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ART COLLECTION

The Governor’s Residence is home to an exquisite collection of historic art dating from the late 18th century. Visitors touring the State and Public Rooms will view paintings by great artists such as Thomas Sully, Rembrandt Peale, Charles Peale Polk, and Gilbert Stuart, to mention just a few. Many of these remarkable pieces are on loan from world-class institutions, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the American Kennel Club, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.
 
 

CURRENT EXHIBITS

 

"Where Hope Finds Home" 

by Kristin V. Rehder and Amer Alfayadh

This project documents the stories of refugees from all over the world who have resettled in Lancaster County. In 2015-16, Rehder and Alfayadh engaged over 60 Lancaster area refugees representing 19 countries to be photographed and to tell their stories.The participants are legal immigrants who have passed rigorous entrance requirements to come to the United States.They were forced from their homelands and encampments because of a well-documented fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

The digital portraits were taken in their home environments with the subjects looking directly into the camera.The effect is that the viewer feels as if they are looking at each refugee in person.  To further enhance the experience, all were asked to share what they wanted the observer to know about them and their stories are displayed alongside their photograph. 

  

Visitors to the Residence are able to enjoy this captivating presentation until July 2018. 


"Pennsylvania's Governors' Residences from the 17th to the 21st Century"
This photographic exhibit features official and unofficial homes of Pennsylvania's governors throughout the Commonwealth's history.  The narrative begins in Harrisburg's first decade as the state capitol, through the current era and concludes with domiciles of Pennsylvania governors that have become landmarks in their own right.
 
This project was developed by David Morrison and Jeb Stuart of the Historic Harrisburg Association at the suggestion of First Lady Frances Wolf and is based on a lecture of the same name given by Morrison for the association.  This fascinating anthology is in the Residence's South Hall and will remain in Residence indefinitely.