State Museum of PA, PA Heritage Foundation reminds artists to participate in the annual Art of the State Juried Exhibition

The closing date for entries is May 6th

Harrisburg, Pa – The State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation would like to remind artists and craftspeople to submit applications to have their work featured in the yearbook art of the state. This acclaimed, juried exhibition, now in its 54th year, boasts a tradition of showcasing highly creative art by Pennsylvanians, selected by a distinguished panel of judges.

art of the state is open to Pennsylvania residents who are at least 18 years old. The artists compete in five categories: painting, works on paper, sculpture, handicrafts and photography/digital media. Contest entries must be submitted online. For more information and the link to participate, visit The application deadline is Friday, May 6, 2022, one month from today.

art of the state scheduled to open to the public on site at the State Museum on Sunday, September 11, 2022 and to close on January 15, 2022.

More than $4,000 in cash prizes will be presented. First place ($500), second place ($300) and third place ($200) prizes will be awarded in each of the five categories. The William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing ($250) and the Art Docents’ Choice Award ($300) will also be presented.

The selection jury reviews all submitted works and assigns them a numerical score. The artists with the highest ratings in each category will be featured in the exhibition.

The judges for this year’s selection are Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer, Michele Carlson and Roland Graf.

Sheila Cuellar Shaffer is a Colombian-American artist who graduated in Architectural Design from Fundación Academia de Dibujo Profesional and studied Fine Arts at Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes in Cali, Colombia.

Cuellar-Shaffer’s practice represents her interest in identity, diversity and human rights. Her work has been shown at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Susquehanna Museum of Art, the Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis University, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. She has been invited to show her work at the Pennsylvania State Capitol and the US Department of Energy. 2018 their design democracy is power was selected by the Amplifier Foundation curatorial team, which also includes Shepard Fairey and America Ferrera, to travel across the country with #powertothepolls. In 2020, Cuellar-Shaffer was honored with funding from the Heinz Foundation Art only program as the lead artist of the recently completed Billboard Art Project. She is on the board of directors Westmoreland Diversity Coalition and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, and she was recently appointed to Welcoming Westmoreland, a broad-based coalition committed to promoting diversity and inclusion throughout Westmoreland County. Her work has been featured in publications including, Bloomberg CityLab and The Boston Globe.

Michael Carlson is Associate Professor of Printmaking at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at George Washington University, Washington, DC. She was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Seattle, Washington. She is a multidisciplinary practitioner working in the fields of art, writing, publishing and collective practice. She is officially trained as a printmaker but works with many mediums and approaches. Her visual work has been exhibited nationally at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Korean Cultural Center LA, Cerasoli Gallery LA, and Kearny Street Workshop. She received residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Kala Art Institute, and the Montalvo Center for the Arts.

Carlson began building her multidisciplinary practice during her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, where she received degrees in Printmaking (BFA), Interdisciplinary Fine Art (BA), and History (BA). Her printmaking and writing practice was further developed at the California College of the Arts, where she earned her printmaking (MFA) and visual and critical studies (MA) degrees. Carlson’s critical writings on art and culture can be found in numerous publications, including KQED, Art in America, dash and afterimage. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled The visits, which examines the construction of kinship and family in the context of incarceration and cross-border adoption. This project was supported by the San Leandro Arts Commission with individual artist grants, the Kearny Street Workshop and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Roland Graf is an Austrian media artist, designer and associate professor at the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. He traverses many disciplines to design objects, intervene in public spaces, and develop novel interactive systems that redesign the body and interactivity in the built environment. Graf’s doctoral thesis focused on pursuing a convergence of artistic and playful (playful) technical approaches at the intersection of interactive art and human-computer interaction.

Since 1997, Graf has co-directed the artist collective founding a clubbest known for his award-winning interactive installations, often manipulating the ground the public walks on, such as B. the telematic sidewalk Bump (Prix Ars Electronica Distinction) or the street video game Sun Pink Pong (Excellence Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival). Graf’s diverse individual and collaborative creative work is all rooted in the same interest in space, technology and the future of human interaction. It has been shown internationally at art festivals, museums, galleries, design fairs, film festivals, conferences and computer exhibitions including the Valencia Biennale, the Vienna Künstlerhaus, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, CENTRALE for Contemporary Art in Brussels, Milan Design Week, AVIFF Art Film Festival in Cannes, Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, CeBIT in Hanover, TEI in Stanford, as well as on the streets of New York, Detroit, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Kathmandu.

This year’s award judge is Cynthia Haveson Veloric, who will select the winners in each of the categories.

Cynthia Haveson Veloric is an art historian, curator, author, lecturer and environmentalist. She has served on the curatorial departments of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She recently combined her passion for art and environmentalism by earning a Ph.D. focused on international contemporary artists’ responses to climate change. Her dissertation is entitled “Prolonged Looking and Sensing: How Ecoartists Are Shifting Consciousness Around the Climate Crisis”. In 2018 she curated the exhibition Repairing Our Earth, Diane Burko Artist/environmental activist and this fall she will curate the exhibition Risky Beauty: Aesthetics and Climate Change at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

Last year, Veloric chaired the session “From Wheatfields to Ecosophy: A Consideration of Women Artists in the History of Climate Change” at the College Art Association conference. At this year’s conference she will give a presentation on the pollution capsules by Michael Pinsky, an architectural installation that has been shown at international climate conferences. She has published on the sculpture of Saint Gaudens Diana, the painters Barkley Hendricks and Martin Johnson Heade, historical and contemporary Philadelphia women artists and environmental photography. Her recent public services include the Art Committee for the upcoming Pennsylvania Climate Convergence in Harrisburg, the Clean Air Council in Philadelphia, the Advisory Board of the Brodsky Center for Printmaking and Papermaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Board of Directors of the Main Center for Line Drawing.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 24 historic sites and museums managed by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History. The State Museum features extensive collections that interpret Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage. With exhibits exploring the beginning of geological time, the Native American experience, the colonial and revolutionary eras, a pivotal battlefield in the Civil War, and the vast industrial age of the Commonwealth, the State Museum shows that the history of Pennsylvania is the history of America.

The Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation is the not-for-profit partner of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, the state agency charged with collecting, preserving, researching, and interpreting the treasures of Pennsylvania. Through private contributions, PHF supports PHMC in protecting and providing access to 24 historical sites and museums, approximately 9 million objects and more than 250 million archival records.

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