Mission: To exhibit the work of students attending the Baltimore School for the Arts and to provide exhibition space for professional artists. The gallery usually features five exhibitions annually - four for students, and one for outside artists. The public high school, located in the former Alcazar Hotel, was founded in 1980 to provide pre-professional training in the arts for city students in addition to academic courses. Other disciplines offered at the school include instrumental music, vocals, dance, drama and stage production.
Latest accomplishment: The gallery was completed renovate within the last year, including new hardwood floors, a state-of-the-art lighting system, and wall resurfacing. Renovations were funded by a state grant.
On the horizon: Presented in collaboration with Baltimor Clayworks and Latino Outreach, "Ceramica Puertorriquena Hoy/Today," an exhibition of about 50 works by 22 Puerto Rican ceramic artists. The show, which features free-standing pieces, functional work and wall pieces in various sizes, opens with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and runs through Dec. 20. And Jan. 8 through March 12, "Winter Celebration," the first juried student exhibition of the school year, will include work by -- students from all levels and classes.
About the gallery: Attendance: 5,000 annually. Operatin budget: $5,000.
Where and when:
712 Cathedral St., with entrance on Madison Street. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment Saturday. Also open during performances.
Donald N. Rothman, chairman of the board of overseers: "I hav always been interested in public schools, and I find it thrilling what goes on at the Baltimore School for the Arts. It's a role model. ... The students' academic accomplishments are excellent, and the training they receive in the arts is magnificent. The gallery provides a venue for students' work. ... Exhibitions are a real experience for them to have work juried by professionals and viewed by the public."
Members of the board
Samuel G. Gorn
Daniel P. Henson III
Susan B. Katzenberg
Dr. Leslie King-Hammond
Stanley E. Romanstein
Clair Zamoiski Segal