3 New Exhibits Open at Sandy Spring Museum

Diversity and self-confidence are common themes among this season's indoor and outdoor exhibitions.

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I Am More Than My Hair creator Alyscia Cunningham
Photo of Alyscia Cunningham courtesy of Sandy Spring Museum

Now that spring is here and vaccines are rolling out, people are finally starting to venture outside of their homes. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or just looking for something fun to do, the Sandy Spring Museum has three new exhibits for you to enjoy.

Explore themes of community, beauty and self-empowerment at these outdoor and indoor installations. Each is free and open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Path of Pyramids – Outdoor Sculpture Walk

Instead of its annual parade and festival, Wheaton Arts Parade hosted a two-week public art installation last September. One event, “Path of Pyramids,” featured human-size wooden pyramids transformed by local artists into vibrant works of art using mediums like paint, mosaic and reusable plastics. Now, 13 of the sculptures are displayed on the grounds of Sandy Spring Museum. Though each pyramid is its own piece, the entire exhibit celebrates Wheaton’s diverse communities and cultures. Open through May 23.

I Am More Than My Hair

Featuring custom art pieces, a documentary film and a photography book about female baldness, this exclusive exhibition by Silver Spring activist and artist Alyscia Cunningham challenges the community to rethink traditional standards of beauty. Using lithophanes, braille text panels and audio descriptions, the exhibit is accessible to those who are hearing or visually impaired. “I feel obligated to make sure everyone has the opportunity to be included in the experience of my art and I am now creating a solution,” said Cunningham, in a press release. Reservations required. Open through Sept. 5.

Anthony Gaskins, The Hat Man

After losing his parents, sister and mentor to cancer, milliner Anthony Gaskins made it his mission to encourage cancer patients fighting the disease through hat-making. This exhibit showcases a collection of Gaskins’ handcrafted hats, which help chemotherapy patients gain back their confidence after experiencing hair loss. “To put them in something that totally transforms their mindset and how they feel about the sickness that they have and that they are fighting,” Gaskins said in a press release. Open through May 28.

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