The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces Finalists for 50th Annual “Art of the State” Exhibition, Awards Set for June 11
Finalists have been announced for 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. Through the years, 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.
The 50th annual exhibit opens to the public on Sunday, June 11 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 10 and includes 130 works of art by 119 artists from 28 counties. This year’s exhibit attracted nearly 2,200 entries from 845 artists.
More than $7,000 in cash awards will be presented. In honor of the 50th anniversary, Jump Street, co-presenter of the exhibit, will bestow an award for the work that embodies the spirit of the arts. The Art Docents Corps of The State Museum will also present its inaugural Docents’ Choice Award in honor of the anniversary.
In addition, the William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing and The State Museum of Pennsylvania Purchase Award are presented. The work selected for the purchase prize is bought by The State Museum and becomes part of its permanent Fine Art collection.
Exhibit jurors include:
Painting and Work on Paper:
Department Head of Art and Ann Swindells Chair
University of Oregon
New York City
Three-dimensional Craft and Sculpture:
Professor of Art / Clay and Casting
Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2017 Awards Juror:
Arcadia University Art Gallery, Director
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.
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
Editor’s Note: A online gallery of the artwork is available here: https://phmc.info/AOS50.
Artists selected to exhibit at the 2017 “Art of the State” competition are listed by county:
Sandy Kessler Kaminski
Susan Marie Brundage
Mary Lee Kerr
Lauren A. Litwa
Liz Hamilton Quay
R. Andrew Hoff