ONE MUSEUM. FIVE LOCATIONS.
The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) is a community art museum founded in 1976. SAMA successfully operates the nation’s longest-running museum satellite system with five museum facilities in the southwestern Pennsylvania cities of Altoona, Bedford, Johnstown, Ligonier and Loretto. The Museum maintains a permanent collection of more than 7,500 works of local, regional, national and international artists. SAMA’s five museums offer award-winning education programs, special events, and approximately thirty to forty exhibitions annually.
The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art exists to preserve, exhibit, and advance American art and is dedicated to making its programs and activities accessible to the people of the southwestern area of central Pennsylvania. By establishing and maintaining a museum of art and by providing programs and activities of a public, charitable, civic, cultural, literary, and educational nature, the Museum serves the people of the region. Charged with the development, maintenance, and perpetuation of a permanent collection, the Museum mounts exhibitions designed to evoke an interest in and an understanding and appreciation of American art. As well, it serves as a repository for distinctive collections.
"Unpacking and putting papers away after this journey reminds me of the high point of my visit. Your museum is one of them."
- Grier S., SAMA visitor feedback
June 1976 SAMA opened its doors with a permanent collection consisting of 47 paintings, drawings, and sculpture, and a collection of 20 etchings by John Sloan
Michael M. Strueber was appointed as SAMA’s first Director, with the Rev. Sean M. Sullivan, T.O.R., the first President of the Board of Trustees
1979 the Altoona museum opens *moves to Brett Building in 1995
1982 the Johnstown museum opens *moves to Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1990s
1996 SAMA received accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM)
1997 the Ligonier Valley museum opens *Donald M. Robinson Sculpture Park is added in 2018
1998 SAMA became a partner of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
2018 the Bedford museum opens
The Museum welcomes approximately 81,000 visitors annually
SAMA’s service region covers Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties
2018 Initiative Awards in Community Involvement, Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards
2011 Blair County Arts Hall of Fame inductee
2011 President’s Award of the Allegheny Mountains Convention & Visitors Bureau
2002 National Award for Museum Service, Institute of Museum and Library Services
2001 “Power of Creativity” Community Arts Education Award Initiative, Americans for the Arts and Binney & Smith
1997/98 Best Practice in Pennsylvania Arts Education Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Pennsylvania Department of Education
Director of Operations
Director of Marketing and Engagement
Michael M. Strueber
Board of Directors
Vice President of Development
Hon. Timothy Creany
Fr. Richard Davis, TOR
John K. Duggan, Jr.
Jeanne Gleason, Emerita
H. Dean Lemley
Joan McCreary, Emerita
Shirley Pechter, Emerita
Br. Shamus McGrenra, TOR
Mary Weidlein, Emerita
Gerald P. Wolf, Emeritus