Walters Art Museum Executive Director Julia Marciari-Alexander and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman unveiled an exciting outdoor art exhibition that brings replicas of paintings from the collection of the Walters Art Museum to prominent outdoor locations throughout the Howard County.
“The treasures of the Walters Art Museum deserve a wide audience,” Executive Ulman said. “These thought-provoking works of art will beautify some of the most popular areas in Howard County. This exhibition will strengthen the connections between Howard County and one of the region’s premier cultural institutions.”
The exhibition is funded with a $6,000 grant from the Howard County Arts Council’s Outreach Howard Program, funded by Howard County government.
Each year, Howard County provides grant funding to arts and cultural institutions in Baltimore City, which provide important benefits to Howard County residents, including the Walters. For the past two years, under Executive Ulman, Howard County has designated additional funding for those institutions to bring their programming and resources to Howard County, through the Outreach Howard initiative.
“The Walters Art Museum has shared its impeccable collection of art for 80 years and we are extremely proud to expand that tradition at outdoor spaces in Howard County,” said Julia Marciari-Alexander, executive director at the Walters Art Museum. “As the community experiences reproductions of these famous paintings, we invite residents of the county to visit us and see the real works of art in person.”
“All of us at the Arts Council are excited about the Off the Wall exhibition,” said Coleen West, Executive Director of the Howard County Arts Council. “In developing the Outreach Howard grant program it was our goal to encourage the state’s world-class institutions to come to Howard County and partner with local groups to produce programs – right here - in our community. By taking artwork “off” the Walters’ walls and bringing it outside of the Beltway, we hope it will inspire people to explore the wonderful parks, galleries, and community centers in Howard County and remind them that the great collections of the Walters are truly public.”
For a map of the six Howard County locations, visit http://thewalters.org/offthewall/howard-county.html.
About the Walters Museum
The Walters Art Museum is located in downtown Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at North Charles and Centre Streets. At the time of his death in 1931, museum founder Henry Walters left his entire collection of art – including a legendary collection of illuminated medieval manuscripts that is a national treasure – to the city of Baltimore. Its permanent collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art and Old Master and 19th century paintings. The Museum Store, located next to the museum’s Café Q, offers distinctive gifts, jewelry and books based on the Museum’s collections. Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court is the official hotel of the Walters Art Museum.