Academy Art Museum

A “cultural hub” for Maryland’s Eastern Shore

These ceramics creations are by artist Robert Hessler, whose artwork will be featured in the Academy Art Museum’s 20th annual craft show, Oct. 21-22.| Photo courtesy of the Academy Art Museum

Develop your creative side at the Academy Art Museum, or AAM, in Talbot County.

The AAM, which is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, features national and regional exhibitions, concerts, lectures, educational programs and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children. According to AAM Public Relations Consultant Amy Steward, the museum is a “cultural hub” for the Eastern Shore. More than 55,000 people visit the museum annually.

Six Eastern Shore residents founded the museum in 1958. Then called the “Academy of the Arts,” the museum is dedicated to “the knowledge, practice and appreciation of the arts.” The permanent collection contains more than 1,400 works. Featured mid-20th century artists include Gene Davis, an American Color Field painter, and Ann Truitt, a sculptor.

The museum hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Currently AAM is featuring the work of David Driskell, a noted artist and scholar of African-American art, who is based in Hyattsville, Maryland.

“The Academy Art Museum enjoys close professional relationships with the National Gallery of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum,” Steward said. “These relationships have allowed the museum to present exceptional exhibitions based on the collections of those outstanding institutions.”

AAM craft show

AAM will host its 20th annual craft show Oct. 21-22. “Fired Up!” will highlight the medium of ceramics, featuring an exhibition of artist Bennett Bean, whose artwork appears in the permanent collections of many museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

This ceramic sculpture by artist Bennett Bean is on display at the Academy Art Museum, and will be featured in the AAM’s 20th annual craft show, “Fired Up!” Oct. 21-22. | Photo courtesy of the Academy Art Museum

Other featured artists include Lynn Latta, a unique jeweler with modern organic porcelain creations, AAM’s ceramics instructor and studio potter Paul Aspell and Robert Hessler, who won Best of Show at the AAM craft show in 2015.

Visitors will be able to purchase art from more than 70 regional and national artists.

“All craft media will be represented including basketry, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, sculpture, and wood,” Steward said. “There will be something for everyone from well-priced handmade treasures to expensive one-of-a-kind pieces of art.”

The show includes a free “Little Crafters’ Workshop,” set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where children can shape their own clay creations in the museum’s painting studio.

Tickets to the craft show are $12 per person. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 21; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 22.

About the Academy Art Museum

The Academy Art Museum is located at 106 South Street, Easton, Maryland 21601. Admission is $3 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Free admission on Wednesdays. Hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m; Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 410-822-2787, or visit

The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, offers a variety of classes and workshops, like the Open Portrait Studio, held each Monday. | Photo courtesy of the Academy Art Museum

As a Blue Star Museum, the AAM offers free admission to Soldiers and their immediate family members during the summer months.

“[The Blue Star Museum program] fits with the Museum’s mission to provide families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move,” Steward said.





Story by Rachel Ponder, APG News