The Baltimore Museum of Art

Behind the Scenes

May 10, 1998

Mission: To enhance and preserve a permanent collection of more than 85,000 objects, ranging from ancient mosaics to contemporary art. At its heart is the Cone Collection of modern art. Also part of the collection are the famous Lucas prints and drawings, Dalsheimer photography collection, the Levi sculptures and the Scott collection of American period furniture.

Latest accomplishments: "A Grand Design: The Art of th Victoria and Albert Museum," a highly acclaimed exhibition of world art from the London museum that attracted 155,000 visitors, making it the BMA's third-highest-attended exhibition, from October 1997 through January 1998.

On the horizon: Opening Oct. 4, 45 works including sculptures oil paintings, pastels, drawings, monotypes, lithographs and etchings by the French impressionist Edgar Degas. "Degas and the Little Dancer," running through Jan. 3, will focus on the evolution of the celebrated "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen" sculpture.

About the BMA: Membership: 9,187 households. Attendance: 317,090 annually. Operating budget: $9 million. Endowment: $59.7 million.

Where and when: Art Museum Drive, Baltimore. Hours: 11 a.m. t p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. 410-396-7100.

Anthony W. Deering, chairman of the BMA's board of trustees on the future: "The BMA is deeply committed to diversifying and expanding our audience. We are developing closer ties to other arts organizations and institutions, as well as seeking ways to involve the many talented artists in our midst in the museum's exhibitions and programs."

Members of the board

Anthony W. Deering Marcellus

Alexander

Robert B. Barnhill Jr.

Raymond V. Bartlett

Douglas L. Becker

Karen Bond

William R. Brody

Eddie C. Brown

Francis Burch

Stephen A. Burch

Constance R. Caplan

Suzanne F. Cohen

Stiles T. Colwill

Margaret Cook

William Couper

James Dale

Richard C. Donkervoet

Chad R. Dreier

Janet E. Dunn

Robert N. Elkins

Barrett W. Freedlander

Susan Ganz

Steve Geppi

Sandra Levi Gerstung

Jody H. Grass

Katherine M. Hardiman

Alfred Himmelrich

Barbara Hoffman

Catherine L. Hughes

Donna L. Jacobs

Richard Lansburgh

Lainy Lebow-Sachs

Jeffrey A. Legum

Lawrence M. Macks

Lindsay Marshall

Elinor McLaren

Charles W. Newhall III

John J. Oliver Jr.

Earl Richardson

William F. Rienhoff IV

Norman Rocklin

Abraham Rosenthal

Thomas Schweizer Jr.

Dennis J. Shaughnessy

Elaine Snyder

Andrew Stern

Edward A. Taber III

Ellen Wasserman

Stephen F. Wood

Ellen L. Zamoiski

Pub Date: 5/10/98

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