Walters receives $840,000 in grants

Arts Notes

January 04, 1998|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Walters Art Gallery has received four grants, totaling $840,000, from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Getty Grant Program and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

The grants are earmarked to support ancient and medieval art collections at the Walters.

"While public funding for the arts continues to be the subject of much scrutiny, these resources are invaluable for the Walters to uphold its vital role in the national cultural community," said Walters director Gary Vikan.

"Substantial support from the NEH and NEA, both U.S. federal agencies, makes possible not only important projects and landmark exhibitions like the upcoming 'Masters of Light: Dutch Painters in Utrecht During the Golden Age,' but also provides leverage and visibility for the museum that enable us to obtain valuable financial support from the private sector," he said.

The bulk of the money, a 4-to-1 matching grant of $600,000, came from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support renovation of ancient-art galleries and an endowed curatorship in ancient art.

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded $75,000 to support documentation, conservation and analysis of the Walters Egyptian art collection.

The Getty Grant Program allotted $115,000 to help fund cataloging of the Egyptian art collection.

And $50,000 from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation will go toward research of the medieval art collection.

Acting workshop

The Performance Workshop Theatre Company will conduct an acting workshop for young people, ages 13-18, from 4 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 14.

The 15-hour, 10-session class is limited to 10 participants and offers instruction in speech and movement, theater games, monologues and scene study.

Tuition for the workshop is $150. Call 410-659-7830.

Towson's McCoy selected

Towson University Orchestra director Mark Allen McCoy is the only American selected as one of six finalists for the Arturo Toscanini International Competition for Conductors in Parma, Italy. The competition is held every other year in conjunction with the Arturo Toscanini Foundation and the Orchestra Sinfonica dell'Emilia Romagna.

McCoy received an honorable mention certificate and medal in the finals of the 1997 Tokyo International Conducting Competition.

McCoy is also music director and conductor of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra in Annapolis.

Residency for singers

The Baltimore Opera Company has established the Baltimore Opera Studio, a residency program for talented young singers. Acceptance into the program will be determined by the 33rd Vocal Competition for North American Operatic Artists.

"Young artists are the future of the art form, and it is our duty to further their careers in the rich tradition of the Baltimore Opera Company," says Michael Harrison, the opera company's general director.

After a history of awarding cash, contract support and scholarships, the Vocal Competition will now be dedicated to identifying the young artists who will take part in the residency. Preliminary auditions will be held in San Francisco May 12, in Chicago May 14 and in Baltimore June 4. The finals will be June 6 at the Peabody Conservatory.

Winners will be awarded acceptance into the Baltimore Opera Studio. The young artists will attend courses in vocal interpretation, diction and language, movement, acting and career guidance. Courses will be led by the staff and guest artists of the Baltimore Opera Company. Young artists will participate in master classes with internationally recognized artists and production personnel appearing in Baltimore Opera productions. The residency concludes with a formal concert in May 1999.

The deadline for application is March 1. For application requests and inquiries, call 410-625-1600.

Televised art

There's still time to enter WJZ-TV's second annual "On Time Art Competition," which gives area artists a chance to have their work shown on television. Eight winners will have works showcased for a month on the set of the WJZ-TV public affairs show "On Time."

Deadline for the contest, which is staged in conjunction with ArtShow International, is Wednesday. Hanging art and sculptures suitable for a family audience will be accepted, although there are weight and height restrictions. For applications and information, call ArtShow International at 410-332-7311.

Auditions

Millennium Theatre Company. Two one-act plays, "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" by Tennessee Williams and "The Well of the Saints" by John Millington Synge. 7 p.m. today at Cuppers, 1319 Bedford Ave. in Pikesville. Needed are six men and six women of various ages. Technical positions also available. Call 410-494-8496.

Covered Bridge Theatre Company. "Inherit the Wind." 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Cecil Community College Cultural Center, 1000 N. East Road, North East. Needed are actors for the roles of two lawyers, the defendant, the newspaper reporter and the town reverend. Also needed are male and female actors for other character roles and adult and child extras to play the townspeople. Call 410-287-1023.

Pasadena Theatre Company. "Little Shop of Horrors." 7: 30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Our Lady of the Fields Church, Cecil Avenue, Millersville. Needed is a multiracial cast of eight principal roles -- four men and four women -- and various chorus members. Call 410-440-0764 or 410-969-1801.

Bowie Community Theatre. "Harvey." 7: 30 p.m.-9: 30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Bowie Playhouse, Whitemarsh Park, Route 3. Cold readings from the script. Needed are five women, ages 20-45, and six men, ages 25-60. Call 301-577-9047.

Pub Date: 1/04/98

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