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Be a part of the most exciting and rewarding exhibitions in the region! 

Biennial 2022 Exhibition:

Dates: October 21, 2022 to January 22, 2023 

Artworks included in exhibition will be selected by juror, Tom Paquette

Selected artists will be notified by Friday, September 2, 2022


Cash awards will include a top prizes awarded by juror, TBD

$1,000 for Best in Show

$500 First Place Award

$250 Second Place Award

$100 Third Place Award

$300 People’s Choice Award (determined by visitor vote)

Winners will be announced at the Artists' Reception on November 12, 2022

The Museum will insure all selected works wall-to-wall while on exhibition, publish an illustrated checklist, promote the exhibition statewide through press releases and public service announcements, and host an artists' reception on November 12, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. where awards will be announced and distributed. See our event list page this fall to purchase tickets for you and your guests. We look forward to seeing you there!


  • Must be relatively recent (within the last few years)

  • Should not have been exhibited at previous SAMA Biennials

    • nor the annual exhibitions of the Allied Artists of Johnstown, Art in Common, or the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. 

  • Permission must be secured from the owner if the work submitted is not owned by the artist

  • Artists must deliver and pick up during a designated timeframe included in loan agreement forms sent with notification of inclusion in September. 

Please submit:

  • $25 Application fee

  • Application form (please be sure to indicate the insurance value for your work)

  • JPEG images of maximum 3 artworks for consideration

Send materials and application fee to PO Box 9, Loretto, PA 15940 or submissions@sama-art.org.

Application deadline: Friday, June 3, 2022.

Questions: call (814) 472-3920 or email loretto@sama-art.org.