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:
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
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).