Central Pennsylvania Festival of the ArtsTM State College, PA July 10-13, 2014         Children and Youth Day July 9, 2014   Find Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Pinterest Festival Videos on YouTube Festival Blog

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  • Children & Youth
    Deadline for ENTRIES is June 20, 2014
    Young people are bursting with artistic energy. The Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is a fun way for boys and girls to express themselves visually. Click to learn more about Children and Youth Day, July 9, 2014!

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    10 Mile, 10K and 5K Race
    The Sue Crowe Memorial 39th Annual Arts Festival Races are the oldest and most storied in Central Pennsylvania. First run in 1975 as a 10 Miler, the Arts Festival race became a 10K race in the late 1980s adding a 5K in 2005. This year we are bringing back the 10 miler!

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Downtown State College and Penn State Campus
Thursday July 10 - Saturday July 12, 2014
10 AM to 8 PM
Sunday July 13 Noon to 5:00 PM

Consistently ranked as one of the top outdoor fine art and fine craft shows in the nation, the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition brings artists and craftspeople from across the nation to State College. More than three hundred exhibitors will offer a wide variety of objects for sale including baskets, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, painting, photography, and wearable art. There will be something to suit everyone’s taste and pocketbook.

As part of the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition’s jury process, almost 1,000 artists from the United States and several foreign countries submitted digital images of their work to be juried. In February, a panel reviewed the images and the artists receiving the highest scores were accepted into the Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition.

To encourage and support the visual arts on a regional basis, the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition sets aside booth spaces for artists whose primary residence is in the following Central Pennsylvania counties: Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Union. Through the Central Pennsylvania Division of the Sidewalk Sale, many artists have been introduced to exhibiting at juried outdoor shows. All exhibitors in the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition are subject to the same rules, pay the same fees, and are eligible for the same awards.

Our jurors visit each exhibitor during the Festival as part of the jury process and subsequently award over $17,000 in prize money. These award winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Allen Street Stage, 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 12. This year’s jurors are:

Photographer Martin Heavner has been recognized as one of Maryland’s top visual artists by the Maryland Governor’s Office. His images have been selected for exhibits at the Governor’s Mansion, the Maryland State House and galleries throughout the mid-Atlantic region.  He is invited frequently to be a juror for photography competitions and salons in the Baltimore/Washington area. Heavner photojournalism at West Virginia University and currently makes his home in Ijamsville, MD.

Garth Johnson wears many hats: studio artist, writer, curator, educator and retired rapper. A recent transplant from the Left Coast to the East Coast, he’s the Curator of Artistic Program for the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. His work explores craft’s influence and relevance in the 21st century. His first book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse was published by Quarry in November 2009. He has also contributed to the books Handmade Nation, Craftivity, Craft Corps and World of Geekcraft.

Janice Lessman-Moss is a Professor and Head of the program in Textile Art at Kent State University. Since 1981, she has exhibited her woven art work throughout the United States and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Galleria Willa in Lodz, Poland, the Museum of Fine Art and Culture in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and at the Kent State University Museum.  She has also received a number of Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and an Arts Midwest/NEA Fellowship. 

Jen Townsend is a full-time studio jeweler.  In addition to making jewelry, she has taught at The Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Millersville University and The Appalachian Center for Crafts. She is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and is on the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Her work can be seen in Showcase: 500 Art Necklaces, 500 Gemstone Jewels and in Art Jewelry Today 2. Her work is also in the permanent collection of The Imperial War Museum in London.  

Rebecca Thornburgh  was reared in the hometown of The Slinky (yes, that Slinky) before  studying fine art at Bryn Mawr and taking an early (and fortunately brief) professional detour through the greeting card industry. She’s one of the few—ok, probably the only—Wharton MBAs who work as children’s book illustrators and writers. Using a variety of media, she’s illustrated over one hundred twenty-five books, including boardbooks, picture books, early readers and design books with over two million copies in print.



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