowering conversation in action at WMA. During 17 summer field trips to the museum, 664 students took in Carolyn DeMeritt’s portraits of Native American tribe members as part […]

Indigenous Peoples’ Day — a guest post by Jared Ragland

Posted: Oct 14, 2019

Today, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, is being honored as communities across the US thoughtfully reexamine our national history, critically question privileged Western narratives, and celebrate the native peoples of North America.     To help mark the occasion and contribute to the national conversation, Cary Norton and I are delighted to guest here on #wmaINSPIRED and share photographs […]

Alabama State Council on the Arts awards $10,000 to WMA

Posted: Sep 25, 2019

DOTHAN, Alabama – September 24, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce that the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) has awarded the museum a combined grant in the amount of $10,000 for an upcoming exhibition and an annual youth education program. The award designates $3,800 for a 2020 exhibition […]

Five questions with photographer Sean Crutchfield

Posted: Sep 05, 2019

Film photographer Sean Crutchfield spends hours each day traveling down dirt roads and blue highways, exploring rural communities near his home in Graceville, Florida. He peers through the lens of his Leica M3 camera, swapping out lenses and types of film to see the variety of images he can capture, noticing physical reminders of the […]

YPA 2019 is in the books!

Posted: Aug 19, 2019

Saturday evening, August 10th found WMA’s garden filled with hundreds of people enjoying live music, art demonstrations, amazing food, and the occasional cool breeze during Yard Party for Art, the museum’s annual one-night celebration of its mission to bring engaging art and accessible educational programming to the Wiregrass. The crowd was treated to four incredible […]

Yard Party for Art returns to WMA on August 10

Posted: Aug 05, 2019

DOTHAN, Alabama – July 30, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce that Yard Party for Art (YPA) will return to the museum’s garden on Saturday, August 10, 2019. The annual, one-night art and music festival, billed as “the hottest party of the year,” will include a diverse lineup of live, original music from regional musicians,art demonstrations, an interactive virtual-reality experience, yard games, great drinks, […]

WMA’s Art After Hours celebrates summer exhibitions

Posted: Jul 18, 2019

DOTHAN, Alabama – July 18, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce the opening of its summer exhibitions, “As Long as the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East,” featuring photographs of Native American communities by Carolyn DeMeritt; “Sight Lines,” a multi-media installation by artists Katie Hargrave and Meredith Lynn; and […]

On the road with artists Katie Hargrave and Meredith Lynn

Posted: Jun 13, 2019

Even with WMA’s spring quarter still in full swing, the museum’s staff is hard at work making final arrangements for summer exhibitions. Included in the upcoming schedule is Sight Lines, a collaborative project by artists Katie Hargrave and Meredith Lynn, that “explores the mediation of nature through the lens, the vehicle, air conditioning–through modern machines.”  […]

Get to Know Artist Carlton Nell

Posted: May 15, 2019

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 […]

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

Posted: Apr 11, 2019

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 […]

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

Posted: Apr 09, 2019

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 […]

Get to Know Artist Sheri Schumacher

Posted: Mar 21, 2019

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 […]

Get to know artist Sydney A. Foster

Posted: Mar 04, 2019

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, […]

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

Posted: Jan 16, 2019

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 […]

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

Posted: Dec 21, 2018

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 […]

Just eight days left to see “Echoes” at WMA

Posted: Dec 19, 2018

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 […]

WMA announces ‘B18: Wiregrass Biennial’ award winners

Posted: Oct 05, 2018

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, […]

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

Posted: Sep 28, 2018

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 […]

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

Posted: Sep 26, 2018

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 […]

WMA receives $6,300 grant from Alabama State Council on the Arts 

Posted: Sep 25, 2018

DOTHAN, Alabama – September 25, 2018 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has received an award in the amount of $6,300 from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA). The award will be used to support the museum’s mission of connecting contemporary artists in Alabama with the Wiregrass […]

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

Posted: Sep 23, 2018

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. […]

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

Posted: Sep 19, 2018

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 […]

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

Posted: Sep 14, 2018

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 […]

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

Posted: Aug 21, 2018

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 […]

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

Posted: Jul 03, 2018

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 […]

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

Posted: May 23, 2018

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 […]

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

Posted: Apr 23, 2018

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 […]

WMA Receives $5,000 ASCA Grant

Posted: Feb 12, 2018

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 […]

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.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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Mask Policy

WMA asks that all campers ages 5 and up wear a mask during their museum visit, including classes and camps. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one for you. Exceptions can be made for those with documented respiratory or sensory issues. We thank you for protecting your fellow visitors and our staff!

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