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3rd in the Burg: The Art of the State Purchase Award Collection, 1969-2017

October 20, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us Friday, October 20 5:30- 7:30 PM for the opening of The Art of the State Purchase Award Collection, 1969-2017. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the annual juried exhibition Art of the State, The State Museum of Pennsylvania is showcasing featured works that were purchased by the museum and added to its permanent collections over five decades.

As part of each year’s show, a guest judge or State Museum official designates one or more works of art to be purchased for the museum’s permanent collections.  Since the works featured in Art of the State have already been vetted through several layers of the jurying process, Purchase Awards represent an elite group of Pennsylvania artists.

A recent inventory of the Museum’s fine arts collection identified over 50 works associated with Purchase Awards.  Because of that inventory, and in recognition of the program’s 50th anniversary, we are pleased to offer visitors this unique retrospective on Art of the State and the rich artistic heritage which it reveals.

This is a free event, as part of 3rd in the Burg and is hosted by the Friends of the State Museum.

Art of the State is presented annually by The State Museum of Pennsylvania and Jump Street.

Image of: Diana Kingman (b. 1940) Lone Wolf, 1991, Acrylic and pastel on paper, 1992 Purchase Award


About 3rd in the Burg:
3rd in the Burg is a city-wide initiative to establish and maintain a vibrant arts and entertainment culture by forging connections between artists and merchants in Harrisburg, PA.

On the third Friday of every month, Harrisburg venues open their doors to streets full of culture lovers of all kinds. A collaboration begun in 2010 by a diverse group of galleries and businesses, 3rd in the Burg has grown into one of Harrisburg’s most vital and recognizable city events.


October 20, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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