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July 31, 2009

BMA names new curator for contemporary collections

The Baltimore Museum of Art has a new curator for its collection of contemporary paintings and sculptures. Kirsten Hineman, 36, who currently is associate curator for the Smithsonian Institute's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, begins her new job in Baltimore on Nov. 2. She's replacing Darcy Alexander, the BMA's former curator of contemporary art, who resigned earlier this year to accept the top arts curating job at Minneapolis' Walker Art Center. In announcing the appointment, the Art Museum's director, Doreen Bolger, praised Hineman's "experience working with artists on collaborative projects and familiarity with Baltimore's cultural community." Hineman, a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, has worked at the Hirshhorn for the past eight years. She also has taught at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and at George Washington University. Her first project will be coordinating the Baltimore visit of a national touring show on Andy Warhol's later paintings, scheduled to open locally in October 2010.

Mary Carole McCauley

Evangelical Lutheran bishop says he'll retire in October

The Rev. H. Gerard "Jerry" Knoche, bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2000, is retiring in October, three years before his second term was to have expired. In a letter presented to the Synod Council at their July meeting, Knoche said health issues over the past two years, including the need for a double knee replacement in the near future, led him to the decision. "The synod needs a bishop who does not have to devote so much time to self-care when there is so much synodical work to be done," Knoche said in the letter. In a statement, Synod Council Vice President Yolanda Tanner expressed "sincere sadness" at the bishop's retirement, but said the council will "respect and honor his decision to address his health concerns at this time." The council said it will likely replace Knoche with an interim bishop until a new bishop can be elected at a special meeting in January.

- Sun staff report

Baltimore County gets stimulus funds for bonds

Baltimore County has received $48.8 million in federal stimulus funds that will enable its Office of Economic Development to issue recovery zone facility bonds to area businesses. Priority projects will be those in the county's commercial revitalization areas and those that generate more jobs, officials said. The funds can be used for the purchase and renovation of real estate or purchase of new equipment. Applications must include a pre-concept plan for county agencies to review. Information: or 410-887-8000.

- Mary Gail Hare

Baltimore Co. Visitor Center gets new home in Towson

The Baltimore County Visitor Center has moved to its new home in downtown Towson. The agency shares rent-free space in the historic Jenifer Building at 44 W. Chesapeake Ave. with the Towson Chamber of Commerce, which recently purchased and renovated the offices. Visitors, meeting planners and residents looking to explore the county's hotels, restaurants and attractions can find information at the center, which also provides maps and can customize itineraries for families or group tours. The county's tourism office had previously maintained a location on the ground floor of Towson Town Center, but the mall space rarely drew more than 75 people a month and cost $12,000 a year to lease. The hours for the Baltimore County Visitor Center are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Friday.

-Mary Gail Hare

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