Calvert Alumni Anne Stone ’53 and John Waters ’58 Named as New Trustees of the Baltimore Museum of Art Board

This article by Ed Gunts originally appeared in Baltimore Fishbowl on August 3, 2021.
The Baltimore Museum of Art announced the addition of five new trustees to its board: Michael Ealy, Nupur Parekh Flynn, Lori N. Johnson, Anne L. Stone '53, and John Waters '58.
The new trustees join Clair Zamoiski Segal, the museum’s board chair; Christopher Bedford, the museum’s Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director; and 36 other active trustees in leading the institution at 10 Art Museum Drive.

The board is responsible for the governance and oversight of the museum and fostering support for its programs and initiatives.

“I am very excited to welcome the five new trustees, whose variety of skills and experiences across the fields of art, education, entertainment, marketing, and management will assist us as we continue to find ways to better serve our community and fulfill the Baltimore Museum of Art’s mission,” Zamoiski Segal said in a statement.

“I have no doubt that this new cohort of trustees will enhance the museum’s governance and leadership, and I look forward to sharing their commitment and passion for the BMA’s vision with the rest of the board.”
“As we continue to expand our efforts to make the BMA a more equitable and inclusive institution, it is imperative that our Board reflect this endeavor,” Bedford said.

“Our five new trustees reflect a diversity of backgrounds and skills whose experiences and knowledge will be invaluable in ensuring the BMA continues to tell an expansive story of art, embracing new voices and better serving the Baltimore community. I am very thankful to them and all of our trustees for dedicating their time and sharing their passion to strengthen our museum.”

Here are brief biographies of the new trustees, based on information provided by the museum:

Michael Ealy: Michael Ealy is an actor who grew up in Silver Spring, attended the University of Maryland College Park and began his acting career in New York City. His work can be seen in films such as Barbershop; Think Like a Man; Their Eyes Were Watching God; The Perfect Guy, and Fatale. Ealy and his wife, Khatira Rafiqzada, are avid art collectors.

Nupur Parekh Flynn: Nupur Parekh Flynn is the founding owner and CEO of NUPUR LLC. Before starting her own business, Flynn was managing director of marketing and public relations at Brown Capital Management. She also has been a political appointee at the U.S. Agency for International Development and a marketing executive at the law firm DLA Piper.

Flynn is involved with LifeBridge Health, where she serves as a Trustee, Secretary of the Board, and a member of the health system’s Governance, Nominating, and Compensation Committees; the Open Society Institute – Baltimore, where she serves as an advisory board member and on its Grants Committee; and is a member of the United Way Worldwide U.S. Council Tocqueville Society and Million Dollar Roundtable.

Flynn earned a Master’s degree in European Studies with a specialization in policy from l’Institut d’Etudes Européennes de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles and a BA in international studies from McDaniel College. She has previously served as a BMA Trustee for five years and participated in the Executive, Governance, and Public Engagement Committees.

Lori N. Johnson: Lori N. Johnson is an associate professor of art history in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Her research focuses on the relationship between discourse and cultural practice with an emphasis on how art normalizes the operations of power through the representation of class, race, gender, and sexuality.

Before coming to Morgan, Johnson taught at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Colgate University, where she was a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow. She earned a PhD specializing in 19th-century French art from Princeton University and has a Master’s degree from American University and an undergraduate degree from George Washington University. She has served on the BMA’s Contemporary Accessions Committee for five years.

Anne L. Stone: Anne L. Stone is a Baltimore native, a longtime supporter of local education and arts organizations, and a collector of fine art, craft furniture, and fine American antiques.

Stone has been supportive of the BMA as an active Council Member and generous contributor of works of art. Her early education in Baltimore was at Calvert and Bryn Mawr schools, along with piano training at the Peabody Institute. After earning a master’s degree in Library Science, she worked in Manhattan at a publishing company before returning to Baltimore and working at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. She has previously served on the boards of the Choral Arts Society and Maryland SPCA and as a volunteer at the Forbush School at Shepard Pratt.

John Waters: John Waters is a film director, artist, writer, actor, and journalist who was born, raised, and still lives in Baltimore. Waters has directed 16 movies, including Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray, Cry Baby and Serial Mom, and written 10 books. His visual art has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries around the world, including a recent retrospective at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, and the BMA.

Waters has received Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has previously served on a BMA Accession Committee and recently promised a bequest of more than 375 works from his fine art collection to the museum.

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