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Elizabeth Wilson: Spirit of Place 

Exhibition in the George A. and Herbert T. Wolf Gallery

September 2, 2022 - December 4, 2022

Philadelphia-based artist Elizabeth Wilson's soft paintings are technical marvels and studies on the beautiful scenes surrounding us. The quiet energy of each painting captivates visitors throughout the exhibition. Explore Wilson's landscapes as you travel through places like Maine, Rhode Island, England, Italy, and much more as you tour the artwork. Elizabeth Wilson's travel experience is reflected in her work as a direct response to her environment; she has credited traveling with providing her a rich source of subject matter and new ideas. Her artwork traces her life through pandemic isolation and travels through beautiful country sides. Her work embodies a strong sense of time, place and visual harmony achieved in part through careful editing and at times shift towards abstraction. The paintings in this solo exhibition document a spirit of place.

“Above 67 Steps II, Greenport” Watercolor on paper, 2013.jpg


Artists in Our Midst

Exhibition in the Shirley and Fred A. Pechter Gallery and Paul I. Detwiler Education Center

September 30, 2022 – December 30, 2022

Art in Common's juried exhibition is a highlight of SAMA Altoona's exhibition calendar. This year, dozens of local and regional artists will be juried into an exhibition of their work in SAMA Altoona's largest gallery. Rebecca Strzelec, this year's juror, is a Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts and Program Coordinator of the Visual Art Studies degree program at Penn State University, Altoona College. Strzelec earned her BFA and MFA from Tyler School of Art in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM. 



Color, Light, and the Outdoors 

artworks by Kutz, Jackson, Mitchell, Pfahl

​Exhibition In the Titelman Galleries and the Paula and Dean Lemley Gallery

December 2, 2022 – February 5, 2023


While viewing the exhibition, guests will enjoy the beauty and majesty of the great outdoors through the creative vision of these talented artists. The paintings will send you on a visual journey, capturing the subtleties of color, light, and texture illustrated in the houses, fields, flowers, and trees within their works. Slow down and enjoy the beauty that is, “Color, Light, and the Outdoors”. Embark on a visual journey and discover our region’s natural beauty through the eyes of these four remarkable artists: Kevin Kutz, Sandra Jackson, Edward Mitchell, and William Pfahl.

Pfahl, Christmas Eve, Circle K Sharpsburg 22x28 in., oil.jpg


Geometric Abstractions

Selections from the SAMA Permanent Collection

Exhibition in the Lynn Ashe Gallery, Jerry & Joan Hawk Gallery, and Children's Discovery Gallery

October 10, 2022 - February 5, 2023

Exhibition in the Donald M. Robinson Gallery

Photographs of landscapes highlighting trees and greenery from around the globe. Donald M. Robinson is an internationally acclaimed photographer who has traveled the world in search of compelling images. Numbering in excess of 800 objects, the Robinson collection includes documentary and nature photographs taken on six continents and in more than 60 countries.

96.203, Marko Spalatin, American, b. Croatia, b_edited.jpg


Southwestern Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

work by artists from the 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania

November 11, 2022 – February 5, 2023

The SPCARTS exhibition features work by artists from the 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania. Featured works will span a variety of media, including acrylic, oil, photography,

pastel, watercolor, wood, masonry, and many others. Since its inception 27 years ago, the exhibition has become known for its freshness and energy in the art of emerging young artists

and for the dazzling presentations of established artists who are developing a new direction with their art.​



Donald M. Robinson: Orchids

Selections from the SAMA Permanent Collection

August 22, 2022 – December 9, 2022


In 1993, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art became the repository for the Donald M. Robinson collection of photography and archives. For more than fifty years, Donald M. Robinson has explored landscapes, wildlife, and the human condition. Reflecting on the power of the photographic medium resulting in an enduring source of inspiration for future generations, Robinson also exhibits a mastery of technical complexities. From the dawn of nature’s beauty to the last frontiers on earth, his photographs extend beyond documentation; the collection is a novel of personal experiences and expressions of the universe and all its glory. In this exhibition, view the multitude of orchids documented by Robinson.

2004.033 - Orchid 46, Florida.jpg




SAMA has been working diligently to address much-needed renovation and repairs to our Loretto facility.  We have recently been informed of an opportunity that would allow for work to begin this Fall.


Therefore, the decision has been made to postpone the 2022 Biennial Exhibition until February 2023. The Artists of the 21st Century exhibition will take place at SAMA Altoona instead from February 3, 2023 – April 16, 2023.