Woodmere: Building the future in Chestnut Hill

by William R. Valerio, The Patricia Van Burgh Allison Director and CEO of the Woodmere Art Museum
Posted 1/3/24

At Woodmere, we are looking forward to continuing progress in the renovation of the Frances M. Maguire Hall for Art and Education.

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Woodmere: Building the future in Chestnut Hill


Happy holidays and wishing everyone great happiness all throughout 2024. At Woodmere, we are looking forward to the beginning of 2024 with excitement about the continuing progress in the renovationCn. The messy process of asbestos removal throughout the building is the most recent milestone in the renovation and it feels like a liberation! The building, with its four acres of green space, children’s art studio and fourteen galleries for Woodmere’s collection, remains on track to open in spring 2025. 

We begin the new year with the final three weeks of our current exhibition, Barbara Bullock: Fearless Vision, on view through Jan. 21. Bullock makes sculptures out of paper like no other American artist today, and her reputation is national.  To deepen your experience of the exhibition, join us on the final Saturdays of the show for some special programming with the distinguished scholar Patricia Likos Ricci of Elizabethtown University on Jan. 13 and with the equally distinguished curator Robert Cozzolino of the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Jan. 20. 

Classical music is thriving at Woodmere, and we are delighted to host Releasing the Energies: Choral Music in Dialogue with the Art of Barbara Bullock on Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. with The Choir at St. Thomas, Whitemarsh. The members of the chorus will be integrated with the art around the periphery of the gallery, and it will be a unique, experimental experience. 

We are also thrilled to host Marja Kaisla with two back-to-back concerts we are calling Marja and Friends. Join us for An Evening of Beethoven and Dvorak on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. with musicians Paul Arnold on violin and Ovidiu Marinescu on cello. Then, join us for the Music of Schumann on Jan. 20 at 6 p.m.; on that evening, Marja will perform with Randall Scarlata on baritone. 

An important event every January at Woodmere is our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Festival, which takes place this year on Jan. 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The first part of the program, which is designed for younger children, involves hands-on art making with storytelling about individuals who helped move our country toward a state of greater freedom and racial justice. The later part of the program will include an interactive performance of spoken word and music, Freedom Stories by the sensational Tahira

We sincerely hope you will make Woodmere part of your January activities and look forward to seeing you in the galleries!