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Art Seminar Group Records

Identifier: R0186-ASG

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Content Description

The collection documents the activities and programming of the Art Seminar Group in Baltimore, Maryland between its founding in 1956 and 2024. Topics addressed within the collection include: art history, art criticism, curatorial practice, and Baltimore/DC metropolitan area art museums.


  • 1956-2024

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, the donor has assigned the copyright of this collection to the University Foundation. However, copyright for some items in this collection are held by their respective creators.

Historical Note

Founded in Baltimore in 1956, the Art Seminar Group functions as a volunteer-driven social and cultural organization devoted to adult education in the visual arts at the local level. The group invites curators and art historians to present on scholarly topics in visual art to their members, fostering education and discussion around modern and contemporary art. The Walters Art Museum recruits for its museum docent program from the Art Seminar Group, and the group maintains strong ties to other local arts institutions, including: the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Johns Hopkins University, the Contemporary, and the University of Maryland. It is a prime example of how grassroots arts education organizations have operated in Baltimore since the mid-1950s.


4.0 Linear feet (4 containers)

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The collection is arranged as a folder inventory.

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore Foundation by Sallye Perrin on April 8, 2024. The records were transferred by Chris Wright to Aiden Faust April 22, 2024.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Thomas Dettling in 2024.

Finding aid for the Art Seminar Group Records
Finding aid prepared by Aiden Faust (2024).
April 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Studies Archives Repository

H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA