About SAMA

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 5,000 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. Watch our video to learn more about SAMA.

 

 

 

 

Our Mission

 

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.

Awards

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is the proud recipient of the following awards:

  • Initiative Awards in Community Involvement, Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards (2018)

  • Blair County Arts Hall of Fame inductee (2011)

  • President’s Award of the Allegheny Mountains Convention & Visitors Bureau (2011)

  • National Award for Museum Service, Institute of Museum and Library Services (2002)

  • “Power of Creativity” Community Arts Education Award Initiative, Americans for the Arts and Binney & Smith (2001)

  • Best Practice in Pennsylvania Arts Education Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Pennsylvania Department of Education (1997/98)

History

  • SAMA opened its doors in June of 1976 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

  • SAMA received accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM) in 1996

  • SAMA has been a partner of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) since 1998

  • The Museum welcomes approximately 81,000 visitors annually

  • SAMA’s service region covers Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Somerset, and
    Westmoreland counties

Museum Staff

 

Sarah E. Henrich

Director and Senior Curator

Jessica Campbell

Education Coordinator

SAMA-Johnstown & Loretto

Site Coordinator

Sandra Hampton

Office Manager


Beverlie Hartnett

Registrar

Hannah Harley

SAMA-Altoona

Site Coordinator

Erica Kilbride

Communications Coordinator


Kristin Miller

SAMA-Ligonier Valley

Education Coordinator and Site Coordinator

 

Lee Rummel

Facilities Manager

Morgan Young

SAMA-Bedford

Site Coordinator

Board of Directors

 

Barry Newborn

President

Ann Benzel

Vice President


Nancy Devorris

Vice President of Development


J. Martin Kooman

Treasurer


Gerald Hawk

Secretary 

Karen Azer
Mari-Pat Beene
Mary Borkow
Nicole Clark 

George Conte
Gary Costlow
Hon. Timothy Creany
Fr. Richard Davis, TOR
John K. Duggan, Jr.
Glenda Forosisky
Stephen George
Jeanne Gleason, 
Emerita
Dede Kazmaier
Deborah Kimball
H. Dean Lemley
Joan McCreary, Emerita
Fr. Joseph M. Monahan, T.O.R.

Joan Mudge
Edward O’Brien
Michelle Passarello 
Blair Pawlowski
Shirley Pechter, Emerita
Larry Savino
Stephen Sloan
Michael M. Strueber, 

Director Emeritus
Chantel Ventura
Mary Weidlein, 
Emerita
Gerald P. Wolf, Emeritus

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) is a community art museum founded in 1976. 

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