The Carrie Hill Collection
Spring 2001, Issue 60 , Article Abstracts and Supplements
The Birmingham Museum of Art: A Civilizing Spirit
by Vicki Ingham
How does a rough-and-tumble mercantile town polish off its edges and get a little refinement? If you're Birmingham, Alabama in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, you cultivate a nascent appreciation of the arts and open yourself a museum, with the help of what one writer erroneously termed a "group of little old ladies." In the Spring 2001 issue of Alabama Heritage, Vicki Ingham tells the story of the formation of the Birmingham Art Club (later the Birmingham Art Association), which consisted largely of a group of energetic and highly cultured Birmingham women, all of them former art students themselves, who ushered in an appreciation for the fine and decorative arts in the so-called Magic City. Later, these very same women were the catalysts for the development and construction of a new museum. Now, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, the Birmingham Museum of Art enjoys a reputation as one of the finest regional museums in the country.
NOTE: Vicki Ingham also had an article in: American Art Review, “Women Artists of Birmingham 1890-1950,” Vol. XVI, No. 5, Sept-Oct 2004, pp 134-139.
In that volume:
Martha R. Severens – Waterworks: 150 Years of Watercolor