May 25 – October 27, 2019 | BAER GALLERY

Norman Rockwell’s “The Four Freedoms”

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "Freedom From Fear" and "Freedom From Want," 1943. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “Freedom From Fear” and “Freedom From Want,” 1943. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

In his address to the U.S. Congress in January 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt conveyed his vision of a postwar world that would be founded upon four foundational human rights: freedom of speech; freedom of religion; freedom from want; and freedom from fear. Inspired by Roosevelt’s speech and a desire to do more for the war effort, artist Norman Rockwell decided to illustrate the four freedoms as oil paintings (1943) for the Saturday Evening Post. These works were an outstanding success and were used by the Post and the U.S. Department of the Treasury to promote a joint campaign to sell war bonds and stamps. This exhibition presents four lithographic posters that were produced after Rockwell’s original paintings and explores their key roles in American society and popular culture during and after World War II.

June 8, 2019 – January 12, 2020 | GROH GALLERY

The Blues and the Abstract Truth: Voices of African-American Art

June 8: Reception and Curator’s talk, Daniel Fulco, Ph.D, 2:30pm

October 13: Talk between artists David Driskell and Curlee Raven Holton , 2-4pm

This exhibition features works created by African-American artists from 1929 to the present. The Blues and the Abstract Truth includes 60 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs drawn from the collections of University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, and the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African-Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, College Park. This exhibition focuses on themes related to popular culture, politics, race, and identity and it showcases works by artists such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Alma Thomas, Faith Ringgold, Lorna Simpson, and Willie Cole.

This exhibition was organized by the University of Maryland, University College and the Driskell Center.

Faith Ringgold, Mama can Sing, 2003. Serigraph, 18 x 24 in. UMUC Permanent Collection, Gift of Robert and Jean Steele

Faith Ringgold, Mama can Sing, 2003. Serigraph, 18 x 24 in.
UMUC Permanent Collection, Gift of Robert and Jean Steele

Sponsored in part by Visit Hagerstown/Convention and Visitors Bureau; Anonymous donor


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.




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