Current Exhibitions

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10.09.20 - 12.05.20


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

Steel Yourselves

October 9, 2020 - December 5, 2020

This exhibition will feature local artists Bill Scimio and David Beach. Both artists use metal in their sculptures, creating elaborate and beautiful pieces. Six-foot dragons, life-like birds, and an iron throne await visitors at this unique exhibition in downtown Altoona. 

An avid outdoorsman, Bill Scimio draws inspiration from the natural world and the often-overlooked treasures found there—an antler shed, a grouse feather, an oak branch with acorns. These treasures are reimagined into metal. Their sculptural forms—sometimes realistic, sometimes interpretive—display a sense of presence, of personality, and often of whimsy. 

David Beach grew up in Roaring Spring Pennsylvania the son of Rex and Priscilla Beach. He learned about metal from his father, a master level mechanic, machinist, welder and fabricator, and his mother was an artist, creating her work through pottery and painting. Beach’s shop, Fox Chapel Iron Works, was established in 2006 and he has since done over 2500 designs. Beach has exhibited and been juried in numerous art shows, festivals and art galleries over the years and won best in sculpture awards.   

To celebrate this exhibition, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona will host a Wine Pairing and an Opening Reception. The Wine Pairing, occurring October 21st, features a wine tasting where the wine varieties have been paired with the art and light refreshments. Tickets are available at $20 per person, and they can be purchased by emailing or calling at 814.946.4464. Guests may either choose to attend from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm or 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Space is limited due to capacity restrictions. 

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

Artists in Our Midst: Juried Exhibition of works by Art in Common

September 4, 2020 - December 5, 2020

Artists in Our Midst is the annual juried exhibition of work by members of Art in Common. Art In Common is a nonprofit organization that started in 1986 as a forum for artists, photographers, digitals artists and sculptors to network with other artists, exhibit and promote their artwork. Twenty-seven local and regional artists are showcased in this exhibition. 


The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona will be hosting an opening reception to celebrate the opening of Artists in Our Midst and Steel Yourselves exhibitions on October 22nd, 2020 at 6:00 pm. Please contact SAMA Altoona at or 814.946.4464 for more information.

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A Century of Women in the Arts

October 24, 2020-January 31, 2021


Exhibition In the Titelman Galleries


A Century of Women in the Arts: Selections from the Permanent Collection

October 24, 2020 - January 31, 2021

The museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote with selections from the Permanent Collection by women artists including Mary Cassatt, Glenna Goodacre, Colleen Browning, Barbara Hollander, and Helen Srankenthaler, and many more.


Exhibition in the Paula and Dean Lemley Gallery

A Century of Women in the Arts: Selections from the Permanent Collection

October 24, 2020 - January 31, 2021

The museum continues the A Century of Women in the Arts: Selections from the Permanent Collection theme in the Paula and Dean Lemley Gallery. The Lemley Gallery features Sue Severson’s urban-scapes and abstract paintings where the people blend into the world around them. Her paintings invite you to imagine the story that is unfolding on the city street. 

A native of Brooklyn, New York her subject matter in many of her paintings present the life of the region’s busy streets and bustling sidewalks.  Severson attended Brooklyn Museum of Art School and the Art Students League of New York. She earned her MFA from Brooklyn College. After she and her husband retired to the Altoona area, she become a member of an organization called Art in Common and became active in Southern Alleghanies Museum of Art.



Exhibition In the Donald Robinson Gallery

Colorful Abstractions and Birds

July 17, 2020 - November 1, 2020



Exhibition In the Ashe and Regional Galleries


The Not So Common Thread

November 6, 2020 - January 30, 2021


Three artists bring their unique gifts in different art mediums. Jen Judd is a self-taught abstractionist. Her abstract works are colorful, moody spaces with depth and complexity. Shana Andrews is a photographer with a sharp eye that captures the detail of her subjects. A master quilter, Nancy Hershberger translates her visual world into the fabric. Her level of mastery with thread and fabric is stunning. “The Triple Threat” Mari-Pat Beene is a ceramicist, digital media artist, and painter. Her work with clay ranges from artisan pottery to sculptural whimsy.








Coming soon:

Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts


Exhibition In the Ashe and Regional Galleries


Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts

25th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition

November 13, 2020 - January 31, 2021


This exhibition features work by artists from 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania. Featured works will span a variety of media including acrylic, oil, pastel, photography, watercolor, wood, masonry, and many others.


Since its inception, the exhibition has become known for its freshness and energy of emerging young artists and the dazzling presentations of established artists developing a new direction with their art. This installment marks the seventeenth consecutive year SAMA Ligonier Valley will host this amazing exhibition. This year also marks the council’s 25th anniversary.


Serving as this year’s juror is artist and professor, William Mammarella.  He is the Chair of Fine Art and Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. Mammarella received an MFA at the University of Delaware and a BA at Rutgers University. He won numerous awards and has exhibited his work extensively in both group and solo shows. Some recent shows include: (2014) “Contemporary Landscape”, City Hall Gallery, Lancaster, PA and (2013) “The Enduring Horizon”, The Gallery at Dogstar, Lancaster, PA.

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2020 Biennial

10.16.20 - 01.23.21

Exhibition In the Sullivan Gallery


2020 Biennial

October 16, 2020 - January 23, 2021


The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto is pleased to announce the opening of Biennial 2020 Exhibition, the Museum’s juried exhibition occurring every two years that highlights the very best in regional artistic talent. The exhibition opens October 16 with 101 works from more than sixty artists throughout Pennsylvania. SAMA’s Biennial is considered to be one of Pennsylvania’s top exhibitions for contemporary local artists, and this installment features works in photography, watercolor, wood, oil, clay, bronze, pastel, pencil, acrylic, and mixed media, among others. Biennial 2020 will be on view through January 23, 2021. Serving as both selection and award juror was Laura DeFazio.


Laura DeFazio is a Professor of Art at California University of PA, where she’s taught since 1997. Her teaching areas include a wide variety of studio art and art history courses, as well as courses in Islamic art and architecture. She sculpts life-size figures and has created several works of permanent public art. Her media are primarily large-scale carved stone and cast concrete. Imagery that runs through her work include animals, humans, and nature.  Ms. DeFazio's landscape designs create interactive spaces for adults and children, with walkways and seating for public use, in addition to sculpture, carved stone drawings, and sometimes fiber elements. Her works can be seen in libraries, parks, or playgrounds throughout Western Pennsylvania. She resides in Pittsburgh with her German Shepherd, Bindi. 


Margaret Black of Boswell was awarded Best of Show for her fiber piece, Critter 4. Helen Gorsuch of Altoona was awarded First Place for her Raku sculpture, Samurai’s Cat. William Pfahl of Pittsburgh was awarded Second Place for his oil painting Shoah. Four Third Place awards were given to Ron Donoughe of Pittsburgh for Housebacks, Dave Hammaker of East Freedom for Temple of Sinawava, Anni Mastick of Boalsburg for Welcome In and Elise Philips of Elverson for Beach Day.

Biennial 2020 Sponsors


Best of Show: Barry H. Newborn

First Place: Chantel Ventura

Second Place: Dr. Magdi & Karen Azer

Third Place: Dr. Magdi & Karen Azer, Laura DeFazio, Glenda & Michael Forosisky,

and Marian & Dr. Owen K. Morgan

People’s Choice Award: Ed & Barb O’Brien


Exhibition in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Balcony Gallery


Political Posters from the Mark DelCostello Collection

October 16, 2020 - January 23, 2021


The Mark del Costello Collection focuses on the American graphic design of the modern era. Numbering nearly 3,123, it includes posters and ephemera related to a wide variety of topics such as music, theater, film, visual arts, product advertising, and political issues. Although most examples in the collection date to the second half of the twentieth century, there are outstanding earlier works by renowned illustrators Howard Chandler Christy and Norman Rockwell. Apart from its artistic significance, the Mark del Costello Collection is also an important source for social history, touching on many of the noteworthy events and movements that have occurred in the United States over the last fifty years.






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