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.
Norman Rockwell’s “The Four Freedoms”
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.
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) 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
About 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.
About 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.
- 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
- 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.
November 11, 2018 – January 27, 2019 | BOWMAN GALLERY
Introspection & Contemplation: The Art of Jack Boul
November 11 from 2 – 4 PM: Member’s Reception & Gallery Talk | Call to RSVP by November 7
January 6, 2:30 PM: A Conversation between National Gallery of Art Senior Lecturer Eric Denker & Jack Boul | Call to RSVP by January 3
January 10, 10:00 AM: The Artist Jack Boul — A Son’s Perspective, by David Boul for the Singer Society Meeting & Lecture
This exhibition features works by Washington, D.C. area painter, sculptor, and printmaker Jack Boul. It includes oil paintings, monotypes, and sculptures. His images of nature, the urban environment, and daily life, often imbued with remarkable light and color, captivate the viewer’s attention with their poetic, contemplative subjects. Boul studied at the American Artists School, New York, and the Cornish School of Art, Seattle, Washington, and he taught art at American University for over 40 years. He has exhibited his work in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Los Angeles.
October 3, 2018 – January 13, 2019 | Groh Gallery
Mirror Universe: Recent Works by Carol Brown Goldberg
Member’s Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: Sunday, October 14 from 2 – 4 PM. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-739-5727 by October 10.
Register for the Carol Brown Goldberg Masterclass & Workshop on November 17 here.
Partnership with American University/Katzen Center
Working in an abstract style that draws upon developments in mid- to late 20th-century art and inspired by mathematical and musical theory, Carol Brown Goldberg explores the use of color and texture in her work. This exhibition will feature a selection of paintings and sculptures by the artist. She earned her BA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her BFA from the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C. Goldberg has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally in Washington, D.C., New York, Mexico City, Monterrey, Mexico, and Medina del Campo, Spain.
Discover more about the artist at carolbrowngoldberg.com.
June 30 – October 28, 2018 | Bowman Gallery
Knoxville Narratives: Danny Lyon
This exhibition on loan from the Knoxville Museum of Art presents a group of black and white prints taken by American photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon. Lyon (born 1942) is best known for his epic photo essay, Bikeriders. Deeply affected by James Agee’s and Walker Evans’ “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” (1941), Lyon ventured to Knoxville in 1967 and produced a series of timeless images of Agee’s hometown. Knoxville Narratives: Danny Lyon is organized by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with the Knoxville Museum of Art.
BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels
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 and 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 Superman, Batman, 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 Mouse, Big Nate, Lunch Lady, Brody’s Ghost and Smile. The exhibition is organized by at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas.
Nature’s Harmony: East and West, Paintings by Yumi Hogan
April 14 – June 24, 2018 | Bowman Gallery
Yumi Hogan, Breath of Dawn 1, 2017, Sumi ink and acrylic on canvas
This exhibition will present a selection of First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan’s recent paintings. Working in the long tradition of East Asian and Western landscape painting, Mrs. Hogan’s work ethereally evokes the spirit of natural serenity and invites introspective contemplation. Her work blends traditional Sumi ink painting techniques with acrylic and mixed media that draw upon the artist’s Korean roots and embrace her current life experiences. Mrs. Hogan received her BFA from the Maryland Insitute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD, and her MFA from American University, Washington, D.C. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Drawing at MICA and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in Annapolis, MD, Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Seoul, South Korea.
Washington County Public Schools Annual Art Exhibition
April 21 – May 6, 2017 (Primary Schools) | May 12 – May 27, 2017 (Middle and High Schools) | Groh Gallery
Elementary School Reception/Sunday, May 6, 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.
Lips, Neck, and Shoulders: Photograms by Michael C. Mendez
January 13 – April 15, 2018
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.
2018 Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition / 2018 Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibition
February 4 – 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
Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts 13th – 18th Centuries
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.)
“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.”
Color, Balance & Form: Recent Works by Alex Brewer HENSE
October 21, 2017 – January 14, 2018
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.
Eudora Welty: Southern Narratives
Dates: July 15 – October 21, 2017
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
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.
The Art of Life: Celebrating 85 Years of Art Education
August 20 – October 8, 2017
The final installment of the museum’s 85th anniversary year, this exhibition celebrates the significant role that art education has played at the museum—one of the original mandates established by Anna Brugh Singer and William H. Singer Jr., in their founding documents for the museum. Museum art instructors and their students will be invited to submit artworks in all media for inclusion in this juried exhibition. Sponsored by:
High Drama: Costumes from the Contemporary American Theater Festival
June 3 – August 6, 2017
I want to see what television and film and a book and poetry can’t deliver. Immediacy. Fervor. Wreckage.
- Sheila Callaghan, Playwright of Everything You Touch
Gallery Talk with Peggy McKowen, Associate Producing Director, CATF
Wednesday, July 12, 2017/10:00 a.m./Free/Groh Gallery/Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Gallery Talk with Peggy McKowen, Associate Producing Director, CATF
Wednesday, July 19, 2017/10:00 a.m./Free/Groh Gallery/Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
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The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) is a professional theater dedicated to producing and developing new American plays. One of the top three premier new play Festivals in the country, CATF is committed to telling diverse stories that discuss relevant themes of today’s society. CATF has been telling stories for 26 years – stories that are immediate, fervent and often provocative and challenging. The scenery, costumes and other visual dialogue of these plays tell the same stories with passion, creativity and boldness. In this exhibition, visitors will experience the visual dialogue of these stories through the costumes and designs of CATF artists, including Peggy McKowen, Costume Designer and Associate Producing Director. Costume designs range from the savagely beautiful “runway clothes” of Everything You Touch, to full the size cactus and sunflower costumes from the searing play Mr. Marmalade. The installation will be enlivened with drawings, notes, fabric swatches, scale models, props, video and stunning shoes. Together, these objects deliver a close, personal look at the art on stage at the Contemporary American Theater Festival.
The Museum of Fine Arts–Washington County is honored to forge this
innovative partnership with CATF for the presentation of this exhibition.
We are grateful to our sponsors for making the exhibition possible.
Natural Selections: The Paintings of Christine Neill
“Cloud of Witnesses,” 2015
Contents: Watercolors and Mixed Media prints
Organized by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the artist
Nature has provided the primary imagery for Christine Neill’s work for the past two decades. Neill uses the immediacy of aqueous paint mediums and her own photographs to interpret natural shapes and unseen internal structures. These multi-layered works celebrate the intricacies of thriving ecosystems and examine threatened species. Neill’s works are reminders that all individuals have a deep-rooted connection to the earth and that similar biological processes bind the natural and human worlds.
Sponsored by The Waltersdorf Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Washington County
Saturday, April 22, 2017/10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This workshop focuses on the painting of nature objects. Bringing the natural forms into the indoor studio allows us to closely examine aspects of light & color, composition, form & surface and pictorial space.
Breath of Spring
April 19, 2017 – June 25, 2017
“Apple Blossoms,” Arthur Parton, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Albert R. Miller, Jr.
Selected Pictures from our Collections
Washington County Public Schools Art Exhibition
May 13 – May 28, 2017 (Middle and High Schools)
Sponsored by Volvo Group Trucks, The Hershey Family Foundation, Washington County Arts Council, Antietam Cable, and the Rotary Club of Long Meadows
Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographers
January 28, 2017 – April 9, 2017
Popular Choice Award Winners
Contents: Artworks in all media, selected through a juried process
Organized by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
An exhibition event for more than 84 years, this annual juried show features artwork in all media and techniques. The 2017 jurors are Hollis Koons McCullough, Director of the Arlington Arts Center, and Frank Herrera, Photographer at Photoworks in Glen Echo, MD.
Artist Talk: Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographers
Artists and Photographers discuss their craft and juried exhibitions and take questions.
Sunday, April 9, 2017/2:30 p.m./FREE
Sponsored by: Conservit, Inc., Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., and Hugh & Marty Talton
Frank Herrera: On the Road Again
January 7 – April 16, 2017
Contents: 10 silver gelatin print photographs
Organized by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the artist.
A native of West Virginia, Frank Herrera has traveled the world with his camera. The images he captures feature the hallmarks of his style: remarkable light, thoughtful composition, and exquisite detail. In this intimate installation, Herrera shares photographs of some of his favorite destinations.
Feb. 26 – Frank Herrera Artist’s Talk “Crossreference”/2:30 p.m./FREE
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Presented in Memory of John Grason Steffey and Mary Erwin Steffey through the Jane Steffey Fund
Bester Elementary Art: “ Choose Kind”
(January 12 – January 22, 2017)
Fifty primary and intermediate students from Bester Elementary participated this Fall in a Community Art Project where they painted what “Choose Kind” meant to them. “Choose Kind” is an idea that originated from the book Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio. The entire school has been reading this book and decided to adapt its principles to encourage students to be respectful, responsible, and caring to others. January 12th will be opening night and there will be a special celebration from 4-6 p.m. in the Atrium with refreshments which is open to the public. Following the end of the exhibition the artwork will be hung in various businesses, restaurants, and places of worship throughout the Bester Elementary catchment area.
This project was supported by the Bester Communities First group of Neighborhoods 1st and Bester Community of Hope of San Mar.
Distant Journeys: Willem Dooijewaard’s Drawings of Mongolia and Bali
Through January 22, 2017
A personal friend of WCMFA founders William and Anna Brugh Singer, the Dutch artist Willem Dooijewaard (1892-1980) helped the Singers expand their art collections through carefully chosen acquisitions. Travelling throughout Asia, Indonesia, and North Africa in the 1920s and 1930s, Dooijewaard visited many places that were then unknown to most Americans and Europeans. This exhibition, featuring 14 large-format drawings
by Dooijewaard, captures the young artist’s sense of adventure as well as his fascination with the details and discoveries of exotic lands and peoples.
Sponsored by First United Bank & Trust.
Organized by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
Foon Sham: Sea of Hope II
Created in memory of his mother, Catherine Siuhing Yiu Sham, who died from cancer in 2002, Foon Sham’s groundbreaking Sea of Hope installation featured a large, elongated object made from laminated blocks of wood, mounted on a pedestal. This central boat-like object was surrounded by small boats, folded from handmade paper by gallery visitors and inscribed with their personal prayers or messages for departed friends and relatives. Each paper boat contained a cone of tea leaves, evoking the Eastern tradition of burning incense in memory of deceased ancestors.
Foon Sham described the Sea of Hope project as follows: I made a long, wooden vessel for my mother, who died of cancer in 2002, as a metaphor for her to travel to somewhere peaceful. The tea leaves, which contain anti-oxidants, were used as symbols of cures-hopes. Viewers can participate by writing their messages to their loved ones who also died of cancer, on the paper boats that I provided during the exhibition.
As guest artist at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Foon Sham will create Sea of Hope II in the museum’s Groh Gallery. The commissioned sculpture will, once again, be accompanied by a fleet of handmade paper boats created, inscribed, and dedicated by museum visitors throughout the period of the exhibition.
Organized by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the artist.
Sponsored by AC&T, Adna & The Fulton Family in memory of Barb Fulton
Boo! Images of the Macabre
August 21 – October 30, 2016
Why are we so fascinated by images of the macabre? Exploring our fears inspires a quickening of the pulse and heightens our awareness of the mysteries of life–and death. Psychologist Carl Jung wrote that the artist’s role is to give expression to the shadowed side of humankind, which usually dwells below the level of consciousness. He advocated forcing shadows into the light in order to master dark impulses and maintain a healthy balance.
As a prelude to Hagerstown’s annual Halloween festivities, visitors will be invited to engage their subconscious curiosity and fascination for the macabre through art that explores eerie landscapes, creepy creatures, ghostly figures, and other mysterious intersections of reality and imagination. Highlights include works by Hendrik Goltzius, Kathe Kolwitz, Salvador Dali, and Luis Jimenez.
Organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
Play Ball! Celebrating Sixty Years of Norman Rockwell’s “The Oculist”
May 18, 2016 – October 23, 2016
Since its debut on the cover of Saturday Evening Post on May 19, 1956, Norman Rockwell’s painting of The Oculist has been a perennial favorite of baseball fans, young and old. This very special 60th anniversary “focus show” tells the story of how the painting was originally conceived and created, and how it became a treasured highlight of the WCMFA collection. Organized in partnership with the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the exhibition includes original documents related to the creation and acquisition of the painting, as well as rarely seen photographs of studio models and compositional stage sets taken by Norman Rockwell himself.
June 19, 2016 – 2:30 p.m./”Seeing America with Norman Rockwell” Illustrated Lecture by Virginia Meckleburg, Chief Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Sponsored by Anne G. & Howard S. Kaylor, Conservit, Inc., and Mr. & Mrs. Peter Franchot
William Clutz: Crossings
Through August 28, 2016
A partnership between the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Gettysburg College, and Mercersburg Academy, this retrospective exhibition celebrates the life and prolific career of regional, and visitor favorite, artist William Clutz (b. 1933). The exhibition, which includes works drawn from the collections of all three institutions, traces Clutz’s artistic interests and stylistic development from his youth in Mercersburg, PA through his academic training at the University of Iowa, to his mature years as a professional artist in New York City. Following its premier at the WCMFA, the exhibition will be on view at the Schmucker Gallery, on the campus of Gettysburg College, from September 9 – December 9, 2016. A catalogue, featuring selected works, will accompany the exhibition.
Mercersburg Historical Society, and Mercersburg Lions Club
A Snallygaster Summer
Through August 14, 2016
In the 1920s and 1930s, a group of young artists, many of whom were students at the Maryland Institute College of Art, painted in the Middletown Valley of Western Maryland. Working outdoors, en plein air, with inspiration and support from their instructor, Charles H. Walter, the group established a distinctively modern style that has come to be known as the Snallygaster School. Through idyllic landscapes, mountain views, and picturesque farm scenes, this exhibition–drawn primarily from the WCMFA collection–captures the beauty of summer’s more relaxed pace and the spirit of simpler times.
Gallery Talk with John Gladhill
July 31, 2016/2:30 p.m./FREE
Mr. Gladhill, a retired high school art teacher and art collector, will share his personal insights and anecdotes about the artists, locations depicted, and general history of Middletown.
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Summer Social to follow!
Sponsored in part by: Michael S. & Marlene B. Young, Middletown Valley Bank, Walter & Jeannette Smith
Washington County Public Schools Annual Art Exhibition
April 16 – May 1, 2016 (Primary Schools)
May 7 – May 22, 2016 (Middle and High Schools)
2016 Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition
Through April 10, 2016/*Juried Exhibition
With more than 300 entries in all media, this juried exhibition has celebrated the talents of regional artists and beyond, for more than 83 years. Jurors: Foon Sham, Professor of Art at the University of Maryland; Stephen Wicks, the Barbara W. and Bernard E. Bernstein Curator at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN. Sponsored by Bob & Mary Helen Strauch and Hugh & Marty Talton.
Stop by the museum to vote on People’s Choice Award Sponsored by Howard’s Art Supplies and Frames
2016 Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon
Through April 10, 2016/*Juried Exhibition
Dedicated to the art of photography, this juried competition is open to amateur and professional photographers throughout the region, and beyond. Juror: Baldwin Lee, photographer and professor of art (retired), University of Tennessee School of Art, in Knoxville, TN. Sponsored by Conservit, Inc.
Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books
Nov. 7, 2015 – Jan. 17, 2016
The Great Big Fire Engine Book, Tibor Gergely, 1950
This exhibition presents the most extensive public showing of original illustration art from American publishing’s best loved and most influential picture-book series, Little Golden Books—the history-making experiment that celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2007. The exhibition is organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.
Th exhibition and its associated events are presented in partnership with Washington County Public Schools with additional support from the Washington County Free Library, Benjamin and Christine Webber, and Hub City Labels, Inc.
Modern Masters: Twentieth Century Prints
September 26, 2015 – January 3, 2016/Kerstein GalleryAlex Katz (American, born 1927), Grey Dress, screen print in colors, edition 50/150, 1992, Museum Purchase, Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
This long-term exhibition is installed in the Museum’s newly refurbished Kerstein Gallery. It explores the development of 20th-century American art exemplified by significant works from the Museum’s permanent collection. 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. The exhibit is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.
Masters of American Photography
July 11 – October 25, 2015
The work of notable photographers, including Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, Walker Evans, and Dorthea Lange, will be showcased in this exhibition, organized by Reading Public Museum. The photographs represent the history of photography from the 1880s through the 1980s, with a particular emphasis on the first decades of the 20th century. Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management, Bob and Mary Helen Strauch, and Anne G. and Howard S. Kaylor. The exhibit is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936, Photogravure, Edition #36/300, Published by Aperture under the auspices of the Dorothea Lange Collection at the Oakland Museum
Days of Summer, Seasonal Highlights from the Permanent Collection
July 18 – September 27/Baer Gallery
Shepherd University Art Faculty Exhibition
June 8, 2015- September 13, 2015
Works from Evan Boggess, Rick Bruner, Michael Mendez, Christian Benefiel, David Modler, Sonya Evanisko, Shannon McCarthy, Rhonda J. Smith, Stephanie Robbins Thulin, Ben Schonberger, and Robert Farmer.
Diana C. Suttenfield: The Subject is Light
March 1 – July 5/Bowman & Baer Galleries
Artist, Diane Suttenfield, celebrates the land and architecture of the place she has called home since 1962, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with luminous paintings and intricate drawings.
Sponsored by Jefferson Security Bank.
Washington County Public School Art
Exhibition: Middle & High Schools
May 9 – May 24, 2015
Reception: Sunday, May 10, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: Volvo Group Trucks, United Bank, Antietam Cable Television, Rotary Club of Long Meadows, and Washington County Arts Council
Public School Art
Exhibition: Elementary Schools
April 18 – May 3, 2015
Reception: Sunday, May 3, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: Volvo Group Trucks, United Bank, Antietam Cable Television, Rotary Club of Long Meadows, and Washington County Arts Council
The Quickening Image: Wax-Resist Drawings of Ephraim Rubenstein & David Dodge Lewis – A Twenty-Year Collaboration
January 24 – April 12, 2015
David Dodge Lewis and Ephraim Rubenstein are both noted artists as well as active teachers. Rubenstein is currently on the faculty at Columbia University, the National Academy of Design, and the Art Students League and Lewis is the William W. Elliot Professor of Fine Arts at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. The work of both artists shows a connection to tradition as well as a desire to push the boundaries of technique and style.
Artwork: (Above Right) David Dodge Lewis, Splitting Maul #8, graphite, wax, charcoal,ink, and Conte on paper, 40″ x 26″ (Above Left) Ephraim Rubenstein, Gargoyles II, graphite, wax, charcoal, ink, Conte, pastel, and Nu-pastel on paper, 50″ x 38″
Recent Acquisitions Exhibition
This exhibition highlights some of the recent works of art acquired by the Museum, including decorative arts, paintings, and sculptures. Many of the works on view were bequeathed to the Museum by Betty and Hal Demuth of Winchester, Virginia, whose generous bequest has helped grow the Museum’s collection of 19th and 20th century American and European art. Notable pieces on view include oil paintings by Francisco Luis Mora, Chauncey Foster Ryder, and sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1796- 1875), Running Elephant. An interesting group of paintings from the regional “Snallygaster” group are part of the exhibition as are examples of Tiffany glass.
Artwork: Robert Patierno, Swamp Trees, Reduction Woodblock Print, 12″x16
The Mirror of Nature: The Art of Philip Koch
November 8, 2014 – Feb. 22, 2015
Early on Philip Koch was inspired by the color and energy of modern art. Through his paintings he casts his modernist influence eye back on the long tradition of American landscape panoramas from the 19th century. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Koch travels frequently to New England and upstate New York to paint in the same locations that inspired Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, and the Hudson River School of artists he admires.
82nd Annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition
October 4, 2014 – January 11, 2015/Groh Gallery
A juried exhibition celebrating the artists of the region and beyond who are showcased in this annual juried exhibition. This year’s juror is Dow Benedict, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Sculpture at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
Sponsored by Bob and Mary Helen Strauch, and Hugh and Mary Talton.
81st Annual Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon
June 21 – October 26, 2014
For 81 years, the WCMFA has celebrated the art of photography in this juried photography exhibition. This year’s juror was Benjamin Levy, Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Prints, Drawings, & Photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art, who selected 51 photographs to be included in the exhibition. Best of Show was awarded to Lisa McDonald for her photograph India III. Exhibition sponsored in part by Conservit, Inc.
May 3 – October 26, 2014
Prints from the Museum’s permanent collection along with significant works from the collection of Spence and Cinda Perry are on display in this exhibition exploring the ways artists in the 20th century utilized various printmaking techniques to capture their unique artistic vision. The Museum’s linocut Grand Nu de Femme, 1962, by Pablo Picasso is a featured work of art.
Pyro Protagonists: A Generation of Ceramic Artists
June 7 – September 14, 2014/Groh Gallery
This invitational exhibition showcases over twenty influential ceramic artists from the region. The works on display reflect the breadth and scope of ceramic techniques; and the myriad of aesthetic and stylistic interpretations ceramic artists utilize. The exhibition is organized by guest curator, Joyce Michaud, director of the MFA and Graduate Certificate in Ceramic Arts at Hood College, and Don Viar, museum educator
Sight and Feeling: Photographs by Ansel Adams
May 24 – August 10, 2014
Ansel Adams’ ability to create photographs with a remarkable range and subtlety of tones is legendary. Yet for all his technical mastery, Adams recognized that what made a compelling photograph was far more elusive. This exhibition of Adams’ photographs from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts collection suggests how his intuitive and emotional response to landscape resulted in powerful and enduring photographs. The exhibition includes such works as: Ansel Adams, Oak Tree, Sunset City, Sierra Foothills, California, 1962, gelatin silver print, Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Gift of Wm. John Upjohn. © 2013, The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. This exhibition is organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan and is sponsored by Bushey Feight Morin Architects, Inc., Mr. & Mrs. Thomas C. Newcomer, Elizabeth Nicholas and Paul Kessler, and an Anonymous Donor.
For Us The Living – The Civil War Art of Mort Künstler
February 15 – June 15, 2014
In recognition of the 150th Commemoration of the American Civil War, over thirty paintings by historical artist Mort Künstler are on view at the Museum. The Museum is the final venue for this important traveling exhibition highlighting how contemporary artists like Künstler maintain the memory of the Civil War through their art. The exhibition is accompanied by a 256 page illustrated catalog with text by Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, James I. Robertson, and foreword by Harold Holzer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Folk Art For Children: Handmade in America, 1760-1940
October 19, 2013 – May 18, 2014
From intricate dollhouses decorated with miniature decorative arts and furniture to the simplicity of Amish dolls, this exhibition displayed the variety of handmade objects that entertained children throughout American history. This exhibition was on view in conjunction with the publication of Folk Art For Children: Handmade in America, 1760 – 1940 by collector Eleanor V. Lakin. Exhibition sponsored in part by Howard & Anne Kaylor.
Valley Art Association: Small Works
February 22 – April 27, 2014
The Valley Art Association presented an exhibition of small works in the Museum’s Baer Gallery. Showcasing the talents and varied styles of the associations’ members the exhibition highlighted the important work they do while promoting the visual arts in Washington County and beyond.
Public School Art Exhibition
Elementary Schools April 12 – April 27, 2014
Middle and High Schools May 3 – May 18, 2014
This annual exhibition showcased the outstanding art education in the Washington County Public Schools. Exhibition sponsored in part by Volvo Group Truck, United Bank, Washington County Arts Council, Inc., Antietam Cable, and Long Meadow Rotary.
Beauty in a Time of Scarcity: 19th Century Quilts from the Collection of Lewis Allen and Katherine Haag
November 16, 2013 – April 13, 2014
Over twenty quilts from the collection of Lewis Allen and Katherine Haag are in this exhibition telling the story of nineteenth century American culture through the stitches of the women who created each quilt. The exhibition includes a variety of quilt patterns, such as Courthouse Steps, Star of Bethlehem, and Whig Rose, as well as crazy quilts.
Art For America: WPA Prints
October 19, 2013 – February 9, 2014
The prints in this exhibition were allocated to the Museum in 1943 by the Federal Government and displayed the significance of the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project (WPA) in forwarding American art during the period of 1933 to 1942.
Saturday Morning Youth Program Exhibition
November 23, 2013 – February 14, 2014
The Saturday Morning Youth Program is one of the most well-known and popular arts education programs in Washington County. Students from the Fall 2013 program produced a wonderful array of works of art during the eight-week program that were on display for the Museum’s visitors to enjoy.
81st Annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition
August 17 – November 3, 2013
Recognizing and celebrating the work of amateur and professional artists, this annual juried exhibition included paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints. Ephraim Rubenstein juried the exhibition and awarded Best of Show to Brad Clever of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania for his oil on wood panel painting, Milk Glass and Peppers. Exhibition sponsored by Bob and Mary Helen Strauch and Hugh and Marty Talton.
Ephraim Rubenstein: Woodley Suite
August 17 – November 3, 2013
The Woodley Suite was comprised of paintings of Rubenstein’s historic Maryland plantation house, whose beautiful spaces and light have been a constant source of inspiration.
Ian Hornak: Transparent Barricades
June 1 – October 13, 2013
In this retrospective exhibition, Ian Hornak’s (1944 – 2002) love for both landscape and still life, and his passion for realism and hyperrealism were on display.
Valley of the Shadow: A Commemorative Exhibition
150th Anniversary of the American Civil War
June 16, 2012 – July 28, 2013
This landmark exhibition told the stories of the American Civil War through art and artifacts. Loans from over 52 private and institutional collections were joined with objects from the Museum’s permanent collection to capture the themes of combat and military life, Civil War medicine, commemoration, African American history, women’s and children’s history of the period, everyday life during the war, and art, music and literature.
The exhibition was sponsored in part by a Maryland Heritage Area Authority grant, Mr. Frank Turner, Michael G. Callas Charitable Trust, Mr. and Mrs. Howard B. Bowen, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Shifler, the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Newcomer, the Washington County Free Library, and Robert and Suzanne Cochran and Family.
21st Century Still Life: The Painted Image
August 4, 2012 – January 20, 2013
In conjunction with the George Billis Gallery in New York City, the Museum presented this exhibition of still life painting by contemporary artists working in the realist tradition. Artists in the exhibition were Susan Jane Belton, Derek Buckner, Matt Condron, Stanley Goldstein, Tom Gregg, Kenny Harris, Russ Havard, Randall W.L. Mooers, Jeffrey Reed, Ephraim Rubenstein, and Christopher Stott.
Museum Art School Reunion Exhibition: Creating, Inspiring & Educating Artists for 80 Years
January 20 – April 14, 2012
In celebration of the Museum’s 80 years of service to the community, this exhibition reunited works of art by past instructors and Museum school students. The exhibition was curated by Museum Educator, Amy Hunt, and Museum Volunteer, Susanne Kass, with the assistance of Intern Archivist Emily Weiss. The exhibition was sponsored in part by Dr. Hugh and Marty Talton.
The Wyeth Family of Artists
September 10, 2011 – January 15, 2012
In celebration of the Museum’s 80th anniversary, this exhibition featured works of art by members of the Wyeth family of artists, as well as regional artists influenced by the Wyeths. Loans from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and private collectors brought paintings by N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth, as well as their extended family members from the McCoys and Pyles, together with prominent regional artists. The exhibition was sponsored in part by Volvo Powertrain North America, Inc., M & T Bank Charitable Foundation, and the Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Foundation.
Bruce Etchison Memorial Exhibition
January 15 – April 24, 2011
This exhibition honored the legacy of art built by former WCMFA director Bruce Etchison. It combined works of art celebrating Etchison as an artist and many of the significant works of art the Museum acquired during Etchison’s tenure as Museum director from 1950 to 1964.
Keepsakes of the Beloved: Portrait Miniatures and Profiles, 1790 to 1840
January 8 – April 17, 2011
The first exhibition of the Museum’s “Treasures from the Vault” series focused on portraits – most of them small portraits. Guest curated by Dr. Elizabeth Johns, the exhibition brought together works of portraiture from the Museum’s permanent collection, such as Anna Claypoole Peale’s miniature Portrait of a Lady, with significant loans, including the loan of the portrait of Possibly Franciska Krasinska, Duchess of Courland by Angelica Kauffman from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Architectural & Industrial Realism
Rick Dula, Roland Kulla, and Stephen Magsig
October 2, 2010 – January 9, 2011
Artists Rick Dula, Roland Kulla, and Stephen Magsig explored architectural and industrial realism by capturing the authentic beauty of American cityscapes and landscapes in this exhibition through George Billis Gallery in New York City. The exhibition was sponsored in part by Murphy and Dittenhafer Architects and Waynesboro Construction.
One Hundred Stories: Highlights from the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
October 4, 2008 – January 4, 2009
The diversity and depth of the Museum’s permanent collection was highlighted in this exhibition that celebrated the Museum’s significant publication of the same name. Curated by the publication’s editor, Dr. Elizabeth Johns, the exhibition and publication celebrated the Museum’s mission to preserve this collection in trust for future generations. Exhibition sponsors were Susquehanna Bank, Mr. and Mrs. James G. Pierné, Dr. and Mrs. Robert K. Hobbs, Mr. and Mrs. Spence Perry, and Dr. and Mrs. William Plavcan.
To Draw from Nature: The Dr. and Mrs. Albert R. Miller, Jr. Collection, 1995
Dr. and Mrs. Albert R. Miller, Jr. made a significant donation of works of art to the WCMFA in the early 1990s. Their generosity greatly expanded the Museum’s collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century American and European art. In 1995, in honor of the Museum’s expansion, an exhibition and catalog of the over 130 oils, watercolors, and works on paper were undertaken.