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MOVEMENT: Works by Mandi Moerland

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

June 3, 2022 – August 21, 2022

Whether approaching elegant ballet dancers or innocent chickens, Mandi Moerland shares her energized vignettes of life through paint, ink, and charcoal. This exhibition is a lively representation of the color and flow of the beauty in life’s little moments. Mandi’s beautiful works are a reflection of her life of color and expression. Her love for the arts began at the age of two, when she discovered her passion for dance. Using the body as a vessel of expression, Moerland spent decades dancing and understanding her own power and freedom. Our exhibition MOVEMENT : Works by Mandi Moerland explores the artist’s story, depicting the world through her eyes, and expressing a powerful influence of the human body on art.

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The Fantastical World of Joe Servello

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

March 25, 2022 – June 19, 2022

Joe Servello’s artwork is a celebration of Altoona and art history, joyfully depicting his muses of industry, literature, and art. In this exhibition, viewers can see his most recent paintings and sculptural wall pieces, and see the progression of his style and influences. Bringing together his varied work from the past 30 years, this unique exhibition will show the range, depth, and expertise of Servello. Servello is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and Altoona Area School District. He worked as a graphic designer, an art director, theater designer, and an art teacher in both Philadelphia and New York.


This exhibition will be his first in over a decade and his return to downtown Altoona where his art gallery was formerly located. Joe Servello’s 90th birthday will coincide with the closing day of the show. Visit SAMA Altoona on June 19th, 2022 between 12:00 pm and 4:30 pm to enjoy celebratory snacks in honor of his birthday. SAMA extends a heartfelt “Thank you” to our exhibition sponsor, Benzel' Bretzel Bakery.

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From Conservator to Artist

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

May 27, 2022 – July 17, 2022

The Johnstown, Pennsylvania artist, Michael Mosorjak, is a contemporary artist practicing in oil and gouache painting techniques. His skillful, realistic renderings have not only gained him a following among art collectors, but also students. He is an instructor of art history and basic drawing as well as an art enthusiasts and lecturer on painting conservation. As a practitioner, extensive exposure to the work of many other artists has enriched his understanding of painterly skill. SAMA extends a heartfelt “Thank you” to our exhibition sponsor, Mr. Robert and Dr. Terri Nicole Sawyer. 


Highlights from the First 10 Years

in the Regional Galleries

March 11, 2022 - June 19, 2022 

Works from the SAMA Permanent Collection acquired in the 1970s. In addition to featuring the works of notable American artists such as John Sloan, Paul Cadmus, and Sylvia Beckman, this exhibit features a print by Renoir, and a 16th century artist’s study of a Leonardo da Vinci painting of John the Baptist. 


The Art of Healing: Reflections 2022

May 16, 2022 – August 5, 2022


Due to the COVID pandemic, the exhibition was postponed for nearly two years. The exhibition features approximately 35 works created by patients during SAMA’s Museum/Healthcare Partnership Program residencies at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center with SAMA teaching artist, Rita Haldeman in 2019-2020. Since the inception of the Museum Healthcare Partnership in 2003, SAMA’s trained artists and educators have been working with health care providers to develop residencies and workshops aimed at providing relief for patients dealing with physical pain and discomfort. The works in The Art of Healing Exhibition were created during residencies as part of the Museum Healthcare Partnership, now in its nineteenth year.



As Everywhere of Silver

Exhibition In The Elizabeth Shaw Gamble Gallery

April 29, 2022 – August 7, 2022

“As Everywhere of Silver” coincides with the 25th anniversary of SAMA Ligonier Valley. Silver is a color both Rita and Nicole used often in their paintings to commemorate this occasion. The title, “As Everywhere of Silver”, was chosen from the Emily Dickinson poem of the same name. A common initial interpretation of this poem associates it to the ocean and how the beaches are the only obstacle holding it back from taking over all land. Rita and Nicole infer the poem to mean so much more. They see the meaning as the changing of the season, the movement of the landscape over time, with only thin threads of similarity holding the landscape as being in one place. Both Rita and Nicole’s work represent the changing of time, weather, and season in their landscapes; though, in each, they have their own unique individual painting styles.

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Something 4 Everyone

Exhibition In the Sullivan Gallery

April 22, 2022 - June 5, 2022


See how four unique artists blend their artwork to create one beautiful exhibition. Stacy Datsko creates both functional and decorative pottery often marked with influences from outdoor adventures with her husband and two kids, faith, and nature. Dan Helsel enjoys painting in the Old Masters style of such artists as Chardin, Vermeer, Rembrandt and Velazquez. Diana Williams specializes in portrait and figure paintings, and her work showcases her ability to capture a likeness, to tell a story and present a vivid representation of the true essence of the subject. Kim Williams' work is often nature-themed featuring strong layout skills and has been described as "honest, exuberant...full of integrity, spirituality and joy."

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The Found Voice in Art

Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery

April 22, 2022 - June 5, 2022

This new exhibit of almost 70 works from the SAMA permanent collection, presents a full spectrum of voices, each unique and remarkable in their own way, each answering the question: what is art? These are all artists who "found their voice." Whether realistic paeans to honest work, light-filled landscapes, highly rendered still lifes, surreal dreams, social critiques or abstract contemplations on color and shape to name a few of the styles presented, each work says something the artist was committed to expressing. Each work also has a technical completeness which enables that voice to be heard. The show is curated by painter and collector, Fred Danziger, and includes many iconic American artists such as Charles Burchfield, Alice Neel, George Bellows, Jacob Lawrence and Ben Shahn.