First Lady Yumi Hogan to Serve as an Honorary Co-Chair of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts’ Sold Out 85th Anniversary Gala
“85 Years of Hopes, Dreams, and Wishes”
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland has announced plans for its 85th Anniversary Year. The Museum’s doors first opened on September 16, 1931, to much excitement and fanfare, as the community celebrated the magnanimous gift of Anna Brugh Singer and William Singer, Jr. and the public-private partnership with Washington County and the City of Hagerstown to operate and sustain the Museum.
At its founding, the Museum was incorporated by a Charter from the State of Maryland which named the first board of trustees, and ex-officio members, the Mayor of Hagerstown, and the President of the County Commissioners of Washington County, and their successors as “a body corporate with perpetual succession under the name of ‘The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.’” The first board members were sworn in as public officials and took an oath of office in 1929.
The Museum is honored to announce that First Lady of Maryland, Yumi Hogan, will serve as Honorary Co-Chair of the Museum’s 85th Anniversary Year, now sold out, Gala. Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan is the first Korean-American First Lady in the United States. Mrs. Hogan is a first-generation Korean-American, an accomplished artist, and an adjunct professor at Maryland Institute College of Art.
Her artwork, created on traditional Hanji paper with Sumi ink and mixed media, has been featured in art shows and museums around Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Seoul, Korea. In 2010, she won the Caruso Award at the International Juried Exhibition Circle Gallery in Annapolis.
As First Lady, Mrs. Hogan has made it a priority to instill a love of art in Marylanders of all ages through arts education. She has also devoted much of her time advocating for cancer awareness and visiting patients battling cancer, especially children, and their families. Through teaching art classes to them, she
has demonstrated how art therapy can have a positive impact on health and well-being. Mrs. Hogan plans to continue to support the arts community and advocate for arts programs in schools across the state.
Serving as the Museum’s Co-Chair of the 85th Anniversary Year will be Mr. Howard S. Kaylor, First Vice President of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Kaylor was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, in the same red brick house where he lives today. He graduated from Hagerstown High School, then entered the Navy and served in World War II as a mechanic and an aerial gunner. After the war, he entered Washington and Lee College in Lexington, Virginia where he graduated with a degree in business. He returned to Hagerstown following college and was employed by Fairchild Industries before becoming a successful stock broker and a community leader.
Mrs. Hogan and Mr. Kaylor have reviewed the Museum’s plans for the 85th Anniversary Year and will take part in important commemorative activities, including the celebratory Gala scheduled for Saturday, October 8. Daring exhibitions, new collaborative partnerships, and expanded educational opportunities will fulfill the theme, “85 Years of Hopes, Dreams, and Wishes.” In advance of the 85th anniversary day, the Museum will open the exhibition, “Play Ball! Celebrating Sixty Years of Norman Rockwell’s The Oculist” and “William Clutz: Crossings,” a retrospective of the New York artist whose early childhood experiences at the WCMFA influenced his later success. On the anniversary day of the Museum, September 16, University of Maryland Sculpture Professor, Foon Sham, will give a gallery talk and at the City Park Fall Fest on September 17, will engage the public in an interactive component of his stirring installation, Sea of Hope II, a memorial to his mother. Subsequent exhibitions will present intriguing drawings of Mongolia and Bali by Dutch artist Willem Dooijeward, the annual juried Cumberland Valley exhibitions, and the annual Public School Art Exhibition.
Simultaneously with the exhibitions, the WCMFA will present a “zodiac” of 12 works of art from the permanent collection selected to illuminate an issue or concern of current national importance such as freedom, community, farm and food, social justice, meditation, and repose. A “community curator” and a noted speaker on each topic will present interactive talks about the 12 works of art. Educational activities and events will grow from the theme of the 85th anniversary and will augment the exhibitions and the 12 works.
With each generation, the WCMFA has found leaders, champions, and audiences. This is true now as in the past. The WCMFA trustees, staff, and volunteers are committed to testing new ideas, programs, technologies, means of communication, and ways of engaging people that will open doors, and attract new audiences. The WCMFA is an organization that honors and values its past while looking to the future through “85 Years of Hopes, Dreams, and Wishes.”