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  • Recently Retired Senior Registrar Melanie Harwood Reflects on Five Decades at the BMA

    When Melanie Harwood began volunteering at the BMA in 1972, she had no idea that she was embarking on a 50-year career at the Museum. She had just graduated with an art history degree from Wellesley College and had some experience working in an art gallery in Boston when she moved to Baltimore with her […]

    Staff | 02.27.2023
  • Five Most Loved Artworks at the BMA

    Hearts for Art returned this past Valentine’s Day weekend, and votes for the favorite artworks of 2023 have officially been counted. During this annual celebration, now in its tenth year at the BMA, visitors are invited to wander the galleries and leave paper hearts in front of the works they love the most. This year’s […]

    Staff | 02.23.2023
  • Joseph Education Center to Reopen in Fall 2023 with Hands-On Learning Experiences

    The transformation of the Patricia and Mark Joseph Education Center will include interactives, touchscreens, and technology to support learning activities that resonate with today’s students.  Since opening in October 2015, the BMA’s Joseph Education Center on the Museum’s first floor has welcomed thousands of visitors of all ages. Audiences have explored its thematic exhibition gallery, […]

    Staff | 02.06.2023
  • A Critical Moment in Inuit Art History

    The stone-cut prints[1] of Inuit hunting scenes—Searching for Seal Holes by Innukjuakju Pudlat and Kiakshuk’s Summer Caribou—stand out immediately in Artic Artistry, an exhibition of mostly small sculptures and functional objects by Greenlandic, Alaskan, and Inuit artists. Made in 1960, Searching for Seal Holes and Summer Caribou represent a key moment in Inuit art history […]

    | 11.29.2022
  • Look at the Hands of the People — The Work of Valerie Maynard

    Bill Gaskins’ poignant reflection on Valerie Maynard’s six-decade career first appeared in the 2020 exhibition catalog, Lost and Found, published by the BMA on the occasion of the artist’s retrospective at the Museum. Maynard, an inimitable artist and mentor who called Baltimore home for the past twenty years passed away on September 19, 2022. This […]

    Bill Gaskins | 10.03.2022
  • Maryland’s Tobacco-Scented Past Emerges in Beatrice Glow: Once the Smoke Clears

    In the BMA exhibition Beatrice Glow: Once the Smoke Clears, multimedia artist Beatrice Glow centers the smell of tobacco, creating artworks across various media that reflect upon the ties between scent, memory, and emotion. Her multisensory works offer aromatic cultural histories of plants, places, and perfumes. Smell is all but absent in the creation of […]

    Colleen Kennedy | 09.19.2022
  • BMA Partners with the National Museum of Women in the Arts

    Through the summer of 2023, the BMA is displaying ten works from the National Museum of Women in the Art’s (NMWA) permanent collection while NMWA renovates its building in Washington, DC. The current interpolation of NMWA’s holdings into the BMA galleries shows the important intervention of correcting art histories, building upon recent successful initiatives by […]

    Colleen Kennedy | 07.20.2022
  • The Experiment Realized, What Happens Next?

    In the final days of the groundbreaking exhibition Guarding the Art, curator and Museum guard Rob Kempton offers an analysis of what it has meant to serve as a curator and how it has—at least for now—changed the relationship between guard and visitor at the BMA. Since its opening in March, I have watched visitors […]

    Rob Kempton | 07.06.2022
  • Drawn To: Charles Mason III Reflects on Sister Lu by Mark di Suvero

    Mark di Suvero’s Sister Lu sits at the top of an incline in the BMA’s Ryda and Robert H. Levi Sculpture Garden. It’s a kinetic sculpture made with repurposed steel parts painted matte black. Railroad ties and metal beams collide, balancing the weight of a central sphere, accented in electric blue. Sister Lu is a […]

    Andrea Boston | 11.30.2021
  • Baltimore History Figures Prominently in New Center for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

    This winter, as you step into the Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, look up at the stone archway to see figures of the past welcoming a new present. Sculpted by Giuseppe Franzoni (b. Italy, 1775–1815), the stone archway features the Roman deities Mercury and Ceres and […]

    Staff | 11.30.2021

Recently Retired Senior Registrar Melanie Harwood Reflects on Five Decades at the BMA

Five Most Loved Artworks at the BMA

Joseph Education Center to Reopen in Fall 2023 with Hands-On Learning Experiences