April 20 – May 26, 2019 | GROH GALLERY

Washington County Public Schools Annual Art Exhibition


April 13 – June 30, 2019 | BOWMAN GALLERY

Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528). Joachim and the Angel from the Life of the Virgin, 1504. Woodblock print. Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA.

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528). Joachim and the Angel from the Life of the Virgin, 1504. Woodblock print. Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA.

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was an extraordinary innovator who revolutionized the arts as a goldsmith, painter, etcher, and draftsman. He was praised for the remarkable compositional complexity and high level of naturalism he brought to his works. Dürer established an international reputation for his remarkable skills in printmaking (woodblock prints and engravings), which he elevated to the level of an independent art form.

Examples from his celebrated Small Woodcut Passion (1508-10), Life of the Virgin (1503-10), and the full set of sixteen prints from the Engraved Passion (1507-12) will be featured in the exhibition. Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints also includes several compositions by some of the artist’s most influential contemporaries and predecessors, Albrecht Altdorfer and Martin Schongauer, among others. All of the works in the exhibition are drawn from Reading Public Museum’s permanent collection of works on paper.

Scott Schweigert, Curator of Art and Civilization at the Reading Public Museum, noted that, “visitors will have the unique opportunity to examine the artist’s extraordinary skills in a highly complicated medium.” He adds that “Dürer took prints from craft to fine art in the early years of the sixteenth century and received accolades from artists and patrons throughout Europe.”

Many of the prints entered this museum’s collection from the 1930s through the 1970s and form a wonderful sampling of the artist’s work.

February 3 – April 7, 2019 | GROH & BOWMAN GALLERIES

2019 Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographers Exhibitions

Steeled, Judith Kim, Oil paint & plastic

Steeled, Judith Peck, Oil paint & plaster on board

Lake House, Michael Hunter Thompson, Archival digital print

Lake House, Michael Hunter Thompson, Archival digital print

Eric-Key1About the Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition juror: Eric Key, Director of the Arts Program at the University of Maryland University College. A native of Virginia, Eric Key earned his B. A. in Political Science and M. A. in Museum Studies from Hampton University. A specialist in African-American art, history and culture, he has previously worked as Special Collections Librarian/University Archivist at Prairie View A&M University, Texas, Assistant Curator of African American History at Old City Park, Dallas, Texas; Curator for the African American Museum, Dallas; Director of Programs for The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Dallas; and Executive Director of the Kansas African American Museum, Wichita, Kansas. Since 2008, Key has served as Director of the Arts Program at University of Maryland University College, Largo, and is responsible for the overall care of the University’s collection, its development, and a robust visual art exhibition program. Over the course of his career, Key has curated a broad range of culturally diverse exhibitions.

Tess VinnedgeAbout the Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibition juror: Tess Vinnedge, Regional Director at the Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York. Tess Vinnedge earned her B. A. degree in Visual Arts and Art History at Bennington College, Vermont. Currently, she serves as Regional Director at the Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, where she has worked since 2010. She previously held the positions of Director of Contemporary Art and Assistant Director. Prior to joining Edwynn Houk, Vinnedge worked in the Archives Department at Magnum Photos, New York, and at ROSEGALLERY, Los Angeles. A specialist in modern and contemporary photography, she has curated numerous exhibitions and is interested in connecting collectors with new work and developing relationships with emerging artists.

CVA Winners:

  • Best in Show, $1000, sponsored by the WCMFA: Judith Peck, Steeled
  • Juror’s Award, $500, sponsored by the WCMFA: Patrick Dillon, Lance
  • Juror’s Award, $500, sponsored by the WCMFA: George Lorio, Shot Dead
  • Hagerstown Area Religious Council Award open to all media, $250: Margaret Minardi, I Rise
  • Juror’s Award, $250, sponsored by the WCMFA: Jayne Gaskins, The Lowly Fire Hydrant
  • Washington County Arts Council, Inc. Award, open to Washington County, MD residents, all media, $250: Thom Davis, Carate Sunset
  • People’s Choice, sponsored by Howard’s Art Supplies and Framing, $100 gift card: to be determined by popular vote by the end of the exhibition

CVP Winners:

  • Best in Show, $1000, sponsored by the WCMFA: Michael Thompson, Lake House
  • Juror’s Award, $500, sponsored by the WCMFA: Alyssa McDonald, Window Where You Watched — Blue Hour, Lake Alexander, Connecticut, 2016
  • Juror’s Award, $500, sponsored by the WCMFA: Joseph Ritchie, Oil Depot Sign. Quincy, MA, 2017
  • Photography by Dale, LLC Award, $250: Andy Smetzer, Delicate Fence
  • The Valley Art Association Annual Memorial Award, $250: Anne Muren, Roseate Spoonbill Trio
  • Washington County Arts Council, Inc. Award, open to Washington County, MD residents, all media, $250: Jonathan Pentz, Layers
  • People’s Choice: to be determined by popular vote by the end of the exhibition

Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony: Sunday, February 3 from 2 – 4 PM. Free & open to the public. Please RSVP by Friday, January 25. RSVP appreciated but not required. Snow date: February 10.
Panel of Artists: Open conversation with artists & photographers on view: Sunday, April 7 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Free & open to the public.


Ashcan to Abstraction: Modernism in America

KersteingalleryphotolightenThis 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.

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


European Old Masters

Mazone, Giovanni, Saints Mary Magdalene and Paul

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.

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Nineteenth Century American Art

Church croppedCurated 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.

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The Smith Gallery is currently undergoing renovations and is closed to the public. 


Singer Collection

January 2014 921The 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.

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American Decorative Arts


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

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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