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Founded in 1914 by civic leaders, The Baltimore Museum of Art is Maryland's largest art museum. Its permanent collection includes more than 85,000 objects ranging from ancient mosaics to contemporary art. The Cone Collection - the BMA's pre-eminent holdings of Post-Impressionist and modern art - is the cornerstone of the Museum's permanent collection. Altogether, approximately 3,000 objects form this impressive collection, assembled by two Baltimore sisters, Dr. Claribel Cone (1864-1929) and Miss Etta Cone (1870-1949). The highlight of The Cone Collection is a group of 500 works by Henri Matisse, considered among the most important and comprehensive of its kind in the world. The Collection also includes major examples by Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, Renoir and other icons of 20th century French art. Other areas of strength include modern and contemporary arts, the arts of Africa, Old Master paintings and sculpture, European and American decorative arts, textiles, and works on paper from the Renaissance to the present day.



Maryland Institute, College of Art, which celebrates its 175th anniversary in fall 2000, has consistently been named among the top four visual arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to its academic standing, it is recognized throughout the region as a cultural resource, sponsoring many public and community outreach programs, including exhibitions, artists residencies, film series, lectures, literature and poetry readings. The host institution for Artscape exhibitions, The Maryland Institute is the only major visual arts institution in Baltimore where all exhibitions are free and open to the public.