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Oct-Dec 2021

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Press Releases

 

New Trustees Join SAMA

LORETTO—The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is pleased to announce six new members who will join the Board of Trustees. This qualified group of leaders will join existing members in overseeing the organization and representing SAMA proudly in the six counties we serve: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland. Together they will fulfill SAMA’s mission to preserve, exhibit, and advance American art and bring educational and cultural programs and activities to the people of the southwestern area of central Pennsylvania. Joining the Board of Trustees is Abigail Cook, Robert Crusciel, Fred Danziger, Jr., Brother Shamus J. McGrenra, Dr. Terri Nicole Sawyer, and Aimee Willett.

 

Director Emeritus, Michael M. Strueber, elaborated on the decision to add to the Board of Trustees stating, “I believe the six outstanding new trustees from Altoona, Bedford, Ligonier and Loretto to the Board of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art will have a dynamic impact upon the institution. Combined they represent a sophisticated knowledge of art, business, law, philanthropy and strategic planning.”

 

Abigail Cook began her career in banking and international markets and has been recognized as a “top performer” in foreign exchange sales for twenty years.  Currently, her real estate career is “super” hosting Airbnb properties in Pittsburgh and Aiken, SC.  She volunteers for Clothesline in Pittsburgh and Habitat for Humanity in Aiken and is currently President of the Linden Garden Club.

 

Robert Crusciel brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the area of development as well as strong ties to the University. Robert has worked in higher education administration for the past 32 years, with 29 of those being for Saint Francis University. While at Saint Francis University, Crusciel has worked in enrollment management, alumni relations, and major gift fundraising prior to his current position as Vice President for Advancement.  Outside of work, he serves as vice president of the Cresson Lake Playhouse Board of Directors, a finance committee member at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Loretto, and holds a leadership role with Knights of Columbus, Loretto council.  Crusciel previously served on the board of trustees at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School and the Gallitzin Water Authority.  He and his wife, Julie, reside near Loretto and have three sons, ages 24, 22 and 19.

 

Fred Danziger is an avid art collector, artist, and educator. He is educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and his work has been exhibited at over 100 group shows and 18 one-man shows.

 

Brother Shamus J. McGrenra was born and raised in Philadelphia. Brother Shamus has been a Franciscan brother for 55 years and has been involved in higher education since his graduation from Saint Francis University in 1973. During his 48 years of service to the educational community, Brother has held various positions in Enrollment Management including Deanship and served as Director of International Admissions for seven years until his retirement in 2020. Brother Shamus received his undergraduate degree in History from Saint Francis University, an advanced degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and pursued post-graduate studies at Columbia University in the field of student development in higher education.

 

Dr. Terri Nicole Sawyer has a master’s and doctorate in social work.  She has worked with teens and adults for over 20 years.  Currently she is counseling the chronically ill on end-of-life decisions, helping couples and families navigate conflict and assisting individuals with mental health issues. Terri possesses a passion for art and for community. She is also an avid art collector.

 

Aimee Willett has been a practicing attorney in Blair County for over 20 years.  She provides legal services to educational institutions ranging from early education, K-12, and post-secondary education, businesses and non-profits. Her servant leadership includes coaching various high school Mock Trial teams, board member on the Cambria County War Memorial Authority and the ARC of Blair County as well as many committees for Blair County’s Children, Youth and Families and the Commonwealth’s Office of Children, Youth and Families.

 

 

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Exhibition Opening: Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial 2021 

 

LORETTO—The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto’s Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial 2021 exhibition will take place from April 16, 2021 through June 25, 2021.  The Robinson Biennial is a juried exhibition attracting photographers from across the commonwealth. Cash awards will include a top prize of $2,000 for Best of Show, together with a $1,500 first place award, a $1,000 second place award, and a $500 third place award. A reception on June 5, 2021 from 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. held at the museum will announce the award winners. Cost is $15 for members or $20 for non-members. Reservations are required for the awards ceremony and can be made online or by contacting the museum. The exhibition and events are sponsored by the Donald & Sylvia Family Foundation. 

In consort with the Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial Exhibition, which is staged in the Loretto Museum’s Sullivan Gallery, SAMA will be exhibiting photographs from the Museum’s Donald M. Robinson Collection in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery.  Through the Lens: Landscapes by Donald M. Robinson will be on display from April 16, 2021 through June 25, 2021.

SAMA will host two virtual discussions with the Robinson Photography Biennial Juror, Linda Benedict-Jones. Linda Benedict-Jones is a photographer, writer, and independent curator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2015, she retired from being the first Curator of Photography at Carnegie Museum of Art. She has also served as Executive Director of Silver Eye Center for Photography and Curator of Education at The Frick, both in Pittsburgh. She taught courses in the history of photography at Carnegie Mellon University for 18 years, from 1999 to 2017. Before moving to Pittsburgh in 1993, Benedict-Jones was Curator of The Polaroid Collection and director of Polaroid’s Clarence Kennedy Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Benedict-Jones studied at Minor White’s Creative Photography Laboratory at MIT where she earned a master’s degree in visual studies in 1982.

 

On Monday, April 19th at noon, Linda Benedict-Jones will share a selection of photographs by internationally known and regionally recognized artists, from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Esther Bubley, and suggest ways to better understand them in her presentation, Reading Photographs: Thoughts on Visual Literacy. On Monday, May 24th at noon, Benedict-Jones will present Survey of Landscape Photography. Both events will be one-hour virtual discussions and are free to attend. Registration is required on our website to obtain the event Zoom link. Please consider making a donation to the museum to help support this program and other programs offered by SAMA.

 

 In addition to virtual discussions, SAMA will reinstate our Artist Café series inviting exhibiting artists to discuss their work in a coffee house-like setting in person on select Wednesdays from 4:00 pm.—5:00 p.m. For this exhibition, there will be three Artist Café events: April 28, 2021 with Kelly M. Coursey-Gray, May 19, 2021 with Lisa Seligman, and June 16, 2021 with Dave Hammaker. The cost is $5 per person and includes a talk with an exhibiting artist, coffee, tea, and pastries. Advance reservation is encouraged for limited seating.

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SILHOUETTES: FASHION SHOW & PURSE AUCTION

LIGONIER—The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley is hosting a very special Fashion Show and Purse Auction on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Wear your favorite hat and join us at SAMA Ligonier for a dynamic show featuring Saint Francis University Costume Designer, Bonnie Resinski presenting, “Silhouettes: A One-Woman Fashion Show”. The event is being held from 2:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m., and the cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required by Tuesday, April 14th and can be made online or by contacting the museum.

 

Experience this wonderful lecture and fashion show by Resinski as she discusses and shares the shapes of modern women’s clothing from the 1890’s to the 1990’s. She will highlight the social, political, economic, and designer influences explaining the fashion trends of the 20th century. Watch the show while sipping a hot cup of tea and savoring scrumptious treats. Throughout the afternoon, stroll through our lovely Museum and bid on a beautiful selection of brand-new purses from regional boutiques and specialty shops. Enjoy other games of chance including a prize given for the “Best of Show Hat” worn during the event. Bring your friends and join us at SAMA Ligonier for a wonderful afternoon full of entertainment, fun and fashion. Refreshments generously sponsored by Aurora Gilmour and Chantel Ventura.

 

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LOOKING FOR LIGHT IN DARK TIMES: SPECIAL DUAL EXHIBITION

LIGONIER-The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley is hosting two special exhibitions this year. The featured exhibition, “Looking for the Light in Dark Times” will be on view in the entry and main gallery. The artists, Jonelle Summerfield and mother, Jolene Joyner will share inspired works of their European travels, rural landscapes, and favorite subjects including animals. The exhibition can be viewed from April 30—July 31 during regular museum hours of operation.

 

An accompanying exhibition, “Back to Woodstock” of 1960’s memorabilia and posters from the Collection of Mark Del Costello will most certainly bring back memories. Step back in time and enjoy these authentic music posters from noted artists including Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead. These featured posters represent the original 1969 Woodstock held August 15-18 on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York. 

 

Jonelle Summerfield is an oil painter from Indiana, PA. She received a degree in Interior Design from The Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2001. She began painting as a hobby shortly thereafter while she worked as a full-time kitchen designer, taking lessons from her mother, Jolene Joyner. Like her mother, she began her artistic career participating in the New Growth Arts Festival and the Indiana County Open Arts Studio Tour in the early 2000s. After taking workshops with other artists she admired, she began to paint full-time in 2012. Aside from her mother, she has taken workshops with Qiang Huang, John Del Monte, Darren Kingsley, Kerry Dunn, and Robert Liberace. Her paintings are impressionistic, and her subjects include interiors, street scenes, animals, and still lifes, among others. European travel is one of her biggest influences, and she travels to obtain her reference photos for each painting. The goal of her work is to depict the good things in life and to provide relief from a chaotic world.    

 

Jolene Joyner of Clymer, PA has had an interest in art since childhood. Though she went to nursing school after graduating from high school and established a forty-year career as a surgical nurse, she resumed her artistic pursuits in her mid-twenties. She has been a member of the Indiana Art Association since the mid-1980s where she met many friends, instructors, and mentors that encouraged her artistic growth. She entered juried exhibits in the region and won many awards while she honed her skills. She later participated in the annual New Growth Arts Festival and the Indiana County Open Arts Studio tour as she gained a following. Notable artists with whom she studied are James Sulkowski, John Del Monte, Darren Kingsley, and Kerry Dunn. Many subjects inspire her, and she is always adding subjects of interest to her repertoire. Favorite subjects include felines, still lifes, scenes from her travels to Europe and beaches of the Caribbean and America's east coast, as well as rural landscapes that include horses and cows.   

 

Join us for an inspirational and enjoyable dual exhibition that is certain to delight all. From reminiscing in time to a journey through Europe and beyond; this SAMA excursion will offer some much-needed light.

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SAMA SPA DAY

 

BEDFORD - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Bedford is pleased to announce Spa Day has been rescheduled! Unwind from head to toe in this private event, as the museum closes to the public on April 9, 2021 to host a day that is all about you. Guests can purchase one of two levels of moderation with the $10 relaxation package being offered from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or increase your level of comfort with the $45 luxury package to include a massage appointment between 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. See more details and make massage appointments on our website at https://www.sama-art.org/event-list. Must be 18 and over.

 

In the artful style you have come to know and love from SAMA Bedford, enjoy an immersive day of relaxation. Spend an afternoon with your friends with a massage and tea bar hosted by Everything Tea among other refreshments. What could be more relaxing than surrounding yourself with art while sipping a cup of tea? Bringing your favorite robe and slippers for the ultimate level of comfort is encouraged.

 

Bring the whole gang for $10 per person if you want to treat yourself to the Relaxation Package including professionally painted nails, tea bar hosted by Everything Tea among other refreshments, and beautiful art during hours of operation 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Arrangements for the Relaxation Package can be made at the door any time during the event or on our website in advance. Those seeking the full experience will need the $45 Luxury Package offered from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. including a twenty-minute massage of the head, neck, shoulder and back plus the opportunity to have your nails freshly painted. Appointments are required for all Luxury Packages and must be made one day in advance.

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LET'S GO HUNTING

 

LIGONIER – The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley will host its fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 27th. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate in the hunt for Easter eggs hidden throughout the Museum’s lawn. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. SAMA Ligonier is especially honored to have the support of Ligonier Scout Troop 372 helping this year! This event is free to attend but registration is encouraged at https://www.sama-art.org/event-list or by calling (724) 238-6015 or emailing ligonier@sama-art.org. All CDC health and COVID-19 social distancing guidelines will be in place.

 

“Gather your little bunnies and hop on over for an egg-citing Easter egg hunt at SAMA,” said site coordinator Kristin Miller. “We will have eggs galore in our beautiful gardens that will just be starting to show the first signs of spring. Our young guests can exchange their eggs for a wide variety of toys and treats, and we will also be offering hands-on art activities that children can do on-site or take home to enjoy.

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DYSLEXIA, AN ARTIST’S GIFT   ***POSTPONED DATE TBD***

LIGONIER - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Ligonier will host a very special presentation on the topic of dyslexia. Join us on Saturday, January 23rd at 2:00 p.m. for this very fascinating and insightful lecture on how dyslexia can be seen differently from the artist’s perspective. The cost for this event is $5 per person and light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required and can be made online at https://www.sama-art.org or by contacting the Museum at 724-238-6015 or ligonier@sama-art.org.

Dyslexia is defined as a learning disorder that involves difficulty in areas such as reading due to complications identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words. Heather Davis sees dyslexia very differently. She feels that dyslexia can be used as a gift and can augment creativity.

Heather grew up in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania and graduated high school with honors and an art scholarship. She went on to graduate from Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. Post-graduation, she relocated to Chester County, Pennsylvania and worked in the building trade as a general contractor and chief construction designer of her own corporation. During her time in construction, Heather was a hands-on craftsman leaving a trail of murals, mosaics, and other sculptural elements in her renovation jobs throughout the greater Philadelphia and Main Line area. In 2013, after a life-changing experience, she gave it all up to paint full-time and immediately emerged as an award-winning artist in the prestigious Brandywine Valley.

In recent years, Heather relocated to beautiful Bedford County, Pennsylvania where generations of her family are from. Her new home includes her dream studio and workshop area where she creates her in-studio works, and the magnificent landscape provides endless material for plein air works. The focus of her 2021 goals has reunited her with past sculptural ambitions as well as commitment to a higher level of painted works. The subjects and compositions include landscapes and people in the greater community and the meaning they bring.

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Kids Virtual Art Camp

 

LORETTO - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto is pleased to announce its upcoming Kids Virtual Art Camp. The classes will take place the second Saturday of every month from February through May at 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. for children ages 6-9 and 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. for children ages 10-13. Students who are unable to attend every class will have access to the recording. This course costs $40, and it includes an art kit filled with the art supplies necessary to complete the projects every month. Kits can be picked up at any SAMA museum location. See our website visit page for locations, addresses, and hours of operation. Registration is required at www.sama-art.org/events-list. Participants may join using the link provided upon registration for the free Zoom app or website.

 

In this four-session virtual art camp, artist Amy Roadman will demonstrate various materials artists use to create art and learn how to use these supplies like a real artist! Join us to create a work of art the second Saturday of each month, February through May, while experimenting with different art materials each session. Make a chalk pastel landscape, an oil pastel portrait, and a watercolor still life. In the last session, we will vote on what subject matter and material from the provided kit to personalize your learning and experience.

 

This camp will enhance observation skills and the understanding of creating the illusion of space through placement, size, and overlapping of objects, atmospheric perspective, and the amount of texture and detail added to each work of art. The difference between sketching and drawing will be discussed and demonstrated throughout the process as well as shading, layering, and color mixing. Each student will be given guidance but encouraged to express his or her own individuality.

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Photography 101 Course

ALTOONA - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona is pleased to announce its upcoming photography course starting January 16, 2021. This four-week course compliments the current exhibition at SAMA Altoona – The Implications of the Camera, which explores the history of photography, the future of the medium, and current experimentations.

Learn about exposure, composition, and the history of photography in this introductory course! This one-month course is taught by former photography professor and current SAMA Altoona site coordinator - Hannah Harley. This course will be entirely online and will focus on the basics of the camera and light (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO) and the history of photography. Attendees can expect four classes, two one on one meetings with the instructor, and one group critique with fellow photographers.

The classes will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays – January 16th, January 23rd, and January 30th, and February 6th. Students who are unable to attend the class on Saturday can access the recording afterwards. One-on-one meetings will be organized with the attendee and the instructor. The group critique and final discussion will occur on February 13th. Registration is required and will close January 15th. This course costs $40, and you can register at www.sama-art.org/events-list. This course will take place over Zoom, and students will receive the link to class upon registration.

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The Implications of the Camera Virtual Lecture Series

 

ALTOONA - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona is pleased to announce its upcoming weekly virtual lecture series on Mondays in January and February to celebrate the opening of the museum’s The Implications of the Camera photography exhibition. These scholarly conversations will explore the medium of photography through its history, contemporary uses, and its possible future.

The newest exhibition at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art opens early January upon lifted restrictions from the COVID-19 closure mandates imposed in December. This exhibition spans three galleries and dives into the history of photography, contemporary artists experimentations with it, and the influence and success of artwork reproducibility in the late 1900s. With installations, historic photographs, and masterpieces, this exhibition has something for any 1900s art enthusiast. Exhibition is sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Michael Streuber.

This lecture series is designed to present the artworks of the contemporary artists who will be the guest speakers while highlighting the importance of the two galleries of permanent collection pieces. Guests can attend the conversation online or watch the recording after the event. Space is limited and preregistration is required at least 24 hours in advance of the program to receive the Zoom link provided upon registration. Event is free of charge. See the list of series dates, topics, and guest speakers and register to attend on our events page

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LIGONIER TO HOST PAINT OUT AND WET SALE

 

Ligonier – The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley will celebrate its twelfth annual Paint Out this fall. Over the course of September 24 through 26, dozens of artists will visit the Ligonier Valley for the Museum’s popular plein air painting event. For three days, artists will paint a variety of beautiful scenes, from state forests and scenic overlooks to flowering gardens and scenes along Main Street. Artists are also invited to paint two of Ligonier’s most iconic locations: Idlewild Park and Fort Ligonier.

 

Following the three days of painting, the Museum will hold a wet sale on Sunday, September 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. Open to the public free of charge, the wet sale offers an opportunity to make purchases on the freshly painted works. If you are unable to make the wet sale reception, SAMA will be retaining works for view and purchase through Saturday,

October 3.  

 

The Paint Out will offer $500 in cash prizes. The cash prizes are sponsored by the Emma Clyde Hodge Memorial Fund. Artists who are interested in participating in the Paint Out should stop by the Museum or call (724) 238-6015. A $30 non-refundable registration fee is required.

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SPECIAL FALL GARDEN TOUR AT SAMA LIGONIER VALLEY

 

Ligonier- The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley will host a wonderful fall Garden Tour with Head Gardener, Anne Clark. The tour begins on Friday, September 18 at 1:00 pm in the gardens of SAMA Ligonier. Event will be held rain or shine. Cost for the program is $10 per person which includes seeds that you will harvest and collection packets. To register for the tour or for more information, please call the Museum at 724-238-6015.

Join Anne and stroll through our lovely gardens as she begins putting our flowers to bed for the winter. Anne will talk about garden design and the proper technique for seed gathering and storage. She will also discuss the various annuals and perennials that need cut back or pulled for the season. You will be able to collect seeds for your own garden. A question and answer session will follow the tour. Call today and register for the garden tour at SAMA Ligonier. It will be a lovely afternoon of gardening delight!

 

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NEW SITE SUPERVISOR APPOINTED FOR SAMA ALTOONA 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah Harley as the new site supervisor for the  Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona located at 1210 11th Street, Altoona, PA. Harley brings a wealth of experience in the arts to this position. She established and served as the inaugural director of the bustling art residency program, Spruce Arts, in Indiana, Pa. Spruce Arts hosts new and established artists from around the world, to live and work temporarily in Indiana County, immersing themselves in their own artistic practices as well as the local art community. Her background in the arts and non-profit management will serve SAMA well as she assumes her new role in Altoona.

Harley holds a BFA in photography from Park Point University, Pittsburgh, Pa., and an MFA in photography and related media studies from Parsons, The New School in New York City, N.Y. She has also received a certificate in arts and culture strategy from the University of Pennsylvania. She has previously served as an adjunct professor teaching at Park Point University in Pittsburgh and the Youngstown University in Youngstown, Ohio. Harley has also served as curator for the Clark Gallery in Indiana, Pa. Harley is originally from Indiana, Pa., and is familiar with many of SAMA’s sites and programs.

Director and Senior Curator, Sarah Henrich shares, “Hannah is a vibrant advocate for the arts and community involvement. Her depth of knowledge of contemporary artists and working with them in her previous positions offer SAMA new avenues of outreach and inclusion of both Pa. and Regional artists in exhibitions featured at SAMA Altoona. I am excited to work with a dynamic, approachable, and engaging individual bursting with ideas to attract community support and interest in the downtown, urban facility. We are pleased Hannah accepted our invitation to join the organization and work to further the arts in Altoona and the region on behalf of SAMA.” A community meet and greet will be scheduled to introduce the community to Hannah Harley at a future date.

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EXPLORE NATURE THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ARTISTS AT

SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES MUSEUM OF ART AT LIGONIER VALLEY

If you are looking to delve into the beauty that nature depicts, then this exhibition is for you. Open from August 21, 2020, through October 31, 2020, this multiple artist exhibition will take you through, “Journeys in Nature” capturing the majesty and splendor that nature has to offer.  

 

Kelly Coursey Gray photographs from a unique perspective. She is continuously evolving her artistic vision and adapts to meet the needs of her surroundings.  Kelly is a life-long learner and traveler who enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion with others.  Her photographs tell fascinating stories and you will be captivated by the imagery and emotions they evoke.

 

Richard McWherter is a beloved visual art teacher and photographer. He shares his passion for nature which is clearly demonstrated through his images. His unique expressionistic views offer distinctive perspectives into nature. Richard blurs the lines between photography, drawing, and painting to create beautiful dreamlike imagery that transcends time and place.

 

Vincenzo Spinelli takes everyday ordinary objects and creates undeniable extraordinary creations. He takes whatever twisted, rusted, archaic metal scraps he comes upon and with executed precision, creates sculptures of natural beauty. From delicate rose petals made of copper to towering spirals made of steel, Vincenzo takes the cold, lifelessness of metal and transforms it into the beauty and effervescence of nature at its perfection.

 

Travel with our artists as they share their talents, experiences, and passion through, “Journeys in Nature”. The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is pleased to offer our patrons this exciting exhibition from three of our region’s outstanding artists. 

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SAMA Ligonier to Host Two Summer Art Camps

Ligonier-The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley is excited to offer two children’s art camps this summer. SAMA’s art camps are taught in small, informal groups to foster each child’s creativity, personal growth, and interest in the arts. 

 

The first camp will be offered for children ages 5-9 from July 6 through July 10 titled, “Create and Play”, taught by artist Amy Roadman. Classes will be held from 9 am until noon. Pre-packaged snacks will be provided daily. The cost for this camp is $125 per child which includes all materials and snacks.

 

During this weeklong camp, children will dream, play, make, explore, and discover. They will use their natural curiosity to explore art materials in new and exciting ways. The children will create mixed media art while having fun with toys then create new toys to take home. This camp will offer social interaction, collaboration, and imaginative engagement through artistic exploration.

 

The second camp, offered for children ages 10-16, will run from July 20 through July 31 titled, “Welcome Back Water”. This camp is being taught by, artist Rita Haldeman. Classes will be held from 1 pm to 4 pm. During this two-week camp, children will be introduced to various unique materials and explore a multitude of techniques. The first week involves an investigation into how different mediums are transformed by the introduction of water. Children will create beautiful works using mediums that react differently when introduced to water thereby creating an altered visual effect. During the second week, students will delve into media art constructing logos and designs using traditional “retro” methodology. Pre-packaged snacks will be provided daily. The cost for this camp is $225 per child, which includes all materials and snacks.

 

Registration should be received no later than July 1, 2020, and includes a $25 non-refundable deposit. All COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be followed. For registration or additional information, please call the Museum at (724)-238-6015. These camps are made possible in part by the Ligonier Valley Education Trust and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  

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SAMA's Postponing Derby Day Gala:

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic concerns and recommendations for social distancing, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art board members and Gala Chairs have decided to postpone our Derby Day Gala, scheduled for May 2nd, to a later date this year.

 

While we remain committed to our cause, we must stay proactive in following health authorities’ recommendations, while also valuing the health and safety of our donors, supporters, staff, and all attending.

 

As soon as this healthcare crisis ends, we will reschedule the Gala, with the same theme and excitement as planned.  We will share our new date with you in time for your planning and participation.

 

Please visit SAMA's website, www.sama-art.org, periodically during this time. We will continue to provide online programs for our community through our Facebook tutorials and virtual tours.

 

Thank you for your patience and support!  Stay healthy and safe, and we look forward to seeing you at some point in the near future! 

Sincerely,

SAMA Board & Gala Committee Members

 

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SAMA APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR AND SENIOR CURATOR

 

Barry H. Newborn, President of the Board of Trustees of the

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is pleased to announce

the appointment of Sarah E. Henrich to the position of Director

and Senior Curator for the Central Southwestern Regional

Museum.  Ms. Henrich brings 40 years of experience within

the museum field, having held appointments as a Director,

Curator and Associate Professor throughout her career at

posts in New Jersey, New York, Kentucky and Vermont. “We

are fortunate to have Ms. Henrich join the SAMA staff at this

time in our institutional history as we celebrate our 45th year

in operation as the longest operating rural satellite museum in

the nation.  Her extensive experience with many facets of

museum operations and curatorial affairs will provide a rich

basis for working with the five museum sites located in Altoona,

Bedford, Johnstown, Ligonier and Loretto” said President Newborn.

 

Ms. Henrich is a native of Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Art History from Muhlenberg College, a Masters’ Degree in Museology from Syracuse University and conducted PhD studies at Drew University in American and British Intellectual Studies.  She has served as a Board member on the Inaugural Smithsonian Affiliates Board, as a member of the New Jersey Historical Commission Board, as well as a reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant program.  She currently serves as an accreditation reviewer team member for the American Alliance of Museums.

  

Ms. Henrich’s curatorial experience includes curating international exhibitions to and from Japan, Taiwan and France.  Her expertise is in 19th century American Art with a focus on the Romantic movement, Hudson River School and regional artists of the period.   Her museum experience includes assisting institutions preparing for and celebrating major anniversary milestones such as SAMA’s 45th year in 2021 and recently the 200th anniversary of Norwich University, Vermont in 2020.  She has served as an Assistant and Associate Professor providing instruction in Professional Museum Practices and Curatorial Methods, at both Murray State University, KY and Norwich University in Vermont.

 

"I am very pleased to begin working with all the Trustees and professional staff of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.  I look forward to developing exhibitions and programs recognizing and celebrating their 45th year of artistic offerings for the communities of Central Southwestern PA.  The staff and trustees’ ongoing commitment to this organization and their recognition of the importance of providing high quality exhibitions and arts education, as well as collecting and preserving American art for this region, is exemplary.  It is a privilege to serve as the Director and Senior Curator of this special Museum and its representative satellite facilities in the diverse and unique communities of PA.” said Ms. Henrich.

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NEW ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE TEACHER TO SPEAK AT SAMA LIGONIER VALLEY LUNCHEON

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley will host a Lunch a l’Art Program with artist and teacher, Amy Roadman at noon on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Cost for the program, which includes a delightful lunch and presentation is $18 per person or $15 for SAMA members. Reservations are required by April 13 by contacting the Museum at (724) 238-6015 or ligonier@sama-art.org

 

Roadman, an accomplished artist, has been in the teaching field for twenty years. She joined the SAMA Artist-in-Residence Program in the fall of 2019 and has been conducting dynamic and engaging residencies in local school districts in Fayette and Westmoreland counties.  The SAMA residency program, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, is designed to offer students an opportunity to interact directly with professional artists. A student/mentor relationship is established with mutual involvement in the creative process. Students engage in a variety of in-depth artistic disciplines. The program greatly enhances creative development and shapes skill sets students need for future endeavors. At the luncheon, Roadman will discuss the significance and value of educational art programming in schools and share her own talents.

 

As an established artist, Roadman’s favorite mediums are clay and printmaking, but she often explores different media and enjoys manipulating color and texture to create a greater visual impact. Roadman also uses nature in her art. “Living in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania and being surrounded by nature makes it easy to find such inspiration”, states Roadman. In addition to teaching and creating she is always interested in taking classes to learn new mediums and techniques. She considers herself a life-long learner.  Most recently, Roadman’s work has been on display at the, “You Are Here: 406 Women’s Work Juried Show”. For more information on the artist, please visit her website at www.amyroadman.com or visit her on Facebook and Instagram.

 

During the luncheon, the SAMA Ligonier Auxiliary will present the, “2020 Student Art Auxiliary Awards” given to students participating in the current exhibition, “Artists of the 21st Century”. Each spring SAMA hosts this annual student art exhibition. Approximately seventy works from regional school districts are on display created by students in grades K through 12. This exhibition is held in conjunction with the National Youth Art Month and the State Arts-in-Education Month. 

 

Prior to the luncheon, a SAMA Auxiliary meeting will be held at 11am. If you are interested in joining the Auxiliary or learning more about what they do, you are welcome to attend. For more information, call the Museum or visit their Facebook page at SAMA Ligonier Auxiliary.

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley is located at One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Museum is a handicapped accessible facility and is open to the public free of charge. For more information, call the Museum or visit www.sama-art.org.

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ALTOONA HOSTS LUNCH A L’ART CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF WOODSTOCK

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona is pleased to announce its upcoming Lunch a l’Art for 50 Years of Woodstock: The Collection of Mark Del Costello.

 

Please join us at the Museum for lunch with our guest speaker Jerry Zolten to learn about the history of Woodstock. This event will take place at 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Cost to attend is $15 per person. 

 

Zolten, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Integrative Arts at Penn State Altoona, is an author, musician, music and radio producer, and on-screen documentary film narrator about the subject of roots and rock ‘n’ roll music. His recent work includes collaboration, narration, production, and writing for various projects and documentaries such as Chimpin’ the Blues, Ballad of the Dreadnought, How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and the Road to Rock and Roll, The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, Country Music, and Time to Lay It Down: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War.

 

In addition to co-editing the book Bruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream, his most recent publications include book chapters on various aspects of the Beatles’ career, and a forthcoming 2nd edition of his award-winning book Great God A’Mighty!: Celebrating the Dixie Hummingbirds! from Oxford University Press.

 

The Mark Del Costello Collection focuses on American graphic design of the modern era. This collection includes posters and ephemera related to a wide variety of topics such as music, theater, film, visual arts, product advertising, and political issues. Apart from its artistic significance, the Mark Del Costello Collection is also an important source for social history, touching many of the noteworthy events and movements that have occurred in the United States over the last fifty years. This collection would not be possible without the generous donations of Mark Del Costello. Del Costello’s donations were accessioned to the Museum’s collection in 1985 and 2019 and totals well over 1,500 pieces. 

 

To make reservations contact the Museum at (814) 946-4464 or altoona@sama-art.org. The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona is located at the Brett Building in Downtown Altoona. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

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SAMA ALTOONA TO ROCK OUT ON WICKED WEDNESDAY

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona is pleased to announce its upcoming Wicked Wednesday on March 25, 2020 at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. to celebrate the Museum’s 50 Years of Woodstock: The Mark Del Costello Collection and William H. Rau: Connecting to Community exhibitions. Cost to attend is $15 per person. There will be libations and small bites provided as well as music performed by Stormy. Woodstock attire is encouraged. 

 

The Mark Del Costello Collection focuses on American graphic design of the modern era. This collection includes posters and ephemera related to a wide variety of topics such as music, theater, film, visual arts, product advertising, and political issues. Apart from its artistic significance, the Mark Del Costello Collection is also an important source for social history, touching many of the noteworthy events and movements that have occurred in the United States over the last fifty years. This collection would not be possible without the generous donations of Mark Del Costello. Del Costello’s donations were accessioned to the Museum’s collection in 1985 and 2019 and totals well over 1,500 pieces. 

 

William H. Rau was a master of albumen landscape photography. Although he traveled widely in his early career, he is today best known for his Pennsylvania Railroad photographs, made to encourage rail travel in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Hired by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1890, he spent the next five years documenting the rail line from New York to Pittsburgh. Rau also served as official photographer for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis and the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland.

 

To make reservations contact the Museum at (814) 946-4464 or altoona@sama-art.org. The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona is located at the Brett Building in Downtown Altoona. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Museum is open to the public free of charge. Parking is available in the garage across the street. For more information, visit www.sama-art.org or call (814) 946-4464.

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SAMA-LIGONIER VALLEY TO HOST SPECIAL FASHION SHOW AND PURSE AUCTION

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley is hosting a very special Fashion Show and Purse Auction on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Wear your favorite hat and join us at SAMA Ligonier for a dynamic show featuring Saint Francis University Costume Designer, Bonnie Resinski presenting, “Silhouettes: A One-Woman Fashion Show”. The event is being held from 1-4pm and the cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required by Tuesday, April 14. 

 

Experience this wonderful lecture and fashion show by Resinski as she discusses and shares the shapes of modern women’s clothing from the 1890’s to the 1990’s. She will highlight the social, political, economic, and designer influences explaining the fashion trends of the 20th century. Watch the show while sipping a hot cup of tea and savoring scrumptious treats. Throughout the afternoon, stroll through our lovely Museum and bid on a beautiful selection of brand-new purses from regional boutiques and specialty shops. Enjoy other games of chance including a prize given for the, “Best of Show Hat” worn during the event. Bring your friends and join us at SAMA Ligonier for a wonderful afternoon full of entertainment, fun and fashion. Refreshments generously sponsored by Chantel Ventura.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley is situated on One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The Museum is handicapped-accessible. For more information, contact the Museum at 724-238-6015 or visit www.sama-art.org

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SAMA-LIGONIER TO HOST SPRING WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP WITH PEG PANASITI

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley will host a wonderful spring watercolor painting workshop with local artist Peg Panasiti. The workshop will run from 1-4pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The cost is $30 per person. Light refreshments will be provided during the afternoon. A supply list will be provided when you register. Reservations are required by March 27, 2020 by contacting the Museum at (724) 238-6015 or ligonier@sama-art.org.

 

Panasiti, of Latrobe, has been painting with watercolor for four decades. She often works from still life and employs a palette full of numerous hues of red yellow and blue. Through her art, she attempts to take everyday objects and change the ordinary into extraordinary. 

 

During this spring workshop, you will enjoy painting a still life subject. You will be able to paint with step-by-step demonstration support from Peg. She will show you how to start your painting, develop the subject, then put the finishing touches on your own spring creation! 

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley is located at One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Museum is a handicapped accessible facility and is open to the public free of charge. For more information, call the Museum or visit www.sama-art.org.

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SAMA-LIGONIER VALLEY TO OFFER EASTER EGG HUNT

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley will host its fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate in the hunt for Easter eggs hidden throughout the Museum’s gardens and lawn. The program begins at 1 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. Reservations are requested by calling the Museum at (724) 238-6015. The Museum appreciates donations to help support the programming. 

 

“Gather your little bunnies and hop on over for an egg-citing Easter egg hunt at SAMA,” said site coordinator Kristin Miller. “We will have eggs galore in our beautiful gardens that will just be starting to show the first signs of spring. Our young guests can exchange their eggs for a wide variety of toys and treats, and we’ll also be offering hands-on art activities, face painting, and more.”

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley is located at One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Museum is a handicapped accessible facility and is open to the public free of charge. For more information, call the Museum or visit www.sama-art.org.

 

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SAMA-LIGONIER VALLEY TO HOST A STUDENT'S LINOLEUM BLOCK PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is hosting a special student workshop for teens ages 13-18 years old on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 2-4pm. You will learn the fascinating concepts of relief printing. Join us for a guided class where you start by drawing an original image, then transferring your unique design to a linoleum block, and finally carving the linoleum to obtain the lines and textures needed to print your one-of-a-kind image. You will create several of your own prints and a complete set of notecards by the end of the workshop.   

 

This workshop coincides with the “Artists of the 21st Century” exhibition featuring works by students throughout Westmoreland County. Those participating in the workshop will have the opportunity to explore their peer’s work. 

 

Cost for the workshop is $20 per person. Reservations are required by March 12, 2020 and can be made by contacting the Museum at 724-238-6015 or ligonier@sama-art.org

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley is situated on One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The Museum is handicapped-accessible and available to the public free of charge. For more information, contact the Museum at 724-238-6015 or visit www.sama-art.org, our Facebook page or on Instagram.

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SAMA LIGONIER TO HOST PARANORMAL RESEARCHER STAN GORDON’S ILLUSTRATED HISTORIC SYNOPSIS OF PENNSYLVANIA’S UFOS AND BIGFOOT ENCOUNTERS

 

Ligonier-The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier welcomes back, renowned paranormal researcher of UFO and Bigfoot phenomena, Mr. Stan Gordon. This year, Stan will present his new lecture titled, “An Illustrated Historic Synopsis of Pennsylvania’s UFOs and Bigfoot Encounters” on Wednesday, March 25. The program will begin at 6pm and last approximately two hours with time for a question and answer session. The cost for the program is $10 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Museum at 724-238-6015 or ligonier@sama-art.org.

 

Stan’s illustrated lecture covers some early history of mysterious events in Pennsylvania, from the government investigation of UFO sightings to the continuous strange events along the Chestnut Ridge. Learn details about the famous UFO-creature case that occurred on Presque Isle Beach, to the mass UFO-Bigfoot wave in the early 1970’s. You will hear about some of the most detailed UFO and Bigfoot encounters that have taken place in the Keystone State. Some stranger aspects of both UFO’s and Bigfoot cases will also be discussed. 

 

Gordon has been taking calls on UFO sightings and other strange reports from the public since 1969 and continues to receive unusual reports on a regular basis. He produced the award-winning UFO video documentary, “Kecksburg The Untold Story.” Moreover, Gordon has written three books, Silent Invasion: The Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot Casebook, Really Mysterious Pennsylvania, and Astonishing Encounters: Pennsylvania’s Unknown Creatures. He has made appearances on television outlets such as the History and Discovery Channel, SyFy Channel, Fox News Channel, and numerous others. Gordon is frequently featured on radio programs as well, both nationally and internationally, to discuss his findings within the field of paranormal research. Join us on Wednesday, March 25 at 6pm here at SAMA Ligonier to meet Stan and get the latest updates! This event is charitably sponsored by First Commonwealth Bank. 

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley is located at One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Museum is handicap-accessible and open to the public free of charge. For more information, contact the Museum at 724-238-6015 or visit www.sama-art.org

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ARTISTS OF THE 21ST CENTURY RETURNS TO SAMA

LORETTO & LIGONIER– The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art will continue its tradition of celebrating the area’s talented young artists with the return of Artists of the 21st Century, the museum’s twenty-second annual student art exhibition. This exhibition will feature over 300 pieces of student artwork. Student artwork will be displayed at SAMA Loretto from January 31, 2020 until April 4, 2020 and at SAMA Ligonier from February 14, 2020 until April 19, 2020. This exhibition is sponsored by the Sigma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Organization for Women Educators. 

 

Each museum will hold an opening reception to celebrate the exhibition and the region’s student artists. The SAMA-Loretto reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 15. SAMA-Ligonier Valley’s reception is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 29. The receptions are open to the public free of charge, but the museum suggests a donation of $1 per person in support of the exhibition.

 

Schools in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, and Somerset counties will be exhibited at SAMA-Loretto, while schools in Fayette and Westmoreland counties will be featured in the Ligonier Valley exhibition. Each district is permitted to submit up to 25 individual projects and two group projects. Held in conjunction with National Youth Art Month, the exhibition is open to schools that participate in SAMA’s Arts-in-Education or Artist-in-Residence program. Through the programs, SAMA educators and professional artists travel to public and parochial schools to provide lessons designed to enhance students’ understanding of art creation, technique, history, criticism and aesthetics. SAMA’s award-winning education initiative is the largest of its kind in the Commonwealth.

 

SAMA Loretto is located on the campus of Saint Francis University. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The museum is open to the public free of charge. For more information, visit www.sama-art.org or call (814) 472-3920.

 

SAMA Ligonier Valley is located at One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is a handicapped-accessible facility and is open to the public free of charge. For more information, call the (724) 238-6015 or visit www.sama-art.org.

 

This project was made possible through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The PCA Arts-in-Education Partner in this region is the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

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EXPRESSIONS OF COLOR DISPLAYED AT JOHNSTOWN

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Johnstown announces its next exhibition, Expressions of Color, which will be on display from Friday, January 10, 2020 to Friday, March 20, 2020. 

 

Expressions of Color will focus on Donald M. Robinson’s use of color throughout his photographic career. Robinson studied photography under Cole Weston, Jay Maisel, William Neill, Arnold Newman, and Phillip Hyde. Robinson once said, “I want my work to make sense to the viewer, I try to achieve naturalness and validity in everything I photograph. Even though my images are realistic, I continue to find great mystery and unanswered questions in many of my photographs.” 

 

SAMA is the chief repository of the work of the late Pittsburgh photographer. Numbering in excess of 800 objects, the Robinson Collection includes documentary and nature photographs taken on six continents and in more than 60 countries. 

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Johnstown is located in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Hours of operation are
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Museum is a handicapped-accessible facility and
is open to the public free of charge. For more information, please call the Museum at
(814) 269-7234 or visit www.sama-art.org.