Art of the State 2013 Opening

Tada! Me with Ebb & Flow at the exhibition ©2013
Tada! Me with Ebb & Flow at the exhibition ©2013

Saturday was the opening reception and awards ceremony for Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2013 at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA. I got to meet some new artists and artists that I’ve only known online. There were also some of the upcoming Art of the State artist interview subjects in attendance, so I got to meet them in person too.

I got to see all of the works in the exhibit beforehand, thanks to the museum’s Flickr page, but there is such a difference seeing the work in person. You get no sense of size from photos and the texture is hard to discern as well. Lynnette Shelley‘s piece, the Dogs of War, looked amazing in person, it was one of my favorite works in the exhibit.

One person that I’ve mentioned here on the blog a couple of times, quilt artist Sue Reno, was the recipient of the Museum Purchase Award! The other prize winners were:


Sue Reno beside her quilt, Silk Mill #3 ©2013

First Prize: Paul Sirofchuck, Pipers Burl

Second Prize: E. Richard Bonham, Reliquary: Protecting Wildlife from Fracking

Third Prize: Vera E. Kaminski, Emblem DIS: Birth Badge


First Prize: Ted Walsh, Danger Weather

Second Prize: Wayne Hibschman, Candice as Joan of Arc

Third Prize: Karen Kappe Nugent, Winter Tea in Kennett


First Prize: Carl Sander Socolow, Winter Beach I

Second Prize: Elena Bouvier, Outbound

Third Prize: Carol Busada, Martin’s Creek Viaduct—The Door

Honorable Mention: Richard K. Kent, Straw Accordion


First Prize: Patrick Camut, Spark Machine

Second Prize: Mary Lee Kerr, Pieces

Third Prize: Laurie Fitzpatrick, Chirality Left-Right

Works on Paper

First Prize: David Slovic, White Tape 3

Second Prize: Csilla Sadloch, Kristin as Alice

Third Prize: Chuck Kaiser, Too Much Ya Yas

Honorable Mention: Barbara Broff Goldman, Rumination

The William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing

Csilla Sadloch, Kristin as Alice

Ebb & Flow insitu ©2013 bronze, nickel, brass I love the way they displayed it, you can see the inside better and even the bottom a little when you look from the side.
Ebb & Flow in situ ©2013 bronze, nickel, brass
I love the way they displayed it, you can see the inside better and even the bottom a little when you look from the side.

The 46th annual exhibit runs through Sept. 8, and includes 137 works by 113 artists from 31 counties. The State Museum will offer free guided tours on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through August 30.

Another program, Artists Conversations, will pair featured artists from Art of the State with exhibit officials to take visitors on tours, sharing their perspectives on the 2013 show.
Artists Conversations will take place on Friday, July 19 (Harrisburg’s 3rd in the Burg) at 6:30 p.m. featuring Sue Reno & David Dunn (director of the museum), Sunday, August 11, at 1 p.m. featuring photographer Carl Socolow & Don Giles (the museum’s staff photographer), and Sunday, Sept. 8 (Harrisburg’s Gallery Walk) at 1 p.m featuring painter Ted Walsh & Lucy Gans (the awards juror).

7 thoughts on “Art of the State 2013 Opening

  1. Hi Wendy, great coverage of the event, and thanks for the mention. It was good to see you, and let me mention again how much I love the collar you were wearing!


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