During its 60th Anniversary Annual Meeting on May 11, the Greater Baltimore Committee presented Doreen Bolger, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, with the Regional Visionary Award for outstanding contributions to improving the region.
“Doreen Bolger is a dynamic force in the Baltimore arts community. She has greatly enhanced the quality and reach of one of the region’s treasured art institutions, the Baltimore Museum of Art,” GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry said in presenting the award to Bolger. “Her tireless ‘museums matter’ approach has transformed the BMA and enlivened the Baltimore arts community.”
Bolger has announced that she will retire on June 30.
During her 17-year tenure at the BMA, Bolger has nearly doubled the museum’s endowment, from $56.2 million to $101 million; lead the drive for free admission to the museum; and managed substantial museum renovations and expansion of gallery space for significant collections, including Post-Impressionist, American masterworks, African art and Asian art.
In addition to playing a leadership role in the region’s cultural community, Bolger is known for her passionate support of contemporary Baltimore artists and her advocacy for struggling painters, actors and musicians.
Since 1997, the GBC has presented Regional Visionary Awards to individuals who have significantly contributed to the betterment of the Greater Baltimore region. The award has been presented to political, education and business leaders for their vision and roles in improving the region. Past recipients have included Walter Sondheim, Chip Mason, George Roche, former Governor Martin O’Malley, Willard Hackerman, and last year’s awardees – Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch and University System of Maryland Chancellor William “Brit” Kirwan.