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Academy Art Museum Opens Members’ Exhibition  

The Academy Art Museum is pleased to present its Annual Members’ Exhibition from July 29 through September 4 (Labor Day), 2017. This exceptional tradition represents the best of the region’s artists and offers an opportunity to view the creative talents of colleagues and friends. Over the last five years, several Museum members have been offered solo exhibitions after having participated in the Members’ Exhibition. The Annual Member’s Exhibition remains one of the Museum’s most popular offerings, providing a venue for many talented artist members to showcase and sell their works, including such mediums as drawing, painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel), graphics, photography, mixed media, film, jewelry, sculpture and other applications.

According to Heather Crowe, a Museum instructor and previous Museum trustee who has exhibited in the Members’ Exhibition since 1984 and received awards, states, “The Academy Art Museum is one of only a handful of museums remaining in the United States that is a true ‘teaching museum.’ The Museum is a place for people just beginning to explore art, and for mature artists still honing the craft and the art, still working at it.  The Annual Members Exhibition is one event for all of us and one of its purposes is to encourage the members. The community benefits greatly from this amazing gathering and exhibition space.”

Joanne Magruder of Easton, another artist who has exhibited in the Exhibition for over 20 years, has received awards, and has served as a longtime volunteer, adds, “I think it’s important to have a Members’ Exhibition. It’s an opportunity to have your work out there.”

This year, the Annual Members’ Exhibition will be judged by Amy Eva Raehse, Executive Director and Curator of Goya Contemporary Gallery. The Gallery represents emerging and mid-career contemporary artists internationally within a program focused on Post-War, Contemporary, and Modern Masters in both primary and secondary markets. Raehse has curated over 100 exhibitions and has placed artworks in major public and private collections worldwide including MoMA, the Smithsonian, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Art and Design, The MET, Chrysler Museum, ArtCloud Korea, among many others. She is a long standing trustee of The Creative Alliance of Baltimore and a Programming Advisor for Maryland Art Place.

Several awards are given at the Members’ Exhibition opening each year. The Members’ Exhibition is sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Star Democrat. For further information about the Museum’s exhibitions and programs, visit or call 410-822-2787.