Local artist accepted into Art of the State

Local artist Carol Ann Simon Cillo has been accepted into the Art of the State, a special annual exhibition, recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists.

The exhibit opens on Saturday at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Front St. in Harrisburg and runs until Sept. 8.

This is the 46th annual juried exhibit which showcases Pa. artists. Her work, “Fields of Gold,” an acrylic painting, is one of 137 works accepted from more than 2,000 entries to the competition.

A Williamsport resident, Carol worked as art director at C.A. Reed Inc. and currently is partner-owner of If-the Idea Factory, a design studio in Lock Haven. She likes to work in various media, but through the Idea Factory’s work on exhibits, murals and dioramas at the Lycoming County Historical Society-Thomas Taber Museum in town, her interest in painting had become rekindled.

She grew up in the Pittsburgh area, studied at Carnegie Mellon University as a teen and graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with her bachelor’s degree in art education.

She has served as Adjunct Faculty at Penn College of Technology, elected board of directors for the Color Marketing Group (CMG – an international organization for color trends) and currently serves on the board of The Station Gallery in Lock Haven. She is a juried Pennsylvania artisan for the PA Wilds and her work hangs in the collection at the Susquehanna Regional Health System in Williamsport and Muncy.

Cillo’s work can also be found at Gold Leaf Frame Shoppe; the Station Gallery, Lock Haven; Susquehanna Gallery and Frame, Jersey Shore; and the Cameron County Artisan Center, Emporium.

Finalists for annual ‘Art of the State’ awards announced

HARRISBURG?- Finalists have been announced for “Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2013, “an exhibition showcasing the talent, creativity and diversity of Pennsylvania’s established and emerging artists.

It opens to the public on Sunday at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The 46th annual exhibit runs through Sept. 8 and includes 137 works of art by 131 artists from 31 counties. This year’s exhibit attracted 1,933 entries from 612 artists.

First, second and third-place honors are awarded in painting, photography, sculpture, craft and works on paper. Cash awards for each category are $500 for first place, $300 for second and $200 for third place.

In addition, the William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing and The State Museum of Pennsylvania Purchase Award are selected. Works selected for the purchase prize become part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Prizes will be awarded at a special Artists’ Reception to be held Saturday at The State Museum. The winners will be announced via Twitter, @PHMC, at 7 p.m., immediately following the awards ceremony.

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Artists from Lycoming County selected to the Art of the State:

Donna Britton

Carol Ann Cillo

Edward Jonasen

Gretchen Moyer.