The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces Finalists for Annual “Art of the State” Exhibition, Awards Set for June 22

Harrisburg, PA  (Profitable.com)  Finalists have been announced for “Art of the State:Pennsylvania 2013,” an exhibition showcasing the talent, creativity and diversity of Pennsylvania’s established and emerging artists.

It opens to the public on Sunday, June 23, at The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

The 46th annual exhibit runs through Sept. 8 and includes 137 works of art by 131 artists from 31 counties. This year’s exhibit attracted 1,933 entries from 612 artists.

First, second and third-place honors are awarded in painting, photography, sculpture, craft and works on paper. Cash awards for each category are $500 for first place, $300 for second and $200 for third.

In addition, the William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing and The State Museum of Pennsylvania Purchase Award are selected.  Works selected for the purchase prize become part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Prizes will be awarded at a special Artists’ Reception to be held Saturday, June 22 at The State Museum. The winners will be announced via Twitter @PHMC at 7 p.m., immediately following the awards ceremony.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by The State Museum and Jumpstreet, which presents more than $5,000 in cash awards to the winners.

Jump Street is a Harrisburg-based non-profit organization dedicated to developing educational and economic opportunities with the arts for all age groups.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 25 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage.

With exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and revolutionary eras, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the commonwealth’s vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania’s story is America’s story.

Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4for children and senior citizens.  For more information about the museum, visit www.statemuseumpa.org.