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 more than a half century of creative endeavor in the Keystone State. Exhibitors have shared their ideas and engaged viewers in the categories of painting, photography, craft, sculpture, and work on paper.
Awards were given in painting, photography, sculpture, craft, and work on paper.
The William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing and The State Museum of Pennsylvania Purchase Award were also selected. Jump Street, co-presenter of the exhibit, presented an award for the work that embodies the spirit of the arts and the Art Docents Corps of The State Museum presented its Docents’ Choice Award.
The winners were chosen from 103 works selected from 1,850 submissions.
This year’s first-prize winners are from Bedford, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Montgomery counties. Special awards went to artists from Cumberland, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Schuylkill counties.
The 51st annual exhibit runs through September 9 and includes 103 works of art by 99 artists from 27 counties.
Art of the State is co-presented by The State Museum and Jump Street. WITF Public Media is an exhibit sponsor.
Jump Street, a non-profit arts organization, has been serving the Capital Region for over 38 years, providing arts programs for students and adults; arts grants to artists and organizations throughout the state of Pennsylvania; arts-based community service programs; and technical assistance to artists and organizations.
The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History®. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage.
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The following prizes were awarded at the 2018 Art of the State Artists’ Reception on Sunday, June 24. Cash awards for each category are first prize, $500; second prize, $300; third, $200. A full gallery of Art of the State images is available at: https://phmc.info/AOS51.
1st Isaac Pelepko – The Cute Parade
2nd Robert Arnosky – You Gotta Play to Win
3rd Gary Phillips – Ophelia
1st Joe Cicak – Futility
2nd Theodore Van Pelt – The Remenant
3rd Daniel Colavito – Ash or Old
1st George Radeschi – 195
2nd Tom Hubert – Flying Bird Teapot
3rd Nancy Middlebrook – Glacier #2
1st Maria Maneos – 5535-2017(5535 Opioid/Heroin Deaths in Pennsylvania in 2017)
2nd Robert Mull – Ask Alice
3rd Marguerita Hagan – Diatom Odontella Aurita Spiral Colony: La Mer, Jewel Series
Work on Paper
1st Cynthia Goodman Brantley – Full Circle
2nd Thomas Notarangelo – Home Grown Terror
3rd Brandon Williams – Still Here
The State Museum Purchase Award
Maria Maneos – 5535-2017(5535 Opioid/Heroin Deaths in Pennsylvania in 2017)
William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing
Jacqueline Meyerson – The Written Word
Jump Street Spirit of the Arts Award
Mary Olin Geiger – Labor Quilt
Art Docents Choice Award
Robert Stickloon – PA Coal Region Hors D’oeuvres