New exhibitions open at SAMA | News

Two new exhibits from the permanent collection have been unveiled at the Bedford branch of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

The exhibition of works by Edward Glannon runs until May 15 in the Titelman Galleries on the first floor.

Until June 19, the museum will celebrate SAMA’s first decade in the “Highlights from the First 10 Years” exhibition in the regional galleries on the second floor.

Edward Glannon was a painter and printmaker known for his meditative landscapes. Steeped in quiet poetry, his paintings exude an aura of brooding reverie, according to a press release from the museum. In an emotional tone, many of his works recall the landscapes of Glannon’s near contemporary, Andrew Wyeth. Glannon was born near Pittsburgh in 1911.

He studied at the Art Students League in New York, and in the early 1930s he traveled West with the Civilian Conservation Corps. Eventually settling in Roslyn, Long Island, the artist continued to seek his subjects across the United States, painting in locations ranging from Utah to Florida to Maine. Glannon was also active as a teacher and for many years was an instructor at Riverdale, New York and Rosyln.

The Regional Gallery features selections from the SAMA permanent collection acquired in the 1970s. In addition to featuring the works of notable American artists such as John Sloan, Paul Cadmus and Sylvia Beckman, the exhibit features a print by Renoir and a study 16th century artist’s picture of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci depicting John the Baptist.

This exhibit demonstrates SAMA’s core mission, to promote American art and broader art history to the local community, according to the press release.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is located in the historic Anderson House at 137 E. Pitt St., Bedford, and is open from noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit or call 814-589-3020 or email [email protected]

Julia P. Cluff