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Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Youghiogheny

Westmoreland Museum of American Art

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Location Details

PHONE: 724-837-1500
ADDRESS: 221 N. Main St.
Greensburg, PA 15601
HOURS: Wed, Fri-Sun 11am-5pm; Th 11am-9pm
COST: $5 donation; Children under 12 & Students: Free

Event Details

regional art

Description

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art presides over Greensburg like a duchess—an elegant, columned building situated on a hill overlooking the city’s main street. Opened in 1959, its focus from the beginning was to collect and exhibit American and southwestern Pennsylvania art. It quickly acquired works by world-renowned American artists such as Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and Winslow Homer. But it is two of the museum’s regional collections that provide a high point to the visit: Southwestern Pennsylvania Landscapes and Born of Fire: The Valley of Work. Together they portray the evolution of southwestern Pennsylvania’s landscape from rural farmlands to mighty industrial complex so vividly that they merit the annotation “Must-See-Site”.

Southwestern Pennsylvania Landscape offers the works of George Hetzel, Charles Linford, Joseph Woodwell, and others who during the time of rapid industrialization captured the pastoral splendor of the region’s mountains, woodlands, and streams.

Born of Fire: The Valley of Work records southwestern Pennsylvania’s transformation into an industrial system through the eyes of artists such as Aaron Harry Gorson. A pioneer of industrial landscape painting, Gorson was an urban poet with a paintbrush, in love with the night-time beauty of steelmaking Pittsburgh, the glow of the many lights and their effects on the multi-shaped clouds of smoke rising above the curving Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers. While the steel industry had the most significant influence on Southwestern Pennsylvania, it did not go unrecognized by the rest of the world; Born of Fire: The Valley of Work toured Europe from 2007 to 2010.

Together these collections offer a stunning “before and after” view of the region and a chance to see top-notch works of art inspired by industry.

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