Harrisburg, PA – 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.
were given in painting, photography, sculpture, craft and work on paper.
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.
winners were chosen from 130 works selected from more than 2,200 submissions.
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.
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.
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
State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is
one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania
Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of
History®. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting
Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage.
exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American
experience, the colonial and revolutionary era, a pivotal Civil War
battleground, and the commonwealth's vast industrial age, The State Museum
demonstrates that Pennsylvania's story is America’s story.
The State Museum online at www.statemuseumpa.org.
Media Contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639
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
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,
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
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
The State Museum
Manski - Purgatory
William D. Davis
Memorial Award for Drawing
Beadle - Thirty-six Weeks
Stickloon – Self-Portrait at 70
Jump Street Spirit of
the Arts Award
Lee Kerr - Resist
Art Docents Choice
Brolly - Homage to My Mother