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Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial

June 2, 2023 - September 10, 2023

The Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial is a juried photography exhibition which will feature work by photographers from across the world. The exhibition and events are proudly sponsored by the Donald & Sylvia Robinson Family Foundation. Photography is one of the most easily approachable mediums and methods of self-expression and creativity. This Biennial explores new ways of seeing photography while celebrating its 200-year history and will feature an exhibition, an awards celebration, photography symposium, a publication of essays, and an outdoor exhibition. 

First Place: Michael Hunter Thompson, Park Pool, 2020, Archival digital print, 26 x 36 inches

Second Place: Gary Baranec, Return, 2008, Photography, 11 x 14 inches

Third Place: Don Claude, Super Mom, 2018, Digital inkjet print, 24 x 18 inches

Honorable Mention: Jack Powell, Whale Fall #1, 2020, 35mm film, inkjet archival print, 13 x 19 inches

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Collin Cessna: Exploration

in the Titelman Galleries and the Paula and Dean Lemley Gallery

July 21, 2023 – October 15, 2023

Collin Cessna is a visual artist currently living in Baltimore County, Maryland with Bedford County roots. He studied visual arts at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. In college, he studied Environmental Science and worked in the field for several years before returning to a life of creating art. Currently, he works out of his studio in Baltimore County. On his work, Cessna states, “My abstract landscapes play with light and color in a continuously evolving style.  This show on exploration goes beyond location, but through, mediums, movements, and interpretation. Sincerest thank you to T&R Custom Dealer Services, Top Mountain Designs, and Cessna Ridge Sawmill for generously sponsoring the exhibition."

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Historic Bedford: Fort Bedford Museum

in the Ashe Gallery and Jerry & Joan Hawk Gallery

August 25, 2023 – November 12, 2023

The Fort Bedford Museum provides local and regional history to the community and was built in 1958 by Bedford residents to commemorate construction of the original French & Indian War fort in 1758. In the summer of 2022, the museum opened the first phase of our Fort Era exhibition, devoted to Bedford's role in the French & Indian War, and exhibition enhancements are still being added today. The Fort Bedford Museum houses over 5,000 objects from Bedford’s past. The Historic Bedford exhibition collaboration between SAMA and the Fort Bedford Museum will showcase pieces from Fort Bedford’s permanent collection and display the unison of art and history. With over two dozen pieces of historical military and legal documents, photos, and newsprint on loan, you can take a trek through time and view the artistry in each of the elaborate works.

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Water & Earth: Works by Donald M. Robinson

selections from the SAMA Permanent Collection

May 19, 2023 – September, 11, 2023


See depictions of nature in its purest form, with serene and majestic views of nature, these photographs showcase the brilliant colors and textures of nature, celebrating the peaceful ambiance of our world.



Dual exhibition:

The Art and Novelty of Bryce Glass

An Appreciation for the Familiar by J.D. Titzel

August 18, 2023 – November 5, 2023

This is a dual exhibition.  J. D. Titzel's exhibition titled, "An Appreciation for the Familiar" covers a plethera of his 2D oil work from over the last 30 years. The special glass exhibition displays the history and magesty of Bryce Glass. This carefully curated exhibition will celebrate the rich history and important role the Bryce family and Bryce, McKee & Co. played in our region. 

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Photographic Memory: A Look at the History of Photography through SAMA Permanent Collection artworks in the Sullivan Gallery

July 28, 2023 – October 15, 2023


An extraordinary opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the rich history of photography and witness the transformative power of the medium. From the early black-and-white works capturing the essence of everyday life to the thought-provoking and experimental photographs of the contemporary era, the exhibition highlights the evolution of techniques, aesthetics, and storytelling within photography. This captivating exhibition will feature renowned artists such as Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, Margaret Bourke-White, and Larry Fink. Each artist's distinctive style and unique contributions to the world of photography will be displayed through carefully selected pieces from SAMA's extensive collection. The exhibition is sponsored by Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery.



Subtle Reflections of Color

in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery

July 28, 2023 – October 15, 2023

An exhibition celebrating, chastising, and challenging the use of color. Visitors will embark on a visual journey exploring the ways in which color can evoke emotions, provoke introspection, and create compelling narratives. This exhibition is a curated exploration of the myriad ways in which color influences our perception, engages our senses, and shapes our understanding of the world around us. From vibrant and exuberant palettes that celebrate life's joys to somber and muted tones that elicit introspection, "Subtle Reflections of Color" invites visitors to delve into the complex interplay between color and emotion. The exhibition features a diverse range of artworks in various media, including painting, sculpture, mixed media, and more by renowned artists who have masterfully employed color to convey their messages. The exhibition is sponsored by Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery.

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