For the past 16 years, Doreen has served as Director of the BMA, which eliminated general admission fees in 2006. She has emphasized the BMA’s world-class collection, renovating the renowned Cone Wing in 2001 and initiating a series of significant scholarly traveling exhibitions. These initiatives have built the BMA’s reputation nationally and internationally as a center for 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. At the same time, the BMA has expanded its role as a vital cultural, educational, and economic asset for the region.
Doreen is now overseeing the BMA’s ambitious, $28 million renovation, which launched with the Contemporary Wing in 2012. The next phase of the renovation includes reopening the historic Merrick Entrance, introducing a powerful new presentation of the American art collection, and renovating the East Wing Lobby and Zamoiski Entrance during the Museum’s 100th anniversary in 2014. New galleries for the African and Asian art collections and a new learning and creativity center will open in 2015.
Doreen is involved in Baltimore’s vibrant arts community, serving on the Boards of Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Station North Arts & Entertainment District, and D Center Baltimore.
A scholar on 19th-and early 20th-century American art, Bolger concluded her 13-year tenure at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture. She also served as Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and Director of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.