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 State. Through the years, exhibitors have shared their ideas and engaged viewers in the categories of painting, photography, craft, sculpture, and work on paper.
The 51st annual exhibit opens to the public on Sunday, June 24 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania with an awards ceremony at 1:30 PM and an opening reception immediately following. Admission to The State Museum will be free that day.
The exhibit runs through September 9 and includes 103 works of art by 99 artists from 27 counties. Finalists were selected from 1,850 entries by 839 artists. The closing coincides with Harrisburg’s popular Gallery Walk.
Artwork was selected for inclusion in the exhibition by exhibit jurors:
- Sun Young Kang, practicing artist, East Amherst, NY
- David Oresick, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA
- Lauren Wagner, Director of Marketing and Development, Gold Coast Arts Center, Huntington, NY
Awards juror Scott Schweigert, Curator of Art, Reading Public Museum in Reading will determine the prize winners in each of the categories.
More than $7,000 in cash awards will be presented. The Art Docents Corps of The State Museum will also present its Docents’ Choice Award. Jump Street will present the JumpStreet Spirit of the Arts Award.
In addition, the William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing and The State Museum of Pennsylvania Purchase Award are presented. The work selected to receive the purchase prize is bought by The State Museum and becomes part of its permanent Fine Art collection.
Art of the State is co-presented by The State Museum and Jump Street. WITF Public Media is the media 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 Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage. With exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the Colonial and Revolutionary eras, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the commonwealth’s vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania’s story is America’s story.
Media Contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639
An online gallery of the artwork is available here: https://phmc.info/AOS51.
Artists selected to exhibit at the 2018 “Art of the State” competition listed by county:
Jacob Rogers Art
Mary Olin Geiger
Theodore Van Pelt
Cynthia Goodman Brantley
Patricia Shaw Lima
Jerry Di Falco
Richard Chandler Hoff