Eligibility Artists must be current residents of Pennsylvania and 18+ years of age.

                    Artwork must have been created within the past 3 years.

                    Artwork size is limited to 12’ x 12’, 150 lbs. in all categories.


Craft Functional or decorative three-dimensional craft in any synthetic or natural media.

Painting 2-dimensional painting media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, fresco, ink & wash, pastel, gouache and spray paint, painted on a two-dimensional surface.

Photography & Digital Media Traditional and digital photographs, photographs printed on metal, and time-based media.

Note to artists submitting time-based media

For time-based media to be considered by jurors for the Art of the State exhibition, artists must follow these guidelines to upload digital files to entrythingy.com for review:

1.      Audio / Video size should not exceed 100mb
2.      Video format needs to be MP4 or MOV
3.      Audio format needs to be MP3
4.      Time-based media featuring photography as the primary element can't be longer than five minutes 
Artists are required to provide a media player, speakers, and screen for exhibition display purposes.  Media should be programmed to play on a continuous loop. The media player should be equipped to start automatically, and to start and play when and if power is lost and returns.
If you have questions about your digital entry, please contact rbyler@pa.gov.

Sculpture 3-Dimensional carved, molded, applied or constructed techniques using wood, glass, plaster, metal, stone, plastics, clay, soft or hard materials, found objects or natural materials. May include high and low bas relief, installations, kinetic sculpture and assemblage.

Work on Paper 2-Dimensional works specifically created on paper, includes drawing, collage, etching, lithograph, wood block, screen print, serigraph, calligraphy, computer art on paper, graphic art, poster art, digital artwork print, digital collage, monotype, cut paper and pastel.

Terms & Conditions

Submission of work to the exhibit constitutes an agreement to comply with all rules, conditions and requirements listed on this site. The State Museum reserves the right to reject any work. No substitutions are permitted. All work must be freestanding and/or ready to hang. No Uniframes. No artworks may be larger than 12’ x 12’, or weigh more than 150 pounds.

The State Museum reserves the right to reproduce images for publicity and education purposes. All entries must be uploaded to this site.


Artwork is insured only while on location at The State Museum. Artwork is insured upon delivery. The State Museum does not provide insurance for shipment to or from the museum. A value must be submitted for each artwork. If artwork is for sale, include a sale price. The insurance value may not exceed the sale price. An insurance value must be included with the entry even if the artwork is NOT for sale.

Notification of Acceptance

All artists will be notified by mail or e-mail of the judging results, no later than April 15, 2019. Details for delivering or shipping of accepted work will be included in the letter. The artist may be responsible for installation of art if assemblage or other special conditions exist.

Notification of Awards

Awards are chosen in June, after accepted artwork has been delivered and installed at The State Museum. Award recipients will be contacted prior to the opening reception/awards ceremony and are asked to refrain from making their own announcements prior to the award ceremony on June 23, 2019.

Sale of Art

The State Museum encourages the sale of exhibited work and does not take any commission. The museum collects information from interested buyers and connects the potential buyer to the artist.  Payment must be arranged between artist and buyer.  No sale is final until artwork is released to the purchaser after the exhibition closes on September 8, 2019.