50th year, Art of the State®
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 1:30pm 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.