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Winners Announced for “Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2014” Exhibition

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June 21, 2014

Winners Announced for “Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2014” Exhibition

Harrisburg – The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced the winners of “Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2014,” an annual juried exhibition showcasing the talent, creativity and diversity of the state’s established and emerging artists.

Awards were given in painting, photography, sculpture, craft and work on paper.

The William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing and The State Museum of Pennsylvania Purchase Award were also selected.  The winners were chosen from 122 works more than 1,700 submissions.

Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett helped select this year’s Purchase Award recipients. Mrs. Corbett chairs the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is a member of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

This year’s first-prize winners are from Adams, Allegheny, Lehigh and York counties. Special awards went to artists from Schuylkill, Westmoreland and York counties.

The 47th annual exhibit runs through Sept. 14, and includes 122 works by 114 artists from 30 counties.  Beginning June 27 through August 29, The State Museum will offer free guided tours on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as part of its popular “Learn@Lunchtime” series.

Another program, “Artists Conversations,” will pair featured artists from “Art of the State” with exhibit officials. They will take visitors on tours and share their perspectives on the 2014 show. 

“Artists Conversations” will take place during Harrisburg’s 3rd in the Burg on Friday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m. and Friday, August 15 at 5:30 p.m. It will also take place during Harrisburg’s Gallery Walk on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. Details are online at

The exhibit is co-sponsored by The State Museum and Jump Street. Together the organizations present more than $6,500 in cash awards to 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 era, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the commonwealth's vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania's story is America’s story.

Media Contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639


Editor’s Note: The following prizes were awarded at the 2014 “Art of the State” Artists’ Reception on Saturday, June 21. Cash awards for each category are first prize, $500; second prize, $300; third, $200 and honorable mention, $100.


First Prize: Joh Ricci, Gettysburg: Sisters: Deeply Rooted & Down to Earth

Second Prize: Karen Ernst, Edinboro: Ocean Water Panels

Third Prize: Gerri Spilka, Philadelphia: Restructure#2

Honorable Mention: Mike Korsak, Pittsburgh: In Time


First Prize: Stephen March, Spring Grove: Surveillance

Second Prize: Donna Quinn, Philadelphia: Aristotle’s Theory

Third Prize: Michael Pavol, Philadelphia: Josie

Honorable Mention: Neil Dreibelbis, Exton: Modulation


First Prize: Stacey Butera, Pittsburgh: Kinzua Bay

Second Prize: Sharon Merkel, Barto: Cathedral

Third Prize: Jennifer MacNeill, East Petersburg: The Owl Watchers               


First Prize: Michael Brolly, Bethlehem: Glass Piece

Second Prize: Amy Kann, Narberth: Transition

Third Prize: Steve Dolbin, Shippensburg: Legacy

Work on Paper

First Prize: Catherine Prescott, Mechanicsburg: Elle

Second Prize: Paula Everitt, Newtown: Nude No. 15

Third Prize: Barbara Broff Goldman, Pittsburgh: Haitian Child

Honorable Mention: Jordan Grove, Shippensburg: La Disparition

The William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing

Robert Stickloon, Pottsville: My Dad’s Plane

The State Museum Purchase Award

Catherine Prescott, Mechanicsburg: Elle

Richard McWherter, Derry: Reach​


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