On the way to Washington D.C. for Arts Advocacy Day, Katie and Cameron (my graduate school classmates) and I decided one thing had to be done: Visit Baltimore and eat Captain Crunch French Toast. In order to make our goals happen, we purchased tickets on a red-eye flight that would land us in Baltimore early in the morning. Despite the fact that we were met with biting cold weather, we ventured out into Baltimore after devouring breakfast at the Blue Moon Café. Our main destination? The Baltimore Museum of Art. With student loans and budgets on our minds, we were excited this site is free admission, and as Arts Administration students, we’re even more excited to explore a museum with exquisite art.
To our delight, we experience more than we bargained for. The Baltimore Museum of Art is full 19th-century, modern, and contemporary artwork ranging from paintings to sculpture to textiles. Within the museum, we discover something that immediately draws us in. I’m thrilled to find an eclectic mix of world art including Asian and African, Cameron watches and analyzes the displays from an educational perspective, and Katie is beyond words when she discovers work from one of her favorite photographers. While my cohorts are immersed in paintings and furniture, I get lost in textiles, soaking up every bit of information regarding this art form.
On our way out of the museum, we’re happy we made the stop to explore this museum, even though we’re tired and had to endure a great deal of cold weather to arrive. Making our way downstairs and back to the entrance, we stumble upon a group of school children and immediately we begin to think of the future art lovers we hope the museum is cultivating. As Cameron thinks over future education programming for his tours with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, I head to the gift shop and browse for future gifts to feature in the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA). Looking back at our entrance into the museum, we think on the story of this museum and how it engages audiences from beginning to end. Those thoughts continue to stay with us as we leave. Our future work as arts administrators has us hopeful we can inspire others to make their way through a museum like this one and transform into future arts supporters.
Hours and Locations
Baltimore Museum of Art: 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Maryland, Museum Gallery hours: Closed Monday-Tuesday, Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm (for BMA Shop and Gertrude’s hours visit the BMA Website), Free Admission.