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Eudora Welty: Southern Narratives

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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


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

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Groh Gallery

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:

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High Drama: Costumes from the Contemporary American Theater Festival

June 3 – August 6, 2017

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Groh Gallery

I want to see what television and film and a book and poetry can’t deliver.  Immediacy.  Fervor.  Wreckage.
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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

Reserve your spot for the Gallery Talks by calling 301-739-5727 or email educ.marketing@wcmfa.org

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.

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Natural Selections: The Paintings of Christine Neill

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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

  Painting Nature with Christine Neill Workshop

   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

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“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

2017 WCPS Awards Ceremony Winners List

Skyla Heise – Jean Cushwa Scholarship Award Recipient

Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographers

January 28, 2017 – April 9, 2017

Popular Choice Award Winners

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Artist: Kent Roberts, Shippensburg, PA
Watercolor painting titled “Fowl Mood” Sponsored by Howard’s Art Supplies & Frames, Hagerstown, MD

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People’s Choice Award sponsored by LA Cameras, Chambersburg, PA
Photographer: Daniele Piasecki, Martinsburg, WV
Photograph titled “Sunburst at Pretty Place Chapel”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Click for list of award winners

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

 

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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

 

RSVP educ.marketing@wcmfa.org or call museum 301-739-5727

 

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)

Comunnity Art Project Flier 1 The Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to partner with Bester Elementary and Bester Community of Hope in this student exhibition on the theme “Choose Kind.”

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

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 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

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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

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 Bowman Gallery

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”

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Baer Gallery

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

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Groh Gallery

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.

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Mercersburg Historical Society, and Mercersburg Lions Club

A Snallygaster Summer

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Bowman Gallery

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.

RSVP to drastelli@wcmfa.org

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)

  Groh Gallery

Click here for WCPS Art Awards Ceremony Winners

2016 Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition

82nd Annual

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

Click to see award winners

2016 Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon

82nd Annual

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.

 Click to see Award Winners

Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books

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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 Gallery

 
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 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
Bowman Gallery

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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

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Swimmers, Robert George Harris (b. 1935) Gift of Mr. & Mrs. William Harlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shepherd University Art Faculty Exhibition

June 8, 2015- September 13, 2015

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Bloodroot and Cranes, Sonya Evanisko

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

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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

Schools 1Exhibition: 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pub School Art

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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.

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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

Patierno-swamp treesThis 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

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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.

Modernist Prints

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.

To learn more about our past exhibitions, contact the Museum online, by calling (301) 739-5727, or via email at info@wcmfa.org.