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Passing Freight

photographs by Stephen Mallon

in the Shirley and Fred A. Pechter Galleries

April 19, 2024 – July 7, 2024


"Passing Freight" is a solo exhibition of photographs celebrating the unique beauty and function of freight train cars in the United States. This series of photographs "captures the grandeur of the human capacity to achieve immensely complicated engineering feats by revealing the subtle yet intricate beauty of rail cars passing across the American landscape."



Contours: Land, Rail, Rau

photographs from the William H. Rau Collection

in the George A. and Herbert T. Wolf Gallery

April 19, 2024 – July 7, 2024


Guest curated by Julie Rockwell, this collection documents the legacy of the Pennsylvania Railroad and its significance for Altoona's history. Rockwell is archivist for the East Broad Top Railroad Archives and Special Collections. This exhibition runs parallel with the complementary "Passing Freight" exhibit by Stephen Mallon. Both exhibitions engage the railroad as subject through photographic images. One documents its past and the other, its present. In tracing the development of the railroad across time by bringing together its past and present, we hope to not only stimulate a conversation about the future of the railroad, but about the future of Altoona itself.



A Walk Around

selections from the Permanent Collection

in the Titelman Galleries and the Paula and Dean Lemley Gallery

April 26, 2024 – July 14, 2024


A highly regarded regional watercolor artist, B. Strank Zivkovich, shows her prolific works that are frequently identified with freely drawn forms, random colors, and a unique juxtaposition of her hometown neighborhood in Johnstown. Before her passing, she was an active member of the Allied Artists of Johnstown, the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Artists Professional League and the Pennsylvania Society of Watercolor Painters.



Best of the Best

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

October 27, 2023 – July 14, 2024

Enjoy a remarkable journey through the heart and soul of our permanent collection in our latest exhibition. Prepare to be enchanted by the most extraordinary pieces that our collection has to offer. From timeless classics to contemporary gems, this exhibition is a testament to the enduring power of art to inspire, provoke, and captivate. Join us for an unforgettable experience as we showcase the best of the best, each masterpiece telling a unique story and inviting you to explore the depths of human imagination. Bring your friends and family, and let's celebrate the beauty and brilliance that art brings into our lives.




photographs by Donald M. Robinson from the Permanent Collection

May 17, 2024– December 15, 2024


Known for his nature photographs and portraits, Donald M. Robinson's photographs are beautiful documentation of a changing world. This exhibition intends to inspire peace and calm, sharing stunning scenes through the seasons. Embrace the documented calm and beauty of our world.



Dual Exhibition: Out of the Light & Ruminatus

May 3, 2024 – July 28, 2024


“Out of the Light” is an exhibition of artwork by Skip Allen. Allen is a photographer who works mostly in black and white. He has won numerous awards and has worked in the medium for over 30 years. Allen has strived to photograph the narrative of our natural environment. Skip’s photographs offer a glimpse into life’s conflicts and achievements in two dimensions. By utilizing black and white media, inanimate objects are abstracted and transformed, evoking deep insight into this expressive journey. Nature reveals its secrets to our senses and the functions of photography become secondary.


“Ruminatus” is an exhibition of artwork by Jaime Cooper. Cooper is an award-winning artist who has led an eclectic life, forever balancing her scientific and artistic sides. While Jaime has had many shows, for this one, she wants to return to simplicity and define each piece by its individuality. She wants each individual piece to be a single, irreproducible statement of that particular moment in time. Cooper will have more traditional works along with her newly developed paintings through the encaustic technique.​

Picasso in the Hall of Bulls Jaime Cooper.jpeg
Edward Glannon, Woodpile Winter, 1969, Gift of the Glannon Family.JPG


Light and Dark

May 24, 2024 – December 15, 2024


Light, and its absence, are essential to artistic expression and creation. This multi-gallery exhibition explores the light, the dark, and the worlds in between through the permanent collection of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Using paintings, photographs, and 3-dimensional artworks, this exhibition celebrates the contrast of light and dark.

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