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A message from our Director: It’s Easy to Visit the MFA, and It’s Good for You!

Posted on:Thursday, January 5th, 2023 @ 8:40 am

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By Sarah J. Hall, Executive Director I have found myself, throughout calendar year 2022, quoting an article by Arthur C. Brooks that I read in The Atlantic last January. In it, Brooks eloquently makes a case for art as a necessity to health — like exercise and good nutrition. A way for us to lead …

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Museum now offers free docent-led tours

Posted on:Thursday, November 10th, 2022 @ 12:41 pm

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Washington County Museum of Fine Arts offers free public tours of our exhibitions with one of our trained docents. The following dates and times are available: Thursday, Feb. 2 – Collection Highlights, 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 – Looking at Light in the Collection, 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 – Collection Highlights, 2 …

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WCMFA announces closings this week for holidays

Posted on:Tuesday, December 20th, 2022 @ 11:52 am

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Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has announced holiday hours. The museum also will be closed Saturday, Dec. 31, and Sunday, Jan. 1. The museum reopens Jan. 3, at 10 a.m. Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Please …

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Boonsboro High School junior is WCMFA’s new marketing/videographer youth apprentice

Posted on:Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 @ 4:33 pm

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HAGERSTOWN, MD – Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is proud to announce Salomeh Grullon as the new Marketing/Videographer Apprentice as part of Washington County Public Schools Youth Apprenticeship Maryland Program. The program brings “WCPS students and employers together to create skilled labor through education, mentorship, and on-the-job training and gives students an edge in …

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Prints Penn’s Woods Printmakers on display at museum

Posted on:Thursday, November 17th, 2022 @ 3:54 pm

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  Prints by members of Penn’s Woods Printmakers, based in Chambersburg, Pa., are currently on display in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts’ glass hallway gallery. Earlier this month, the Printmakers held a demonstration on the process of hand-pull printmaking at the museum. The demonstration, as well as the display, are inspired by our …

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Washington County Museum of Fine Arts displays painting by portraitist Cecilia Beaux on loan from Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Posted on:Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 @ 11:31 am

Cecilia Beaux (American, 1855‒1942)
Mrs. John Wheeler Leavitt (Cecilia Kent), 1885

Editor’s note: The date of the painting’s last day on display has been changed to Dec. 6. The release below reflects that information. HAGERSTOWN, MD – American artist Cecilia Beaux lived an unconventional life growing up in the late 1800s. While most women her age were getting married and having children, Beaux defied the conventions of …

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WCMFA hosts Invite Congress to Museum Day

Posted on:Thursday, August 18th, 2022 @ 3:41 pm

Field representatives for members of Congress visited the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Aug. 11, as part of Invite Congress to Museum Day. From left, Nan Mann, for U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen; Misty Wanger-Gallo for U.S. Rep. Dr. John Joyce; Museum Board of Trustees member Nanette Stevens, Director of Development Wallace Lee; Robin Summerfield for U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin; Shayna Gutcho for U.S. Rep. David Trone and Executive Director Sarah J. Hall.

  HAGERSTOWN, MD – Every August, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) encourages its members to invite representatives and senators to visit their museums for Invite Congress to Museum Day. On Thursday, Aug. 11, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts hosted field representatives from congressional offices in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Attending were from Maryland, U.S. …

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Museum to be closed from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17

Posted on:Tuesday, August 16th, 2022 @ 12:33 pm

Washington County Museum will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. to allow the museum to have its annual staff picnic. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. The museum will resume normal hours Thursday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Call for Entries- Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographers Exhibitions

Posted on:Thursday, August 11th, 2022 @ 8:36 am

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  The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has announced a call for entries for the Cumberland Valley Artists (CVA) and Cumberland Valley Photographers (CVP) Exhibitions. Entries will be accepted from September 15 to November 9, 2022, at 3 p.m. An annual tradition since 1933, the Cumberland Valley Artists and Cumberland Valley Photographers exhibitions showcase, celebrate, and …

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Washington County Museum of Fine Arts discovery helps stolen artwork return to German museum; Drawing currently on display at Hagerstown for limited time

Posted on:Thursday, August 4th, 2022 @ 9:50 am

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  HAGERSTOWN, Md. – A rare Baroque painting discovered to be stolen from the holdings of a German collection nearly 60 years ago is being returned, thanks to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Visitors to the Hagerstown museum will have a chance to see the drawing on display until it is returned overseas. …

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