Mobile Museum of Art facts for kids
|Location||4850 Museum Drive
Mobile, Alabama, USA
The Mobile Museum of Art is an art museum located in Mobile, Alabama. It features extensive art collections from the Southern United States, the Americas, Europe, and non-western art. The museum is host to exhibition programs which range from historical to contemporary, and features an array of diverse educational programs.
The museum was founded in 1963 by the Mobile Art Association. The Mobile Museum of Art serves as the art museum of Mobile and the South Alabama area. The museum is located in the city owned Langan Park and in 2002 underwent a $15 million expansion, designed by The Architects Group of Mobile, to triple its size to 95,000 square feet (8,826 m2). The museum is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums program.
The museum hosts permanent and traveling collections. The permanent collections consist of the Altmayer Gallery of African Masks and Masquerades, the Mary and Charles Rodning Gallery of Asian Art, the Katharine C. Cochrane Gallery of American Art Collection, the Maisel Gallery of European Art, the Riddick Glass Collection, and the Lowell Friedman Gallery of Children in Art. The African Collection features masks, sculpture, and other ritual and art objects from various African countries. The Asian Collection contains selections of works ranging from ancient Chinese bronzes and ceramics to early 20th century works. The American Gallery features furniture, sculpture and paintings dating primarily from 1776 onwards. The European Gallery contains a broad overview of European paintings, prints, sculpture, and decorative arts. The Glass Collection ranges from ancient Roman glasswork to contemporary art glass. The Children in Art Collection features seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth century portraits of children and young people.
From the museum’s early years many of its most notable acquisitions were made possible through proceeds from the Annual Outdoor Arts and Crafts Fair, cosponsored by the Art Patrons League and the Mobile Museum of Art. It was the Art Patrons League that through many years envisioned and supported the creation of a contemporary crafts collection. In more recent years it is primarily the gifts of generous collectors that have built upon this legacy and helped transform the collection. In 2001 while the new facility was under construction, Elise Haverty and Dr. J. Rhodes Haverty of Atlanta made their first gift of contemporary glass. International in its scope, their gift now consists of over 183 pieces.