Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts™ State College, Pennsylvania
July 11-14, 2013 ~ Children and Youth Day July 10, 2013
47th ANNUAL SIDEWALK SALE AND EXHIBITION
Downtown State College and Penn State Campus
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 13. This year’s jurors are:
Kathleen Browne has headed the Jewelry/Metals/Enameling department at Kent State University since 1992. Her artwork has been exhibited widely both in the U.S. and abroad and has been published and/or reviewed in numerous publications such as Metalsmith, American Craft, New Art Examiner, and The New York Times. She is the recipient five Artist Fellowship Grants from the Ohio Arts Council.
Michael Connelly is a potter in Philadelphia, as well as the head of the ceramics program at Montgomery County College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. He received his MFA from Alfred University. Connelly has taught and presented lectures and workshops nationally and internationally, including classes at Alfred University, Haystack School for Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts. His utilitarian pottery is in the permanent collections of many well-known museums.
Laurie dill-Kocher has worked as a fiber artist for 25 years and creates both large woven works and art quilts. She holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in textiles and has exhibited her work in major museums including the Cleveland Museum of Art. She is well known for large architectural pieces commissioned for commercial and academic spaces as well as houses of worship. Her work, The Dawn of Magic, was installed in Penn State’s Pattee and Paterno Library in 2002.
By day, Tina Hay is the editor of Penn State’s award winning alumni magazine, The Penn Stater. She’s brought to that role her experiences as a disc jockey, writer, sports announcer, and even selling fries and shakes at a McDonald’s near an entrance to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. By night she’s a photographer with an impressive body work of covering a diverse range of subjects from kids on the street in Havana to President Obama.
Bill Vrscak is a free-lance artist/illustrator living in Pittsburgh. A member of the signature member of the American Watercolor Society, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, Vrscak is a frequent national award winner, and his paintings reside in many corporate and private collections in the U.S., Canada, England and Australia. Besides doing illustration and commission work he has taught painting workshops and seminars throughout the United States as well as Canada and the Virgin Islands.
Seated: Leah Charney, Tina Hay, Pam Lautsch, Anni Matsick