Art After Hours

Art After Hours is WMA’s quarterly event to celebrate the opening of new exhibitions. Come wander the galleries, have a drink, and take in the new art on display. You might even have a chance to speak with one of the exhibiting artists or try your hand at an in-gallery activity. Light snacks will be served, and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, call the museum at 334.794.3871.

Art After Hours happens the third Thursday of January, April, July, and October.

Spring:  April 18th’s event will mark the opening of new spring exhibitions, including Carlton Nell: Compositions, featuring large-scale, abstracted landscapes by artist and Auburn University professor Carlton Nell; Continuum: 1808 to 2017 / Goya to Erdreich, featuring mixed media works by Beverly Erdreich, based on Francisco de Goya’s Disasters of War series of etchings and exploring atrocities that have impacted society through incredible acts of brutality; and the Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama, the annual statewide traveling exhibition of work created by Alabama students with visual impairments, blindness, and deafness. Also on display: A Salad of Servers: Innovative Flatware from the 20th and 21st Centuries

Tintype Portrait Sessions with GUSDUGGER at Art After Hours
GUSDUGGER, the collaborative name of Birmingham-based photographers CARY NORTON + JARED RAGLAND, will be with us at April 18th’s Art After Hours. Specializing in the 19th century wet-plate collodion tintype process and using vintage large format cameras, hand-crafted chemistry and a mobile darkroom, GUSDUGGER began documenting the people and landscapes of Alabama in 2016.

Cary and Jared, who will serve as artists-in-residence at WMA from April 18-20, will offer individual tintype portrait sessions to Art After Hours guests. Reservations are required. Please click here to learn more and to sign up for a 15-minute portrait session.

Summer: July 18, 2019

Fall: October 17, 2019

Winter: January 16, 2020


Art After Hours occurs on the third Thursday of January, April, July, and October as part of WMA’s Third Thursday schedule.


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Jul 18 2019


05:30 PM - 08:00 PM


Free for Members
$5 for Not-yet Members
Cash Bar

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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.