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Press Release: Winners Announced for 2017 Art of the State

June 12, 2017

Filed under Art of the State, Changing Exhibits, Exhibits, Press Releases

Artists who won awards for Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2017 took the to stage on Sunday, June 11, at The State Museum to close the Award Ceremony.

Artists who won awards for Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2017 take the to stage on Sunday, June 11, during the Award Ceremony at The State Museum.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced the winners of Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2017.

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 half a 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. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this prestigious exhibition.

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 inaugural Docents’ Choice Award in honor of the exhibit’s anniversary.

The winners were chosen from 130 works selected from more than 2,200 submissions.

This year’s first-prize winners are from Centre, Dauphin, Lancaster, Northampton and Philadelphia counties. Special awards went to artists from Centre, Erie, Northampton, Schuylkill and Philadelphia counties.

The 50th annual exhibit runs through September 10 and includes 130 works of art by 119 artists from 28 counties.

Art of the State is co-presented by The State Museum and Jump Street. WITF Public Media and Higher Information Group are exhibit sponsors.

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.

Media Contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639


The following prizes were awarded at the 2017 Art of the State Artists’ Reception on Sunday, June 11. 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/AOS50.


1st        Susan Marie Brundage – Marshmallow Building

2nd        Dorine Lerner – Copse II

3rd        Elyce Abrams – The Ending


1st        Richard K. Kent – New Holland & Franklin, 1st Series, 5x

2nd        Fred Scruton – Jeff Elersic; Harpersfield, OH 2106

3rd        Linda Benzon – J.R. The Woodcarver


1st        Michael Brolly – Homage to My Mother

2nd        Don Nakamura – Pair

3rd        Thomas Ferrie – Comb Back Arm Chair


1st        Marie Manski – Purgatory

2nd        Nikki Moser – Springville Fracking Well and Pond

3rd        Lorraine Glessner – The Space Between

Work on Paper

1st        Andrew Guth – Where We Used to Go When Everything Was Wrong (I Watched the Lilies Grow Until They Got Old)

2nd        Geoffrey Beadle – Thirty-Six Weeks

3rd        Joseph Opshinsky – Floating Self-Portrait

The State Museum Purchase Award

Marie Manski – Purgatory

William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing

Geoffrey Beadle – Thirty-six Weeks

Robert Stickloon – Self-Portrait at 70

Jump Street Spirit of the Arts Award

Mary Lee Kerr – Resist

Art Docents Choice Award

Michael Brolly – Homage to My Mother