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.
2016 Festival Hours
Thursday July 14 – Saturday July 16, 2016: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday July 17: 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2016 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:
Potter Bethany Benson is Associate Professor of Art at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania Bethany’s work is exhibited locally, nationally, and included in international collections. Her interest in functional ceramics is derived from social interaction and physical pleasure; she employs utilitarian vessels to entice multiple sensory experiences. She received her BFA from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, furthered her education at Bowling Green State University and subsequently earned her MFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
Kathryn Blake is an instructor in art history and the director of the Juniata College Museum of Art. She joined the Juniata staff in 2015. In addition to managing the museum’s permanent collection, she recruits contemporary artists for exhibitions, and prepares educational materials and catalogs for museum shows. She previously served as the director of education at the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona. Kathryn was named a 2013 Piper Fellow by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, allowing her to take a sabbatical to study audience engagement in museums.
Eliot Dudik is a photographic artist, educator, and bookmaker exploring the connection between culture, memory, landscape, history, and politics. His photographs have been installed in group and solo exhibitions across the United States and Canada. Eliot taught photography at the University of South Carolina before founding the photography program within the Department of Art and Art History at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia where he is currently teaching and directing the Andrews Gallery at the college. In 2012, Eliot was named one of Oxford American magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art.
Toby Atticus Fraley is a full time artist who lives in Bridgeville, where he also has his studio. His work consists of mixed media sculpture, ceramic sculpture, oil paintings, and public art installations. Tobyʼs work is held in public, private, corporate and university collections across the United States. His most recent project is the public art installation Robot Repair – The Pittsburgh International Airport Branch which will be on display through 2020 in Concourse A at Pittsburgh International Airport. This is a larger reimagined version of his original installation which stood in downtown Pittsburgh for eighteen months and was honored with the Mayor’s Award for Public Art.
Adrienne Grafton earned a BFA from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and followed that with an MFA in metal design from East Carolina University. Her recent work, inspired by emotions, dreams, and personal metaphors, is fabricated jewelry and sculptural pieces made of silver, gold, and copper and adorned with gemstones, pearls and enamel. Her work was most recently featured in Art Jewelry Today. Adrienne worked as the Metals Studio Coordinator at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and has taught metals at Edinboro in addition to teaching workshops nationally and working as an independent artist.