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January 12, 2009

Media Contacts:
Amy Mannarino                                    
410-547-9000, ext. 277               


Baltimore—This winter the Walters Art Museum will offer many programs in conjunction with the exhibition of The Saint John’s Bible: A Modern Vision through Medieval Methods. On view Feb. 15 through May 24, 2009, this exhibition will feature 44 pages from a contemporary, illuminated Bible set alongside approximately 49 manuscripts and rare books from the Walters’ permanent collection.

To register for family programs, visit, call 410-547-9000, ext. 300 or email (unless otherwise noted).

Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Price: Free
Join us in celebrating legends, books and their makers! Create crazy books by stamping, sewing and painting. Younger visitors can travel through a fairy tale “zone” created by the Enoch Free Pratt Library.

Saturdays & Sundays in April, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Price: Free
By the Book
Pull out your quills and parchment to create accordion books and giant manuscript pages. 

Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m.
Price: Free, online pre-registration required
Page by Page!
Explore fantastic stories in the Walters’ manuscript collection, then create your own manuscript page.

Manuscript Mania!
Saturday, May 16, 1–4:30 p.m.

Price: Members $25 per child; non-members $35 child, online pre-registration required
Tour The Saint John’s Bible and illuminate your own writings with the help of a special guest educator.

Wednesday, April 1, Saturday, April 4, Tuesday, April 7 or Saturday, April 11,
10:30 a.m.–noon

Price: Free, online pre-registration required
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
Find out what wild things happens when librarian Molly McGrew drives her bookmobile into the zoo!

Price: $10 per scout, online pre-registration required
The Walters invites Scouts to learn about the Middle Ages through gallery tours and art activities.
Saturday, March 14, 1–3 p.m., Cub Scout Museum Day
Saturday, March 21, 1–3 p.m., Junior and Brownie Girl Scout Museum Day
Saturday, March 28, 1–3 p.m., Brownie Girl Scout Museum Day

To register for adult programs, visit, call 410-547-9000, ext. 238 or email (unless otherwise noted).

Illuminating the Bible
Saturday, February 14, 1 p.m.
Price: Members free; non-members $10; students $5; pre-registration recommended
Location: Graham Auditorium
Christopher de Hamel, Donnelley Fellow Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England
Formerly the head of the Western Manuscript department at Sothebys, London, Christopher de Hamel reviews the history of Bible illustration.

Scripture and the Scribe: Adorning the Bible Across 1500 Years
Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m.
Price: Members free; non-members $10; students $5; pre-registration recommended
Location: Graham Auditorium
Michelle P. Brown, Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies in the Institute of English Studies, University of London, England
Michelle Brown traces 1500 years of adornment of Christian Scripture, examining the relationships between the Bible and the sacred texts of Judaism and Islam.

Word and Image: The Art of Reading Sacred Texts
Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.
Price: Members free; non-members $10; students $5; pre-registration recommended
Location: Graham Auditorium
Rosann Catalano, ICJS Roman Catholic Scholar; Adam Gregerman, ICJS Jewish Scholar; Father Columba Stewart, Executive Director, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John’s School of Theology Seminar; Christopher Leighton, Executive Director of ICJS & Presbyterian Minister
During this interfaith forum, panelists provide different perspectives on the ways in which Christians and Jews adorn their sacred writings. This event is made possible in partnership with the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies (ICJS), located in Baltimore, Md. 

Discovering Art and Science Lecture Series: Is God a Mathematician?
Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.

Price: Members free; non-members $10; students $5; pre-registration recommended
Location: Graham Auditorium
Mario Livio, Senior Astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), Baltimore, Maryland
Back by popular demand, Mario Livio presents an overview of his new book, Is God a Mathematician?

Illuminating the Word: A Painter’s Perspective
Sunday, May 17, 1:30 p.m.

Price: Members free; non-members $10; students $5; pre-registration recommended
Location: Graham Auditorium
Suzanne Moore, artist, The Saint John’s Bible
Saint John’s team member Suzanne Moore discusses the challenges of artistic collaboration.

Lunch and Learn
First Thursdays of each month, 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Price: Free
Location: Graham Auditorium
Bring your light lunch to the museum to hear lectures by Walters’ curators, conservators and scholars.
March 5: The Saint John’s Bible: Contemporary Art in an Ancient Form
Ben Tilghman, Zanvyl Krieger Curatorial Fellow of the Department of Manuscripts & Rare Books
April 2: The Saint John’s Bible: The Life of a Sopher: the Making and Restoration of the Torah
Abigail Quandt, Senior Conservator of Manuscripts and Rare Books
May 7: Henry Walters and the Revival of a Medieval Art
Kathryn Gerry, Research Associate of the Department of Manuscripts & Rare Books

Illuminating the Present: Illustrated Manuscripts Inspired by The Saint John’s Bible
Saturdays, March 7, 14 and 21

Price: Walters members and MICA students, $240; non-members, $270. Pre-registration required.
For more information, call MICA, Division of Continuing Studies, 410-225-2219
Location: Walters Art Museum and Maryland Institute College of Art
Session One at Walters, Saturday, March 7, 1–3 p.m.    
Join Research Associate of the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books Kathryn Gerry at the Walters for an in-depth look at The Saint John’s Bible.
Session Two at Maryland Institute College of Art, Saturday, March 14 and 21,
10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Painter Linda Gravina Ridings and illustrator Cornel Rubino help students create their own illuminated text, incorporating painting, gilding and calligraphic techniques.

Calligraphic Language: Mastery, Style and Theory
Sunday, March 29

Price per session: members free; non-members $10; students $5;
Price for series: members free; non-members $25; students $10, pre-registration recommended
Location: Graham Auditorium
Three highly respected calligraphic artists discuss their different approaches to their craft.
Session 1, Sheila Waters: Sixty Years as a Professional Calligraphic Artist, 11 a.m.
Session 2, Julian Waters: Paper or Stone: Lettering as Graphic Design, 12:30 p.m.
Session 3, Mohamed Zakariya: The Living Art of Islamic Calligraphy, 3 p.m.
Pigment & Leaf: Contemporary Illuminated Letters
Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., 5 West Mount Vernon, Parlor
Sunday, May 17, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Studio A

Price: Members, Seniors (65+) and students, $170; non-members, $210; registration required.
Book artist Suzanne Moore teaches students painting and gilding techniques to create illuminated letters.

Love Is in the Art Members Opening
Friday, February 13, 6–9 p.m.

Price: Members, $25; non-members, $35. For more information call 410-547-9000,
ext. 335

Celebrate the opening of The Saint John’s Bible with an evening of music, dance and light fare.

Peabody Violin Choirs: Illuminated Measures
Saturday, February 21, 11 a.m.

Price: Free
Location: Graham Auditorium
Student violinists present Gounod’s Ave Maria and Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine.

The Garden of Eden: The 20th Anniversary of Art Blooms
Friday, March 6–Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Price: Free, accompanying programs vary in price
The Walters Art Museum’s Women’s Committee announces The Garden of Eden: The 20th Anniversary of Art Blooms. Visitors can attend a preview party, enjoy docent lead tours, view floral arranging demonstrations and see spectacular flowers and art. For more information visit

First Fridays at the Walters: Manuscripts and Martinis
Friday, March 6, 5–8 p.m.

Price: Free
Enjoy music, cash bar and free admission to the special exhibition, The Saint John’s Bible.

College Night: The Saint John’s Bible
Thursday, April 16, 6–9 p.m.

Price: Free, pre-registration is recommended; open to college students and faculty with
valid ID
Enjoy live music, art activities, refreshments and free admission to The Saint John’s Bible.

Heinrich Biber’s Mystery Sonatas
Sunday, May 24, 3 p.m.

Price: Members, seniors (65+), students $30; non-members $45; pre-registration recommended
Pro Musica Rara performs exquisite pieces for violin, cello and harpsichord. Reception follows.

To register for teacher programs, visit or email

Saturday, February 7, 9 a.m.–noon
Price: Members and students $15; non-members $20 (includes voucher for spring tour)
Tim Ternes, director of programming The Saint John’s Bible, explores modern applications of manuscript production and how they can be used in the classroom.

Thursday, April 2, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Price: Members and students $5; non-members $8
Private tour of The Saint John’s Bible for educators includes a wine and cheese reception.

Price: Free with Saint John’s Bible admission. Visit to verify dates and times.

Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m.               
Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m.           
Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.        
Sunday, March 22, 1 p.m.             

Saturday, April 4, 11 a.m.
Sunday, April 5, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m.
Sunday, April 26, 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 16, 11 a.m.
Sunday, May 17, 11 a.m.

Please note: All programs are subject to change. Please consult the museum’s Web site at prior to the date of the program to confirm.

The Walters Art Museum is located in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at North Charles and Centre streets. Its permanent collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art and Old Master and 19th-century paintings. Peabody Court is the official hotel of the Walters Art Museum. For hotel reservations, call 1-800-292-5500.