Exhibition: Biennial

Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 at 12:00pm

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto
1 Franciscan Way
Loretto, PA 15940

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The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto is pleased to announce the opening of Biennial 2020 Exhibition, the Museum’s juried exhibition occurring every two years that highlights the very best in regional artistic talent.The exhibition opens with 101 works from more than sixty artists throughout Pennsylvania. SAMA’s Biennial is considered to be one of Pennsylvania’s top exhibitions for contemporary local artists, and this installment features works in photography, watercolor, wood, oil, clay, bronze, pastel, pencil, acrylic, and mixed media, among others. Serving as both selection and award juror was Laura DeFazio.

Laura DeFazio is a Professor of Art at California University of PA, where she’s taught since 1997. Her teaching areas include a wide variety of studio art and art history courses, as well as courses in Islamic art and architecture. She sculpts life-size figures and has created several works of permanent public art. Her media are primarily large-scale carved stone and cast concrete. Imagery that runs through her work include animals, humans, and nature.  Ms. DeFazio's landscape designs create interactive spaces for adults and children, with walkways and seating for public use, in addition to sculpture, carved stone drawings, and sometimes fiber elements. Her works can be seen in libraries, parks, or playgrounds throughout Western Pennsylvania. She resides in Pittsburgh with her German Shepherd, Bindi.

Margaret Black of Boswell was awarded Best of Show for her fiber piece, Critter 4. Helen Gorsuch of Altoona was awarded First Place for her Raku sculpture, Samurai’s Cat. William Pfahl of Pittsburgh was awarded Second Place for his oil painting Shoah. Four Third Place awards were given to Ron Donoughe of Pittsburgh for Housebacks, Dave Hammaker of East Freedom for Temple of Sinawava, Anni Mastick of Boalsburg for Welcome In and Elise Philips of Elverson for Beach Day.

Date: October 16, 2020 - January 23, 2021

Location: Sullivan Gallery

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