Get to know ceramic artist Jessica Smith

Get to know ceramic artist Jessica Smith

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 […]

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YPA 2019 is in the books!

YPA 2019 is in the books!

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 […]

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WMA’s Art After Hours celebrates summer exhibitions

WMA’s Art After Hours celebrates summer exhibitions

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 […]

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On the road with artists Katie Hargrave and Meredith Lynn

On the road with artists Katie Hargrave and Meredith Lynn

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.”  […]

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Get to Know Artist Carlton Nell

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

‘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

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

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

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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WMA announces ‘B18: Wiregrass Biennial’ award winners

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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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.

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.