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"First Juried Biennial: Curated by Ingrid Schaffner"
2004-06-13 until 2004-07-11
Westmoreland Museum of
USA United States of America
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, L’Ox 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.
Douglas A. Kinsey
Title: Interval Series: hypsos
40 x 48 inches