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"First Juried Biennial: Curated by Ingrid Schaffner"
2004-06-13 until 2004-07-11
Westmoreland Museum of American Art
Greensberg, PA, USA United States of America

align=right> The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has a strong commitment to regional artists, both in the context of history and in our own time. It is with pleasure that we present the inaugural WMAA Juried Biennial featuring artists within a 100-mile radius of Greensburg. The juror is Ingrid Schaffner, Senior Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Featured artists: Virginia Steele Ankney, Paul Binai, Leslie Calhoun, Marie Mawe Charpentier, Ron Donoughe, John Dorinsky, Betty Elias, John A. Fobes, LOx Formidable, Fran V. Galamas, Patty Gallagher, Melinda Myers Grass, Greg Hricenak, Doug Kinsey, George Kollar, Jackie Kresak, Jill Larson, Ruth E. Levine, David A. Ludwig, Rhonda Parker Pegg, Joyce Werwie Perry, Susan E. Pollins, Michael Rosella, Richard A. Stoner, Stuart Thompson, Scott A. Turri, Jack Weiss, Jeremiah Welsh, Carole Werder, and John Y. Winberg Jr.

Doug Kinsey's painting, Interval Series: hypsos was selected for this prestigious exhibition. Kinsely is a Premiere Portfolio Artist at absolutearts.com. View more of his works at: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/k/kinsey/

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art was established as the Woods Marchand Foundation in 1949 at the bequest of Mary Marchand Woods. This visionary founder bequeathed her entire estate in order for the Museum to be built in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 35 miles east of Pittsburgh. In 1959, the Museum opened its doors to the public and its focus became the collection and exhibition of American and southwestern Pennsylvania art and it was positioned to serve the people of rural Westmoreland County.

In the first twenty years, the Museum assembled a collection of works by significant American artists, concentrating on the mid-18th through the mid-20th centuries, including works by Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer. The Museum also became respected for its collection of works by southwestern Pennsylvania artists and held its first exhibition and published its first catalog on the subject in 1981. Years later, in his encyclopedic 1998 book, Art Across America, art historian William Gerdts would observe that the Museum "pioneered regional investigations."

In 1993, after making great strides in developing a unique collection the Museum was ready to move to the next level. A long-range plan was established in 1995 to address the visitors' experience and the Museum reasserted itself as a vital, forward-thinking institution engaged with its community. The Campaign for Enriching the Public Experience, launched in 1997, surpassed its goal of $3.5 million and raised $4.7 million for a much-needed Museum renovation, which would provide for a new interpretation and reinstallation of the permanent collection; create improved educational facilities and visitors' amenities; and contribute to the Museum's endowments.

In addition, the Museum has organized many important exhibitions, including All That is Glorious Around Us: Paintings from the Hudson River School, in 1997, which allowed the public to see works from one of the most comprehensive private collections of this genre. Spirit of a Community: The Photographs of Charles "Teenie" Harris, in 2001, brought the street photography of this important African American photographer to the public as fine art prints for the first time and gained national media attention. Both of these exhibitions are still traveling the nation today. The Museum is one of only three museums in Pennsylvania with a focus on American art. It is located in downtown Greensburg, in the Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania, which is a popular destination for tourists and weekend visitors seeking cultural and historical attractions, in addition to the many recreational activities available.

IMAGE
Douglas A. Kinsey
Title: Interval Series: hypsos
2004
Painting Oil
40 x 48 inches


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