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PA artists reminded to enter annual Art of the State juried exhibition​


The State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation want to remind artists and craftspeople to submit applications to exhibit their work in the annual Art of the State.

Now in its 56th year, the exhibition boasts a tradition of presenting highly creative art by Pennsylvanians, chosen by a distinguished panel of jurors.

Art of the State is a juried exhibition open to Pennsylvania residents who are at least 18 years old. Artists will compete in five categories: painting, work on paper, sculpture, craft, and photography and digital media. Entries to Art of the State must be submitted online. Additional information and the link to enter are available at The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 5.

Art of the State is scheduled to open to the public at The State Museum in Harrisburg on Sunday, Sept. 10, and will close Sunday, Jan. 7.

More than $4,000 in cash awards will be presented. A first-place award of $500, second-place award of $300, and a third-place award of $200 will be selected in each of the five categories. The William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing in the amount of $250 and the Art Docents’ Choice Award of $300 will also be presented.

Selection jurors will review and assign a numeric score to all work submitted. Those artists with the highest ratings in each category will be featured in the exhibition.

This year’s selection jurors are: Deborah Pinter, artist and adjunct professor, Cleveland Institute of Art; Kyle Hackett, assistant professor of painting and drawing, James Madison University School of Art, Design and Art History; and Jennifer Zwilling, curator and director of artists programs, The Clay Studio.

An awards juror, Jeremiah William McCarthy, chief curator, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, will select recipients in each of the categories.