|BALTIMORE, MD (December 19, 2022)—The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced it is embarking on a major renovation and reconceptualization of the Joseph Education Center that will introduce more opportunities for dynamic, hands-on engagement when it reopens in the fall 2023. |
A significant focal point will be the creation of a larger interactive gallery within the 5,625 square-foot center that features new site-specific installations that encourage direct visitor engagement, especially among children, made by internationally acclaimed artists Derrick Adams, Mary Flanagan, and Pablo Helguera.
Other elements of the renovation include the development and refurbishment of classrooms that expand available space for art-making and the reimagining of the school tour entrance with an interactive Wall of Wonder that captures the vision and unites the architecture of the center.
The renovation is being supported by Baltimore philanthropists Patricia and Mark Joseph, who have been major donors to the BMA for three decades. They established the center in 2015 with a $3 million gift and are now contributing $2.5 million toward its reconceptualization. The transformation of the Joseph Education Center recognizes the evolving ways people learn, creates new opportunities to incorporate and use new technologies, and establishes more unified areas for intergenerational learning through playful interactions that prompt surprise, socialization, creativity, and further artistic inquiry.
Quinn Evans will serve as the project architect and Whiting-Turner as the contractor.“Enhancing the ways in which our visitors’ experience, learn about, and relate to art is of high priority. We are delighted to have the opportunity to expand the functionality and possibilities of the Joseph Education Center with artist interventions, new technologies, and environments dedicated to making for students of all ages,” said Asma Naeem, BMA Interim Co-Director and Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator. “We are grateful to Patricia and Mark Joseph for their generosity and vision in helping us make the education center an even more vital and exciting space within the museum.”
Internationally acclaimed artists Derrick Adams, Mary Flanagan, and Pablo Helguera were selected to create immersive experiences