2022 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

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Altoona

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

MOVEMENT: Works by Mandi Moerland

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.

Elizabeth Wilson: Spirit of Place 

September 2, 2022 - December 4, 2022

Philadelphia-based artist Elizabeth Wilson's soft paintings are technical marvels and studies on the beautiful scenes surrounding us. The quiet energy of each painting captivates visitors throughout the exhibition. Explore Wilson's landscapes as you travel through places like Maine, Rhode Island, England, Italy, and much more as you tour the artwork. Elizabeth Wilson's travel experience is reflected in her work as a direct response to her environment; she has credited traveling with providing her a rich source of subject matter and new ideas. Her artwork traces her life through pandemic isolation and travels through beautiful country sides. Her work embodies a strong sense of time, place and visual harmony achieved in part through careful editing and at times shift towards abstraction. The paintings in this solo exhibition document a spirit of place.

Artists in Our Midst

September 30, 2022 – December 30, 2022

Art in Common's juried exhibition is a highlight of SAMA Altoona's exhibition calendar. This year, dozens of local and regional artists will be juried into an exhibition of their work in SAMA Altoona's largest gallery. Rebecca Strzelec, this year's juror, is a Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts and Program Coordinator of the Visual Art Studies degree program at Penn State University, Altoona College. Strzelec earned her BFA and MFA from Tyler School of Art in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM. 

Intersections: Color, Shape and Geometric Abstraction, Patrick Schmidt 2004 - 2022

July 1, 2022 – September 18, 2022

Dive deep into the powerfully complex relationship between color, shape, and pattern through a passionate reflection of Patrick Schmidt’s vibrant and bold artworks. Schmidt’s brilliant pieces reflect his adoration for music, with the colors and abstracted patterns feeling rhythmic and bold.

Altoona

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

Bedford: 1st Floor

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

Twenty-five Year Survey

paintings by Michael M. Strueber

July 29, 2022 - October 9, 2022

Michael M. Strueber was born in 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At present, his paintings are held in over 400 private and public collections in 38 states. In this exhibition, viewers can see his most recent paintings and the progression of his style and influences by bringing together his varied works from the past 25 years. Strueber states, "The seven distinct and separate galleries at SAMA Bedford have afforded me the first opportunity to display these works alongside my other painting dimensions. To that end, I have chosen a series of works which have been inspired by the new millennium, paintings which were impacted by the music of Stravinsky’s, Fire Bird, mixed media pieces influenced by a series of American quilts, a series of French reflections and pieces reflecting pure abstractions. Finally, at my age, it is humbling to look back at what has and continues to make my life worth living.”

Hidden Gems

Selections from the SAMA Permanent Collection

October 21, 2022 - November 13, 2022

Dust off the cobwebs! This exhibition will feature an assortment of hidden gems from the SAMA permanent collection alongside fan favorites by Andy Warhol, Salvadore Dali, Mary Cassatt, and more.

Color, Light, and the Outdoors 

artworks by Kutz, Jackson, Mitchell, Pfahl

December 2, 2022 – February 5, 2023

 

Embark on a visual journey and discover our region’s natural beauty through the eyes of these four remarkable artists: Kevin Kutz, Sandra Jackson, Edward Mitchell, and William Pfahl. See this exhibition in a different light when it is displayed first in the summer at our sister SAMA at Ligonier.

Artists of the 21st Century

work by grade-school students in the six counties SAMA serves 

February 10, 2023 – April 23, 2023

The Museum’s twenty-fifth annual student art exhibition will be displayed at SAMA Loretto, SAMA Ligonier, and SAMA Bedford. 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. These programs serve six counties: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland. 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.

Bedford: 2nd Floor

Exhibitions in the Lynn Ashe Gallery and Jerry & Joan Hawk Gallery

Twenty-five Year Survey

paintings by Michael M. Strueber

July 29, 2022 - October 9, 2022

Michael M. Strueber was born in 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At present, his paintings are held in over 400 private and public collections in 38 states. In this exhibition, viewers can see his most recent paintings and the progression of his style and influences by bringing together his varied works from the past 25 years. Strueber states, "The seven distinct and separate galleries at SAMA Bedford have afforded me the first opportunity to display these works alongside my other painting dimensions. To that end, I have chosen a series of works which have been inspired by the new millennium, paintings which were impacted by the music of Stravinsky’s, Fire Bird, mixed media pieces influenced by a series of American quilts, a series of French reflections and pieces reflecting pure abstractions. Finally, at my age, it is humbling to look back at what has and continues to make my life worth living.”

Geometric Abstraction

Selections from the SAMA Permanent Collection

October 10, 2022 - February 5, 2023

The concept behind the selection of this set of works is to display a variety of abstract pieces from our permanent collection that illustrate the ability of each artist to express an assortment of emotions from intrigue to calm using just forms and color.

Johnstown

Donald M. Robinson: Orchids

Selections from the SAMA Permanent Collection

August 22, 2022 – December 9, 2022

 

In 1993, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art became the repository for the Donald M. Robinson collection of photography and archives. For more than fifty years, Donald M. Robinson has explored landscapes, wildlife, and the human condition. Reflecting on the power of the photographic medium resulting in an enduring source of inspiration for future generations, Robinson also exhibits a mastery of technical complexities. From the dawn of nature’s beauty to the last frontiers on earth, his photographs extend beyond documentation; the collection is a novel of personal experiences and expressions of the universe and all its glory. In this exhibition, view the multitude of orchids documented by Robinson.

Arts for Healing

artworks by patients of SAMA's Arts for Healing program

January 2, 2023 – April 28, 2023

 

This exhibition features works created by patients during SAMA’s Museum/Healthcare Partnership Program. 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. 

Ligonier

Exhibitions In The Elizabeth Shaw Gamble Gallery

Color, Light, and the Outdoors 

artworks by Kutz, Jackson, Mitchell, Pfahl

August 19, 2022 – October 30, 2022

 

Embark on a visual journey and discover our region’s natural beauty through the eyes of these four remarkable artists: Kevin Kutz, Sandra Jackson, Edward Mitchell, and William Pfahl. See this exhibition in a while new light when it travels to our sister SAMA at Bedford in the fall.

Southwestern Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

work by artists from the 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania

November 11, 2022 – February 5, 2023

The SPCARTS exhibition features work by artists from the 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania. Featured works will span a variety of media, including acrylic, oil, photography,

pastel, watercolor, wood, masonry, and many others. Since its inception 27 years ago, the exhibition has become known for its freshness and energy in the art of emerging young artists

and for the dazzling presentations of established artists who are developing a new direction with their art.​

Sirofchuck

artworks by P. Sirofchuck and M. Sirofchuck

May 12, 2023 – August 6, 2023

Artists of the 21st Century

work by grade-school students in the six counties SAMA serves 

February 17, 2023 – April 30, 2023

The Museum’s twenty-fifth annual student art exhibition will be displayed at SAMA Loretto, SAMA Ligonier, and SAMA Bedford. 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. These programs serve six counties: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland. 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.

Loretto: 1st Floor

Exhibitions In the Sullivan Gallery

Biennial 2022

October 21, 2022 - January 22, 2023

Biennial is the Museum’s juried exhibition occurring every two years that highlights the very best in regional artistic talent typically displaying work by more than 50 artists. 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.

Artists of the 21st Century

work by grade-school students in the six counties SAMA serves 

February 3, 2023 – April 16, 2023

The Museum’s twenty-fifth annual student art exhibition will be displayed at SAMA Loretto, SAMA Ligonier, and SAMA Bedford. 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. These programs serve six counties: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland. 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.

Loretto: 2nd Floor

Exhibitions in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery

The Found Voice in Art

Selections from the SAMA Permanent Collection

October 21, 2022 - January 22, 2023

Back by popular demand! This 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? 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. 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. All created between 1900 and 2018, the exhibit includes examples from dozens of currents in American art during that time period. Not every painting will speak to every visitor of course, but each piece has been chosen to reflect a meaningful portion of the conversation that has been art in our time.

Abstract Prints from the Permanent Collection

February 3, 2023 - March 26, 2023

 

Abstraction in art embodies the shift away from accurately representing nature and replicating it’s beautiful forms and towards the depiction of beauty for its own sake independently of the world. These prints from our permanent collection showcase this mode of art and how each piece incorporates abstraction to some degree or another to wonderous effect.