“The Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts,” featuring the work of iconic artists from Pennsylvania’s history as well as the works of a diverse array of living artists from across the commonwealth, will be on display Tuesday through Feb. 15 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto is one of the museums chosen to lend works to the exhibition.
The two works on loan are “Portrait of Captain Joseph Anthony,” a late 18th century portrait by Gilbert Stuart, a painter who spent much of his professional career in Philadelphia, and an untitled mid-20th century painting by William Baziotes, a Pittsburgh native who grew up in Reading.
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf and Frances Wolf wanted the exhibit to showcase the talents of Pennsylvania artists in order to highlight the commonwealth’s cultural significance.
Nearly 50 Pennsylvania museums and organizations answered the request for pieces and submitted more than 150 works of art from diverse medium for consideration.
The selection committee hoped to highlight living and iconic artists that have made a significant impact on their artistic communities.
The resulting exhibition shows scope and diversity as it presents works by artists past and present, from all walks of life and from communities all across the state.
Among the Pennsylvania artists represented in the exhibition are Richard Anuszkiewicz, Cecilia Beaux, Charles Demuth, Thomas Eakins, Daniel Garber, William Glackens, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Violet Oakley, Horace Pippin, Edward Redfield, Charles Sheeler, John Sloan, Gilbert Stuart, Andy Warhol, Benjamin West and Andrew Wyeth.