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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
Gary Vikan, who has been a dynamic force at the helm of the Walters Art Museum for 18 years, will leave the post of director in June 2013, or when his successor is in place. "I really made the decision in November 2008, when I was 62," Vikan said, "but that's when the stock market was plummeting. So I picked 65. " The museum weathered the economic downturn successfully, thanks to Vikan's leadership, said Walters board chairman Douglas Hamilton Jr. "Gary has carried us through the economic downturn," he said.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2013
On her first official day of work, Julia Marciari-Alexander heads down to the basement of the Walters Art Museum to say hello to a room full of squirmy 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds attending summer camp. A girl with curly, brown hair looks up from the strand of wire she's twisting with a pair of pliers to form the framework of a small animal. "What does a museum director do?," she asks Marciari-Alexander. All of Baltimore's arts community is waiting to find out how the Walters' new leader will answer that question.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | January 27, 1993
The director of the Baltimore Museum of Art asked the commissioners yesterday for "some county support for museum activities."A random survey of museum patrons in 1992 indicated 8,500 Carroll residents attended events at the north Baltimore museum. That doesn't include students and teachers on field trips or Commissioners Elmer C. Lippy and Donald I. Dell, who also visited last year."Man does not live by bread alone," Mr. Lippy said. "Without culture, we die."Culture carries a price, Arnold Lehman, museum director, said.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of occasional features on prominent local residents and the possessions they treasure. You can get a pretty good idea of someone's journey through life by looking at the objects with which he surrounds himself. For Gary Vikan, who stepped down this spring as the director of the Walters Art Museum , those objects include a pair of tickets to Woodstock, a piece of the gate guarding Graceland, a collection of Russian icons and a miniature replica of the Shroud of Turin.
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By Staff Report | December 8, 1992
Leslie Cheek Jr., who began a career as an innovative museum director at the Baltimore Museum of Art and then spent 20 years at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, died Sunday at his home in Richmond after a stroke.A memorial service for Mr. Cheek, who was 84, will be conducted at noon tomorrow at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond.He served as director of the Virginia museum from 1948 until his retirement in 1968.When Mr. Cheek became director of the Baltimore Museum of Art in September 1939, he was an instructor at the College of William and Mary in Virginia who had started the fine arts department there but was without experience in museum administration.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN REPORTER | February 10, 2006
Sandy Bellamy, executive director of Baltimore's seven-month-old Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, is leaving next month to become a partner in a private business venture. "It's just been totally fulfilling," she said yesterday of her stint as head of the $34 million museum, which opened with great fanfare in June at Pratt and President streets. "We've had wonderful people who have literally entrusted us with their lives' treasures, with financial contributions, with their labor."
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN STAFF | June 2, 2002
The executive director of the Contemporary Museum will step down in September, as the Baltimore institution that has struggled to build an audience and financial support begins a transformation aimed at broadening its appeal and strengthening community ties. Gary Sangster, who has headed the museum since 1996, will stay two months beyond the end of his contract, which expires this month, museum trustees announced yesterday. "We are thrilled to have this opportunity to determine the best strategy for the Contemporary's future," said Steve Ziger, board president.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Art Critic | June 29, 1993
Michael P. Mezzatesta, director of the Duke University Museum of Art in Durham, N.C., will be named the director of the Walters Art Gallery in a news conference at City Hall this afternoon. He is expected to assume the post in November.The announcement will end the nine-month search for the gallery's fifth director since it opened to the public in 1934. Last September, the director, Robert P. Bergman, announced that he had accepted the director's position at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Mr. Bergman left the Walters last month.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2013
On her first official day of work, Julia Marciari-Alexander heads down to the basement of the Walters Art Museum to say hello to a room full of squirmy 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds attending summer camp. A girl with curly, brown hair looks up from the strand of wire she's twisting with a pair of pliers to form the framework of a small animal. "What does a museum director do?," she asks Marciari-Alexander. All of Baltimore's arts community is waiting to find out how the Walters' new leader will answer that question.
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May 22, 2007
JOHN A.H. SWEENEY, 77 Winterthur Museum curator Mr. Sweeney, curator emeritus and former assistant to the director of Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, died Thursday in Wilmington, Del., according to his sister-in-law. Mr. Sweeney helped turn Henry Francis du Pont's collection of American decorative arts into a world-class museum exhibit, said Leslie Greene Bowman, museum director and chief executive officer. Mr. Sweeney attended Yale University, continued his education in the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and joined the museum staff as assistant curator after graduation in 1954.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
On the job a little more than a week, Alicia Estrada hasn't settled into her new digs at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. But she has begun evaluating its programs as she looks to the future of the former oyster plant. "I'm just trying to get my head around everything," said Estrada, the museum's new executive director. She'll get the official schoolchildren's tour of the waterfront museum in coming days, she said. The museum tells the story of the Chesapeake Bay through exhibits, lectures and entertainment — and, in the process, teaches about the maritime heritage of the Annapolis area.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2012
Jeff Holland, executive director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, said Friday that he is leaving to re-start his public relations and consulting business. "I have made my dreams for the museum come true," he said in an email. Among the museum's signature features are core exhibit, Oysters on the Half Shell, and concerts, educational programs and art exhibits. Holland started as a volunteer with the waterfront museum in 1996, took it on as public relations client and became its executive director in 2005.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
Gary Vikan, who has been a dynamic force at the helm of the Walters Art Museum for 18 years, will leave the post of director in June 2013, or when his successor is in place. "I really made the decision in November 2008, when I was 62," Vikan said, "but that's when the stock market was plummeting. So I picked 65. " The museum weathered the economic downturn successfully, thanks to Vikan's leadership, said Walters board chairman Douglas Hamilton Jr. "Gary has carried us through the economic downturn," he said.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2011
A quilt made by a prominent African-American textile artist and teacher was stolen during a burglary this month from the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Oella, where it was on loan. The red-and-gold quilt owned by Joan M.E. Gaither, a former professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art , was missing after a break-in at the museum overnight on Dec. 19, Baltimore County police said. The burglar or burglars broke through a glass pane in a back door and threw a television, picture frame and a few items from the gift shop onto the floor.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2011
A 12-foot-long white banner with black letters has been suction-cupped to the first-floor windows of the former Craig Flinner art gallery at Charles and Centre streets. It reads: "Future home of the Contemporary Museum . Opening January, 2012. " At least, that's the plan. In fact, the date for the grand reopening is something of a moving target. At the moment, Sue Spaid, the Contemporary's executive director, doesn't have a signed lease. The museum's furniture and most of its documents are in storage.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2011
When Sue Spaid started her job as the Contemporary Museum 's executive director in November, she said she wouldn't be offering "an easy art experience. " But she didn't say it couldn't be fun, or even funny. And that's the point of her first show at the museum: "LOL: A Decade of Antic Art. " It's hard to predict if people will actually laugh at loud (let alone ROFL), but Spaid has assembled an exhibit that is bound to prompt plenty of discussion. "The idea has been brewing in my head for a long time," the director said this week, in between answering phones and lending a hand with assistants who were getting the works onto the walls.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2010
Contemporary Museum director Irene Hofmann is leaving Baltimore for Santa Fe, N.M., officials announced Friday. Hofmann, who guided the Mount Vernon museum's eclectic programming for 4 1/2 years, will become the director and chief curator of the arts museum SITE Santa Fe, effective Oct. 1. "I'm going to miss it here, a lot," Hofmann said. "It's been totally inspiring to be here. … I'm going to a place that shares a lot of the mission and focus of the Contemporary, but on a larger scale."
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | January 3, 2010
Chamber music with educational discussions. An archaeological investigation with a public program about the findings. History projects by students. These are among the 11 programs in the Heritage area that are receiving mini-grants in the latest round of awards from Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County. The nonprofit's mission is to support the heritage area through education and promotion. The grants, announced last week, are the most Four Rivers has ever awarded and the largest sum the agency has awarded in a single year, officials said.
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