Pennsylvania’s Art of the State competition applications now open through May 3rd

26 January 2024- The State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation remind artists and craftspeople to submit applications to exhibit their work in the annual Art of the State. Now in its 57th year, this acclaimed juried exhibition boasts a tradition of presenting highly creative art by Pennsylvanians, chosen by a distinguished panel of jurors.

Art of the State is open to Pennsylvania residents who are at least 18 years of age. Artists will compete in five categories: painting, work on paper, sculpture, craft, and photography/digital media. Entries to Art of the State must be submitted online. Additional information and the link to enter are available at The application deadline is 11:59 PM on Friday, May 3, 2024.

Art of the State is scheduled to open to the public at The State Museum on Sunday, September 8, 2024, and close on Sunday, January 5, 2025.

More than $5,000 in cash awards will be presented. A first-place award of $500, second-place award of $300, and a third-place award of $200 will be selected in each of the five categories. The William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing in the amount of $250 and the Art Docents’ Choice Award of $300 will also be presented.

Selection jurors will review and assign a numeric score to all work submitted. Those artists with the highest ratings in each category will be featured in the exhibition.

The jurors for the contest will be Marc Jacobson, Professor Emeritus at Herron School of Art + Design and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Executive Director and Chief Curator at the Museum for Art in Wood, Eric Sung an Artist and Professor of Art/Photography at Providence College, and Jim Toia, an artist, Executive Director and Curator, Karl Stirner Arts Trail; and Director, Community Based Teaching at Lafayette College