HAGERSTOWN, MD - After years of preparation and nearly a year of construction, the Museum will proudly open the Anne G. and Howard S. Kaylor Atrium to the public on Sunday, June 12, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. With its glass roof, plein-air lighting effects and openness, the Atrium is a beautiful space that will greatly enhance the Museum’s ability to serve the community. Major donors include Howard and Anne Kaylor, the State of Maryland, the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation, The Barr Family and Ellsworth Electric, Co., Inc., Dr. Henry and Florence Hill Graff, the Hamilton Family Foundation, the Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Foundation, and the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County.
Board of Trustees President, Mr. Bradley Pingrey, will dedicate the space at 2:00 p.m. with proclamations from the State of Maryland, Washington County and the City of Hagerstown. This will be followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and the first cut of a Washington County Museum of Fine Arts cake designed and baked by Jennifer Chapman Smith, the Assistant Curator at the Museum and a licensed pastry chef. In addition to the dedication ceremony, at 3:30 p.m., awards will be presented to the winners in the 79th Annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition, which will be on view through September 4, 2011.
Designed by Mr. Todd Grove of Murphy and Dittenhafter, Architects, of Baltimore, MD and York, PA, and built by general contractor Waynesboro Construction Company of Waynesboro, PA and Frederick, MD, the Kaylor Atrium encompasses 3,000 square feet providing a new hub of activity. The glass roof now encloses the original West entry to the 1930 building; the original doors will be reopened, enabling visitors to pass from the new Atrium into the 1930 building, once again experiencing the inspiration of entering the great hall of the museum, where the Museum’s Renaissance and Baroque paintings are installed. From the great hall there is a sight-line to the East and the Diana Gallery with a view of the beautiful Kaylor Garden and the City Park Lake. Thus, the 2011 Kaylor Atrium draws positive attention to the 1930 Hyde and Shepherd Maryland Historic Trust building and links it to all the subsequent additions, including the two wings added to the original building in 1948 by architect William Shepherd and the 1994 building designed and built by J.C. Burrey/Architects. The completed Kaylor Atrium project physically and symbolically links the museum’s past to its present and future.
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will enter its 80th year of service to the region on September 16, 2011, and its programs have educated three generations of area citizens in the fine arts, providing a nationally ranked art collection, a nationally accredited fine arts museum, free admission since its doors opened in 1931, free Saturday art classes for children, and a schedule of fee-based art instruction for all ages, special events, lectures, concerts and art festivals. The museum is open six days a week, 52 weeks of the year and serves the four-state region.
The Atrium encompasses 3,000 square feet providing a new hub of activity. For many years, the Museum has been experiencing over-capacity crowds for arts festivals, performing arts, and lecture series, and the Courtyard Atrium will provide additional space for such activities. The Courtyard Atrium will be used for exhibition, art education, tour group orientation, daily coffee service, comfortable visitor seating, festivals, special events, performances and workshops. It also will provide an inspiring new venue for community activities, such as commemorative events, wedding receptions, anniversary parties, business meetings, etc.
Established in 1931 and dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting works of art for the people of Washington County and citizens from the four-state region, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, admission to the Museum is free and its collection includes over 7,000 works of art. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has an enduring commitment to arts education and to the support of regional artists. The Museum offers studio art courses, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is funded through support from museum membership and annual fund donations by the public, grants from the business and corporate communities, and support from Washington County, the City of Hagerstown, and the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information on the Museum, please phone (301) 739-5727 or visit http://www.wcmfa.org. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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