Exhibitions - Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

74th Annual Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon
February 9 — April 22, 2007
Various Artists

For seventy-four years, the Museum has presented some of the region's best photography in the annual Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon. The juried photographic competition features work by more than fifty amateur and professional photographers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The juror for this year's exhibition was Verna Posever Curtis. Ms. Curtis is Curator of Photography with a specialty in the art photographs at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The Library's vast Prints and Photographs Collection includes over 13 million images representing an enormous array of print and photographic media and subjects. She has written books on many important photographic figures including Lewis Hine and F. Holland Day. Entrants competed for awards in the categories of landscape/architecture, still life, portrait, figure, abstract and digital effects. The Museum is pleased to announce two new cash prizes sponsored by Fuji Color Processing, Inc. - best digital effects in black and white and best digital effects in color. Museum visitors are invited to vote for their favorite photograph for the annual Popular Prize Award, sponsored by FirstLook Photo, Hagerstown.

Public School Art Exhibition
April 28 — May 27, 2007
Various Artists

This lively annual exhibition features unique works of art created by students from the more than forty Washington County public schools. On view in the Groh Gallery, the exhibition features artwork in a variety of subjects and mediums, including the imaginative designs of kindergarten children and the skilled artistic works of high school students. The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to examine the exuberance, creativity and skill of hundreds of blossoming young artists. Mr. Rob Hovermale, Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts, and the outstanding art educators of Washington County organize the exhibition in conjunction with the Museum. Visitors who take advantage of this glimpse into the exceptional art education program in the county will appreciate the way comprehensive instruction in artistic techniques, methods of expression and the fundamentals of design, color and composition are enriching the lives of Washington County students.

West, East & North of Norway
April 28 — July 29, 2007
Asle Svarverud

The majestic mountains, fjords, forests and lakes of Norway will grace the Bowman and Kerstein Galleries this spring with an exhibition of photographs by acclaimed contemporary Norwegian photographer Asle Svarverud. Svarverud specializes in large-format, black and white landscape photographs of Nordic views, but this exhibition will also include works in color. The photographer's images include both dramatic vistas and intimate glimpses of the natural world. Svarverud's striking images have been widely exhibited in Norway and he has also shown in the United States. His photographs appear in his book "Norwegian Landscapes," which will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts' founders, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Singer, Jr., lived for many years in Olden, Norway where Mr. Singer painted the magnificent scenery and engaged in philanthropy. Sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, this exhibit is in celebration of the Museum's 75th anniversary and in recognition of the Singers' ties with Norway. On Friday, April 27, 2007 between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 p.m., members are invited to a special preview of the exhibition featuring a presentation by the photographer with comments from a delegate of the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Light refreshments will be served.

Advancing the Legacy: Gifts in Honor of the 75th
June 9 — September 2, 2007
Various Artists

In 1931, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Singer, Jr. founded the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and bestowed upon it many works from their great collection of American, European and Asian works of fine and decorative arts. To honor the 75th anniversary of the Museum, art collectors and artists from the Mid-Atlantic area and across the United States have followed the example of the Singers by presenting an impressive array of artistic treasures. These donors continue the tradition of outstanding local and national support for the Museum's collection and their generosity sets an inspiring example for the future. This exhibit gathers these works, many not previously displayed to the public, in the Museum's Groh Gallery. Visitors to the exhibition will appreciate how gifts in honor of the Museum's anniversary have enhanced the quality and scope of the Museum's collection. Distinguished glass pieces, ceramics and furniture from America and Europe bring fresh beauty to the collection of decorative arts. New gifts highlight the Museum's choice collection of Japanese prints and excellent examples have come into the Museum's modest holdings of European wood sculpture. Current collectors have built upon the European Old Masters collection which began with the Singers. The areas of American and European graphic art have been augmented with an array of important nineteenth- and twentieth-century works. Artists from the local area and across the nation have given their own art works to the Museum. Additional contemporary and modern paintings and graphic works have been donated by foundations, as well as collectors. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is deeply grateful to all those who have advanced our community's artistic legacy through their gifts in honor of our 75th anniversary. With this exhibition, the Museum invites the public to enjoy the wonderful art works bestowed by these generous donors.

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