The Fine Arts Collection consists of 5,000 paintings, prints, sculptures, art crafts and photographs, dating from 1650 to the present, and created by Pennsylvania artists or are related to the state’s cultural or natural history. Important sections are: The Meyer P. and Vivian O. Potamkin Penn Treaty Collection; portraiture — focusing on Pennsylvania’s military and political leaders, especially the Civil War era; nineteenth century landscape, including 1,000 paintings and sketches by artist and poet Lloyd Mifflin (1846-1921); and Violet Oakley’s (1874-1960) drawings and sketches for her early 20th century State Capitol Mural Commissions.

The origins of The State Museum’s collection are found in the mid-1800s when citizens gave paintings, prints and sculpture for purposes of display in the State Capitol. Donations created the Collection and are encouraged to this day. More than 600 twentieth century works of art have been given in the last decade, including works by Harry Bertoia, and Arthur Carles. Contemporary art crafts, photographs and outdoor sculpture are recent areas of collecting.


Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2006 State Museum Purchase Award
Patricia Milford, California, PA
Druid Cloak: Water


2006 State Museum Purchase Prize (above)
The State Museum presented the $2,000 State Museum Purchase Award to Patricia Milford for her 2006 Art of the State: Pennsylvania entry, Druid Cloak: Water. The cloak is constructed of feathers, cloth, yarn, beads and a variety of found objects, including seashells, crystals and jewelry. Techniques used involved weaving, knotting, crochet, and stitching. Druid Cloak: Water will be included in the Museum's permanent Fine Arts Collections. Patricia Milford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communications Studies, California University
of Pennsylvania.



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