Press Release: State Museum Photo Exhibit Demonstrates a Legacy of Innovation for Pennsylvania Photographers

Press Release: State Museum Photo Exhibit Demonstrates a Legacy of Innovation for Pennsylvania Photographers

The State Museum of Pennsylvania presents Innovative Means: Photography from the Collection. This concisely edited exhibition, which opens with a free public reception on Friday, October 19, at 5:30 PM, showcases the artistry and creative approaches of 26 Pennsylvania photographers represented in The State Museum’s Fine Art Collection. Spanning nearly 80 years, the 29 photographs reveal …

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Press Release: The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces Finalists for 51st Annual “Art of the State” Exhibition

Press Release: The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces Finalists for 51st Annual “Art of the State” Exhibition

Finalists have been announced for Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2018. 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 …

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Press Release: November 2017 Highlights

Press Release: November 2017 Highlights

The State Museum of Pennsylvania’s program schedule for November 2017: StoryTime: Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton by Friday, November 3 10:00 AM Gather with us in Paleontology at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 3 and explore a collection of dinosaur bones with our Museum’s paleontologist. Enjoy our story Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by …

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Press Release: Finalists for 50th “Art of the State”

Press Release: Finalists for 50th “Art of the State”

The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces Finalists for 50th Annual “Art of the State” Exhibition, Awards Set for June 11 Finalists have been announced for Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2017. 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 …

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South Philadelphia sisters battle back after Pearl Harbor

South Philadelphia sisters battle back after Pearl Harbor

The Military History collection of the State Museum of Pennsylvania is home to a memento that marks the launching of the USS Cassin and USS Shaw at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on October 28, 1935 . A small celluloid and metal button commemorates the day in the appropriate colors of navy blue and gold. The …

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Mercer County artist finds local inspiration in great blue heron painting

Mercer County artist finds local inspiration in great blue heron painting

The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is a large and majestic inhabitant of the freshwater and saltwater wetlands of Canada and southward to the northern edges of South America. Standing up to 4 1/2 feet tall with a wingspan of nearly 7 feet wide, this generally solitary hunter is a striking sight as it stalks …

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Native American pottery vessel tells story of winter survival

Native American pottery vessel tells story of winter survival

Native American culture groups remain an important component in the development of our commonwealth.  This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure, now on exhibit in Pennsylvania Icons at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, features the significant archaeological recovery of a native-made clay storage vessel. Archaeologists have developed a strategy for dating sites, based in part on the artifacts recovered.  …

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Pennsylvania Icons: Your top 5 treasures

Pennsylvania Icons: Your top 5 treasures

On Sunday, Nov. 8, The State Museum of Pennsylvania will open to the public Pennsylvania Icons, a landmark exhibit showcasing nearly 400 artifacts, many of which have not been displayed in decades, that tells the story of the commonwealth, its people and the role they played in shaping the nation. In the past, only a …

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Red Rose Studio: Love and camaraderie expressed on canvas

Red Rose Studio: Love and camaraderie expressed on canvas

Violet Oakley was a painter, stained-glass artist and illustrator. She is best known for her murals currently on display inside the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Those paintings represent the largest public work ever to be completed by a woman. This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure, an oil-on-canvas entitled Red Rose Studio, depicts the Red Rose Inn, Oakley’s home …

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Biblical guidance cast in iron

Biblical guidance cast in iron

  Stove plates are notable for their artistic depictions of biblical stories and Germanic text. This stove plate dates to 1753/1763 and is the only satirical plate known to survive today. The image features a Hessian rider astride an animal, possibly a goat or a horse. Another figure blocks the road and holds a sword …

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