State Museum of PA, PA Heritage Foundation Reminds Artists to Participate in Annual State Art Exhibition

The deadline for entries is May 6.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation would like to remind artists and artisans to submit nominations to exhibit their work in the state art. Now in its 54th year, this acclaimed juried exhibition boasts a tradition of showcasing highly creative art by Pennsylvanians, chosen by a panel of distinguished jurors.

state art is open to residents of Pennsylvania who are at least 18 years old. Artists will compete in five categories: painting, work on paper, sculpture, crafts and photography/digital media. Contest entries must be submitted online. Additional information and the link to enter are available at The deadline for applications is Friday, May 6, 2022, one month from today.

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

Over $4,000 in scholarships will be awarded. 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 awarded.

Selection jurors will review and assign a numerical score to all submitted work. The top rated artists in each category will be featured in the exhibition.

This year’s selection jurors are Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer, Michele Carlson and Roland Graf.

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

Cuellar-Shaffer’s practice represents her interest in identity, diversity and human rights. His work has been exhibited 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 United States Department of Energy. In 2018 its design Democracy is power was chosen by the Amplifier Foundation’s curatorial team, which includes Shepard Fairey and America Ferrera, to tour the country with #powertothepolls. In 2020, Cuellar-Shaffer received funding from the Heinz Endowments righteous arts program as the main artist of the recent Billboard art project. She sits on the board of directors of the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, and she was recently appointed to Welcoming Westmoreland, a broad coalition supporting diversity and inclusion across Westmoreland County. His work has been mentioned in publications such as, Bloomberg City Lab and The Boston Globe.

Michele 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 raised in Seattle, Washington. She is a multidisciplinary practitioner working in the fields of art, writing, publishing and collective practice. She has formal training as a printmaker but works in 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 has received residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Kala Art Institute, and Montalvo Center for the Arts.

Carlson began developing her multidisciplinary practice during her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, where she earned degrees in Printmaking (BFA), Interdisciplinary Visual Arts (BA), and History (BA). Her printmaking and writing practice was developed at the California College of the Arts, where she earned her graduate degrees in printmaking (MFA) and visual and critical studies (MA). Carlson’s critical writings on art and culture can be found in numerous publications, including KQED, Art in America, Hyphen and afterimage. She is currently working on a manuscript titled The visits, which questions the construction of kinship and family, against a backdrop of incarceration and transnational adoption. This project was supported by Individual Artist Grants from the San Leandro Arts Commission, the Kearny Street Workshop and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

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

Since 1997, Graf co-directs the collective of artists Associationbest known for his award-winning interactive installations that often manipulate the ground on which the public walks, such as the Telematic Sidewalk To bump (Ars Electronica Distinction Prize) or street video games Solar Pink Pong (Award of Excellence at the Japan Media Arts Festival). Graf’s eclectic individual and collaborative creative work is rooted in the same interest in space, technology and the future of human interaction. It has been presented 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 in the streets of New York, Detroit, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Kathmandu.

The juror for this year’s awards is Cynthia Haveson Veloric, who will select the winners in each of the categories.

Cynthia Haveson Veloric is an art historian, curator, writer, lecturer and environmentalist. She has worked in the curatorial departments of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She recently combined her passion for art and environmental advocacy by pursuing a doctorate. focused on international contemporary artists’ responses to climate change. Her thesis is titled “Extended Observation and Sensing: How Ecoartists Are Changing Consciousness Around the Climate Crisis”. In 2018, she curated the exhibition Fixing 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 Reflection on Women Artists in the History of Climate Change” at the College Art Association conference. At this year’s conference, she is presenting on the pollution pods by Michael Pinsky, an architectural installation that has been presented at international climate conferences. She 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. His recent public service includes the arts committee of 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 trustees of the Main Online Art Center.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History. The State Museum offers extensive 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 battlefield, and the vast industrial era of the Commonwealth, the State Museum demonstrates that the history of Pennsylvania is the story of America.

The Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit partner of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, the state agency charged with collecting, preserving, researching, and interpreting Pennsylvania’s treasures. Through private contributions, PHF supports PHMC in the protection of and access to 24 historic sites and museums, approximately 9 million objects and over 250 million archival items.

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