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Art of the State

August 31, 2021

Filed under Art of the State, Exhibits

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, artists have shared their ideas and engaged viewers in the categories of painting, photography, craft, sculpture, and work on paper.

The exhibition will open to the public on Sunday, September 26, 2021 and run through January 2, 2022. Visit the Art of the State 2021 FLICKR gallery to view the finalist works.

The exhibit includes 104 works of art from 104 artists from 31 counties. Finalists were selected from 2,217 entries from 626 artists.

Selection jurors reviewed and scored all work submitted. Those with the highest ratings in each category are featured in the exhibition. The awards juror will determine the prize winners in each of the categories.


Selection jurors include:

Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photography, Portland Museum of Art Portland, Oregon

Joyce Owens, Artist, Educator, former Curator, Chicago State University Chicago, Illinois

Matthew Hinçman, Professor & Program Area Coordinator, Sculpture | Furniture Design Certificate Program Coordinator, Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston, Massachusetts

Awards juror:

Al Miner, Director of Georgetown University Galleries and Associate Professor of the Practice Washington, DC

For complete bios of our jurors and listing of the finalists read the finalists press release.

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Art of the State Programming*

Friday, September 3 Artists Conversations                    Wednesday, September 29 Explore!

Friday, October 1 Artists Conversations                          Thursday, October 7 Curiosity Kids

Thursday, November 4 Curiosity Kids                             Friday, November 5 Artists Conversations

Sunday, November 14 Gallery Tour                                  Wednesday, November 24 Explore!

Thursday, December 2 Curiosity Kids                               Friday, December 3 Artists Conversations

Sunday, December 5 Gallery Tour                                     Wednesday, December 8 Explore!

Sunday, January 2 Gallery Tour

*Programs dates are tentative until details are released on our event calendar.

View Art of the State 2020 360 Gallery Tour





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About Art of the State

Art of the State, open to Pennsylvania artists and craftspeople, is an annual juried exhibition held at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Art of the State continues to provide an opportunity for both established and emerging Pennsylvania artists to exhibit their work and receive statewide recognition

Presented by The State Museum of Pennsylvania in association with the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.

Art of the State will be open Sunday, September 26, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation is the non-profit partner of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Governed by a volunteer board, PHF helps preserve the Commonwealth’s rich heritage through charitable funding, membership, grant management, and community engagement.

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