Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art executive director set to retire

July 29, 2018

G. Gary Moyer (right), executive director of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, has announced his impending retirement. Moyer is shown here with Kristin Miller, coordinator of the museum’s Ligonier Valley facility.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art will announce a new executive director in early August, with current executive director G. Gary Moyer having announced his retirement effective in the fall.

Moyer joined the SAMA leadership team in January 2008 and has overseen the implementation of new programs, a growing permanent collection, the launch of a newsletter and several other projects in the five-facility museum system.

Major accomplishments, according to a release, include upgrades to the Loretto museum’s Archival Storage Expansion Project, the establishment of the Night of Distinction dinner and awards, the “Monuments & Masterpieces” world art tour, creation of the Ligonier Valley site’s Donald M. Robinson sculpture park and the addition of a fifth site in Bedford’s historic Anderson House.

“From improving the Museum’s financial position to enlarging and enhancing the permanent collection to establishing a value-added community outreach that touches the people living in this region, we have worked diligently to drive museum excellence to establish a cultural legacy for the people of rural southwestern/central Pennsylvania,” Moyer said in the release.

Under Moyer, SAMA received a bequest of 62 paintings, drawings and prints by Colleen Browning, making SAMA the primary repository for work by the Magic Realist painter. With the addition of approximately 1,500 works of art during his tenure, SAMA’s permanent collection now stands at more than 5,000 pieces.

Moyer’s resume includes management positions with Fortune 500 firms. He is a former director of admissions at Saint Francis University, where he still teaches business in the continuing education department.

Moyer is a board member of the Cambria County Historical Society. He earned an MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Saint Francis.

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