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A Tribute to Nicholas Ruggieri
For nearly seventy years, Nicholas T. Ruggieri was one of Harrisburg’s most prominent local artists. Ruggieri immersed himself in Harrisburg culture, participating in many art-related clubs and activities. In the early seventies, The Patriot-News commissioned him to undergo a five-year project commemorating the 1976 United States Bicentennial. The goal was to honor this country by painting Pennsylvania’s counties and showing the beautiful scenery found throughout the Commonwealth. The result was a series of over one-hundred oil and watercolor paintings. When The Patriot-News relocated its facility in 2010, the Ruggieri collection was donated to The State Museum. The paintings in this display are a small sample of this collection, many of which highlight the various techniques Ruggieri used to create his paintings.
This exhibit will be on display through April 28, 2013.
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 33rd Annual International Juried Exhibition
The exhibition features the top 120 paintings chosen from almost 600 entries around the world. They include works from the United States, Hong Kong, India and Canada. Each painting tells a story or makes a statement of self-expression that transcends the language barrier. Artists compete for more than $10,000 in awards to be presented during at the opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 4.
The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society was founded in 1979 to promote watercolor painting. Today, there are more than 500 members worldwide, with an annual membership exhibit online, and an annual juried exhibition, held in different locations around the state.
More information on the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society is available online at www.pawcs.com.
This exhibit will be on display through February 3, 2013.
Where There Is Light
A multi-disciplinary exhibit featuring photographs by Kevyn Bashore, sculpture and painting by Freiman Stoltzfus and glass sculptures by Through the Fire Glass Studio, Aspen Glass Studio and Katherman Glass Studio.
This special exhibition will be displayed at The State Museum of Pennsylvania from November 2, 2012 through February 15, 2013.
The Fine Art Of Giving: Gifts Of Art To The State Museum Of Pennsylvania 1998-2008
A selection of 85 paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, and crafts, selected from the more than 400 gifts of art received between 1998 and 2008, is exhibited at The State Museum. Donations of are reviewed and approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Collections Committee and the Executive Director before acceptance into the permanent collection. Considerations include, but are not limited to: aesthetic and historic importance, relationship to Pennsylvania history, storage availability, physical condition, conservation cost, and/or anticipated future exhibition or educational use.
A tradition of giving by ordinary citizens, begun more than 150 years ago, has formed a collection of important Pennsylvania art. By 1850, donated paintings, prints and sculptures were being displayed in the then new State Capitol in Harrisburg. In 1905, when The State Museum was created, those early gifts of art became the core of the Museum's art collection. Although The State Museum does not receive a state allocation for the purchase of fine art, today the collection includes 7000 works, dating from 1650 to the present.
The mission of the Art Collection at The State Museum of Pennsylvania is: to collect, interpret and preserve art, created by Pennsylvania artists, or artists who greatly influence the arts in Pennsylvania, or of which the subject has a direct connection to the State's history and culture.
Through this exhibition, The State Museum gratefully recognizes the donors of the past decade, whose gifts will benefit generations to come.
Located in the 1st Floor Gallery space