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Press Releases

Allegany Arts Council to Host 11th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition & Exhibition
Published: June 4, 2021

The 11th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition & Exhibition will take place June 15-19, 2021. This exciting event will bring 27 premiere plein air painters to Western Maryland from across the United States for a week of outdoor painting.

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The Mountain Traditions Project Exhibition is on display at the Allegany Arts Council
Published: June 3, 2021

The Mountain Traditions Project Exhibition is now on display at the Allegany Arts Council. This limited exhibition will run through June 13, 2021, with a Panel Presentation & Public Opening to take place Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 5:00PM-8:00PM.

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Allegany Arts Council welcomes Alec Edwards as Program Associate
Published: May 7, 2021

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to welcome Alec Edwards to its staff. Edwards will serve as program associate, supporting program development, gallery operations, and creative projects.

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Western Maryland Watercolor Society Show Opens May 1st at Allegany Arts Council
Published: April 30, 2021

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to welcome the Western Maryland Watercolor Society for its 33rd spring exhibition, Color Harmony.

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Allegany Arts Council to feature the work of Charlene Nield
Published: April 30, 2021

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to present the work of Alexandria, VA-based artist, Charlene Nield, in an exhibition entitled, "The Art of Happenstance: Chance Meetings & Destined Friends," to take place May 1-29, 2021.

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Allegany Arts Council announces Call for Entry on theme of Creative Community Creating Unity
Published: April 16, 2021

The Allegany Arts Council, Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University, Allegany County NAACP Branch 7007, and the Community Resilience Council are pleased to announce a call to artists on the theme of “Creative Community Creating Unity.”

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Public invited to attend Backbone Mountain Review Virtual Launch Party
Published: April 16, 2021

The Allegany Arts Council, in partnership with the Allegany County Library System, the Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts, and WVU-Potomac State College, is pleased to announce the publication of the 2021 edition of the Backbone Mountain Review. Join us for a virtual launch party via Zoom on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 2:00PM to hear directly from the contributors of this year's journal.

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Allegany Arts Council accepting grant applications for 2021-2022
Published: April 14, 2021

The Allegany Arts Council is now accepting applications for its 2021-2022 grants program. The program, made possible by County Arts Development funding of the Maryland State Arts Council, supports non-profit organizations and individual artists in the creation of activities, programs, and placemaking efforts which champion the arts in our community.

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Allegany Arts Council announces winners of 7th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition
Published: April 13, 2021

The Allegany Arts Council announced the winners of its 7th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition on Saturday, April 10, during a live-streamed awards ceremony.

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Online Exhibition launches in support of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Published: March 30, 2021

The Allegany and Garrett County Arts Councils, along with partners Allegany College of Maryland, Dove Center, Family Crisis Resource Center, and Frostburg State University are proud to announce a project supporting National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The digital exhibition entitled, "What Were You Wearing?" will be available online from April 3-24, 2021, and will be available for viewing beginning 11:00AM on Saturday, April 3 at https://www.alleganyartscouncil.org/schwab-exhibition/.

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7th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition opens April 3
Published: March 30, 2021

The 7th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (ANPCE) will take place this year from April 3-24. The show will be available for viewing both in person at the Allegany Arts Council’s galleries at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland, and via digital gallery at  https://www.alleganyartscouncil.org/saville-exhibition/.

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Arts Council Awards Emergency Grants to Local Arts Organizations
Published: March 4, 2021

CUMBERLAND- The Allegany Arts Council has awarded emergency grant funding to five local arts organizations that have experienced losses due to COVID-19.

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Allegany Arts Council presents first program in Young at Art Series
Published: February 9, 2021

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce "Young at Art: Exploring Watercolor for the Never-Before Artist" to take place Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 2:00PM-4:00PM via Zoom.

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Paintings of Hannah K Freeman on display at the Allegany Arts Council
Published: February 9, 2021

The Allegany Arts Council is thrilled to present an exhibition of Morgantown, West Virginia artist, Hannah K Freeman, in her show, "Harmony," to take place February 6-27, 2021.

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Allegany Arts Council Accepting Applications for Emergency Grant Funds for Local Arts Organizations Impacted by COVID-19
Published: December 30, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to again offer emergency grant funding to local arts organizations in order to mitigate losses suffered due to COVID-19.

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Allegany Arts Council Announces Winners of 2020 Members Show
Published: December 30, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Members Show.

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Allegany Arts Council Announces Winners of 2020 Western Maryland Watercolor Society Exhibition
Published: November 10, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council announced the winners of the 2020 Western Maryland Watercolor Society Exhibition, Color in Motion, during a virtual awards presentation held via Zoom on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

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Allegany Arts Council presents the work the Western Maryland Watercolor Society
Published: November 4, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council and its Schwab Gallery will host the Western Maryland Watercolor Society's exhibition, Color in Motion from November 7-28, 2020. The exhibition features work by a variety of watercolor artists from throughout the region and highlights various techniques using wet-on-wet styles, color drippings, and the layering of watercolor pigments.

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Allegany Arts Council presents the work of Chris Sloan
Published: November 4, 2020

Chris Sloan's solo exhibition, Salient Points - Thoughts on the Future of Humanity, will be on display in the Allegany Arts Council's Saville Gallery from November 7-28, 2020. The exhibition, which includes oil paintings, sculpture, and digital art, explores three themes—Extinctions, The Victory of Science, and The Invisible Domain.

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Allegany Arts Council Presents Art On Demand
Published: October 22, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council is thrilled to present Art on Demand, the latest addition to its virtual programming. This collaboration with local arts educator and artist Bobby Croft, provides online art lessons for school-aged kids to enjoy whenever they feel inspired to create.

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Allegany Arts Council Presents the Work of Brad Blair in Obscure Oddities: Clay Creations
Published: October 9, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council’s Saville Gallery will show the work of Baltimore ceramics artist Brad Blair in a solo exhibition, Obscure Oddities: Clay Creations, which will be on display through October 31, 2020.

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Allegany Arts Council Presents Winners of 21st Will’s Creek Exhibition of Fine Art
Published: September 24, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council announced the winners of its 21st Will’s Creek Exhibition of Fine Art during a virtual awards ceremony and juror chat. The event took place Saturday, September 12, 2020 via Facebook Live and YouTube and included remarks from juror Jessica Beck and reactions from award winners.

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Allegany Arts Council Provides Free Creativity Kits to Kids
Published: September 1, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council, in collaboration with the Judy Center which has pledged $3,500 to the project, distributed 700 personal creativity kits to Allegany County public elementary school students receiving free lunches.

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Allegany Arts Council Names 2020-2021 Grant Recipients
Published: September 1, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council recently awarded a total of $25,000 in grant money among 15 area nonprofits that are helping to make our region a community "alive with the arts!"

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Allegany Arts Council Presents Work of the Appalachian Pastel League
Published: July 17, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce Emergence: The Artistry of the Appalachian Pastel League, a group exhibition to take place July 25-August 22, 2020 in its Saville Gallery.

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6th Annual Allegany National Photo Show Winners Announced
Published: June 30, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council launched its 6th annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (ANPCE) with its first-ever LIVE virtual awards ceremony and juror chat. The event took place Saturday, June 27, 2020 via Facebook Live and YouTube and included an opportunity for those watching at home to ask questions of juror Brownie Harris.

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6th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition Goes Virtual
Published: June 18, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council’s 6th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (ANPCE) is going virtual! For the first time in ANPCE history, the show—which runs from June 27-July 18, 2020—will be available via an online digital gallery.

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AAC Accepting Grant Applications for 2020-21
Published: April 23, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council is now accepting applications for its 2020-2021 grants program. The program, made possible by County Arts Development funding of the Maryland State Arts Council, supports non-profit organizations and individual artists in the creation of activities, programs, and placemaking efforts which champion the arts in our community.

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AAC Rolls Out New A&E District Logo, Video
Published: March 12, 2020

The Allegany Arts Council, in conjunction with the Maryland State Arts Council, is pleased to announce the unveiling of a new logo and video designed to promote Cumberland’s Arts & Entertainment District.

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Recent Articles

Arts & Tackling the Opioid Epidemic
Published: April 1, 2020

This is the 1st in a series of articles submitted by Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) and its Tackling the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Resilience Approach project partners. This column will focus on building strong people and a stronger, connected community during these difficult times as we deal with addiction, the COVID-19 crisis, and other challenges.

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