BMA 100 DAY CELEBRATION
September 23 – December 31
Celebrate the BMA's 100th anniversary with 100 days of special events, activities, contests, and surprises!
Media Sponsors: WBAL-TV & WYPR 88.1 FM Radio
Gala guests in their finest black tie attire will ascend the grand front steps of the Merrick Historic Entrance—reopening for the first time in 32 years—before enjoying cocktails to the sounds of the New Legacy Jazz Band in the beautifully renovated Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing.
After exploring a new presentation of the BMA's outstanding collection of American paintings, sculptures, and decorative art, guests will dine in the Cone Collection, European Painting & Sculpture, and Contemporary Art galleries on a sumptuous meal catered by Linwoods Catering. The evening concludes with dessert, dancing, and an invitation to join revelers at the Party of the Century.
The Gala is chaired by BMA Trustees Alexander Baer, Stiles Tuttle Colwill, Amy Elias, and Madeline Lacovara.
Valet parking available for Gala guests. Please note: Art Museum Drive (east bound) will be closed November 15. Call Sally Ruppert at 443-573-1806 for more information.
Media Sponsor: Baltimore magazine
Party of the Century SOLD OUT
November 15, 8:30 p.m.–Midnight
Tickets are sold out for our late-night bash, but there's still ways to kick up your heels and celebrate our 100th anniversary and the Grand Reopening of the American Wing. Join us on November 23 for the American Wing Opening Celebration or become a Member to attend the exclusive First Night Preview Party.
American Wing Opening Celebration
November 23, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
This free and festive day celebrates the BMA's beautifully renovated American art galleries and newly reopened Merrick Historic Entrance with activities for all ages. The day features:
- Ceremonial step-scrubbing performance with artist Megan Hildebrandt—arrive early to attend! Generously sponsored by Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company
- Silver engraving, needlepoint, stained glass, and clock-making demonstrations
- Storytelling with Maria Broom and Pedicab Oral History Project with artist Michelle Nugent
- Family art-making activities and in-gallery conversations with museum educators
- Drawing activity in collaboration with Atomic Books
- Hoop and stick games with Baltimore Hoop Love
- Free personalized hand-cut paper silhouettes by Alex Vernon
- An in-gallery harp demonstration by Jasmine Hogan
- A lively musical performance led by Brooks Long with Caleb Stine, Ruby Fulton, Eze Jackson, Eric Kennedy, and others
- Food trucks and free birthday cake from Charm City Cakes
Members Preview Days
Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22
Experience the renovated American Wing before it's revealed to the public. Don't forget your Membership card for this exclusive sneak peek! Entry is through the Zamoiski East Entrance both days.
Members First Night Preview Party
Saturday, November 22, 8-10 p.m.
Be among the first to experience the incredible American Wing transformation! Walk up the grand staircase, through the Merrick Historic Entrance—reopening for the first time in 30 years, before discovering the beautifully renovated galleries of the Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing. From the grand columned center court adorned with the original chandeliers, peruse the gorgeous galleries featuring thematic displays that highlight the unique qualities of the BMA’s outstanding collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.
This exclusive Member event will feature the bright and lively renditions of traditional Appalachian old-time music by Ken and Brad Kolodner. Local stained glass artists from The Artists’ Corner will share their work and discuss the influence of Louis Comfort Tiffany. After stopping by the demonstration, you can practice your craft at the stained glass art activity! Or you can pursue more adult tastes at the bourbon tasting, available for an additional cost.
Saturday, November 22, 7-8 p.m.
Hear an inspiring introduction to the American collection from Senior Curator David Park Curry in the BMA's Meyerhoff Auditorium; enjoy a special gallery viewing before the party; and toast the evening with a free glass of champagne. Open to Contributor Members ($150+) and above. Upgrade to attend!
The NEW BMA Shop, located inside the transformed east entrance, will have a selection bigger and better than ever! Discover a wider and more open shop with a large central island of elegant jewelry. Nesting tables and cubes of blond and dark woods will display an ever-changing selection of art-inspired gifts and only-at-the BMA finds. Also look for new dedicated tables for books, a wide array of reproductions from the collection, and a cheerful area for children's items. Last but not least, patient friends of shoppers will appreciate the addition of seating!
BMA Art Question of the Week
September 23-December 31
Listen to WYPR 88.1 FM to test your knowledge of the BMA. A new question will be announced every week. Send your best guess to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will receive a $20 gift card to the New BMA Shop or a behind-the-scenes tour.
September 23-December 31
The BMA’s curators, conservators, and registrars share their thoughts at blog.artbma.org on 100 artworks in the collection—highlighting some favorite, amusing, unusual, and obscure objects.
Your Voices: Big Thoughts for the BMA
September 23-December 31
Tell us one of your favorite memories of the BMA, a big idea for the museum, your favorite artwork in the collection, or ask the BMA staff anything with the STQRY app, featuring new crowdsourcing capabilities developed by the BMA in partnership with Seattle-based tech leaders STQRY, Inc. Responses will be featured on blog.artbma.org. One hundred will receive a $10 gift card to the New BMA Shop.
Chocolate Bar Contest
We received an enthusiastic response to the question: What ingredients would a BMA chocolate bar have to have? One winning recipe was produced for the New BMA Shop by local chocolatier extraordinaire Mark Coulbourne from A Dream of Chocolate. Stop by the Shop to purchase the delicious bar made of dark chocolate, sugar Cone pieces, and cranberries.
Build a Giant Birthday Cake
Sundays, Nov 2, 9, 16
Free Family Sunday participants in November will build a giant birthday cake made of everyday objects. This fanciful creation will be unveiled at the American Wing Opening Celebration on November 23.
BMA 200 Time Capsule
Sunday, November 16, 2 p.m.
Come to the BMA to add a note to the Museum's time capsule. One hundred years from now, BMA visitors will hear from you! What would you say to future generations in 2114?
People’s Choice Vote for Your Favorite Work of Art
November 23–December 31
Vote for your favorite artworks from the collection through December 21. The top 10 will be revealed in a countdown with the winner revealed December 31.