Cover Photo: Side Show, Eudora Welty (1909-2001), 1939, Knoxville Museum of Art, TN.


Eudora Welty: Southern Narratives

Welty, Side Show

Dates: July 15 – October 21, 2017

Bowman Gallery

One of America’s best known writers, Eudora Welty (1909 – 2001) captured the people and spirit of the American South, in both words and images. While employed as a publicity agent for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Welty took photographs in her free time. Direct and often poignant, these photos—which often served as the inspiration for her short stories—illustrate the life of the rural poor in the South and the effects of the Great Depression. This exhibition of photographs on loan from the Knoxville Museum of Art offers a rare opportunity to share Eudora Welty’s perspective as social witness, and to celebrate her talent as the creator of visual narratives as powerful as those she crafted with words. Eudora Welty: Southern Narratives is organized by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN.

Jim Lehrer: Remembering Eudora Welty - the person/ Sunday, September 17, 2017/2:30 p.m./$25 General Admission/$20 museum members Journalist and former PBS NewsHour anchor, Jim Lehrer, will share stories and memories of his friendship with Eudora Welty. Reception to follow in the Kaylor Atrium. (Seating is Limited)

Jim Lehrer was born in Wichita, Kan. in 1934. He is a graduate of Victoria College in Texas and the University of Missouri. After three years as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, he worked for ten years in Dallas as a newspaperman and then as the host of a local experimental news program on public television. He came to Washington with PBS in 1972, teaming with Robert MacNeil in 1973 to cover the Senate Watergate hearings. They began in 1975 what became “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report,” and, in 1983, “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour,” the first 60-minute evening news program on television. When MacNeil retired in 1995, the program was renamed “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” Lehrer is the author of 20 novels, two memoirs, four plays and a non-fiction work about the presidential debates titled “Tension City” that was published by Random House in September 2011. His latest novel, “Super,” was published in April 2010 and is a story of celebrity and murder aboard the Sante Fe’s railroad’s famous Super Chief, known as “The Train of the Stars” during Hollywood’s heyday.  He and his novelist wife Kate have three daughters and six grandchildren. 

Sponsored by: Mr. and Mrs. Howard S. Kaylor

Lehrer Program Tickets

WPA in Print

On View Through October 21, 2017

During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) created numerous programs for economic reform, including four public art programs that operated between 1933 and 1942. The largest of these programs, the Federal Art Project (FAP), provided thousands of jobs for American artists, and made an enormous impact on visual arts in America.

The WPA aimed to make art more accessible to the general public through free community art classes, artist exhibitions, and indefinite loans of WPA artists’ work to public institutions such as libraries, schools, government buildings and museums. The selection of prints in this exhibition are part of a collection of more than seventy works allocated to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in 1943 by the Federal Works Agency, now administered by the General Services Administration (GSA). Through these loans, the WPA art program continues to serves as a model public art program today.

View these works held by Museum of Fine Arts-Washington County, on loan from General Services Administration, Fine Arts Program.


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)


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.

To learn more about our current exhibitions, contact the Museum online, by calling (301) 739-5727, or via email at



To learn more about our future exhibitions, contact the Museum online, by calling (301) 739-5727, or via email at



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Color, Balance & Form: Recent Works by Alex Brewer HENSE

October 21, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Groh Gallery

Alex Brewer, the contemporary artist also known as HENSE, is best known for dynamic and colorful abstract paintings and monumental wall pieces. Active since the 1990s, Brewer began accepting commissions for artwork in 2002. Over the last decade, he has established a solid reputation as a commissioned artist, having exhibited in several solo and group shows. Brewer has produced a number of interior and exterior works for public institutions and private companies around the world, including the ISIL Institute in Lima, Peru, Apple Inc., and Facebook Global Headquarters, in Menlo Park, California. In the summer of 2017, Brewer, as HENSE, will complete a commissioned building mural along Hagerstown’s Cultural Arts Trail. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to celebrate the culmination of this mural project with this site-specific installation of Brewer’s recent works. Sponsored by the Waltersdorf Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Washington County.

Reception, November 11, 2017/4:00 – 7:00 p.m./FREE

Alex Brewer Gallery Talk/November 11, 2017/6:15 p.m./Groh Gallery


Skateboard Deck Design Workshop/November 11, 2017/4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m./art classroom

Join Rori Cannon Daughtridge and Bettina Messersmith to create a unique design for your decks. Suggested donation of $10. Email or call 301-739-5727 to register. Space is Limited.

This workshop is sponsored by Bustin’ Boards.

Cooperative Mural Workshop

Saturday, October 14, 21, 2017/1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

For Grades 3-8

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Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts 13th – 18th Centuries

November 4, 2017 – January 28, 2018

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.)

November 11, 2017  Reception/4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Gold Foil Embossing with Kellie Mele/4:00 – 5:00 p.m./Kaylor Atrium/$10 suggested donation

Gallery Talk with Curator, Daniel Fulco, Ph.D./5:30 p.m./Bowman Gallery/FREE

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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.”

Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographers Exhibition

February 3 – April 8, 2018

Groh and Bowman Galleries

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

Washington County Public Schools Art Exhibition

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

BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art behind Graphic Novels

June 10 – September 23, 2018

Groh Gallery

Contents:  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 Picture Book: The Art behind Graphic Novels
 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.







Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Established in 1931 and dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting works of art for the people of Washington County and citizens from the four-state region, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. Located in Hagerstown’s beautiful City Park, and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, its collection includes over 6,500 works of art. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has an enduring commitment to arts education and to the support of regional artists. The Museum actively collects works of art in the fields of American Art, world cultures, and art of the region. The museum regularly offers studio art courses, art historical lectures, concerts, and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows.

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is funded through support from museum membership and annual fund donations by the public, grants from the business and corporate communities, and support from Washington County, the City of Hagerstown, private foundations, and the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information about the Museum, please phone (301) 739-5727 or visit

Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the Museum and adjacent parking is free.