Birmingham, AL Art Galleries, Museums, Supplies & More

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Over the next few minutes we will be breaking down everything we know about art in Birmingham, Alabama in full detail and our first section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.

After that we will get into a variety of other topics like art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, local sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.

You can jump straight to any section that interests you most by using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Birmingham art map with all of the spots we mention throughout the post pinned on it.

If you are interested you can check out some of our other posts for cities around the Southeast.

Best Art Galleries & Museums In Birmingham

The best art galleries and museums in Birmingham would be:

Birmingham Museum of Art is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday and is one of the finest regional museums in the US housing a collection closing on on 30,000 works of art with featured work of Ewer from the Tang Dynasty and Sarasvati from India. Their Art on the Rocks event is held every summer as well as their popular Art After 5 which features music and other activities plus they offer art classes and summer camps.

Maus Contemporary was recently selected as one of three finalists for the AICA-USA Award for the Best Show in a Commercial Space Nationally.

University Alabama-Birmingham’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts has a permanent art collection featuring over 1,000 pieces.

Local art classes for elementary aged kids to adults as well as summer camps are provided at Space One Eleven.

Red Dot Gallery specializes in fine art and you can find art workshops or classes for adults or children in your area there.

Materials & Supplies Near You

When you have the need for new materials or supplies head to art stores in your area like:

Alabama Art Supply offers weekly in-store art classes for kids as well as an on-site art workshop.

There are workshops and custom framing services at Forstall Art Center on top of supplying fine art materials.

Forstall Art Center, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Joann also can handle your framing needs.

Shows & Events

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Some of the top art shows and events in your area would be:

In April the Magic City Art Connection Art Festival is Birmingham’s largest art festival that spotlights 200 juried fine artists from around Alabama and the whole country in a variety of mediums.

Birmingham Museum of Art holds their annual local event Art on the Rocks events every summer and the Art After 5 parties are an evening where art and pop culture collide.

Every year on the first Saturday of October you should check out Bluff Park Art Show which features more than 150 artists and you can find it at the front of the Bluff Park Community Center.

Art Bash is one-night-only party experience that happens every winter in downtown’s Linn Park and it is a great way to find new art near you while eating, drinking, dancing, and mingling.

We will also be mentioning the Birmingham Artwalk in September and the Birmingham Art Crawl held on the 2nd Friday of each month in the walks section and both are highly recommended.

Art Dealers & Appraisers

Art dealers and appraisers are where you can encounter new unique pieces or learn the value of something you already own:

Portrait Inc was founded in 1942 and has become the largest and oldest fine art portraiture firm in your area. They provide appraisal service in addition to artwork care, maintenance, and restoration.

Gallery Services offers complete artwork, framing, delivery, and installation services plus you can visit them for art consultations.

The Canary Gallery from our best galleries in Birmingham list also sells art.

Walking Tours

On a sunny day try out one of these art walking tours:

Wacky Walk is a royalty-themed scavenger hunt walking tour where you can explore all that downtown Birmingham has to offer.

Birmingham Artwalk is happening every September throughout downtown over twelve city blocks from 2nd Avenue North to 2nd Avenue South between 22nd and 25th Streets and the whole area is transformed into a vibrant arts district with more than 100 visual artists.

Birmingham Art Crawl is an art show held on the second Friday of each month where local artists display and sell their recent works.

Sculptures & Statues

These statues and sculptures can also be fun to check out when the weather is nice:

  • The Vulcan statue at 1701 Valley View Dr
  • The Storyteller Fountain at 20th St S
  • Electra at 600 18th St N
  • Three Ministers Kneeling at 5th Ave N
  • The Chase at 6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy

The Vulcan statue was dedicated in 1939 and designed by Giuseppe Moretti located at Vulcan Park.

The Storyteller Fountain is a sculptural fountain located in the heart of Five Points South in front of the Highlands United Methodist Church that was designed by Frank Fleming and unveiled in 1991.

The golden statue found on the top of the tiled roof of the Alabama Power Building is called Electra and it was sculpted by Edward Field Sanford and was secured in place all the way back in 1926.

Birmingham Art Classes

It doesn’t matter if you want private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults some of the best art schools in Birmingham are:

Samford Academy of the Arts has classes for kids, teens and adults in art, language, music, photography and more along with popular summer art camps for elementary and middle school aged kids.

The Alabama School of Fine Arts is the only tuition-free school for the arts and science near you or in the entire state and they provide dorms for out of state students and have additional summer camp programs.

Art classes for all ages and experience levels can be found at Sips N Strokes who also offers night classes plus they will host your private parties.

You can find more art classes for all ages and private party hosting at Painting with a Twist.

If you want to take some clay art classes check out Art Zone which also has plenty of other classes plus spring break or summer camps and they are a good site for private parties.

Birmingham Museum of Art and Space One Eleven from our best galleries and museums list also offer local art classes and you can find more at Alabama Art Supply too.

Studios For Rent Near You

When you can’t wait to get that next project started rent some space at one of these art studios in your area:


For art framing services in Birmingham head to:

Four Corners Gallery provides art, photo’s, and frames plus restoration services and they sell art.

There are over 1,000 moulding options to choose from at International Moulding and you can also get custom printing services done there.

Gallery Services from our art dealer list also does custom framing while Forstall Art Center, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Joann from our art supplies list also do framing.

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Have Fun Enjoying The Birmingham Art Scene

At the moment that is all we know about the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers that you may want to check out.

Those of you who stuck around this long might know a lot about the local art scene. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if you noticed anything incorrect.

We hope you enjoy your time at the best Birmingham, Alabama art galleries, museums, supply stores, or doing whatever else you plan to do with the info.

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This post and all of the posts on our site are edited by Dan Soloman who has been a huge fan of art since he was a little kid. His mother was a good local artist, and she taught him the trade from a very early age. He studied art and its history in both high school and college, has worked at multiple galleries, and recently has begun creating and editing online content for this site and some other online media platforms.


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