Thursday, April 3, 2014

Art contest for PA individuals with disabilities



News for Immediate Release


April 1, 2014


First Lady Susan Corbett Announces New Statewide Art Contest for Individuals with Disabilities in Partnership with The Arc of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts


Harrisburg – First Lady Susan Corbett today announced a new art contest − a partnership between The Arc of Pennsylvania, the commonwealth and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts − that will showcase artwork from Pennsylvanians with disabilities.


“Art is a language that transcends ability,” Mrs. Corbett said.  “Pennsylvanians with disabilities have a lot to overcome, but it is their abilities and talents that we often overlook. That’s why I am proud to announce a new partnership between The Arc of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the commonwealth to launch a statewide art contest entitled ‘Art: The Universal Language’.”


The contest is open to any Pennsylvanian of any age with a disability.


Categories for submissions will include: Pen/Pencil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Oil, Sculpture, Jewelry, Photography, Textile, and Mixed Media/Other.


A first, second and third prize will be awarded in the following age divisions: 12 and under; 13 to 17; and 18 and older. The governor and first lady will participate in judging the best of show category.


“We are thrilled to be working with the governor and the first lady to showcase the artistic talents of our members,” said The Arc of Pennsylvania’s board president, Jeanne Downey. “Governor Corbett has shown that he recognizes the contributions people with disabilities make in Pennsylvania, and we are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate this through this art contest.”


Entries will be accepted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 through Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.

Winners will be announced in October 2014, and several of the winning pieces will go on display in Harrisburg for public viewing.


“Art is truly a universal language. Some people with significant disabilities do not use words to communicate, but their passions and feelings are expressed in beautiful works of art,” said Maureen Cronin, executive director of The Arc of Pennsylvania. “I am thankful that Governor Corbett and Mrs. Corbett value the perspective and talents of these artists, and I look forward to recognizing these individuals in October.”  


For official contest guidelines and the required entry form, visit The Arc of Pennsylvania’s website at or email questions


Media contact: Ashley Mostek, First Lady’s Office, 717-787-1965