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Jan/Feb 2020 Newsletter

Issue No. 54

Press Releases

January 23, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

For more information, contact: 

Jess Campbell, Education Coordinator

(814) 472-3922

 

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.

January 23, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

For more information, contact: 

Jess Campbell, SAMA-Loretto Coordinator

(814) 472-3922

 

EXPRESSIONS OF COLOR DISPLAYED AT JOHNSTOWN

 

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.

Thursday, November 20, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

For more information, contact: 

Barbara Hollander, Altoona Site-Coordinator

(814) 946-4464

 

SAMA ALTOONA FEATURES WILLIAM H. RAU: CONNECTING TO COMMUNITY EXHIBITION

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona is pleased to announce its upcoming Lunch a l’Art for William H. Rau: Connecting to Community. 

 

Please join us at the Museum for lunch with our guest curators to learn about the history and technique surrounding William H. Rau’s photography. This event will take place at 12 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Cost to attend is $15 per person. Contact the Museum at (814) 946-4464 or altoona@sama-art.org for reservations.

 

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.

 

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. For more information, visit www.sama-art.org or call (814) 946-4464.