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From the Director
It goes without saying that the year 2020 is unprecedented for all of us. The process for this year’s Art of the State was well underway when the pandemic hit. Throughout the crisis, The State Museum of Pennsylvania and our parent agency, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), have been committed to offer this exhibition in some form. We are doing our best to present Art of the State and its supporting programs virtually to the people of Pennsylvania.
On behalf of The State Museum, PHMC, and our presenting partner, the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation, I would like to express our appreciation to all the artists, jurors, and staff who made Art of the State a reality this year. Please continue to watch this web page and our social media for updates about The State Museum’s status during the pandemic and for special Art of the State online programming.
Beth Hager, Director, The State Museum of Pennsylvania
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State Museum Director Beth Hager provides a programming update and talks with curators Amy Hammond and Carol Buck about the 2020 Art of the State exhibition.
To coincide with this year’s Art of the State exhibition, The State Museum of Pennsylvania hosted two virtual Artists Conversations.
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About Art of the State
Art of the State is an annual juried exhibition that has been showcasing the work of Pennsylvania’s artists at The State Museum of Pennsylvania since 1968. The body of art that has been exhibited reflects over a half-century of creative endeavor in the Keystone State. Through the years, exhibitors have shared their ideas and engaged viewers in the categories of painting, photography, craft, sculpture, and work on paper.
This year’s exhibit includes 108 works of art from 109 artists from 29 counties. Finalists were selected from 1901 entries from 680 artists.
Art of State is presented by The State Museum of Pennsylvania in association with the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.
The Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit partner of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, the state agency charged with collecting, preserving, researching and interpreting the treasures of Pennsylvania. Through private contributions, PHF supports PHMC in protecting and providing access to 24 historic sites and museums, approximately 9 million objects, and more than 250 million archival items.
The State Museum of Pennsylvania is one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History.