The museum previously planned to fund the programs using proceeds from deaccessioned artworks, a proposal that drew sharp criticism from many in the arts community.
The museum announced 33 recent acquisitions by artists including Laura Aguilar, Loïs Mailou Jones, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.
The university’s IMDA program facilitates students’ engagement with emerging artistic practices to address conceptual and social challenges.
The decision comes only hours before the Sotheby’s contemporary art auction this evening in which two of the works were slated to go under the hammer.
Pendleton and Sherald join two honorary trustees who have also stepped down from the board, though the artists did not state their objections to a contentious deaccession.
In a public letter yesterday and in an interview with Hyperallergic, Clair Zamoiski Segal, chair of the board of trustees, addressed criticism of the BMA’s decision to sell three paintings from its collection.
Art historian Michael Fried and former BMA director Arnold Lehman signed an open letter sent to the state of Maryland last week, and a former board member has written to the museum’s board.
A group of 23 former board and committee members is demanding a formal investigation into what it calls the “hasty and opaque deaccession” of three paintings from the museum’s collection.
The BMA plans to sell three works by Brice Marden, Clyfford Still, and Andy Warhol. It will funnel $10 million of the proceeds into a fund to acquire works by women and artists of color.
Citing “deeply systemic issues,” MICA faculty have withdrawn their support of the school’s president, provost, and other senior administrators.
On July 4, a group of protesters tore down a Christopher Columbus statue in Little Italy.
Starting this June, the BMA will provide resources as well as financial support to local artists, galleries, and communities.