“The Learner must be led always from familiar objects toward the unfamiliar, guided along, as it were, a chain of flowers into the mysteries of life.”
– Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), Painter, Annapolis Resident
Visitors have been flooding Annapolis for decades to experience the architecture lining its colonial streets, the artwork found in its numerous art galleries and historic buildings, and the many monuments that enrich the city. You’ll find everything from 17th-century cannons and important historic American figures cast in bronze memorials to contemporary art in galleries to murals painted on buildings and walls. It’s as though the city was built as an extensive, outdoor gallery—or, as Historic Annapolis designated it over fifty years ago, as “a museum without walls.”
In addition to long-standing works by noted artists such as Charles Willson Peale, Francis Blackwell Mayer, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and William H. Rinehart, contemporary local and regional artists showcase their work in Annapolis’ many galleries or across the city as muralists and sculptors spurred on by the Art in Public Places Commission. Works of art in some of the city’s most prominent landmarks, like the Maryland State House, the USNA Museum, St. John’s College, and the “golden age” homes of Annapolis’ most noted early inhabitants, are sure to please any art lover. Once you’ve visited, it’s easy to see why Annapolis was named one of the nation’s Top 25 Arts Destinations in American Style magazine’s 12th annual Arts Destination Poll.