First Lady Frances Wolf Invites Pennsylvanians to Celebrate ‘Art of the State’ at the Governor’s Residence

September 13, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf today invited Pennsylvanians to visit the Governor’s Residence during the fall tour season to view a new public exhibit, “Selections from the Art of the State Purchase Award Collection.” The exhibit was curated by The State Museum of Pennsylvania and coincides with the 50th anniversary celebrations of both the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence and Art of the State in 2018.

“Tom and I feel strongly that the Governor’s Residence should be treated as Pennsylvania’s embassy – a place where we show off Pennsylvania’s best and brightest,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “These selections from the Art of the State Purchase Awards Collection represent an extremely talented group of Pennsylvania artists. I cannot thank the State Museum enough for bringing this exhibit to the Residence for the benefit of all who visit us here.”

Art of the State is an annual juried exhibition that has been showcasing the creations of Pennsylvania’s artists since the late 1960s. The exhibit goes on display every summer in the first-floor galleries of The State Museum of Pennsylvania, located across from the State Capitol Building in downtown Harrisburg. The show is co-presented by the museum and Jump Street. The State Museum of Pennsylvania is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).

As part of each year’s show, the museum selects one or more works of art to be purchased for its permanent collections. Since the works featured in Art of the State have already been vetted through several layers of the jurying process, Purchase Awards represent an elite group of Pennsylvania artists. A recent inventory of the museum’s fine arts collection identified over 50 works associated with Purchase Awards. The museum displayed these works of art in an exhibition in honor of Art of the State’s 50th anniversary in 2017.

The collection will be on display at the Governor’s Residence through early 2019.

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence is open for public tours on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during the months of September, October, February, March, April, May, June, and July. Tours are conducted by docents at no charge, however, reservations are required. To schedule a tour, call 717-772-9130. Additionally, the Governor’s Residence is open for self-guided tours during the holiday season: December 3-5, December 10-12, and December 17-19 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Holiday tours do not require a reservation.

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