Carina Nebula

The Carina Nebula: Star Birth in the Extreme

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The Universe According to the Hubble Space Telescope

Mario Livio, Senior Astrophysicist, Space Telescope Science Institute

Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m.
Price: Walters members Free, non-members $10

Graham Auditorium
In this talk, Dr. Mario Livio from the Space Telescope Science Institute will present a panoramic view of Hubble discoveries. More information and registration...

Maps: Finding Maryland's Place in the World

Edward C. Papenfuse, Maryland State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patents

Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m.
Price: Walters members Free, non-members $10

Graham Auditorium
Ed Papenfuse will give a multi-media presentation in which he will explore Maryland's efforts to establish her boundaries. He will demonstrate with historical maps and photographs the transformation of the Estate of John Eager Howard into Mt. Vernon Square and the creation of the present Walters Art Museum. More information and registration...

Lunch and Learn Lecture

Book of the Fayum—An Ancient Egyptian Mythical Map

Thursday, May 1, 12:15–1:15 p.m., free
Graham Auditorium
Bring your lunch to the Walters Graham Auditorium and hear a lecture by Regine Schulz, Director of International Curatorial Relations and Curator of Ancient Art.

The View From Above: What Satellites Reveal About Human Influences on the Landscape

Ruth DeFries, Department of Geography, University of Maryland

Sunday, May 11, 2 p.m.
Price: Walters members Free, non-members $10

Graham Auditorium
Ruth DeFries will discuss how satellite imagery reveals transformations on the landscape as societies alter consumption of energy, food, and other resources. More information and registration...

Mapping Moments: An Artist's World View

Ronit Eisenbach, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, University of Maryland

Sunday, May 18, 2 p.m.
Price: Walters members Free, non-members $10

Graham Auditorium
Influenced by the situation of Detroit, Michigan, architect/artist Ronit Eisenbach will present four contemporary mapping projects that explore implications for our experience, understanding, and representations of the world that we inhabit. More information and registration...

Teaching Geography is Fundamental

Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, National Geographic Society

Saturday, May 31, 2 p.m.
Price: Free

Graham Auditorium
In this lecture, sponsored by the Master of Liberal Arts Program at The Johns Hopkins University, Grosvenor will speak of the importance of knowing and understanding geography in today's world. More information and registration...

Lunch and Learn Lecture

Maps: The World Re-encompassed

Thursday, June 5, 12:15–1:15 p.m., free
Graham Auditorium
Bring your lunch to the Walters Graham Auditorium and hear a lecture by William Noel, Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books.


Contemplate...Create MICA Workshop

Fantastical Worlds: Experiencing the Art of Mapmaking

Walters Session: Saturday, March 29, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Studio Session at MICA: Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Price: Walters and BMA members, and currently enrolled MICA students, $120, non-members $150; Materials fee: $30

Join exibition curator Will Noel at the Walters for a close look at some of the greatest cartographic treasures and then visit MICA for a session with Linda Gravina Ridings where she will share traditional techniques and materials used in mapmaking. More information and registration...

Watercolor and Line: Techniques for Traditional Mapmaking

Elissa O'Loughlin, Senior Paper Conservator

Fridays, April 25 and May 2, 6:30–8 p.m.
Price: Walters members $50, non-members $100

Studio B
Learn the basic techniques for drawing maps in watercolor and ink from Walters paper conservator Elissa O'Loughlin. More information and registration...


Music of the Cosmos


Friday, April 11, 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m.
Price: Free, pre-registration required

Graham Auditorium
The chamber ensemble SONAR will present a concert of minimalist music and other works accompanied by projected images from the Hubble Space Telescope. More information and registration...

Special Events

College Night

Thursday, March 27, 6–9 p.m.
Price: Free, pre-registration required; open to college and university students and faculty with valid ID

This evening offers college students and faculty the chance to interact with Walters staff and local artists, partcipate in activities, and take gallery tours. College night also features free admission to Maps: Finding Our Place in the World. More information and registration...

Art Blooms 2008: All Mapped Out With Flowers

April 3–6, 2008
The Women's Committee of the Walters Art Museum greets spring with Art Blooms. This annual event brings floral interprations by regional garden clubs to the museum. More information and registration...

Community Symposium: Maps on Purpose

Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Price: Free

Graham Auditorium
Join us as we host exhibition and symposium organizer Art on Purpose, a community arts group that uses art to bring people together. More information and registration...

Family Events

Free Family Festival

Festival of Exploration

Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Price: Free

Pack your bags—we're traveling around the universe in just five hours! Experience adventurous dance, music, and storytelling from all corners of the world and create maps and art projects that help you span the globe. More information ...

Drop-in Art Activities

March: Sky, Stars, and Space

Saturdays in March, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Price: Free
Rocket to space with the help of the Hubble Telescope! Construct telescopes, make celestial star creations, and design your own galaxies. More information ...

April: Spot It, Plot It, Map It!

Saturdays in April, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Price: Free
Visit Maps: Finding Our Place in the World, then head to the studio to sculpt three-dimensional maps and create maps of imaginary worlds. More information ...

Artful Encounters Family Workshop

Family Mapping

Saturday, May 10, 1-4:30 p.m., ages 7-10
Price: $25
Providing a new spin on the "family tree," families will work together to create an extraordinary work of art about their family. More information and registration ...