Current Exhibits

The community of Sandy Spring has an important story to share – from agricultural innovation, women’s suffrage, and progressive education to the establishment of one of the largest land-owning African American communities in Maryland. The permanent exhibit at Sandy Spring Museum illustrates this rich local history through photographs, documents, and objects that were collected from the families of the community’s earliest residents. Temporary exhibits rotate quarterly and a list of upcoming exhibits can be found here and a list of selected past exhibits can be found here.

in-my-lifetimeWinston Harris: Time Tradition and American-Made Series

on exhibit January 11 – April 1, 2017.  Artist’s reception on 1/21 from 3 – 5 pm

This exhibit of new and existing work identifies the artist’s interest in the importance of time as an event itself. The viewer will be introduced to the evolution of time through selected imagery from the museum collection that represents the mechanical parts of high profile time pieces.  Giant photo collages also show the passage of time through historic events that took place during the artist’s lifetime, such as the inauguration of President Barack Obama and the installation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue.

During his residency at the museum, Mr. Winston worked with students of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.  The artist’s intention was to create connections between people of different ethnicities and show how everyday personal objects are uniquely linked to the students’ cultures.  Original prints by the students as well as collages by Mr. Harris that combine student work with his own are on exhibit. This exhibit was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Exhibit ReceptionGail Rebhan – Palimpsest: Layers of Time

on exhibit April 1 – June 24, 2017

An exhibit of new photo-collages that are an unsentimental look at the cultural history of various locations in the Sandy Spring, Maryland area. This is her first work examining an area that was until recently primarily rural.She is examining changes in land use as a result of shifting societal values, desires, government actions, and market forces and blending archival and contemporary photographs, along with historical newspaper articles, maps, advertisements, ephemera, and text into one final image for each site. Using layers of various opacities, she conveys a sense that the past never goes away and continues to influence the present.

The image above (in draft form), “18035 Georgia Avenue, Olney, Maryland – 1917/2016,” explores the evolution of a family business which operated from 1885 to 2004. Beginning as Finneyfrock’s blacksmith shop, it evolved into Finneyfrock’s Power Equipment and Welding Company. Currently, Domino’s Pizza and Al Sospiro Trattoria operate at this location. This photo-collage blends a 1917 photograph with today’s scene. The artist’s writing, a handmade cake dish, 1956 receipt, 1999 advertisement, and a 1967 patent document provides evidence of the site’s changing uses.  The exhibit will include new and existing work. This project was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.