News for Immediate Release
February 26, 2014
State Museum of Pennsylvania
Announces March Highlights
Harrisburg – The State Museum of Pennsylvania
today announced its program schedule for March 2014:
Chairs from the Collection of The
State Museum: This
exhibit features a variety of chairs from the museum’s collection including
large and small, plain and fancy and practical and whimsical. It mirrors the
depth of other collections in the museum’s holdings, and represents the
diversity of Pennsylvania, its artisans and cultures over the past 300 years.
On exhibit through Sunday, April 27.
The Doshi Gallery at The State
Museum of Pennsylvania:
The Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM) presents its latest Doshi Gallery exhibit at
The State Museum, “Lost World/Found World.” Artists have long delighted in the
“lost and found” whether it is through a line, color or a concept. Both
abstract and representational, this body of work can be associated with exodus
and arrival, searching and awakening and beholding a new reality. Visitors are
invited to seek out the lost and show what they’ve found. On exhibit through
Sunday, June 1.
Exhibitions on Screen: On Sunday, March 2, The Susquehanna
Art Museum (SAM) presents “Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure from
the National Gallery, London” as the final segment of a three-part film series
entitled “Exhibitions on Screen.”
This ground-breaking film series by
award-winning documentarian Phil Grabsky seamlessly connects three major
exhibitions from around the world. World-renowned art historian Tim Marlow
guides viewers through each extraordinary exhibition utilizing cutting-edge
digital cinema technology, giving the viewer access to the exhibition in
stunning detail. Viewers can see exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of
the exhibition’s preparation, which normally go unseen by the public.
It includes interviews with curators
and exhibition designers. This fascinating program begins with an introduction
by Troy M. Thomas, associate professor of art history and humanities at Penn
State Harrisburg. The program begins at 2 p.m. Admission for a single show with
State Museum or SAM membership is $10; single show without membership, $12
The South Central Pennsylvania
Scholastic Arts Awards Exhibit:
The Arts Awards exhibit will display the winners in the Arts Awards program,
selected from more than 850 works submitted by students in grades 7 through 12
from Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lebanon, Perry and York
Counties. The Arts Awards Exhibit will be on display from
March 8 through April 27.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
is the largest, longest running, and most prestigious student recognition
program in the country; the South Central Pennsylvania affiliate is managed by
Commonwealth Connections Academy, a cyber-charter school located in Harrisburg.
Charter Day at the State Museum: On Sunday, March 9, The State
Museum, Pennsylvania State Archives and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum
Commission celebrate “Charter Day,” a commemoration of the granting of the
colony’s charter to founder William Penn by King Charles II of England in
1681. This free-admission day will feature a display of the handwritten
final draft of the charter (On exhibit February 28-March 9), and numerous other
activities including visits to the Curiosity Connection, Planetarium and
galleries. Special tours will be led by Harrisburg Sci-Tech High
Guests can meet “William Penn,”
portrayed by William C. Kashatus, and hear tales of bygone days told by
storyteller “Pennsylvania Jack,” performed by John T. Graham. The
Victorian Dance Ensemble will also perform.
PHMC staff and professionals from
the region’s many historical societies will also be available to answer
questions. Pennsylvania’s 2013 National History Day winners will also
Learn at Lunchtime: Explore The State Museum for free
on the second and fourth Friday in March from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In
addition to The State Museum’s permanent and changing galleries, special
programming is offered at noon.
Friday, March 14 - The United States Air Force
Winds features the diverse talents of professional airman-musicians whose
commitment to excellence has earned worldwide acclaim and military
distinction. Langley Winds presents polished and passionate performances
of woodwind ensemble compositions as well as transcriptions and patriotic
favorites. Enjoy hearing these virtuosic orchestral solo instruments in
an intimate chamber music setting. The concert begins at noon in Memorial Hall.
Museum admission is free during the hours of the event.
March 28 - South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Arts
Brock Shelley, instructional coach with Commonwealth Connections Academy and
program partner, in the gallery to discuss the history of the program, how it
started in PA., famous alumni and some of the art that will be on display.
Museum admission is free during the hours of the event.
3rd in the Burg: The South Central Pennsylvania
Scholastic Arts Awards exhibit will be featured for the museum’s March 3rd
in the Burg program on Friday, March 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Arts awards
officials, museum staff and volunteers will be on hand to discuss the
exhibit. The Susquehanna Museum of Art’s Doshi Gallery at the State
Museum, adjacent to the Arts Awards Exhibit, will present a Doshi Dialogue at
6:30pm. Join featured artist Grace Sachi Troxell for a discussion about
the conceptual inspirations and studio processes that influence the creation of
her larger-than-life sculptures on display in the exhibit.
Storytime in Curiosity Connection: This popular children’s book reading
is for our youngest visitors. Join us in Curiosity Connection from 10 to
11 a.m. on the following days:
7 “Kite Day” by Will Hillenbrand
Friday, March 14
“Machines Go to Work” by William Low
19 “Stripes of All Types” by Susan Stockdale
The Planetarium at The
State Museum of Pennsylvania Two shows are being offered through June 1. Planetarium
shows are $2 per person in addition to general admission; free to State Museum
Affiliate Members and Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Members.
to the Universe” (grade
4 and up): Narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, this
exhilarating flight through a precise, virtual re-creation of our universe is
an astounding visual adventure through space. Travel through our Solar
System, out of our galaxy, and deep into intergalactic space to answer the
question, “Where are we in the universe? Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday,
Holes: the other side of infinity”
(grade 6 and up): Narrated by Liam Neeson, “Black Holes” uses the latest
discoveries and observations to help us view the formation of the early
universe, star birth and death and the collision of giant galaxies. Experience
a simulated flight to the super massive black hole at the center of our own
Milky Way Galaxy. Saturday, noon and 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
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
era, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the Commonwealth's vast industrial
age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania's story is America’s
Museum hours are Wed. through Sat.,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for
children and senior citizens.
For more information about the
museum, visit www.statemuseumpa.org.
Media contact: Howard Pollman,