Finalists have been announced for “Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2016,” an exhibition showcasing the talent, creativity and diversity of Pennsylvania’s established and emerging artists.
The 49th annual exhibit opens to the public on Sunday, June 26 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania with an awards ceremony at 1:00 PM and an opening reception immediately following. Admission to The State Museum will be free that day.
The exhibit runs through September 11 and includes 123 works of art by 117 artists from 34 counties. This year’s exhibit attracted 1,778 entries from 775 artists.
First, second and third-place honors are awarded in painting, photography, sculpture, craft and work on paper. Cash awards for each category are $500 for first place, $300 for second and $200 for third.
In addition, the William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing and The State Museum of Pennsylvania Purchase Award are presented. The work selected for the purchase prize is bought by the State Museum and becomes part of the museum’s permanent Fine Art collection.
Jurors for the exhibition include:
Painting and Work on Paper:
Professor of Drawing Painting
Alfred University – School of Art & Design
Alfred, New York
Fine Art Photographer
Three-Dimensional Craft and Sculpture:
Beth Ann Gerstein
American Museum of Ceramic Art
The exhibit is co-sponsored by The State Museum and Jump Street. Together, the organizations present more than $6,500 in cash awards to the winners.
Jump Street is a Harrisburg-based non-profit organization dedicated to developing educational and economic opportunities with the arts for all age groups.
Media contact: Howard Pollman 717-705-8639
Editor’s Note: A gallery of the art work is available for online viewing. Artists selected to exhibit at the 2016 “Art of the State” competition are listed by county:
Elizabeth Asche Douglas
Kathleen Kase Burk
Karen A. Deutsch
Kristie Miller McMahon
Linda Dubin Garfield
Joan Radcliff Rosiak
Patricia Shaw Lima
Jerry Di Falco
Timothy Gierschick II
Richard Chandler Hoff
Kathy T. Hettinga