We look forward to welcoming everyone for the 52nd Festival of the Arts July 12-15, 2018. Children and Youth Day will be July 11. Save the date(s)!

Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition

2017 Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition

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. Each year more than three hundred exhibitors offer a wide variety of objects for sale including baskets, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, painting, photography, and wearable art. There is something to suit everyone’s taste and pocketbook.

2017 Festival Hours

Thursday July 13 – Saturday July 15, 2017: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday July 16: 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


2018 Invited Artists

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

Sidewalk Sale Jurors

Our jurors visit each exhibitor during the Festival as part of the jury process and subsequently award over $17,500 in prize money. These award winners are announced at the awards ceremony at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday during the Festival, at the Allen Street Stage. Here are this year’s jurors:

Patricia Bellan-Gillen lives in rural western Pennsylvania. She recently retired from her post as the Dorothy L. Stubnitz Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she taught a variety of classes focusing on drawing, painting, and printmaking. Bellan-Gillen’s paintings, prints, and drawings have been the focus of over 35 solo exhibitions. She has also taken part in numerous group shows in museums, commercial galleries, university galleries, and alternative spaces in both in the United States and abroad.

Jim Bové is a practicing artist and educator living just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an Associate Professor at California University of Pennsylvania and a board member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Jim has organized and curated several international exhibitions and lectures between the United States and Japan, including the cross-cultural exchange, Metalsmiths Linking. His work can be found in collections in the United States, Japan, the Dominican Republic, and Malaysia.

Ceramic artist Naomi Cleary earned her undergraduate degree from Philadelphia’s The University of the Arts and completed graduate studies at The Ohio State University. After graduate school, she returned to Philadelphia to continue her studio practice. She has taught ceramics to children and adults in classroom and workshop settings. Naomi is currently Director of Marketing and Retail at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. Her studio is in the home she shares with partner and fellow potter Daniel Ricardo Teran in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia. Naomi is a founding member of Philadelphia Potters.

Jay Gould is an artist and a member of the faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Gould studied at the University of Wisconsin and the Savannah College of Art & Design. His work, which integrates scientific topics into installation and constructed photographic projects, has won numerous national awards, such as the Berenice Abbott Prize for an emerging photographer and first place at the Newspace Center for Photography’s International Juried Exhibition. Gould is also a longtime member of the faculty at the Maine Media Workshops and is the Artist in Residence at Johns Hopkins University Extreme Materials Institute.

Sue Reno is a fiber artist who lives and works in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Her rich and intricate art quilts reflect her local environment and incorporate imagery drawn from her studies of botany, wildlife, historic architecture, and the Susquehanna River. She employs surface design techniques including cyanotype, monoprinting, digital image transfer, and needle felting as the basis for works that also incorporate hand painted fabrics, hand and machine stitching, and beadwork. Her work has been published widely and she regularly contributes to quilt exhibitions across the country.

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