Art Sparks

The redesigned Art Sparks is our interactive gallery for all ages. Fifteen hands-on learning stations help adults and children connect with art and with each other. We hope that by exploring and engaging with Art Sparks’ dynamic exhibits, visitors of all ages will see art in our galleries in a whole new way. Art Sparks is open the same hours as the Museum and is included with general admission. 


The space is divided into three sections that focus on noticing, making, and talking about art.
Noticing: Visitors are introduced to different ways of seeing the world around them. The exhibits and activities focus on light and color activities, pattern, and composition.

Talking: Visitors are encouraged to share their perspectives about art from the collection. Exhibits help visitors develop the vocabulary to discuss art and also gain a visual familiarity with the collection.

Making: Visitors can take what they have learned and experience the process of creative expression. Activities change every few weeks.


Also included in Art Sparks are two additional spaces:
Planet Preschool helps our youngest visitors aged two to five and their care providers discover, explore, imagine and create together. Visit the Preschool Programs page for more information about preschool tours and additional programs.

Prototype Lab is a staff-run space that allows us to test out new ideas and offer additional workshop opportunities. Check the calendar or see below to learn about upcoming programs.


Art Lab
Flex your creative muscles and get innovative in Art Lab! Participants will explore materials and tinker to creatively solve artistic challenges. Drop into the Prototype Lab in Art Sparks from 1 to 3 pm the second Saturday of every month for a new challenge. No registration necessary.
July 8 Challenge: Create a 2D or 3D portrait that celebrates your heritage. In this self-portrait, include representations of an influential person in your life.
August 12 Challenge: Southern Accent is exhibition themed around the idea of place. Create a 3D map of where you are from using the materials provided.
September 9 Challenge: Quilting is one way that communities come together in the South and across the country. Create a fabric sculpture that represents your community using the materials provided.


Questions about Art Sparks? Contact Taylor Bothwell at


For information about group visits and tours, please visit our Tours page.