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Lips, Neck, and Shoulders: Photograms by Michael C. Mendez

January 13 – April 15, 2018

Baer Gallery

"Codependent" Michael Mendez
“Codependent”
Michael C. Mendez

Michael C. Mendez is a photographer and adjunct professor of art at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. His piece 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall; A Child’s Introduction to Binge Drinking (for Andy) was included in Johns Hopkins University Press’s book Addiction and Art. He also won the Governor’s Award and Award of Excellence at the Biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition.

Lips, Neck, and Shoulders: Photograms by Michael C. Mendez addresses the socialization of alcohol in society. A photogram is a cameraless photograph made by placing an object on a light-sensitive material and exposing it to light, thus darkening the exposed areas and leaving behind a white image of the object.

Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts 13th – 18th Centuries

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November 4, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Bowman Gallery

Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts explores the golden age of handmade books, some of which employed elaborate gold leaf decoration and intricate ornament. The exhibition includes examples from medieval European Bibles, prayer books, psalters, books of hours, choir books, missals, breviaries, and lectionaries. Most of the works date from the thirteenth through the eighteenth centuries and are ink on parchment (prepared animal skin). French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, English, Armenian, and German examples will be included in addition to non-Western pages, including 17th- and 18th-century leaves from Hebrew texts, the Koran and the Shahnameh, the Persian illustrated Book of Kings.  A display of artist’s materials—gold leaf, parchment, vellum, and mineral pigments—is also featured in the exhibit.  Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th-18th Centuries is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

(Image Credit: Joachinus de Gigantibus de Rotenberg (illuminator), German, active 1440s – 1490s, Pietro Ursuleo of Capua (scribe), Italian, died 1483, Leaf from a Book of Hours, Italian, 1465 – 1483, opaque watercolor, gold, and ink on parchment, Museum Purchase.  Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.)

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“This project was made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Maryland Humanities.”

 

Ashcan to Abstraction: Modernism in America

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This long-term exhibition, from the Museum’s permanent collection, explores the development of 20th century American art.  Artists such as John Sloan, Robert Henri, George Luks, William Glackens, Hugo Ballin, Philip Guston, Robert Goodnough, Gene Davis, and Grace Hartigan capture the full range of artistic movements experienced during this transformative century.

Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Kerstein, The Nora Roberts Foundation,  The Henry Luce Foundation, and the Washington County Gaming Commission.

European Old Masters (ongoing)

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Schreiber Gallery
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Old master paintings form an important part of the Museum’s collection and are showcased in the Schreiber Gallery. Works of art by artists such as Giovanni Mazone, Timoteo Viti, and Pierre Mignard are included.


Nineteenth Century American Art (ongoing)

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Curated by Dr. Elizabeth Johns, Professor Emerita, History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, this exhibition presents the Museum’s outstanding collection of nineteenth century American art. Artists in the installation include Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Robert Spear Dunning, and John Gutzon Borglum. Exhibition sponsored in part by Art & Ruth Anne Callaham and Spence & Cinda Perry.


Singer Memorial Gallery (ongoing)

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Singer Gallery
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The Singer Memorial Gallery was established in 1949 by the Museum’s founder, Hagerstown native Anna Brugh Singer (1873-1962), as a tribute to her husband, artist William Henry Singer, Jr. (1868 – 1943). The diverse art collection they amassed, and of which over a hundred works were donated to the Museum, conveys the story of their lives as American expatriates in Norway and art collectors, while presenting compelling and significant works reflecting American, Dutch, and French trends of the late nineteenth-century.

Opened in 2013, the current installation was organized by guest curator, Hollis McCullough, to display the tastes of the Singers and highlight the significant works of art they contributed to the Museum. Artists in the installation include Willard Metcalf, Childe Hassam, Adolphe Joseph Monticelli, Gustave Courbet, and Pierre-Auguste Rodin.


American Decorative Arts (ongoing)

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Decorative Arts Gallery

Objects tell stories and hold within them the history of the time and place in which they were created. This exhibition examines the stories and histories of objects from the Museum’s diverse collection of American decorative arts, including ceramics, glass, silver, and textiles.


Art Glass (ongoing)

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Rinehart Gallery

The Museum’s Rinehart Gallery houses some of the most notable art glass pieces in the Museum’s decorative arts collection. The specially lit cases in this gallery showcase the work of such makers as Lalique, Loetz, and Steuben.

 

 

 

For more information about the Museum’s exhibitions, please call 301-739-5727 or email info@wcmfa.org.

 

FUTURE EXHIBITIONS

Lips, Neck, and Shoulders: Photograms by Michael Mendez

January 13 – April 15, 2018

Baer Gallery

"Codependent" Michael Mendez

“Codependent”
Michael Mendez

Michael Mendez is a photographer and adjunct professor of art at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. His piece 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall; A Child’s Introduction to Binge Drinking (for Andy) was included in Johns Hopkins University Press’s book Addiction and Art.  He also won the Governor’s Award and Award of Excellence at the Biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition.

Lips, Neck, and Shoulders: Photograms by Michael Mendez addresses the socialization of alcohol in society.  A photogram is a cameraless photograph made by placing an object on a light-sensitive material and exposing it to light, thus darkening the exposed areas and leaving behind a white image of the object.


2018 Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition / 2018 Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibition

February 4 – April 8, 2018

Groh and Bowman Galleries

"Winter Morning" Fran Skiles

“Winter Morning”
Fran Skiles

"Koolwink" Michael Thompson

“Koolwink”
Michael Thompson

 

Contents: Artworks in all media, selected through a juried process
Organized by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Submissions are closed.  Entrants have been notified of their acceptance status. Thank you to all who submitted!

Washington County Public Schools Art Exhibition

April 21 – May 6, 2017 (Primary Schools)
May 12 – May 27, 2017 (Middle and High Schools)

Elementary School Reception/Sunday, May 5, 2018/ 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

WCPS Awards Ceremony/Wednesday, May 16, 2018/ 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Middle/High School Reception/ Saturday, May 19, 2018/1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

BAM! It’s a Graphic Novel

June 10 – September 23, 2018

Groh Gallery

Eighty-one original graphic works by some of the leading artists working in the arena of contemporary graphic novels.  

Graphic novels have gained immense popularity in recent years.  More varied in content than their early counterparts, they have also reached a new level of artistic respectability.  Graphic novels have been the subject of scholarly studies, topics of museum exhibitions, and even the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.  According to the American Library Association, they are among the fastest growing categories in publishing and bookselling.

The cave paintings of ages past and hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt were the first examples of storytelling through pictures.  The dawn of the Industrial Age saw the beginning of the graphic novel as a format of entertainment.  The first major graphic novel, The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck, was published in the U.S. in 1842; the collected edition of The Yellow Kid cartoons in book form (1897) is recognized as the first financially successful graphic novel.  The last century saw the emergence of the popular DC Comic heroes SupermanBatman, and Marvel Comic’s Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and X-Man.

BAM! It’s a Graphic Novel features works by Mark Crilley, Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Lincoln Pierce and Raina Telgemeier.  On display is artwork from iconic books such as Baby MouseBig NateLunch LadyBrody’s Ghost and Smile.  The exhibition is organized by at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas.