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By James Roxbury
Tuesday October 07, 2014 at 10:39 am

As released by the Susquehanna Art Museum.

HARRISBURG, PA. – The Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM) today announced its inaugural exhibition Open: Icons of Pop Art from Niagara University will coincide with the opening of its new building. The new 20,000-square-foot building will open to the public on Friday, January 16, 2015.

The new building, located in the historic Midtown section of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, opens during the museum’s 25th year of operation. The new museum will incorporate aspects of the ‘Greek-revival’ architecture of the building’s former occupant, the Keystone Trust Company. Heralded as a catalyst for arts education and appreciation, it will be one of the newest cultural additions to a burgeoning enclave of Midtown Harrisburg; joining the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, the Historic Harrisburg Resource Center, the Broad Street Market, and Millworks.

Four exhibition galleries will showcase local, national, and international artists. Visitors can also enjoy an outdoor sculpture garden. “I am proud of our community, members, and staff that have all come together to make this building a reality,” said Laurene Buckley, Susquehanna Art Museum’s Executive Director. “It represents an extraordinary accomplishment that could have only been achieved through the support and commitment of a host of individuals who all share a common goal of supporting the visual arts.”

The museum’s inaugural exhibition presents a dynamic representation of some of the major contributors to the Pop Art movement of the mid-twentieth century, including Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Marisol, and Roy Lichtenstein. The collection is on loan from Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum. It features works on paper, paintings, and sculpture—and captures an important moment within our nation’s history. “This exhibition will provide Central Pennsylvanians with the opportunity to experience and learn about this important movement in art history, and how it relates to American pop culture,” said Lauren Nye, SAM’s Exhibition Manager. The exhibition runs through March 1, 2015.

About Susquehanna Art Museum The Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM), a non-collecting institution, exhibits nationally-and internationally-recognized artists in an effort to educate, inspire, and foster creative exploration, collaboration, and public engagement. SAM accomplishes its mission by showcasing the works of emerging and established artists from the Central Pennsylvania region and beyond, as well as through its VanGo! Museum on Wheels and Art to Go, which provides an innovative cultural arts experience for students of all ages.

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