Images Exhibition Online Gallery

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is pleased to spotlight the work of talented Pennsylvania 2D artists through our prestigious Images 2022 Juried Exhibition.  Fifty pieces were selected from the 285 works submitted.

The exhibition will hang in Schlow Centre Region Library from June 28 – July 30.  Schlow Library is at 211 S Allen St, State College, PA  16801.  The Library’s hours are Monday-Wednesday 9am-8pm; Thursday 1pm-8pm; and Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm.  The Library is closed Sundays. Visitors should be aware that some portions of the show may be periodically unavailable during Library programming.

An Awards Reception was held at Schlow Centre Region Library during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.  Prizes were awarded for Best of Show, Best Drawing, Best Photograph, and four Awards of Merit.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of the award winners and view a video here.  Special thanks to the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County for sponsoring the reception.

Join the fun!  Vote for your favorite piece for the Viewers’ Choice honor here until July 30!

Many of the artworks in the Images 2022 Exhibition are for sale. Purchasing art will always be the best way to support and encourage artists. A work of art is something that you can enjoy for years to come.  If you would like to purchase a piece in the show, please contact the Festival office at (814) 237-3682 or office@arts-festival.com, and we will be glad to help you.  

Keith Bastianini
Bethel Park, PA
The Fossil Hunter
24″x18″ 
photography & 3D modeling
$450

Nan Belli
Lower Burrell, PA
Just Intermission
20″x16″ 
photography
$200 – SOLD

Larry Brandstatter
Monroeville, PA
6 week gig
29″x19″  
mixed media
$525

Larry Brandstatter    
Monroeville, PA
Spike n’ Louis    
32″x24″  
mixed media
$525
Award of Merit

Nancy Burch Brassington
State College, PA
Nick in Agony
24″x18″ 
oil on canvas
$800
Award of Merit

Ellen Braun
State College, PA
Rockview
16″x20″ 
photography
$300

Mary Eileen Carson
Harrisburg, PA
At Ease
18″x12″  
photography
$150

Mary Eileen Carson
Harrisburg, PA
It Does Brighten Up the Neighborhood
8″x12″  
photography
$125

Andrew Dierks
Altoona, PA
The Land Beyond
24″x36″  
photography
$375
Best Photograph

Andrew Dierks
Altoona, PA
Social Circles
36″x24″ 
photography
$375

Marty Edmunds
Boalsburg, PA
The Gardener
38″x50″  
oil
$1,000
Award of Merit

Kimberli Flanders
Norristown, PA
Welcome to the Beach
8″x12″  
photography
$120 

Carol Foerster
Gettysburg, PA
Zebra Profile
12″x14″  
pencil
$500

Chuck Fong
State College, PA
Milky Way
10″x18″ 
photography
$275

Dotty Ford
State College, PA
Snow Bound
20″x13″
mixed media
$300

Dotty Ford
State College, PA
Caution
15″x22″
mixed media
$200

Kelly Green
State College, PA
Alex
10″x8″
oil
NFS

Phil Hawk
Lemont, PA
Clay Ball in Glass Bowl
24″x18″ 
photography
$275

Janice Heverly
Howard, PA
Donna’s Koi
22″x30″ 
watercolor
$1,599

Brandon Hirt
Ebensburg, PA
Herring Point
16″x24″ 
photography
$200

Brandon Hirt
Ebensburg, PA
Winterthur
24″x36″ 
photography
$400

Chenel Joseph
State College, PA
The Rise of mental health during the pandemic
80″x70″  
oil
$6,000

Jennifer Kelly
State College, PA
Julia Googlia
10″x8″ 
marker and color pencil
NFS
William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing

Peggy Klinger
Pennsylvania Furnace, PA
Northwoods Marsh
9″x12″  
oil and cold wax
$250

Liz Krick
Port Matilda, PA
Dislocation
6″x8″  
hand-pulled print
$350

Angela Lapioli
Elizabethtown, PA
At the duck pond
68″x42″  
acrylic
$1,300

Jane Liechty
State College, PA
Chicken Run
20″x30″  
photography
$400

Jennifer Loyle
Media, PA
Rainbows
20″x16″ 
acrylic
$300

Renny Magill
Akron, PA
Whereabouts No. 1 – Shadows
18″x24″ 
acrylic
$300

Jeffery Mathison
Centre Hall, PA
Intermission
20″x15″ 
watercolor
$2,600

Anni Matsick
Boalsburg, PA
Stripes
12″x11.25″ 
watercolor
$1,500

Anni Matsick
Boalsburg, PA
Welcome In
12″x16.6″ 
watercolor
$2,200
Best of Show

David McCoy
Hollidaysburg, PA
Shattered Dreams
32″x24″x3.5”
mixed media
$400

Thomas Mickle
Tyrone, PA
Double Domes
18″x14″ 
oil
$1,200

Rob Mooij
Philadelphia, PA
Christine
15″x11″ 
pastel
NFS

Gail Morrison-Hall
Wyncote, PA
Blossoms (organic shapes)
24″x24″ 
acrylic
$450

Susan Nicholas Gephart
Bellefonte, PA
Winters Way
34″x21″ 
oil
$2,200

Susan Nicholas Gephart
Bellefonte, PA
Big Valley Sky
8″x8″ 
oil
$550

Stephanie Pogas
Philadelphia, PA
Losing Soulmates
27.5″x40.5″
oil
$550
Viewers’ Choice

Alex Ramos
State College, PA
White Sangria (#2)
24″x24″ 
acrylic
$1,750

Alex Ramos
State College, PA
Bramble
24″x24″ 
acrylic
$1,750
Award of Merit

Tricia Rubio
Port Matilda, PA
Beauty of Spring
16″x12″ 
photo composite
$350

Tricia Rubio
Port Matilda, PA
Ravensland
12″x12″ 
photo composite
$350

Christine Staver
Boalsburg, PA
Dawn on the Charles Bridge
36″x36″  
fabric and thread
NFS

William Sweeney
Garnet Valley, PA
Under the Pines, October 8 AM
16″x22″  
pastel
$950

Marica Tacconi
State College, PA
Passing Gondola
12″x12″  
photography
$120

Douglas Thomas
Greensburg, PA
Pluto’s Toy
32″x15″  
reduction linocut
$600 – SOLD

Carolyn Todd-Larson
State College, PA
Dublin Friends
12″x8″ 
photography
$125

Bruce Wallace
Lock Haven, PA
West Bay Moonrise
14″x22″ 
photography
$375

Erin Welsh
State College, PA
Untitled
10″x10″ 
mixed media
$150

Images 2022 Juried Exhibition Awards 

Best of Show:  Anni Matsick, Welcome In sponsored by State College Framing Company & Gallery

Excerpts from recorded juror’s comments:
 
Carol Ann Cillo: “. . . this piece had everything that we were looking for. The watercolor shows the artist’s precise command of the medium while creating a soft and dreamlike experience beyond the fine rendering of the portrait. The washes of color land in just the right places with just the right shapes to very minimally express the features in expression. . . . in this particular piece less is more. . . .The line quality and brush handling are exquisite but the added emotive feature is the passive storytelling behind this portrait which creates unresolved storylines, there’s that ghosted image, so that first glance recognition of a portrait isn’t all you see . . . There’s a lot more going on.”
 
Steve Getz: “I think it’s a great fine art piece and technically it’s wonderful. If you actually look at it, I mean, we had a loupe . . . that’s how detailed we were.”
 

William D. Davis Memorial Drawing Award:  Jennifer Kelly, Julia Googlia sponsored by the Sturtz-Davis family

Best Photograph:  Andrew Dierks, The Land Beyond sponsored by the State College Photo Club

Award of Merit:  Alex Ramos, Bramble sponsored by the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania

Award of Merit:  Larry Brandstatter, Spike n’ Louis sponsored by Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County

Award of Merit:  Nancy Burch Brassington, Nick in Agony sponsored by Joyce Robinson & Norman Spivey

Award of Merit:  Marty Edmunds, The Gardener sponsored by Schlow Library Foundation

Viewers’ Choice:  Stephanie Pogas, Losing Soulmates

Jurors’ Statement

Before we explain our experience of acting as jurors for this 2022 Images Exhibition, we want to express our appreciation for the opportunity to be part of the Arts Festival in this way. It is an honor to be involved in an arts event with so much positive energy and so many quality expressions of the arts. The artworks were varied in style, size, media, and skill. There were wonderful expressions of art from all the participants, and we commend you for your work.

The task of reducing the total number of entries into a cohesive exhibition with a handful of awards is one that we both take very seriously, and we have been on both sides of the jurying process many times. We too have felt the rush of winning and the sigh of rejection.

The two of us may agree 100% in some cases and differ greatly in others. But no matter how the ­final selection turns out, we hope every artist sees this as an opportunity to grow and learn about their art. Everyone needs to challenge themselves for the future.

We both feel that being a judge does not allow you to randomly pick your favorite style or color. It calls for the use of objectivity, setting aside the things that suit you alone as much as you can. But it also requires feeling a real connection to the artwork itself, as if it had tangible personality. Again, two different ways of seeing one thing.

The jurying process is like balancing on the beam of art. On one side it makes you evaluate explosive, raw creativity, passion, and freedom of expression, while on the other side you review the measurable qualities of things like composition, line, color, shape, aesthetics, style, and skill.

We both repeatedly reviewed the pieces individually, and then jointly, over and over, in various ways. As it is in all exhibits, certain pieces draw you in immediately, pulled by the magnetism of the art, but also confi­rmed by the execution of the piece.

Then there are the struggles, as sometimes the slightest distinctions separate one piece of art from another as we narrow the field to choose the final exhibition or award the prizes.

We want to congratulate each of you that submitted works and those of you who were selected to receive awards in the 2022 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

Carol Ann Simon Cillo and Steve Getz
Images jurors
June 2022