Wolf Inaugural Committee Details Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts and Children’s Program

January 12, 2015 by Wolf Inaugural Committee

York, PA – Today, the Wolf Inaugural Committee released additional details regarding the art exhibit and children's program inaugural activities on January 20.

"The activities taking place at the State Museum of Pennsylvania are a great way to celebrate the inauguration of our 47th Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf and our state's cultural gifts," said Wolf Inaugural Committee Co-Chair Reid Walsh. "The Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the vast amount of artistic talent in our commonwealth, and our children's program will allow younger inaugural attendees to feel included in this special day for Pennsylvania."

The children's program will feature an inaugural quilt project; a live musical performance by the York County Honors Choirs; Aladdin, a play performed by the Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre; and showings of the movie Back to the Moon for Good. In addition to children's program, the State Museum of Pennsylvania will also be hosting an Inaugural Art Exhibit that will feature the work of iconic artists from Pennsylvania's history as well as the works of a diverse array of talented living artists from across the commonwealth.

Governor-elect Tom Wolf and Frances Wolf wanted the Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts to showcase the talents of Pennsylvania artists in order to highlight our commonwealth's cultural significance.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts provided the Inaugural Committee with a diverse list of Pennsylvania museums and organizations that would be ideal candidates to submit works for consideration.

Nearly 50 Pennsylvania museums and organizations answered the committee's request for pieces and in all submitted more than 150 works of art from diverse mediums for consideration. The Wolf Inaugural Committee hoped to highlight living and iconic artists that have made a significant impact on their artistic communities.

The resulting exhibition is fantastic in its scope and diversity and presents works by artists past and present, from all walks of life, and from communities all across the state.


  • The exhibit and children's program are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

  • The exhibit will also be on display during regular museum hours through February 15, 2015.

  • Where:

    The State Museum of Pennsylvania
    300 North Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17120

  • When:

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    Museum Hours:
    10:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
    Children's Program:
    1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.


Artists featured in the Inaugural Exhibit:

Aaron Henry Gorson, Pittsburgh
Andrew Wyeth, Chadds Ford
Andy Warhol, Pittsburgh
Arthur Sprague, Erie
Barbara Chase-Riboud, Philadelphia
Barbara Thun, Sinking Spring
Benjamin West, Springfield
Beverlee Lehr, Palmyra
Brad Clever, Chambersburg
Carol Oldenburg, York
Catherine Prescott, Mechanicsburg
Cecilia Beaux, Philadelphia
Charles "Li" Hidley, Harrisburg
Charles "Teenie" Harris, Pittsburgh
Charles Demuth, Lancaster
Charles Sheeler, Philadelphia
Clyde McGeary, Camp Hill
Colette Fu, Philadelphia
Daniel Garber, Lumberville
Daniel Ricardo Teran, Philadelphia
Earl Lehman, Jessup
Ed Eberle, Pittsburgh
Edna Andrade, Philadelphia
Edward Willis Redfield, Centre Bridge
Erin Anderson, Bethlehem
G. Daniel Massad, Annville
Gail Gray, Lancaster
Gilbert Stuart, Philadelphia
Horace Pippin, West Chester
Jack Northrop, Kane
Jacob Eichholtz, Lancaster and Philadelphia
Jerome Hershey, Lancaster
Jim Klingensmith, Pittsburgh
Joe Farrell, Mechanicsburg
John Sloan, Lock Haven
Mark Innerst, York
Mark Workman, Lititz
Marta Sanchez, Philadelphia
Maya Schock, Harrisburg
Moe Brooker, Philadelphia
Myrtle Tremblay, New Holland
Newell Convers "N. C." Wyeth, Chadds Ford
Ophelia Chambliss, York
Patricia Bellan-Gillan, Burgettstown
Polly Stetler, York
Randall Exon, Wallingford
Richard Anuszkiewicz, Erie
Stephen March, York
Thomas Eakins, Philadelphia
Tina Williams Brewer, Pittsburgh
Tony Rocco, Philadelphia
Violet Oakley, Villanova
William Baziotes, Pittsburgh
William Glackens, Philadelphia
William Herman Rau, Philadelphia

Performers and activities for the Children's Program:

York County Junior and Senior Honors Choirs

The York County Junior and Senior Honors Choirs include volunteer, auditioned singers in grades 7 through 12 and represent students from all over York County. The students have learned to make beautiful music in a non-competitive environment, and they have come to value the new friendships, self-esteem, and camaraderie that are the philosophic hallmarks of York County Honor Choirs. Since the first concert for York County's 250th Anniversary Celebration in 1999, the York County Junior and Senior Honors Choirs have celebrated the county's rich diversity through the voices of its youth.

The Inaugural Quilt Project

The Inaugural Committee and State Museum will host a quilt project in the Village Square on the first floor of the State Museum of Pennsylvania from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Create your own square to celebrate our pride in Pennsylvania and hope for the future. See how your square will be joined together as we stitch together Our Pennsylvania Quilt.

Back to the Moon for Good

The educational 24-minute Google Lunar XPRIZE fulldome planetarium show, Back To The Moon For Good, chronicles teams around the world competing for the largest incentivized prize in history by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon for the first time in more than 40 years. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a team must land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, navigate 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images, and data back to Earth. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – but by the citizens of the world. The State Museum Planetarium will be airing Back to the Moon for Good every half hour from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.


Join Aladdin and his super-powered Genie as he learns an important lesson in responsibility. Can Aladdin outwit the evil Fazeem and win the heart of the beautiful princess? Remember, be careful what you wish for!

Aladdin will be performed by the Popcorn Hat Players (PHP) Children's Theatre, Central Pennsylvania's only professional children's theatre that has been entertaining audiences throughout the Susquehanna Valley since 1993. PHP performs a full season of children's mainstage plays at Gamut Classic Theatre in Harrisburg. Created by the husband-and-wife team Clark and Melissa Nicholson, this innovative and energetic troupe consists of seven full-time core company members and tours throughout the eastern United States performing original comedies and teaching creative dramatics, reaching over 30,000 people each year. Their goal is to provide live theatre to children and areas that do not normally have the opportunity to experience professional theatre and to spread a bit of laughter wherever they go.

# # #

Return to latest news »