In addition to the permanent collection and long-term art on loan from prestigious Pennsylvania museums, the Governor’s residence hosts two special art exhibitions every year featuring works by local artists as well as works from museum collections. The latest exhibition, “Artwork from the Collection of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art,” features seventeen original works of art by prominent American artists dating from 1850 to 1993.
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art was established in 1949 at the bequest of Mary Marchand Woods, a long time resident of Greensburg interested in the arts. This visionary founder donated her entire estate in order for the Museum facility 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.
Over the past fifty years, the Museum has 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 among other preeminent American artists. The Museum has also become known as the repository for works by southwestern Pennsylvania artists, including artists of the Scalp Level School, holding many exhibitions and publishing several books on the subject since 1981.
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is currently undergoing a major renovation and expansion project, and has relocated to a temporary home in Greensburg, dubbed Westmoreland@rt30. They will remain in the temporary location until the completion of the project in Spring of 2015.
On display through February 2015, visitors will have the opportunity to view this spectacular collection of American artwork as they tour the Governor’s Residence. For information on tours and to schedule a visit, please call the tour line at 717-772-9130.
Source: The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, www.wmuseumaa.org