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Prize Winners Announced in 48th Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition

July 12, 2014  The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts officials and sponsors presented over $17,000 in prizes for the 2014 Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, on Saturday July 12, at 9:00 a.m. during an award ceremony on the Arts Festival’s Allen Street stage.

The jurors for this year’s event were Garth Johnson, Philadelphia, PA; Martin Heavner, Ijamsville, MD; Janice Lessman-Moss, Kent, OH, Rebecca Thornburgh, Philadelphia, PA; and Jen Townsend, Pittsford, NY. Sidewalk Sale Coordinator Pam Lautsch emceed the brief and informal awards ceremony. She was assisted in presenting awards by Jeanne Gleason of Johnstown, the Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, and President of the Festival’s Board of Directors, Joyce H. Robinson.

Glass artist Michael Mikula of Cleveland, OH was honored with the Arete Best of Show Award, worth $2,500. The award was presented by Linda Gall of Boalsburg, who has supported the prize with an endowment at the Centre Foundation.

The eighth John C. Mason Award for Excellence in Jewelry Design was presented to Aileen Lampman of Pittsburgh. This award carries a cash prize of $825.

The Fine Arts Award, worth $1750, was given to jeweler E. Douglas Wunder of Kutztown, PA.

The Lautsch Family Award of Excellence, worth $850, was presented to ceramic artist Andy Shaw, Baton Rouge, LA.

Other exhibitors receiving Awards of Excellence were:
Matthew Horner, Keen, NY; Sculpture
Pat Little, Philipsburg, PA; Photography
David Montgomery & Karen Kreiger, Pittsburgh, PA Mixed Media 3D

Please download the full press release for the complete list of Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition prize winners.

The 49th Annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will be held July 8-12, 2015.

Prize Winners Announced in Annual Banner Competition

July 12, 2014  The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has announced the award winners in its annual Banner Competition. Prizes are awarded in three classes: Professional, General, and Youth.

In the professional class, first place was won by Marty Edmunds of Boalsburg for her appliqué banner, Festival Wow! Second place was awarded to Joanie Eyster of State College for her painted work Soaring. Honorable Mention went to Kristin Ziegler of Centre Hall for Trunks and Tails.

In the general class, the winning banner was Universe of Galaxies made by Donna Queeney of State College. Second place was awarded to Dianne Kenna Carter of State College for Bandit Tribal Giraffe. Honorable mention went to the banner Beth Bimber of State College for her banner, Jellyfish.

In the youth class, first place was won by Anders Jurs of Jacksonville Beach, FL for Chirp’s Up while his brother Alastair Jurs took home second place for Owling at the Moon.

This year’s banner judges were Kristin Nasal and Staci Egan of State College and Liza Zander-Campbell of Centre Hall.

The Banner Competition is one of the signature events of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The Festival display many past and present banners annually over South Allen Street, adding color and movement to the festive atmosphere. Banners also hang during the year at Schlow Centre Region Library, the State College Municipal Building and other locations. Both individuals and groups may submit entries.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional funding is provided through a grant made by possible by the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and the Centre County Commissioners.

Prize Winners Announced in Seeing America: Centre County in Photographs Exhibition

July 5, 2014. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has announced the prize winners in Seeing America: Centre County in Photographs, its juried gallery exhibition.

The exhibition’s juror was Barbara Houghton, professor of art at Northern Kentucky University. She is a working and teaching photographer who has taught at the university level for forty years and who is known for her narrative fine art images.

“It’s really difficult to take a photo of familiar people, places, and things that’s out of the ordinary. The artists in the show did a great job” noted Houghton.

Houghton named Celebration of Color by Julia Ungar as Best of Show, with a cash award of $1,000. Five works received Awards of Merit, worth $300 each. They were Gamble Mill in Winter, by Robert Baumbach; Mailboxes by Drew Frank; Pig in Repose, by Isabel Guzman; Photographing the Garman Demolition by Mary Vollero; and Red Suits, by Will Yurman.

Seeing America: Centre County in Photographs will hang in the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, 818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA, through July 13. Admission is free. Gallery hours vary by day; please consult the Festival’s web site for more details.

Seeing America: Centre County in Photographs was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional grant support comes from the Centre County Commissioners and Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

The 2014 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will be from July 9 to July 13, 2014. Children and Youth Day will be July 9, and the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will take place from Thursday July 10, though Sunday, July 13.

Announcing the 48th Annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

June 26, 2014. The 48th annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will take place Wednesday, July 9 through Sunday, July 13 on the streets of downtown State College and the adjacent Penn State campus.

The 2014 Arts Festival commences with Children and Youth Day on Wednesday, July 9, which features programs and events designed especially for the young and young at heart. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the Children & Youth Sidewalk Sale, sponsored by Penn State Federal Credit Union, will be held on South Allen Street. An estimated 175 young Central Pennsylvania artists are expected to showcase their original works.

On Thursday, July 10 at 10:00 a.m. the award winning Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will open. Sidewalk Sale hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The works of more than 300 exhibitors comprise one of the nation’s best juried fine art and craft shows.

The Festival is eager to welcome back Ensemble Galilei, performing First Person: Seeing America. The ensemble will take the stage Saturday, July 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the State Theatre, with narration by Adrian LaTourelle and Kimiko Gelman.  Ensemble Galilei has an encore performance later that evening at 8:00 p.m. With images from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the poetry and prose of some of America’s greatest writers, the group is excited to present this ambitious work. (CPFA button required).

The fifth annual BookFestPa will take place on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Schlow Centre Region Library and the library’s BookFest tent. For more information go to bookfestpa.org.

The Nittany Valley Running Club’s 39th annual 10K 5K & 10 mile run will take place Sunday, July 13 at 8:15 a.m. For registration and additional race information, please visit nvrun.com.

Leave parking and traffic worries to others by parking in the Jordan East parking lot, next to the Bryce Jordan Center and Beaver Stadium. For $5.00 a car, visitors may park and take a free bus operated by the Centre Area Transportation Authority. This bus will take you the heart of the Festival.

For more complete details about the Festival, click here to download our full press release.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has Released its 2014 Collectible Poster

The 2014 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts poster, designed by Lanny Sommese

May 9, 2014. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has released its 2014 collectible poster. The 24” by 36” inch colorful poster features the Festival’s elements familiar to any festival goer. A jester, paintbrushes, musical instruments, ice cream cones and audience members are fashioned like puzzle pieces into a hot air balloon floating over an azure sky. The poster is free and can be picked up at several local businesses, including:

  • Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (403 S. Allen Street, Suite 205A, State College)
  • Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau (800 E. Park Avenue, State College)
  • HUB-Robeson Center Desk (Penn State Campus)
  • Hintz Family Alumni Center (Penn State Campus)
  • Penn State Federal Credit Union (1937 North Atherton Street, State College)
  • Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau (One West Market Street, Lewistown)

The poster for the 2014 Festival was designed by Penn State Professor of Graphic Design Lanny Sommese. He is currently Distinguished Professor and Head of Graphic Design in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State, where he is also a Fellow of the Institute for Arts and Humanities. For over 20 years, Sommese has designed the colorful posters for the Arts Festival. The entire collection is on display in Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Center.

This year’s poster was made possible by grant support from the Centre County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and Centre County Commissioners. The Festival receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The Festival will take place from July 9 to July 13 in downtown State College and on the Penn State Campus. Children and Youth Day is July 9 and the Festival’s well-known Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition opens on July 10.

 

2013 Press Releases

Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition Ranks Atop Prestigious Sunshine Artist 200 Best Shows List

The Festival was named #1 on Sunshine Artist magazine’s list of top 100 fine art and craft shows

August 14, 2013. The Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts recently ranked first on the list of 100 Best Fine Art and Design Shows in America published by Sunshine Artist magazine. The twenty-first annual poll, published in the September 2013 issue of Sunshine Artist, is based on sales totals reported by exhibitors at the 2012 festival. Sunshine Artist is America’s premier art show and festival guide.

This is the first time the Sidewalk Sale has reached the list’s top spot, though it hasn’t been ranked lower than fifth since 2009. The Sidewalk Sale held second place in 2012.

Shows rounding out the top five were: One of a Kind Show & Sale, Chicago; La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA; Art on the Square, Belleville, IL; and Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO.

“We’re thrilled learn that we ranked atop a list of some of the best festivals in the country, particularly when our exhibiting artists have nominated us. We appreciate this recognition and thank our hardworking volunteers and staff who make the festival the premier event it is,” said Katherine Allen, the board president of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.  “We especially need to thank our loyal audience that makes this ranking possible” she added.

Festival Director Rick Bryant added, “We’re a great weekend destination for both browsers and collectors. Visitors have learned what locals have known for years: that the Festival is a great place to shop, to hear wonderful music, and see friends, and to have an all-around great time.”

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts was founded in 1967 by the State College Chamber of Commerce and Penn State University’s College of Arts and Architecture. The Festival has grown to encompass Children and Youth Day, a juried gallery exhibition, a banner competition, the Downtown State College Improvement District Italian Street Painting Festival, and a wide variety of performances on outdoor and indoor stages+. Approximately 100,000 people visit the Festival each year. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts also produces First NightTM  State College.

The 2014 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will be held from July 9 to 13, 2014, in downtown State College and on the Penn State campus. Children and Youth Day will be Wednesday, July 9, and the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will be held from Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Additional funding is provided through a grant made by possible by the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and the Centre County Commissioners.

Announcing the 47th annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

July 5, 2013. The 47th annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts™ will take place Wednesday, July 10 through Sunday, July 14 on the streets of downtown State College and the adjacent Penn State campus.

Founded by the State College Chamber of Commerce and Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture, the Festival attracts about 100,000 visitors each summer. The Festival features the nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, a juried gallery exhibition, Children and Youth Day, the Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival, educational opportunities, music, dance and theatrical performances in a variety of traditional and non-traditional venues.

The 2013 Arts Festival commences with Children and Youth Day on Wednesday, July 10, which features programs and events designed especially for the young and young at heart. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the Children & Youth Sidewalk Sale, sponsored by Penn State Federal Credit Union, will be held on South Allen Street. An estimated 150 young Central Pennsylvania artists are expected to showcase their original works.

Other Children and Youth Day activities include free arts and crafts workshops on the Old Main Lawn and in State College’s Sidney Friedman Park. Musical and dance performances tailored to the young will take place at various stages around town thanks to ten local student ensembles and performing arts schools. However, for some, the highlight of the day will come at 4:00 p.m. with the 2013 Children and Youth Day Grand Procession. Over 300 children (accompanied by some parents) will carry small, medium and large papier-mâché puppets, masks and drums. The procession will begin on the Old Main lawn and travel through downtown State College as it makes its way to Sidney Friedman Park.

The Pat Farrell Community Sing-Along will be on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the State College Presbyterian Church. Young and old, those who can sing and those who can’t are invited to join former Director of Choral Activities at Penn State and Music Director of the State College Choral Society Douglas Miller and Essence of Joy Director Tony Leach as we all come together to make some joyful noise. The event is free.

On Thursday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. the award winning Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will open. Sidewalk Sale hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The works of more than 300 exhibitors comprise one of the nation’s best juried fine art and craft shows. A panel of five jurors will award over $17,000 in prize money to winning exhibitors during a ceremony at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, at the Allen Street Stage.

There are several new elements at the Festival this year, including an Artisanal Food Area and a 10 mile Festival Race.

This year, the Arts Festival allows you to take home a bit of Pennsylvania agriculture with selected Pennsylvania artisanal food products. Six Pennsylvania artisanal food producers will be selling their products on Allen Street in front of the State College Municipal Building. Hours of the artisanal food area will be the same as those for the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, 10:00 to 8:00 July 11-13, noon to 5:00, July 14. Participating food merchants include: Village Eatinghouse Marketplace & Café, Tait Farm Foods, Razz’s Shagbark Hickory Syrup. Naked Granola, and Red Hawk Premium Peppers.

An annual favorite, the CPFA Silent Auction will be returning this year as well. The 2013 Silent Auction will be located in a small building placed on the 100 block of South Allen Street. The Silent Auction opens on Thursday, July 11 at noon. It is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are from noon to 5 p.m. It’s a great place to see a sampling of all the great fine art and craft in the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition. Proceeds of the Silent Auction help to defray the costs of the Festival.

Images 2013 hangs in the Robeson Gallery in the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus of Penn State. The works in this fine art and fine craft exhibition were selected by juror Joyce Robinson. She is a curator at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State where she is also an affiliate associate professor of art history. Images 2013 is open from June 5 through July 14.

The 2013 Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival honors the 16th century Italian tradition of using special chalks to paint on the street. Look for the Italian Street Painting Festival on the 100 block of Heister Street in downtown State College. Juried artists will create 6-foot by 4-foot paintings. For a $5 fee, Young Artists Avenue gives children the opportunity to create a 1-foot-square street painting. Artists work July 11 through the 14. The Italian Street Painting Festival is sponsored by Downtown State College.

The 4th annual BookFestPa will take place on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Schlow Centre Region Library’s parking lot. This year’s featured authors include Charles Todd, Becky Aikman, Andrew Blum, Jodi Moore, and Annie Matsick. There will be more than 25 authors to meet in the BookFest tent. For more information go to bookfestpa.org.

The Festival presents sacred music this year by the Academy of Sacred Music. The Academy of Sacred Music Choral Institute is a workshop for singers and conductors. The 2013 Choral Institute performance focuses on the energetic and rhythmic Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi. The concert will also feature shorter sacred works suitable for church and community choirs. The Choral Institute Choir, under the direction of Robert Long, will be joined by soprano Julie Hanlon and a chamber ensemble. They will perform at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 in the State College Presbyterian Church. (CPFA button required.)

This year, the Festival is excited to present Naomi Seidman & Jonathan Dexter, performing Saturday, July 13 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 W. Foster Avenue. Naomi Seidman is an assistant professor of flute at Penn State and flutist with The Pennsylvania Quintet and the Rhapsoidos Trio. Cellist Jonathan Dexter has studied and performed internationally as well. He has been featured on a number of motion picture and television soundtracks. (CPFA button required).

Bookends will be back this year for a reunion of the State College music sensation from the 1980’s. Chris Mincer, Bet Williams and Susie Kocher are getting back together again to perform some of their favorite songs by Manhattan Transfer, The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, Simon and Garfunkel. Their mixed repertoire of original tunes and covers made them one of the most memorable bands of that era. They will perform at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 at the Allen Street Stage.

While most performances are free, some require a festival button. Buttons, which cost $10.00 for adults and are free for children under the age of twelve, are good for the entire festival. They grant admission on a space available basis to all indoor events. Buttons are available at each performance venue, at many locations on the Festival route, in downtown State College stores, and online at arts-festival.com.

Daily highlights include:

Wednesday, July 10 - Children & Youth Day

  • National Marionette Theatre Presents Peter and the Wolf 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (HUB-Robeson Center) (CPFA button required)
  • Grand Procession 4:00 p.m. (Old Main Lawn)
  • Children’s Workshops & Activities 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Old Main Lawn & Sidney Friedman Park)

Thursday, July 11

  • Bleeding Love 3:00 p.m. (Penn State Downtown Theatre) (CPFA button required)
  • No BS! Brass Band 9:00 p.m. (Festival Shell Stage)
  • Archie Blue 9:30 p.m. (Sidney Friedman Park Stage)

Friday, July 12

  • A Hair Out of Place 12:00 p.m. (Penn State Downtown Theatre) (CPFA button required)
  • Essence of Joy Alumni Choir 7:00 p.m. (S.C. Presbyterian Church) (CPFA button required)
  • Cassie & Maggie MacDonald 7:30 p.m. (State Theatre) (CPFA button required)
  • Bovine Social Club 8:00 p.m. (Festival Shell Stage)
  • Mac Arnold & Plate Full o’ Blues 10:00 p.m. (Festival Shell Stage)
  • JP Harris & the Tough Choices 10:00 p.m. (Allen Street Stage)
  • Bethesda 10:00 p.m. (Sidney Friedman Park Stage)

Saturday, July 13

  • Pure Cane Sugar 4:00 p.m. (Allen Street Stage)
  • The Four Bitchin’ Babes 8:00 p.m. (State Theatre) (CPFA button required)
  • The Sweetback Sisters 9:30 p.m. (Sidney Friedman Park Stage)
  • My Hero Zero 10:00 p.m. (Allen Street Stage)
  • Velveeta 10:00 p.m. (Festival Shell Stage)

Sunday, July 14

  • The Sue Crowe Memorial 38th Annual Arts Festival 5K 10K & 10 mile Road Race 8:30 a.m., registration 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park)
  • Kids’ Fun Run 11:00 a.m., registration 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Meldar Field at Lubrano Park)
  • Earthtones 3:30 p.m. (Festival Shell Stage)

The Nittany Valley Running Club’s 38th annual 10K 5K & 10 mile run will take place Sunday, July 14 at 8:30 a.m. The Kids’ Fun Run will start at 11 a.m., the race is a quarter mile for kids 5-6 and a half mile for kids 9-10 and 11-12. For registration and additional race information, please visit nvrun.com.

Leave parking and traffic worries to others by parking in the Jordan East parking lot, next to the Bryce Jordan Center and Beaver Stadium. For $5.00 car, visitors may park and take a free bus operated by the Centre Area Transportation Authority will take to you to complimentary bus service can take you to the heart of the Festival and return you at your convenience.

Bus service from the Bryce Jordan Center/Beaver Stadium will stop at the Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival, or in the heart of the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, or even at the Palmer Museum of Art.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Additional funding is provided through a grant made by possible by the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and the Centre County Commissioners.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has Released its 2013 Collectible Poster

The 2013 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts poster, designed by Lanny Sommese

May 29, 2013. The 24” by 36” inch colorful poster, which features the festival’s jester mascot intertwined with a treble clef, is free and can be picked up at several local businesses, including:

  • Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (403 S. Allen Street, Suite 205A, State College)
  • Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau (800 E. Park Avenue, State College)
  • HUB-Robeson Center Desk (Penn State Campus)
  • Hintz Family Alumni Center (Penn State Campus)
  • Penn State Federal Credit Union (1937 North Atherton Street, State College)
  • Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau (One West Market Street, Lewistown)

The poster for the 2013 festival was designed by Penn State Professor of Graphic Design Lanny Sommese. He is currently Department Head and Professor of Graphic Design in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State, where he is also a Fellow of the Institute for Arts and Humanistic Studies. For over 20 years, Sommese has designed the colorful posters for the Arts Festival. The entire collection is on display in Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Center.

This year’s poster was made possible by grant support from the Centre County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and Centre County Commissioners. The Festival receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The festival will take place from July 10 to July 14 in downtown State College and on the Penn State Campus.

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts Ranks #5 on Top 10 Summer Festivals 2013 List

The Festival is #5 on Liveability.com\’s Top Ten Summer Festivals 2013!

May 6, 2013. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts placed at number five on the list of Top 10 Summer Festivals 2013 by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small and mid-sized cities. Other top festivals include Frontier Days, Cheyenne, WY; Portland Rose Festival, Portland, OR; The Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon, VA, and AthFest, Athens, GA. The full list can be found at Livability.com.

The best summer festivals not only encourage tourism, but also engage and inspire residents, note the editors of Livability. The community spirit drives the festival’s success and is often reflected in the festival’s character.

For the 2013 list, Livability.com editors looked for those summer festivals most connected to their host cities\’ identities in terms of theme, visitor experience, and community participation. Editors also considered each city’s other visitor attractions and amenities that could enhance the experience for festival audiences.

Livability.com is a comprehensive online resource on more than 500 of America\’s best places to live, visit, work, play and explore. The staff of Livability has spent more than 20 years finding the good stuff in small to mid-sized communities all across America.

“We’re delighted and humbled to receive this honor—there are some great festivals on the Livability list” noted Arts Festival Executive Director Rick Bryant. “It’s quite a testament to our community—our volunteers, artists, musicians, sponsors, and most importantly our audience.”

This year’s Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will be from July 10 through 14. Children and Youth Day will be July 10, and the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will open on July 11 and continue through July 14. In addition to the Sidewalk Sale, the festival features a juried regional gallery exhibition, a banner competition, and music, dance and theatrical performances on outdoor and indoor stages.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Additional funding is provided through a grant made by possible by the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and the Centre County Commissioners.

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts Receives Borough’s Legacy Award

Front row, L to R, Joyce Robinson, Katherine Allen, Anne Layng, Pam Lautsch, Virginia Mountz
Back row, L to R, Duane Funk, Carol Baney, Bill Ryan, State College Borough Council President Ron Filippelli, Rick Bryant, Bob Mountz.

April 24, 2013. State College Borough Council President Ron Filippelli presented the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts with the Borough’s Legacy Award at the Borough’s ABC Appreciation Dinner last evening. The dinner, held at the State College Ramada Inn, recognizes volunteers who serve on the Borough’s Authorities, Boards, and Commissions.

Council’s presentation of the Legacy Award began in 1991. Since that time, more than thirty individuals or groups have received the award at the annual Appreciation Dinner.

The Legacy Award is given to an individual or group that has contributed significantly to improving the quality of community life for Borough residents.

Festival President Katherine Allen and Festival Executive Director Rick Bryant accepted the award on behalf of the Festival’s board, staff, and over 400 volunteers.

“We’re very honored to receive the Legacy Award. The Arts Festival and First Night community events would not be possible without the efforts of our terrific staff, our army of dedicated volunteers and the generosity of our sponsors. We are especially grateful for the sponsorship and support of the Borough of State College” remarked Arts Festival Board President Katherine Allen.

“This award is a testament to the hard work and creativity of the many people who make the Festival happen every summer” noted Festival Executive Director Rick Bryant.

The Festival’s Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition is currently ranked second on the list of 100 Best Fine Art and Design Shows in an annual poll, published in the September 2012 issue of Sunshine Artist, a trade magazine.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts was founded in 1967 by the State College Chamber of Commerce and Penn State University’s College of Arts and Architecture. The Festival has grown to encompass Children’s Day, a juried gallery exhibition, the Downtown State College Improvement District Italian Street Painting Festival, and a wide variety of performances on outdoor and indoor stages. Approximately 100,000 people visit the Festival each year. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts also produces First Night State College.

The 2013 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will be held in downtown State College and on the Penn State campus from July 10 through 14. Children and Youth Day will be Wednesday, July 10, and the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will be held from Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Additional funding is provided through a grant made by possible by the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and the Centre County Commissioners.

 

2012 Press Release

Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition Ranks #2 in Prestigious Sunshine Artist 200 Best Shows List

The Festival was named #2 on Sunshine Artist magazine’s list of top 100 fine art and craft shows

August 10, 2012. The Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts recently ranked second on the list of 100 Best Fine Art and Design Shows in America, up from a ranking of third, which it held for the last two years. The twentieth annual poll, published in the September 2012 issue of Sunshine Artist, is based on sales totals reported by exhibitors at the 2011 Festival. Sunshine Artist magazine is America’s premier show and festival guide.

St. James Court Art Show, in Louisville, Kentucky, remains the top show in the country according to readers of the magazine. Other top ten shows are in Denver, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Naples, FL and Palm Springs, CA.

“We’re thrilled to be ranked among the best shows in the country, particularly when our exhibiting artists have nominated us. Our volunteers and supporters work very hard to make the festival the event it is,” said Rick Bryant, the Festival’s Executive Director. “This is the highest ranking we’ve ever earned, and we’re the highest ranking show that’s not located in, or very near, a large city. Both browsers and collectors know that the Arts Festival is a great place to come to shop for fine art and fine craft, hear some wonderful music, and have a great time.”

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts was founded in 1967 by the State College Chamber of Commerce and Penn State University’s College of Arts and Architecture. The Festival has grown to encompass Children’s Day, a juried gallery exhibition, the Downtown State College Improvement District Italian Street Painting Festival, and a wide variety of performances on outdoor and indoor stages. Approximately 100,000 people visit the Festival each year. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts also produces First Night® State College.

The 2013 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will be held from July 10 to 14, 2013, in downtown State College and on the Penn State campus. Children’s Day will be Wednesday, July 10, and the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will be held from Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14.