Finalists have been announced for Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2019.
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 52nd annual exhibit opens to the public on Sunday, June 23 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 8 and includes 110 works of art by 103 artists from 35 counties. Finalists were selected from 2,170 entries. The closing coincides with Harrisburg’s popular Gallery Walk.
Selection jurors reviewed and rated all artwork submitted. Those with the highest ratings in each category are featured in the exhibition. The awards juror will determine the prize winners in each of the categories. This year’s selection jurors are:
Janet Koplos, Contributing Editor of Art in America
Koplos has written extensively on American, Japanese and Dutch contemporary art. An Honorary Fellow of the American Crafts Council, Koplos has published articles, reviews and essays in dozens of periodicals over the last 30 years.
Rachelle Mozman Solano, Artist
The daughter of Panamanian immigrants, Solano creates art that is deeply informed by her clinical work in psychoanalysis. A Fulbright Fellow, Solano has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C, the Americas Society in New York, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in New Mexico.
Marin R. Sullivan, Art Historian and Curator
Sullivan’s interests focus on the histories of modern and contemporary sculpture and its interdisciplinary, intermedial dialogues with photography, design and the built environment. Sullivan most recently served as assistant professor of art history at Keene State College in New Hampshire.
This year’s awards juror is:
Joyce Henri Robinson, Assistant Director at the Palmer Museum of Art
Joyce Henri Robinson has organized more than 60 exhibitions and authored catalogs in the fields of contemporary art, photography, American art and studio glass. Robinson has published articles and presented on topics such as contemporary art, African American art, and 19th-century French art.
More than $7,000 in cash awards will be presented at an opening reception at The State Museum on Sunday, June 23. A first prize of $500, second prize of $300, and third prize of $200 will be awarded in each of the five categories. The William D. David Memorial Award for Drawing, in the amount of $250, will also be presented.
The State Museum will select one of the pieces of art for its permanent collection, awarding the artist a $2,000 Purchase Prize. An Art Docents’ Choice Award of $250 will also be presented.
Art of State is presented by The State Museum of Pennsylvania in association with the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation. The media sponsor is WITF Public Media.
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 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.
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Artists selected to exhibit at the 2019 “Art of the State” competition listed by county:
E. Douglas Wunder
Jennifer Rubin Garey
Rafael Henin and Garrick Dorsett
Donna Berk Barlup
Theodore Van Pelt
Mary Ann Charles
Kathy T. Hettinga
Richard Chandler Hoff