Treasures of the State: Maryland’s Art Collection
Dates: June 24–October 22, 2023
This collaborative exhibition, co-organized by staff from the MFA and Maryland State Archives, features over 90 American and European paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative arts from 1750‒the present. Treasures of State joins works of art from the MFA’s and State’s collections, establishing a dialogue between them and exploring their connections. Together, both institutions will examine these works from a variety of new perspectives and broaden narratives about American identity, history, taste, and the development of each collection. Notable artists represented in the exhibition include the Peales, John Kensett, George Inness, Jasper Cropsey, Hugh Bolton Jones, Eastman Johnson, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, and Thomas Hovenden.
The project focuses on a variety of key themes, which include the Colonial and Federal eras, antebellum America and the Civil War, Maryland landscapes, notable Marylanders, scenes of daily life, and the Peabody Collection. This exhibition also gives visitors the special chance to view works from the State’s collection that are not often on public display. Treasures of State is also accompanied by an illustrated, interpretive catalogue that will be available in hardcopy and electronic versions.