Diverse works of art from about 50 Pennsylvania museums and organizations are on display at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg as part of the events marking the inauguration of Gov. Tom Wolf.
The Wolf inaugural committee made its selections with the hope of showcasing living and iconic artists who have affected their artistic communities.
“The activities taking place at the State Museum of Pennsylvania are a great way to celebrate the inauguration of our 47th governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, and our state’s cultural gifts,” Wolf Inaugural Committee co-chairman Reid Walsh said before the event. “The Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the vast amount of artistic talent in our commonwealth.”
The Palmer Museum of Art lent two works, an early 19th-century portrait by Jacob Eichholtz, a Lancaster-born painter, and a pastel by a contemporary artist from Annville.
“The contemporary piece we’re lending, a gorgeous pastel by G. Daniel Massad, is absolutely breathtaking,” Joyce Robinson, the Palmer’s curator, said. “Massad is nationally recognized and has works in major museum collections across the country, yet he lives and works in a relatively small town not far from Harrisburg. As a curator, I’m especially pleased that Dan’s work is being recognized in this way.
“I think it’s a wonderful indication of an interest in the arts on the part of the Wolf administration and, in particular, Mrs. Wolf, who is an artist herself.”
Other Pennsylvania artists whose works were included 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.
“I’m guessing that this is true for most artists, and it’s certainly true for me: Having my work in a public exhibition is deeply satisfying,” Massad said. “Whatever viewers may think or feel about it, the work will be out there, making the contribution it can make, and that’s very important to me. The fact that this particular exhibition is a part of a celebration honoring Tom Wolf is itself an honor, a gift, a great pleasure.”
The art exhibit will be on display during regular museum hours through Feb. 15.