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Art of the State 2015

The 49th Annual Art of the State

1st Floor


Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists will be showing from June 26 through September 11. The exhibition showcases  the talents of 123 pieces from 117 artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper.

Art of the State is presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.  Media Sponsor WITF.

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We’re Here: Pioneering LGBT Rights in Pennsylvania

2nd Floor


Open April 13 through October 30, 2016, this exhibit focuses on the equality movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the late 1960s and its progress in the Commonwealth during the 1970s. The show focuses on the partnership between dedicated LGBT activist coalitions and Governor Milton J. Shapp, leading to unprecedented executive action in Pennsylvania for LGBT equality and features photographs, documents and objects related to this movement.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), in collaboration with the LGBT Center of Central PA History Project, hosted a program at The State Museum of Pennsylvania honoring Pennsylvania’s pioneering role in LGBT rights. Here is a recording of the program in its entirety.

“Blue Haze” by Randy Zigo, the 2016 Working Together for Wildlife artwork depicting the Great Blue Heron

Working Together for Wildlife: Three Decades of Pennsylvania’s Nature in Art

3rd Floor


Open April 8 through December 31, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is pleased to present original artworks from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s stunning Working Together for Wildlife collection in a special exhibit at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. This exhibition is included with general admission to The Museum.