On this day in Alabama history: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts redefined focus

On this day in Alabama history: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts redefined focus
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Art is Alabama's oldest art museum, founded by a group of artists in downtown Montgomery in 1930. The museum now shares Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in east Montgomery and holds more than 4,000 works of art in its collection. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

May 16, 1990

The board of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts adopted a new acquisitions policy that defined the focus of its collection as American art, Old Master prints and works from artists in Alabama and the Southeast. According to the policy, “the quality of the work” and the “relationship to the existing collections” would be the most important criteria for adding new pieces to the museum collection. The museum was founded in 1930 and originally featured art by Alabama artists and works related to the state. In the years since the current policy was adopted, the museum has added major collections of Old Master prints and American art, among other works. Accessibility has been improved as well, the result of incorporating digital technologies.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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