A pair of exhibitions at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto will have the galleries chock-full of art.

The museum, located on the St. Francis University campus, will feature a show of art that is created around what people see and a second show that celebrates works from one of the most benevolent family patrons of the museum.

From Friday through July 6, the “Robin Glass: All That You See” exhibit will be on display in the Sullivan Gallery.

In the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery will be “The Wolf Family: A Legacy Exhibition” from Friday through July 6.

Grass creates paintings without conception, depicting the universally known figures of clowns, jesters or scarecrows since they exist in almost every culture.

His art is created around the basis of viewer participation.

Grass creates the imagery for the viewer to immerse themselves in and participate through creating their own meaning from the artwork.

“His body of work is incredibly awe-inspiring,” said Jessica Campbell, SAMA’s education coordinator.

“The exhibit will feature over 140 works of art and the viewer can see the whimsical and imaginative mind of Robin.”

She said Michael Strueber, SAMA’s director emeritus, recommended that Grass have an exhibition at SAMA-Loretto because he’s a deserving artist.

“This is the largest exhibition of his work to be on display,” Campbell said.

“SAMA is fortunate to work with Robin and show a selection of his works.”

Grass is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and he obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from the University of Delaware.

After his education, Grass and his wife opened the Foundry Art Studio in Everett in 1976.

He resides and creates art at the Foundry Art Studio.

“We want our visitors to enjoy their experience and stay awhile,” Campbell said.

“Each exhibition we plan always has our patrons in mind, and with this particular exhibit, each painting tells a story and it’s up to the viewer to create that narrative.”

A Lunch a l’Art with Grass will be held at noon June 4. 

Cost is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers and reservations are requested by calling 814-472-3920.

The Wolf family has been an esteemed benefactor of the museum for more than 30 years.

The family has made substantial contributions to SAMA’s collection comprised of many accomplished artists, including Thomas Hart Benton, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol.

Not only have their donations contributed to the collection, but many members of the Wolf family have provided their services to the museum as members of the board of trustees.

“Approximately 50 pieces will be on display from paintings, prints and pieces on special loan from the family that are not part of the collection,” Campbell said.

“We want to foster an appreciation and understanding of the arts with this exhibit.”

She said it’s important to share SAMA’s permanent collection with its patrons.

“This is just one of our collections within SAMA, but we also are highlighting pieces from the family to share their talents as well as their generosity,” Campbell said.

“The Wolf family plays such a strong role in all we do at SAMA. They are strong supporters of the arts and we wanted to showcase a selection of their donations.”

A Lunch a l’Art will be held for the exhibit with a date and time to be determined.

Cost is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers and reservations are requested by calling 814-472-3920.

To celebrate the exhibitions, an opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Cost is $25 per person and reservations are requested by calling 814-472-3920.

The museum is open to the public free of charge.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call 814-472-3920 or visit www.sama-art.org.

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.