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.

blue-earthDirk Holger: Blue Earth

on exhibit January 4 – February 25, 2017.  Artist’s reception on 1/21 from 3 – 5 pm.

In this exhibit, you will view works by Dirk Holger, resident of Olney and native of Germany, who fell in love with the process and product of tapestry while it was in a nascent comeback led by Jean Lurçat, for whom Mr. Holger served as an assistant.  While only several of Mr. Holger’s tapestries are on exhibit, you can see that the artist’s pen drawings have a woven, hatched quality that would lend themselves to tapestry.  Indeed the artist had that in mind when he created the first of his Blue Earth series.

The other characteristic the drawings and a tapestry share in common is the amount of time involved in their creation.   To create one square yard of either is estimated to take four to five weeks.  Mr. Holger’s pen drawings and tapestries are on exhibit.

Meet the artist at a reception on  Saturday, January 21 from 3 – 5 pm (link here).  Mr. Holger will also be the guest speaker at the February History Happy Hour (click here), where he will reveal secret meanings behind the world’s most famous tapestries.


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.

Meet Mr. Harris and the student artists at a reception on Saturday, January 21 from 3 – 5 pm (click here).