Alabama Biblical Arts Museum

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Gifts of Art

The Alabama Biblical Arts Museum houses a collection of masterpieces that highlight some of the Bible's most influential characters throughout history.  Seeking to complement and enhance the collection in these areas, the Museum looks to donors to help in its mission to present works of the highest quality.

All gifts of art must be formally accepted by the Board of Trustees for accession into the collection.  Gifts of art that become part of the permanent collection continue to reaffirm the Museum's distinction.

Outright Gifts

The Museum welcomes outright gifts of art that are in accord with the collection and adhere to the Museum's standards. Depending on the donor’s circumstances, an outright gift of art, if accepted, may entitle that donor to a current income tax deduction.  The Museum urges any donor considering a gift of art to consult with his or her tax adviser before making such a gift.

Promised Gifts

A donor who would like to give a work of art, but is not yet ready to part with it, may promise to give the work of art to the Museum at a future date. While the Board of Trustees’ acceptance of a promised gift does not entitle the donor to a current income tax deduction, it provides the assurance that the Museum will include the work in its collection whenever the donor chooses to give it.  If the gift is made by bequest, this assurance enables the donor to develop an estate plan knowing that the value of the work will not be included in the taxable estate.

Partial Gifts

In making partial gifts of art, the donor transfers a fraction of his or her entire interest in a work of art to the Museum with the promise to transfer the remaining fraction at a future date.  Recent changes in the federal tax law impose numerous conditions on partial gifts made after August 17, 2006, creating certain restrictions in making such gifts.  The Museum urges any donor considering a gift of partial interest in a work of art to consult with his or her tax adviser before making such a gift.

The Museum appreciates the generosity of donors who wish to make gifts of art.  Because the Museum does not deaccession works of art once they are accepted into the permanent collection, every donation must undergo a formal review process.  To begin that process, a high-quality photograph of the work must be submitted for a curator’s review.  In addition, biographical information about the artist, provenance documentation, and information on where the work has been exhibited must also be submitted.  If you wish to learn more about donating a work of art or to begin the review process, fill in the form below.