Jan Howard leaves BMA for R.I.

Art: The curator moves to Rhode Island School of Design.

January 25, 2000|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,SUN ART CRITIC

Jan Howard, a curator in the department of prints, drawings and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art, will leave her post here Jan. 31 to take a new job as head of the department of prints, drawings and photographs at the museum of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

"I'll have more opportunities to work with contemporary artists, which is what I love most about my job," Howard said. "I have had a great experience here at the BMA, but I am looking forward to working in a university environment and to the new challenges that it will present. I think it will be a lot of fun to work with the art students at RISD."

Howard, who came to the BMA in 1985, helped organize several nationally acclaimed shows during her tenure here, including exhibitions by contemporary artists Laurie Simmons and Roni Horn.

Howard also founded the Contemporary Print Fair at the BMA, an annual exhibit and sale of contemporary prints by art dealers from around the country. Proceeds from the print sale are used to purchase contemporary photographs, prints and drawings for the museum's collection.

Before coming to the BMA, Howard was a National Endowment for the Arts intern in the department of prints, drawings and photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She was also a member of the curatorial staff of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, where she received both bachelor's and master's degrees in the history of art.

New MAP trustee president

Maryland Art Place director Jack Rasmussen announced earlier this month the election of Karen Bokram as president of MAP's board of trustees.

Bokram replaces Suzi Cordish, who served as board president from 1994 to 1999. Cordish will remain on the board in an advisory role through the first year of Bokram's presidency.

Bokram is publisher and founding editor of Girls' Life Magazine, which she started six years ago and which is now the No. 1 magazine for girls ages 10 to 15. The publication reaches more than 3 million girls every issue. Bokram is also the creator of the Girls' Life Web site, www.girlslife.com, which attracts 1 million visits monthly.

Maryland Art Place is a non-profit center for contemporary art established in 1982 to nurture and promote public understanding of contemporary art.

Virginia director leaving

Katherine Lee, director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, has resigned her position in Richmond in order to run the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Lee replaces Robert P. Bergman, who served as the museum's director from 1993 until his death last year. Before going to Cleveland, Bergman was director of the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore from 1981 to 1993.

As director of the Cleveland Museum, Lee will head one of the Top 10 museums in the country. Her father, Sherman Lee, was director of the Cleveland Museum from 1958 to 1983.

Three-person show at Gomez

Gomez Gallery presents a three-person show of paintings, photographs and multimedia collage starting Jan. 29.

Painter Nancy Scheinman's still lifes of laundry, fruit, vessels and flowers are mysterious, enigmatic expressions of women's identity. Photographer Dan Anton explores the psychological boundaries between the real and the imagined. Collage-maker Carmen Robb's intricate pieces reinterpret neoclassical images to give a contemporary twist to Renaissance and Baroque themes.

There will be a reception for the artists Feb. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Gomez Gallery is at 3600 Clipper Mill Road in Baltimore. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Call 410-662-9510

Luminous Rosenberg exhibit

The Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College presents works by Katherine Kavanaugh and Carol Miller Frost running todaythrough March 2.

The exhibit is entitled "Luminosity in Space," and Kavanaugh and Frost's deceptively simple images are actually sophisticated visual metaphors that explore the spatial and temporal relationships that make up the physical world.

Cuban photograph exhibit

C. Grimaldis Gallery presents the work of two important Cuban photographers, Alberto Diaz Korda and Jose Alberto Figueroa, starting Feb. 2.

Korda's pictures of Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara, taken during the 1950s and '60s, when he was the official photographer of the revolution, represent the romance of an era in which the two men were idolized by millions. Korda's famous image of Guevara in a starred beret gazing upward with piercing eyes and flowing hair is considered one of the most famous photographs in the world and an icon of the 20th century. Figueroa, who worked as a studio assistant for Korda before becoming a photojournalist for the magazine Cuba Internacional in 1969, documents contemporary life in Havana.

In conjunction with the show, Korda will present a lecture at the Maryland Institute, College of Art Feb. 4 at 7: 30 p.m. in the Mount Royal Station Auditorium. For information about the lecture call Eleanor Lewis at 410-225-2290.

The C. Grimaldis Gallery is at 523 N. Charles St. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5: 30 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Call 410-539-1080.

Pinhole-camera workshop

School 33 Art Center and the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture will present a free pinhole camera workshop for middle-school children Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The workshop will be led by Baltimore photographer Ken Royster, who will teach the children how to assemble and use a pinhole camera and take pictures of small objects they will bring to the class. To register for the workshop or for more information call School 33 at 410-396-4641, Tuesday-Saturday, 8: 30 a.m.-4: 30 p.m. School 33 Art Center is at 1427 Light St., eight blocks south of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

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