Julia Marciari-Alexander, Director of the Walters Art Museum, is the author of this tri-annual letter.
This fall at the Walters, we hope that you will take great pleasure in harvesting the bounty of our upcoming season. Together, we will have the opportunity to explore the art and culture of the rich lands of ancient Egypt’s Faiyum region, enjoy the sumptuous bookbindings of the Gilded Age, and revel in the power of the Genesis story as told by one of the twentieth-century’s greatest American artists, Jacob Lawrence. Through these exhibitions, you will enjoy not only fantastic works of art on loan to us but also the wonders of our permanent collection.
The Walters has the most comprehensive collection of ancient art between Richmond and Philadelphia, and I have heard from many of you that your earliest memories of the museum involve our mummies. The upcoming show Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum springs from an extraordinary papyrus in our permanent collection. Through this groundbreaking exhibition and its related programs, we hope that you will reconnect with the crocodile god Sobek and share and create great memories of Egyptian encounters at the Walters.
Our capacity to present art in meaningful ways depends on the deep and continued generosity of YOU—our members, donors, and lenders. It is fitting to take this moment to thank each of you for your financial commitment to the museum. Thanks to you, we met ambitious goals and finished the fiscal year strong. Giving, however, is more than money: many of you give of your time as volunteers in a variety of capacities, and some of you lend works from your personal collections to share them broadly with our visitors. In that vein, I am especially grateful to have on loan this fall the remarkable Genesis series by Jacob Lawrence from the collection of Eddie C. Brown and C. Sylvia Brown.
Fall is also a time of reflection and sowing for the future. As we contemplate the great accomplishments of the museum’s past in order to form a vision for the future, we invite you to share your ideas and will keep you involved in and informed of our progress. As I have heard since my arrival, your individual connections to the Walters are varied and deep. It will be a pleasure to work with you to create a strong future.
See you at the Walters!