Doreen Bolger, who to many artists is the face of the Baltimore Museum of Art, is planning to retire, according to a BMA press release. Bolger will retire from her position effective June 30, the release said. Bolger has been director of the museum since 1998 and won a Best Of Baltimore award for Best Do-Gooder from City Paper in 2011.
She "is recognized for redefining the Museum's artistic focus and placing greater emphasis on its world-renowned collection, initiating major traveling exhibitions, expanding educational programs, and eliminating general admission fees," Anne Mannix-Brown, director of communications and marketing for the museum, said via email.
In 2012, City Paper interviewed Bolger about her time as director and seeing the museum's new contemporary art wing reopening.
A committee will be formed by the museum's board of trustees to oversee a national search for her successor, according to Mannix. Bolger will continue to advise the BMA as it moves through a transitional period seeking her successor.