Huntsville, Ala. – The Huntsville Museum of Art will offer free admission to all guests on Tuesday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum invites the public to view its current exhibitions, including American Identity, Encounters: Courtney Egan, The Artist Abroad and Beyond the Lens: The Art of the Mysterious.

In addition to viewing the art exhibitions, guests can enjoy live music and summer shopping during their visit. Constellation Brass will perform in the Shields Gallery at 2 p.m. The Museum Store will be open all day for visitors to shop for summer essentials and exhibition souvenirs.

American Identity is on display in the Chan gallery. The exhibition features over 30 traditional, symbolic and groundbreaking portraits from the Huntsville Museum of Art’s permanent collection. This timely exhibition examines the history of portraiture from the early 19th century to today, posing provocative questions about the very nature of likeness, identity, and representation.

Encounters: Courtney Egan, on display in the Grisham gallery, highlights the work of New Orleans artist Courtney Egan. Egan digitally manipulates the natural world, questioning how our perception of nature is augmented by technology. She creates animated collages that converge on walls, floors and sculptural elements. Her botanical projections, two of which are interactive, are inspired by the growing frequency of human exposure to nature via computers or television.

Beyond the Lens: The Art of the Mysterious, located in the Guild gallery, is the Huntsville Photographic Society’s annual showcase. This year, the photographs were juried around the theme of mystery. The exhibition features over 45 images by 24 photographers. Huntsville Photographic Society members also have photographs included in The Artist Abroad, an exhibition of a variety of artworks from the Museum’s collection by American artists who traveled throughout Europe, North Africa, and beyond during the 19th century. The contemporary photographs complement the older artworks by representing notions of modern-day tourism. The Artist Abroad is on display in the Adtran, Jurenko and Thurber galleries.

“I always enjoy seeing so many friends and families touring the galleries, shopping at the Museum Store and enjoying a slice of pizza at Pane e Vino on Independence Day weekend,” said HMA Executive Director Christopher Madkour. “We appreciate all support from the residents of Huntsville, and this is our opportunity to show our gratitude.”

Museum docents will be available throughout the galleries to answer questions and provide insight into these exquisite works of art on display. More information about the Museum and the current exhibitions can be found at