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Make a Hat Day: Art, History, and Hats!

Today is #MakeAHatDay! Get inspired by these artworks from our collection all of which feature people wearing hats! Find a little more about the history of the hats in these artworks and try your hand at creating a hat with …

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Take a Walk Down a Country Road

Even though Westmoreland County has moved into the Green Phase of the Plan to Reopen Pennsylvania, many of us are still practicing social distancing and still experiencing a bit of cabin fever.

Some good ways to help cope with cabin …

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In Conversation with Thomas Agnew and D.S. Kinsel of BOOM Concepts

Beginning in September 2020, the Museum will collaborate with BOOM Concepts during a multi-year project with a focus on engaging Black and marginalized artists through an artist residency program that will include insightful community enrichment programming.

Joan McGarry, Director of …

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African American Art in the 20th Century Exhibition Overview!

Written By Chief Curator Barbara Jones

This traveling exhibition, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, presents 45 works dating from the 1930s to the 1990s by 34 black artists. These painters, sculptors, and printmakers participated in the multifaceted dialogues …

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Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Artists in the Collection: Charles Demuth (1883-1925)

In honor of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in June and our upcoming Virtual Pride Celebration Week, July 27-31, we are highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists from our permanent collection.

The third LGBTQIA+ artist from that we are celebrating is American modernist Charles …

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Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Artists in the Collection: Tom Rowlands (1926-1991)

In honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month last month and our upcoming Pride Celebration Week, July 27-31, we are highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists from our permanent collection and featuring their work in the Robertshaw Gallery windows.

The second LGBTQIA+ artist that …

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Kerry James Marshall’s Lost Boys AKA BB

Years before Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Antwon Rose, and so many more African American youths lost their lives, Kerry James Marshall used acrylic and collage to create his Lost Boys portrait series, a memorial to the violent deaths …

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Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Artists in the Collection: Larry Calcagno (1913-1980)

In honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month last month and our upcoming Pride Celebration Week, July 27-31, The Westmoreland wanted to highlight the work of LGBTQIA+ artists that are in our permanent collection.

Lawrence Calcagno, better known as Larry, was an …

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Loïs Mailou Jones’ Moon Masque

Loïs Mailou Jones’ “Moon Masque,” 1971, is a stunning piece of vibrant color and striking design. Masklike profiles and designs drawn from Ethiopian textiles surround a papier-mâché replica of a heart-shaped white Kwele mask from Zaire.

Though stylized, the faces …

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Sargent Johnson’s Mask

Internationally renowned sculptor Sargent Johnson was committed to creating positive representations of African Americans and focused on celebrating black female beauty through his work.

“It is the pure American Negro I am concerned with, aiming to show the natural beauty …

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