Mobile Museum of Art

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Mobile Museum of Art
Mobile Museum of Art by Highsmith.jpg
Established 1963
Location 4850 Museum Drive
Mobile, Alabama, USA
Coordinates 30°42′13″N 088°09′19″W / 30.70361°N 88.15528°W / 30.70361; -88.15528
Type Art
Director Deborah Velders
Curator Dr. Paul Richelson, Donan Klooz, Kurtis Thomas

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.[1]


The museum was founded in 1963 by the Mobile Art Association.[1] The Mobile Museum of Art serves as the art museum of Mobile and the South Alabama area.[2] 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).[2] The museum is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums program.


View of the Mobile Museum of Art from Langan Park

The museum hosts permanent and traveling collections. The permanent collections consist of the African and Asian Collection, the Altmayer American Gallery Collection, the Katharine C. Cochrane Gallery of American Fine Art Collection, the Maisel European Gallery Collection, the Riddick Glass Collection, and the Smith Crafts Collection.[3] The African and Asian Collection contains selections of works by African, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Turkish artists.[3] The Altmayer American Gallery features sculpture from the exhibition "The American Way" and 19th-century paintings.[3] The Katharine C. Cochrane Gallery of American Fine Art contains American paintings, sculpture and furniture from the 19th century through contemporary art.[3] The Maisel European Gallery contains a broad overview of European paintings, prints, sculpture, and decorative arts.[3] The Riddick Glass Collection features artworks of contemporary glass.[3] The Smith Crafts Collection features a selection of works from the 19th and 20th centuries in ceramics, glass, silver and wood.[3] 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.


  1. ^ a b "Membership Opportunities". "Mobile Museum of Art". Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Cultural & Civic Development: Mobile Museum of Art". "City of Mobile". Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Permanent Collections". "Mobile Museum of Art". Archived from the original on 2007-09-22. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 

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