The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto’s Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial 2021 exhibition will take place from April 16, 2021 through June 25, 2021. The Robinson Biennial is a juried exhibition attracting photographers from across the commonwealth. Cash awards will include a top prize of $2,000 for Best of Show, together with a $1,500 first place award, a $1,000 second place award, and a $500 third place award. A reception on June 5, 2021 from 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. held at the museum will announce the award winners. Cost is $15 for members or $20 for non-members. Reservations are required for the awards ceremony and can be made online or by contacting the museum. The exhibition and events are sponsored by the Donald & Sylvia Family Foundation.
In consort with the Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial Exhibition, which is staged in the Loretto Museum’s Sullivan Gallery, SAMA will be exhibiting photographs from the Museum’s Donald M. Robinson Collection in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery. Through the Lens: Landscapes by Donald M. Robinson will be on display from April 16, 2021 through June 25, 2021.
SAMA will host two virtual discussions with the Robinson Photography Biennial Juror, Linda Benedict-Jones. Linda Benedict-Jones is a photographer, writer, and independent curator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2015, she retired from being the first Curator of Photography at Carnegie Museum of Art. She has also served as Executive Director of Silver Eye Center for Photography and Curator of Education at The Frick, both in Pittsburgh. She taught courses in the history of photography at Carnegie Mellon University for 18 years, from 1999 to 2017. Before moving to Pittsburgh in 1993, Benedict-Jones was Curator of The Polaroid Collection and director of Polaroid’s Clarence Kennedy Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Benedict-Jones studied at Minor White’s Creative Photography Laboratory at MIT where she earned a master’s degree in visual studies in 1982.
On Monday, April 19th at noon, Linda Benedict-Jones will share a selection of photographs by internationally known and regionally recognized artists, from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Esther Bubley, and suggest ways to better understand them in her presentation, Reading Photographs: Thoughts on Visual Literacy. On Monday, May 24th at noon, Benedict-Jones will present Survey of Landscape Photography. Both events will be one-hour virtual discussions and arefree to attend. Registration is required on our website to obtain the event Zoom link. Please consider making a donation to the museum to help support this program and other programs offered by SAMA.
In addition to virtual discussions, SAMA will reinstate our Artist Café series inviting exhibiting artists to discuss their work in a coffee house-like setting in person on select Wednesdays from 4:00 pm.—5:00 p.m. For this exhibition, there will be three Artist Café events: April 28, 2021 with Kelly M. Coursey-Gray, May 19, 2021 with Lisa Seligman, and June 16, 2021 with Dave Hammaker. The cost is $5 per person and includes a talk with an exhibiting artist, coffee, tea, and pastries. Advance reservation is encouraged for limited seating.