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Press Release: The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces Finalists for 51st Annual “Art of the State” Exhibition

June 7, 2018

Filed under Art of the State, Changing Exhibits, Events, Exhibit Opening, Exhibits, Press Releases

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 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.

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

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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:        

Allegheny County

Mark Anderson

Jacob Rogers Art

Gillian Lerner

Sandra Moore

Thomas Norulak

Katie Ott

Jack Puglisi

Gary Zak

Bedford County

George Radeschi

Berks County

Sharon Merkel

Bucks County

Alex Damevski

Kirby Frendendall

Tom Furey

Amedeo Salamoni

Stephen Wisniewski

Cambria County

Norman Ed

Centre County

Brad Kozlek

Anni Matsick

Chester County

Robert Sigafoos

Crawford County

Chuck Johnson 

Cumberland County

Kim Banister

Rachel Eng

Mary Olin Geiger

Rich Harrison

Michael Hower

Michael Lahr

Sean Matthews

Gay McGeary

Michael Munchel

Julie Riker

Theodore Van Pelt

Chad Whitaker

Harold Zabady

Dauphin County

Joe Cicak

Andrew Guth

Archana Sehgal

Ryan Spahr

Wendy Sweigart

Delaware County

Sienna Proetto

William Sweeney

Erie County

Tom Hubert

Fayette County

Paul DeFazio

Lackawanna County

Bernie Andreoli

Brooke Jana

Sarah Wiltshire

Lancaster County

Becky Blosser

Jerome Hershey

Christopher Pollock

Sue Reno

Deb Watson

Lebanon County

Isaac Pelepko

Lehigh County

Barry Assed

Richard Begbie

Heather Cavalieri

James DePietro

Michael Hess

Jacqueline Meyerson

Luzerne County

Nikki Moser

Lycoming County

Cathy Frey

John McKaig

David Moyer

Montgomery County

Robert Arnosky

Sarah Bloom

Cynthia Goodman Brantley

Daniel Colavito

Donna Douglass

Terri Fridkin

Patricia Shaw Lima

Maria Maneos

Max Mason

Nancy Nalbandian

Gary Phillips

Christine Webb

Merrill Weber

Roy Wilson

Ann Wilson

Northampton County

James Gloria

Brandon Williams

Northumberland County

Cheryl Fallon

Philadelphia

Andrea Beizer

Paula Cahill

Corliss Cavalieri

Peter Cunicelli

Jerry Di Falco

Marguerita Hagan

Nancy Middlebrook

Carol Tashjian

Schuylkill

Rob Mull

Valerie Perez-Prosick

Robert Stickloon

Wayne County

Paul Plumadore

Westmoreland County

Rich Harydzak

Kevin O’Toole

York County

James Crowley

Richard Chandler Hoff

Jo Margolis

Thomas Notarangelo

Robert Patierno

Sherrie Stambaugh

 

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