Museums receive grants for conservation


September 04, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Gallery are among five Maryland museums to receive grants from the

Institute of Museum Services to aid with their collection conservation projects.

The Baltimore Museum of Art received $25,000 to upgrade storage facilities in its soon-to-be-expanded prints, drawings and photographs vault.

The Walters Art Gallery received $21,450 to treat 59 important and actively deteriorating portrait miniatures.

Historic Annapolis in Annapolis received $12,213 to conduct a general conservation survey of the museum's cultural artifact collection.

The Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in St. Leonard received $25,000 to conserve a 1920 Frick steam traction engine, the museum's most visually impressive agricultural artifact.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels received $8,859 for a survey of the museum's photographic and paper collections and to buy, install and gather information from eight hygrothermographs, devices that measure temperature and humidity.

Established by Congress in 1976, the Institute of Museum Services is an independent federal agency that provides assistance for operations and conservation activities at natural-history, art, history and children's museums; zoos; nature centers; science and technology centers; botanical gardens and arboretums, and planetariums.


TC Artisans, photographers and crafts people can apply to exhibit their work at the 12th annual Towson Art Fest, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 on the grounds and streets surrounding the Towson Court House. The festival is also accepting applications for a student art competition open to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. For details, call (410) 828-8629.


The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Choral Society invites interested singers to the society's opening rehearsal-reception at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 20 in the East Wing Auditorium of the School of Hygiene and Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe St. No auditions are required. This year, the choral society will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Faure's Requiem. For details, call (410) 955-3363.


* Arion Gesangverein, Baltimore's historic German chorale, will hold auditions for its 1994-1995 concert season from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Zion Lutheran Church on Baltimore's City Hall Plaza. The group's repertoire includes classical and traditional folk songs performed in German. German language background helpful but not necessary. Rehearsals are from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays. For details and to make an appointment, call Robyn Stevens-Woodle at (410) 247-3081.

* Singers are invited to audition for the Jewish Community Center Chorale, directed by Vladimir Svoysky, from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 11 at the Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. The chorale will perform a wide variety of music, from classical to pops. The ability to read music is not a requirement. For details, call Claudine Davison at (410) 542-4900, Ext. 239.

* Auditions for the Towson State University/Community Orchestra, under the direction of Cyrus Ginwala, are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 12 and from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in TSU's Fine Arts Concert Hall, Osler and Cross Campus drives. For information and to schedule an audition, call (410) 830-2839.

* Auditions for the Morgan State University Civic Choir, directed by Nathan Carter, will be held through September at Morgan State University. Openings are available in all voice sections. Those participating do not have to be enrolled at Morgan State University, but they should be high school graduates and have singing experience. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings. For details and to schedule an appointment, call (410) 319-3286.

* The Rep Stage Company will hold auditions for John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. next Sunday in the Smith Theatre of Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Actors should come to the theater an hour before each audition session in order to sign up for a slot. Auditions will consist of readings from the script only. The November production, directed by Bill Graham, calls for men and women ages 18 to 55. For details, call (410) 964-4940.

* F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre is looking for adult actors available for occasional daytime performances during the school year. Auditions are by appointment only. For details, call (410) 321-6595.

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