The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is pleased to once again present our popular juried fine art exhibition, Images 2023. The exhibition runs from July 1 – 31, 2023 at the Schlow Centre Region Library in downtown State College, Pennsylvania. The exhibition is located in the heart of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, which runs July 12 – 16, 2023 and attracts an anticipated 125,000 visitors.
Images 2023 Juried Exhibition
Images 2023 is a 2-D gallery exhibition featuring drawings, paintings, pastels, mixed media, photography, hand-pulled prints, watercolors, fiber, paper, and digital art from artists aged 16 and older whose primary residence is in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
A total of $1,800 in cash prizes will be awarded as follows: one Best of Show Award ($500), Best Drawing ($200), Best Pastel ($200), Best Photograph ($200), and 4 merit awards ($150 each). There is also an award for Best Student Submission ($100). Winners will be announced at an Awards Reception during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts on July 13, 2023 sponsored by CBICC.
The Images 2023 juried fine art exhibition is made possible in part by sponsorships from the State College Framing Company & Gallery, CBICC, Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, State College Photo Club, Joyce Robinson and Norman Spivey, and the Schlow Library Foundation. Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support!
Next year’s Images 2024 Exhibition application deadline will be May 3, 2024.
James Farrah is the exhibition’s juror for selection and prizes.
Artist James Farrah holds signature memberships in the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the National Acrylic Painters Association and is a member of the Bellefonte Art Museum. He works in watercolor, oils, and acrylics. His works are held in the permanent collections of the Tucson Art Museum, the National Sports Museum, and the New Mexico Folk Art Museum, and more.
Although his work covers a wide range of subjects, James’ current focus is using children’s toys and artist’s manikins for subject material. In addition to being colorful and fun, they are wonderful tools for storytelling. He hopes the paintings evoke a sense of innocence and nostalgia.
James graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a BFA in painting, photography, and graphic design. He was a member of the 2022 jury team for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts’ Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition. James currently teaches from his Bellefonte home.