ABOUT THE JUROR
Beverlie Hartnett has been the Registrar at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art since the summer of 2013. Growing up outside of Washington, D. C. in the 1980s, she got bit by the Museum Bug at a young age; between family outings and school field trips, she logged a lot of hours at the Smithsonian and other museums in the city.
She graduated from Penn State in 1998 with a B. A. in Integrative Arts and an Art History minor, and later graduated from Penn State in 2004 with an M. A. in Art History.
Since completing grad school, she has worked at the Palmer Museum of Art on Penn State University Park Campus, SAMA Altoona, the Misciagna Family Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona, and took a chance to move to Santa Fe, NM to work as an Assistant Registrar at the Gerald Peters Gallery, a great experience in learning how art galleries work, and the similarities and differences between them and art museums, as well as learning about the art of a different region of the United States.
Since starting her career as a registrar at SAMA, she has been involved in the planning of over 200 exhibits, and played a role in managing the renovation of the museum's art storage in 2015-16. Being the registrar/collections manager of an art museum is engaging, crucial, yet behind the scenes job within a museum. Managing an art collection that serves five locations in four counties in south central Pennsylvania has often made her explain her job as "A cross between being a librarian and an air traffic controller". Having a job that is an exciting one is a huge benefit in ones' life, and one that helps the local art community makes is even more special.
SAMA and AAJ have a long relationship, and being able to jury a show with such a long history in the area was a great experience. This is the first show I have ever juried, and I tried to look at the works submitted through an art history lens, to pay attention to not just how I reacted to the art, but why.
Each work in this show is a little world, the image a slice of the what is going on within. One looks at the young man in "Young Warrior II", and wonder what or who is he looking at in his surroundings; the atmospheric light in "Summer Still Life" draws the eye, and seeing the forms and colors the still life at the threshold of impressionism and abstract were fascinating to me. The subject of "The Bodacious Buckethead" definitely has a distinctive look, and you are curious to see what adventures are about to happen.
As we come out of the
pandemic, being able
to have these exhibits
and seeing local art
organizations keep going
is a good sign, that the
artists of south central PA
are able to create and
draw inspiration, and
are still able to produce
exhibits for the people
of this area. Every year
is closer to AAJ's centennial,
and I can't wait to see
the art to come!
shown above: Beverlie Hartnett
Pictured above from left to right - Juror: Beverlie Hartnett, and the show award recipients: Diana Williams, Jaime Helbig, Norman Ed, Sandra Schwab, Matt Lamb (not in attendance - Lydia Mack)
Best of Show - Lydia Mack 'Young Warrior II' -Joy Fairbanks & Marianne Krizner AWARD
Jaime Helbig 'Elephant at the Zoo' - Edwin and Rosemary Pawlowski AWARD
Sandra Schwab 'Summer Still Life' - Dr. Carl and Sue Konvolinka AWARD
Norman Ed ‘Painting' - Dr. Magdi and Karen Azer AWARD
Diana Williams 'To Everything A Season' - 1st Summit Bank AWARD
Matt Lamb 'The Bodacious Buckethead' - Jean Beecher AWARD
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photo on left: Katrina Perkosky is the Director of Donor Services at Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, which is this year's organization chosen as our 2022 Friends of Art recipient. Each year, an organization is gifted to choose a work of art from the show. Thank you to our patrons for providing this opportunity.
SCENES FROM THE OPENING RECEPTION