News for Immediate Release
Harrisburg – The State Museum of Pennsylvania
today announced its program schedule for August 2014:
Art and Barriers: The
Susquehanna Art Museum presents “Art and Barriers” in the DOSHI Gallery at The
State Museum of Pennsylvania through December 7, 2014. Artists have long been
at the forefront of social change through revolutionary and, at times
subversive. Contemporary art often acts as a mirror for barriers within all
societies, challenging viewers to confront oppressive social, political or
cultural divisions. Can art be the catalyst to break down these confines? “Art
& Barriers” pays homage to all artists who daily break through limitations
of any kind.
Art of the State: The 47th
Annual “Art of the State” is recognized as the official, statewide juried
competition for Pennsylvania artists. This year's show includes 122 pieces from
114 artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting,
Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper. The exhibit will be open to the
public through September 14, 2014. “Art of the State” is presented by Jump
Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.
A Fondness for Birds: Pennsylvania’s Alexander
Wilson: This exhibit features bird prints and first edition volumes of the
200-year-old “American Ornithology” series by Wilson, who is considered the
father of American ornithology. Also featured are a number of bird specimens
from the museum’s Botany and Zoology collections, some of which date to the
late 19th century. The specimens underscore the museum’s historic and
continuing role in the study of Pennsylvania’s flora and fauna. This
exhibit runs through March 15, 2015.
3rd in the
August 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Join Catherine Prescott, Purchase Prize
winner for “Elle,” and Beverly Lichkus, BFA MED, Special Assistant, Art of The
State, for an “Artist Conversation” in celebration of the Art of the State
exhibition. Ms. Prescott will be discussing her work, inspirations and artistic
process. Admission to the
museum is free during the hours
of the event.
Learn@Lunchtime Summer Series: The
State Museum’s Learn@Lunchtime series continues through summer on Fridays from
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with special presentations at 12 noon. Join the museum’s
curators and educators to discover exciting new things about Pennsylvania. Admission to the Museum is free during the hours of the event.
• Friday, Aug. 1 – Some Are Frogs, Some Are Not!
Natural Science Curator Dr. Walter Meshaka will be on the 3rd Floor
to discuss Pennsylvania frogs.
• Friday, Aug. 8 – When Pennsylvania Was Covered with
Get an overview of Pennsylvania during the Paleozoic Era.
• Friday, Aug. 15 – Objects of Valor
Curatorial Supervisor Brad Smith provides insight on how Pennsylvania has
remembered and commemorated the Civil War.
• Friday, Aug. 22 – “Learn@Lunchtime Visitor’s Pick”
You decide! Be sure to vote as you attend other Learn@Lunchtime events this
summer. Whatever you select through the voting process will be happening this
Summer Storytime Series in Curiosity Connection: The State Museum’s summer children’s
book-reading program continues on Thursday, August 7. Featuring a different
book each week, readings begin at 10:00 a.m. and are followed by a related
activity. Suggested for children 3-5 years, but all ages are welcome. Free with
six week summer series features:
Aug. 7 - “Birds” by Kevin Henkes
Aug. 14 - “Machines Go to Work in the City” by William Low
Aug. 21 - “Stars” by Mary Lyn Ray
at Kipona Festival: From
August 30 through September 1, join The State Museum of Pennsylvania’s Section
of Archaeology at the Kipona Festival on City Island. They will present an
interactive exhibit on the archaeology of City Island. This will feature
artifacts recovered in over ten years of excavation on the island including a
unique set of 4,000-year-old woodworking tools. The ever popular dugout canoe
will also be on display. The State Museum archaeologists will be on site to
answer questions. Brochures on the archaeology of Pennsylvania will be
The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The Planetarium is
offering two shows through August 31:
of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda” (Pre-K to grade 2): Specially designed for our
youngest visitors, this is a fun-filled, animated show that tells the tale of
the beautiful princess Andromeda, who in divine punishment for her mother’s
bragging is sacrificed to a sea monster and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus.
Learn how these Greek mythological characters came to be placed in the night
Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m.
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Earth” (grade 4 and
up): Narrated by Liam Neeson, “Dynamic Earth” explores the inner workings of
Earth's climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data
and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a
trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape
our climate: the atmosphere, oceans and the biosphere.
Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m.
12 noon and 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
shows are $2 per person in addition to general admission; free to State Museum
Affiliate Members and Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Members.
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
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.
information about the museum, visit www.statemuseumpa.org.
Media contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639