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Finalists named for 55th annual “Art of the State”


Finalists have been announced for Art of the State 2022.

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 in Harrisburg 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, artists have shared their ideas and engaged viewers in the categories of painting, photography, craft, sculpture and work on paper.

Art of the State 2022 will be on view from Sept. 11 until Jan. 15. It will open to the public at noon Sunday, Sept. 11, in conjunction with Harrisburg’s Gallery Walk. Museum admission will be free on Sept. 11.

Award winners will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. An exhibition catalog pdf and programming announcements can be accessed on the Art of the State 2022 landing page.

The exhibit includes 92 works of art by 92 artists from 31 counties of Pennsylvania. Finalists were selected from 1,850 entries from 542 artists.

Selection jurors reviewed and scored all of the submitted works. Those with the highest ratings in each category are featured in the exhibition. The awards juror will determine the first-place, second-place and third-place winners in each of the categories.

This year’s selection jurors are:

-Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer, a Colombian-American artist whose practice represents her interest in identity, diversity and human rights;

-Michele Carlson, an associate professor of printmaking at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She was born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in Seattle, Wash.:

-Roland Graf, an Austrian media artist, designer and associate professor at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design.

This year’s awards juror is:

-Cynthia Haveson Veloric, who will select recipients in each of the categories. Veloric is an art historian, curator, writer, lecturer and environmental advocate.

Cash awards of $4,550 will be distributed to artists.

For more information about Art of the State 2022 and The State Museum, visit