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Press Release: Art of the State 2022 Exhibition Winners Announced

September 12, 2022

Filed under Art of the State, Exhibits, Press Releases

The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced the winners of Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2022.

Art of the State is an annual juried exhibition that has showcased the work of Pennsylvania’s artists at The State Museum of Pennsylvania since 1968. This body of art reflects over a half-century of creative endeavor in the Keystone State. Through the years, artists have shared their ideas and engaged viewers in the categories of painting, photography, craft, sculpture and work on paper.

The William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing was also selected, and the Art Docents Corps of The State Museum chose its Docents’ Choice Award.

Winners were chosen from 92 finalists selected from 1,850 entries representing 31 Pennsylvania counties.

This year’s first-place winners are from Westmoreland, Dauphin, Centre, Philadelphia and Lancaster counties. Special awards went to artists from Luzerne and Philadelphia counties.

Art of State is presented by The State Museum of Pennsylvania in association with the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.

The Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit partner of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, the state agency charged with collecting, preserving, researching and interpreting the treasures of Pennsylvania. Through private contributions, PHF supports PHMC in protecting and providing access to 24 historic sites and museums, approximately 9 million objects, and more than 250 million archival items.

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 & 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.

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Media Contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639


The following prizes were awarded for Art of the State 2022. Cash awards for each category are first place, $500; second place, $300; third place, $200.

Additional information, including an exhibit catalog pdf and programming announcements, can be accessed on the Art of the State 2022 landing page.


First Place: Patty Kennedy-Zafred, Murrysville, Westmoreland County – American Portraits: Harvesting Hope

Second Place: Scott A. Foster, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County – Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner

Third Place: Quay San, Camp Hill, Cumberland County – Moon Jar with Green Glaze


First Place: Alexander Bellotti, Harrisburg, Dauphin County – Embracing Glory

Second Place: Robert Sholties, Glenshaw, Allegheny County – Nowhere to Run

Third Place: Harold Zabady, Camp Hill, Cumberland County – Corner Bar

Photography/Digital Media

First Place: Stephen Althouse, Rebersburg, Centre County – The Five Talents II

Second Place: Dave VanBlarcom, Newtown, Bucks County – Broader Than Broad Street

Third Place: Kevin Bennett, Philadelphia – Ebbing Mists Kempton Valley


First Place: Chantal Westby, Philadelphia – Children of the World

Second Place: Anya Benninger, Lemoyne, Cumberland County – Patho/logic

Third Place: Stephanie Oplinger, Greensburg, Westmoreland County – Beauty Fetish

Work on Paper

First Place: Joseph Roach, Manheim, Lancaster County – Celestial Dreams

Second Place: Lois Pluskey, Plains, Luzerne County – Airplane Mode

Third Place: Richard Chandler Hoff, Felton, York County – HEEELP!

The William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing

Lois Pluskey, Plains, Luzerne County – Airplane Mode

The State Museum Art Docents’ Choice Award

Kevin Bennett, Philadelphia – Ebbing Mists Kempton Valley