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Art of the State

March 25, 2021

Filed under Art of the State, Exhibits

The State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation invite artists and craftspeople to submit applications to exhibit their work in Art of the State. The annual juried exhibition boasts a tradition of presenting highly creative art chosen by a distinguished panel of jurors.

Our parent agency, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, has announced that The State Museum will reopen to the public on April 30, 2021. We believe that we can now successfully hold a physical, on-site show of art in the galleries for Art of the State 2021. The exhibition opens September 26, 2021, so the opening date will allow enough time to change course if the museum were to close again due to the pandemic.

Entries will be accepted online March 25 – May 28, 2021 visit our entry page where full details and rules are posted.

New in 2021:

  • Art of the State will open at The State Museum on Sunday, September 26, 2021, and close on Sunday, January 2, 2022.
  • We are now using the well-known art entry site Café for applications. There is no fee to register with Café.
  • Artists may submit 1-4 works of art for a flat fee of $30.
  • The maximum number of entries is four per artist.
  • Only one image can be uploaded for each work submitted. Artists with three-dimensional work may be asked to submit additional views.

Exhibit Timeline

March 25, 2021: Entry process open

May 28, 2021: Last day for entry (no late entries accepted)

Week of July 14,2021: E-mail notifications of juror results

August 21-28, 2021:  Art delivery

September 26, 2021: Exhibit Opening

January 2, 2022: Exhibit Closing

January 8-15, 2022: Art Retrieval


Selection Jurors will review all art submitted. Those with the highest ratings will be featured in the exhibition. 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

An awards juror will select recipients in each of the categories.

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

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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 awards cash prizes for selected entries in the categories of Painting, Work on Paper, Photography & Digital Media, Sculpture and Craft.

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.