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Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Art Gallery Lecture

October 16 Sunday Afternoon Lecture. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Dahesh Drawings” exhibition at 3 p.m

St. John’s College Campus, Mellon Hall
60 College Ave.


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Group 93 in the Katzen Rotunda

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Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill Fall Art Walk

The Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill invite you to our

FALL ART WALK: Friday, Sept 16 from 6 – 8 pm.

Six galleries will host an evening stroll and a viewing of their fine art exhibitions in the most beautiful part of Washington, DC. Add to your collection and please join us for a night of art, fun, and refreshments.


·    CROSS MACKENZIE GALLERY – Wing to Wing by Cindy Kane. A maze of birds and butterflies.   Exhibition on view September 9 – October 5, 2016

·    ADDISON/RIPLEY FINE ART – Curated Group Exhibition: Infrastructure, by Andrew Fish, Trevor Young, Steven Mallon, Frank Hallam Day, Valeri Larko, Magnolia Laurie, Cynthia Connolly, Stephen Magsig, William Christenberry, Richard Vosseller, Olivia Rodriguez.  This exhibition explores a theme of global and local issues of sustainability and waste.  Exhibition on view September 10 – October 15, 2016

·    ARTIST’S PROOF GALLERY –  Animaux Espiègles en Quête D’Adoption by Hervé Maury, in conjunction with the Galleries on Book Hill Fall Art Walk, opens on Friday, September 16.  Playful animal subjects are full of poetry and tenderness. Exhibition on view September 16 – October 2, 2016

·    MAURINE LITTLETON GALLERY – Echoes of Leaves and Shadows byMichael Janis. in conjunction with the Galleries on Book Hill Fall Art Walk, opens on Friday, September 16. An exhibition of new glass works and sculptures.  Exhibition on view September 16 – October 15 2016

·     SUSAN CALLOWAY FINE ARTS – Gravity by Matthew Langley, in conjunction with the Galleries on Book Hill Fall Art Walk, opens on Friday, September 16.  A diary of paintings transformed into a new visual and color experience. Exhibition on view September 16 – October 22, 2016

·    WASHINGTON PRINTMAKERS GALLERY – Busted by Jane and David Mann.   A photographic parable about climate change.  Proceeds go  Exhibition on view August 31 – September 24.

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September at the Hirshhorn

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Shoreline at Carroll Square Gallery


Photographs by
Greg Kahn
Glen McClure
Miller Taylor

September 9 – November 23, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Coastal communities are unlike any other. Their people depend on the sea and yet the sea is as condemning as it is nourishing. Their economies depend on marine life, the care of nautical vessels and the knowledge of their people. Their land is constantly evolving and often in a state of precarious flux. The artists of Shoreline, Greg Kahn, Glen McClure and Miller Taylor examine these facets of coastal communities through the photographic lens.

This exhibition is held in conjunction with FotoWeekDC: A citywide celebration featuring exhibitions, programs, and events highlighting world-class photography, and providing exposure for photographers working locally and worldwide.

Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street NW, Washington DC 20004

Gallery Open During Business Hours
Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 6:00pm

Image: Miller Taylor, E Seagull Dr, Nags Head, NC, 2015, Archival Inkjet Print on 100% Cotton Photo Rag, 10” x 25.5”.


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At Hemphill

Benny Andrews Painting titled Spring Maiden

Elizabeth Catlett & Benny Andrews

September 14 – October 29, 2016

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

There is no denying the formal achievement of Modern art. Some see a simultaneous loss of effective social commentary as Modernism advanced through the various abstractionists’ adventures in painting and sculpture. The works of certain mid 20th Century African American artists, such as Elizabeth Catlett and Benny Andrews, contradict this notion. These artists utilized the formal strength of modernism to advance and articulate their strong socio-political views. Despite their powerful blending of abstract expression and representational content, both artists were ignored or openly discouraged by the art world establishment. Catlett was forced to leave the United States in order to voice her political beliefs and Andrews was discouraged by his dealer from depicting black themes. Without hesitation, these two artists demonstrated a determination and capacity to address the substance of a people. They each asserted the validity of their own lives and the humanity around them, communicating a spiritual dignity that still resonates today. We feel fortunate and proud to have the opportunity to present the paintings of Benny Andrews and the sculpture of Elizabeth Catlett, two modern masters, to our audience.

Elizabeth Catlett & Benny Andrews is timed to celebrate and complement the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In addition to the works on view by Catlett and Andrews we have gathered other pieces by historically important African American artists, including works by Margaret Burroughs, Herbert Gentry, Sam Gilliam, James Wells, Walter Williams and Alma Thomas. These additional works may be seen upon request.

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  • Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm, and by appointment.


Image: Benny Andrews, Spring Maiden, 1963, oil and collage on canvas, signed lower right, 30″ x 20″, Art © Estate of Benny Andrews/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

1515 14th St NW
Washington DC 20005
tel 202.234.5601


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Art Museum of the Americas: Art After Dark 7

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Kreeger Museum September 2016 Update

Please join us for the events and programs listed below – our website link for information is included with each event.

Fall 2016 Calendar of Events:
Happenings brochure is now on our website in PDF format

Saturday, 10:     The Kreeger Museum Open House 10 am to 4 pm   Free

Monday, 12: Conversations:  A program for  individuals with memory disorders and their caregivers, 11am and 2pm

Wednesday, 14:     First Studio – Story + Workshop (ages 3-5)

Saturday, 17:     First Studio – Story + Workshop (ages 3-5)

Saturday, 17:     Gallery Visit – Hemphill Fine Arts

Monday, 19:     Conversations: A program for  individuals with memory disorders and their caregivers, 11am and  2pm

September 24:   Outdoor Yoga at The Kreeger Museum

September 24:     Wine in the Garden

– We look forward to seeing you soon –

The Kreeger Museum | 2401 Foxhall Road, NW Washington D.C. 20007


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National Gallery 2017-8

The National Gallery of Art, Washington announces a diverse lineup of exhibitions for 2017 and 2018 ranging from a new body of work by Theaster Gates to the first major American exhibition of Frédéric Bazille in almost 25 years.

Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence (February 5 –June 4, 2017) will present 40 glazed terracotta works by the Florentine family and fellow renaissance sculptors in the first major exhibition in the US dedicated to Della Robbia sculptures.

For In the Tower: Theaster Gates (March 5 –September 4, 2017)—the second exhibition in the reopened East Building Tower 3 galleries—contemporary American artist Theaster Gates will present a new body of work featuring several pieces created for the Gallery.

With 175 works, East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography (March 12 –July 16, 2017) will be the first exhibition to focus exclusively on early photography of the eastern half of the United States.

The Gallery, which houses the largest collection of works by Frédéric Bazille outside of France, will present the first major American exhibition in 25 years of the relatively unknown contemporary of Monet and Renoir. Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism (April 9 –July 9, 2017) will bring light to the artist’s role in the movement.

America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting (May 21 –August 20, 2017) will bring together 70 18th-century French paintings from a range of public collections across the country in an exhibition that explores how Americans developed a taste for the French rococo and neoclassical styles.

Finally, Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940-1950 (November 11, 2018 –February 18, 2019) will focus on the most formative decade of legendary photographer Gordon Parks’ career. 120 photographs and ephemera will showcase his iconic photographs from his time at the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information.



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Art Museum of the Americas Symposium

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At the Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut Washington, the German cultural center at 1990 K St. NW, Suite 03 (entrance 20th Street), presents a wide variety of cultural programs and language classes. Visit us for up-to-date perspectives on Germany in the context of Europe. Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at the Goethe-Institut.

Exhibition: 2,000 Miles: Divided Land, Common Humanity
American photographer, peace activist and educator Raechel Running at the border fence near Agua Prieta, Mexico, where she continuously works with a local community. (c) Stefan Falke Opening Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 pm

German artists Daniel Schwarz and Stefan Falke (in attendance) take a close look at the geography and the cultural and social commonalities on the two sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. On display through November 4. Organized in cooperation with the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Presentation: The Other Side of the Wall (drüben!)
book cover from The Other Side of the Wall by Simon Schwartz Thursday, September 15, 6:30 pm

Cartoonist and author Simon Schwartz was born in Erfurt, Germany in 1982, at a time when the repressive Socialist Unity Party controlled the region, a part of history he captures in his autobiographic debut graphic novel.


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Hillyer Art Space Call for Proposals

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OAS: Photography by Jorge Brantmayer

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At the Phillips

Admission: $12 for adults; $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under
Sept. 11, 2016
William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master
William Merritt Chase (American, 1849–1916), a renowned figure in the international art circles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was a brilliant observer of contemporary life, an innovative painter, and an influential teacher. Presented on the centennial of his death, this retrospective—the first in over three decades—explores the interrelationships in Chase’s work across subject and media, from portraits and figurative paintings, to urban park scenes, domestic interiors, still lifes, and landscapes. Featuring more than 75 of the artist’s best artworks, this exhibition examines the full breadth of Chase’s achievements spanning his four-decade long career to shed new light on the artist’s aesthetic philosophy, artistic practice, and working methods while positioning his art and life within the vibrant international cultural climate at the turn of the century.
Admission for all other art on view

Weekends: $12 for adults, $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under; FREE weekdays, includes permanent collection
Contemporary art projects inspired by the art and spaces in The Phillips Collection
Oct. 2, 2016
Bettina Pousttchi: Double Monuments
Through photography and sculpture, Berlin-based artist Bettina Pousttchi explores the history and memory of architecture. In her series Double Monument for Flavin and Tatlin(2010–2014), Pousttchi incorporates constraining materials like rails, street barricades, and metal crowd barriers into sculptural forms with spiraling vertical towers and neon light tubes. Five Double Monument sculptures, ranging from 8 to 12 feet, are on view, paired with Naum Gabo’s Linear Structure in Space No. 1 (1943) and photographs from the 1930s and 1940s by Berenice Abbott, Louis Faurer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Gjon Mili, black and white images that underline the theme of illuminated space presented in Pousttchi and Gabo’s works.
Sept. 18, 2016
Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color, Paintings and Sculptures, 1947–2004
Karel Appel (1921–2006) is perhaps the most renowned Dutch artist of the latter half of the 20th century and one of founding members of the avant-garde COBRA group. Marking the 10th anniversary of the artist’s death, this survey of 22 paintings and sculptures provides a fresh look at an oeuvre that goes beyond the 1950s, spanning more than 60 years. The exhibition revisits Appel’s early interest in children’s art, his stylistic experiments, and his highly personal—and sometimes almost abstract—interpretation of traditional subjects like the nude, the portrait, and the urban or rural landscape.
July 31, 2016
Young Artists Exhibition: DC Partner Schools
The Art Links to Learning: Museum-in-Residence program culminates the 2015–2016 school year in an exhibition showcasing student art from the DC partner schools, Takoma Education Campus, Turner Elementary School, and King Elementary School. Each class’s art project relates to common core state standards and themes explored at the museum and in the classroom.
Aug. 14
Sept. 19, 2016
2016 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show
For more than 25 years, The Phillips Collection has held a staff show to feature the works of artists employed at the museum. In 1984, the staff show was endowed by the family of James McLaughlin, an accomplished still-life painter who worked at the museum for 50 years. In 1932, McLaughlin began his association with Duncan Phillips as a student at the Phillips Gallery Art School. Until his death in 1982, McLaughlin played an active role in the museum’s activities as a gallery preparator and curator who hired art students as museum guards.
April 2017
Women of Influence: Elmira Bier, Minnie Byers, and Marjorie Phillips
Exhibited just outside the museum’s library, Women of Influence examines the critical roles played by three women in the Phillips’s history—Duncan Phillips’s executive assistant Elmira Bier, financial advisor Minnie Byers, and Phillips’s wife and museum co-founder Marjorie Phillips.
Ongoing One of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary American and European art, the museum is home to Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s iconic Luncheon of the Boating Party, Jacob Lawrence’s epic Migration Series, and a chapel-like Rothko Room, as well as innovative new work by artists of today, including a wax room by Wolfgang Laib. Installations change frequently and are not chronological, sparking conversations across time and place.
Saturdays noon
Introduction to The Phillips Collection
Highlights from one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Included in museum admission; free for members.
1 pm
Introduction to William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master
Highlights from The Phillips Collection’s special exhibition on American artist William Merritt Chase. Included in admission to special exhibition; free for members.
Spotlight Talks
A focused discussion about a work of art from the permanent collection or special exhibition. Included in museum admission; free for members.
1600 21st Street, NW (at Q Street)
Metro Red Line, Dupont Circle Station (Q Street exit), and via several bus lines,
Information: 202.387.2151 or
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 pm;
Thursday, 10 am–8:30 pm; Sunday, noon–7 pm
Café: Tryst at the Phillips: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am–4 pm; Thursday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, noon–6 pm
Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
On the first Thursday of every month, daytime admittance ends at 5 pm due to the regularly scheduled Phillips after 5 events. Admission after 5 pm is restricted to members and Phillips after 5 ticket holders.
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MFA Open for Entry

Now Open for Entry!


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NGA: Mark Rothko: The Works on Paper, online resource

The National Gallery of Art maintains the largest public collection of art by the American artist Mark Rothko (1903–1970). Following the publication in 1998 of its landmark catalogue raisonné of Rothko’s works on canvas, the Gallery embarked on research into Rothko’s works on paper. The culmination of this effort will be an online resource compiling the drawings, watercolors, and paintings on paper. Expected to be launched to the public in phases between 2016 and 2018, the online resource will be followed in 2020 by a two-volume catalogue raisonné print publication.

Mark Rothko: The Works on Paper will document and illustrate some 2,600 works by Rothko located in public and private collections worldwide. Demonstrating the range of the artist’s creative achievements, the online and print publications will be the definitive scholarly references for Rothko’s works on paper, an oeuvre largely unknown to art specialists and the public alike. The Gallery continues to seek information about drawings, watercolors, and paintings on paper to be considered for inclusion in the catalogue raisonné.

Anyone with information regarding works on paper by Rothko should contact Laili Nasr by e-mail at or by phone at (202) 842-6779.

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Bethesda Fine Art

The New Building, 2013
64″ x 48″

Tarzan from Portfolio Series I, 1969
silkscreen on canvas on board
24″ x 30″
Untitled #2, 1970
color etching
26” x 19.8”
Untitled, c 1968
acrylic on canvas
37″ x 44″
In & Out, 1997-2007
stainless steel and painted aluminum
78″ x 102″ x 102″
21.5″ x 30″
Untitled (2), c 1970
watercolor on paper
22″ x 30″

Bethesda Fine Art
4931 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland


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National Gallery of Art Library

Artists’ materials ranging from art instruction manuals to trade catalogs enable scholars and conservators to better understand the physical attributes of the artworks they study and preserve. In the Library: The Intersection of Commerce and Instruction in Art presents approximately 50 examples of trade literature, from handwritten and early printed manuals containing formulas for various dyes, varnishes, and inks to illustrated trade catalogs and instruction manuals on techniques. Organized by the National Gallery of Art Library, this exhibition is on view from February 22 June 3, 2016, in the East Building, Ground Floor, Study Center.

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Phillips and University of Maryland Form Partnership


Collaboration includes new curriculum, experimental and community-focused education programs,launch of The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection, and a new gallery and open storage facility in Prince George’s County

The Phillips Collection’s Director Dorothy Kosinski and University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh announced today a bold partnership between the two institutions with a shared vision to dramatically transform scholarship and innovation in the arts.

Layered with rich opportunities to collaborate, the agreement is ambitious, entrepreneurial, and risk-supportive, which are considered essential qualities in today’s competitive arts and academic environments. Together, The Phillips Collection will expand its education programs, reach new and diverse audiences, and pursue key initiatives that align with the museum’s strategic mission as an “experiment station” and institution for learning. At the same time, UMD will grow its established scholarship and academic programs within the arts, provide unparalleled research and education opportunities for UMD faculty and students, and expand its footprint in the nation’s capital.

“This is a pivotal moment in Phillips history. As we look toward the museum’s 100th anniversary in 2021, we intend to redefine its role within the cultural community locally and globally,” says Kosinski. “Together with the University of Maryland—one of the country’s leading institutions for research and innovation—we can reach new audiences, disrupt conventional thinking, and inspire new heights of achievement and impact.”

“This remarkable partnership fulfills a long-time dream for this campus,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “Not only does it provide access to this priceless collection, but it brings a new vigor to our arts education, and to the entire campus.  We are genuinely a STEAM university—Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math.”


This partnership, rooted in shared values and a commitment to arts integration and innovation, will provide rich and meaningful opportunities for education, innovation, research, entertainment, interdisciplinary collaboration, and exploration.  University faculty and programming will complement the museum’s expertise in scholarship, exhibitions, and publications, and will serve as a partner in the exploration of topics related to the museum’s collections and programs.

With long-term goals in mind and a forward-looking entrepreneurial spirit, this six-year partnership—through investment from both institutions—will position the Phillips and UMD to achieve the goals articulated in their strategic plans while providing rich and meaningful opportunities for local and global audiences.

To increase greater public viewing to more of the museum’s exceptional 4000-piece collection, the Phillips and UMD plan to develop a new gallery and open storage facility in Prince George’s County. The new public facility will serve as a cutting-edge, modern and contemporary art center, hub for experimentation and innovation, and an artistic laboratory for a global community. This project would spark county and statewide economic development and dramatically expand outreach to students, faculty, the local community and a range of national and international visitors.

UMD will also now be the primary presenter of all Intersections exhibitions at The Phillips Collection. Intersections is the Phillips’s series of contemporary art exhibitions that invites artists of today to explore the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. This partnership builds on UMD’s already sterling reputation for building the future of the arts—from world-class performances at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center to cutting-edge training in arts management at the DeVos Institute.


The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection is the expansion of the Center for the Study of Modern Art—the museum’s nexus for academic work, scholarly exchange, and innovative interdisciplinary collaborations. Key collaborations under the newly named Center will include:

  • Expanding on and developing new arts curriculum and extended studies courses and seminars focused on art, art history, arts management, museum studies, cultural diplomacy, conservation and interdisciplinary studies.
  • Supporting two or more postdoctoral fellowships at the Phillips annually, with research conducted in the areas of modern art, conservation, music, and cultural diplomacy.
  • Partnering on the Phillips’s International Forum Weekend, which, since 2009, has brought together leading art collectors and committed philanthropists from around the world to engage with artists, art professionals, and diplomatic, Congressional, and Administration leaders to explore topics in modern and contemporary art in a global context.
  • Co-publishing the UMD-Phillips Book Prize, a biennial book prize for an unpublished manuscript presenting new research in modern or contemporary art from 1780 to the present.
  • Co-presenting a new music series at the Phillips, developed in partnership between the Phillips and UMD’s School of Music.
  • Enhancing programming for Creative Voices DC and other public programs, which includes expanding programming and academic offerings to UMD’s campus, including public lectures, college courses, symposia, interdisciplinary projects and artist talks.
  • Digitizing of the museum’s archives of 9,500 scholarly books, exhibition catalogues, and correspondence, to preserve the archives in perpetuity and make valuable educational resources easily accessible to scholars, researchers and students around the world.

“By providing new opportunities for sustained inquiry, this partnership will enable the Phillips to deepen its educational mission and become internationally recognized as the leading resource for the study and appreciation of modern and contemporary art, while also enhancing the University of Maryland’s reputation as a leading institution for the arts and a trailblazer for the STEM-to-STEAM movement nationally and globally,” says Board Chairman George Vradenburg. “Picasso purportedly said of computers, ‘They are useless.  They can only give you answers.’  Our increasing visual world demands that we add arts to STEM curriculum, so we can ask—and answer—the right questions. We believe this type of provocative and inclusive conversation can only arise from a collection of such specific and singular identity as the Phillips’s.”

As part of the new partnership, UMD students, faculty, staff and Alumni Association members will received free admission to the Phillips, and have access to the collection, facilities, and museum staff for research and educational purposes. The Phillips will also offer internships for UMD graduate and undergraduate students in interdisciplinary fields.

The partnership between The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland will serve as a catalyst for an even more dynamic use of the museum’s permanent collection and for the development of new educational programs across disciplines and audiences.


The Phillips Collection is one of the world’s most distinguished collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Stressing the continuity between art of the past and present, it offers a strikingly original and experimental approach to modern art by combining works of different nationalities and periods in displays that change frequently. Artists represented in the collection include Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Honoré Daumier, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mark Rothko, Jacob Lawrence, and Richard Diebenkorn, among others. The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, has an active collecting program and regularly organizes acclaimed special exhibitions, many of which travel internationally. The Phillips also produces award-winning education programs for K–12 teachers and students, as well as for adults. The museum’s Center for the Study of Modern Art explores new ways of thinking about art and the nature of creativity, through artist visits and lectures, and provides a forum for scholars through courses, post-doctoral fellowships, and internships. Since 1941, the museum has hosted Sunday Concerts in its wood-paneled Music Room. The Phillips Collection is a private, non-government museum, supported primarily by donations.


The University of Maryland is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 47 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.8 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign. For more information about the University of Maryland,

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Vermeer Loan Celebrates 20th Anniversary of NGA Retrospective

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has lent one of its great treasures—Johannes Vermeer’s Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (c. 1663)—to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the landmark Johannes Vermeer exhibition, which opened here in November 1995 before traveling to the Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis, The Hague, in March 1996. Woman in Blue Reading a Letter will on view through December 1, 2016, in the Dutch and Flemish Cabinet Galleries alongside Vermeer paintings from the Gallery’s own collection.

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