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Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announces $5 million gift to establish a center dedicated to the BMA collection of prints, drawings, and photographs

BALTIMORE, MD – The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced that it has received a $5 million gift from longtime museum supporters Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff to establish a center dedicated to the presentation, study, and preservation of the BMA’s 65,000-object collection of prints, drawings, and photographs. In honor of the generous gift to fund its A room filled with furniture and a fireplace

Description automatically generatedcompletion, the space will be named The Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. The approximately 7,000-square-foot center, which is being designed by Quinn Evans Architects, will live on the museum’s first floor, adjoining the previously announced Ruth R. Marder Center for Matisse Studies. The gift leads the BMA’s fundraising for the $10 million project, with additional funds provided by the State of Maryland, City of Baltimore, France-Merrick Foundation, and Institute for Museum and Library Services. Both of the BMA’s new study centers are slated to open in fall 2021.

“For nearly two decades, Nancy Dorman and Stan Mazaroff have been remarkable stewards of the BMA, bringing their passion, expertise, and leadership to support the success and growth of our institution. Their myriad contributions have helped the museum in enacting its vision to place on equal footing scholarship and accessibility, and today, we are once again inspired by their generosity and spirit. Their incredible gift to the Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs allows us to bring to fruition a longstanding museum priority, and we are honored to name the center for their unwavering commitment to the BMA and to the wider cultural fabric of Baltimore,” said Clair Zamoiski Segal, the BMA’s Board Chair.

Widely considered one of the most significant holdings of works on paper in the United States, the BMA’s collection features approximately 57,000 prints, 4,000 drawings, and 4,000 photographs from the 15th century through the present day. This includes the George A. Lucas Collection, an important resource for the study of 19th-century French prints with works by Eugène Delacroix, Mary Cassatt, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, among numerous others. The collection also features excellent examples of European graphic works by such artists as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco de Goya, and Édouard Manet; modernist prints and drawings by Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, and Joan Miró; experimental photographs by Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston; and important examples of 20th-century American photography by William Eggleston, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems. As the BMA has actively sought to enhance its holdings by women artists and artists of color, it has added contemporary works on paper by Sanford Biggers, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Faith Ringgold, and Kara Walker, among others. Together, the BMA’s collection of prints, drawings, and photographs represents a wide spectrum of artists, whose work embraces a remarkable range and depth.

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