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.
Art of the State Purchase Award Collection
presented by The State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Governor's Residence
Art of the State is an annual juried exhibition that has been showcasing the creations of Pennsylvania's artists since the late 1960s. As part of each year's show, the State Museum selects one or more works of art to be purchased for its permanent collections. Since the works featured in Art of the State have already been vetted through several layers of the jurying process, Purchase Awards represent an elite group of Pennsylvania artists.
It seems only fitting that selections from honored Pennsylvania artists should be on display at the Governor's Residence to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.
First Lady Frances Wolf and the State Museum of Pennsylvania are pleased to offer visitors this unique retrospective on the Art of the State and the rich artistic heritage which it reveals.
Visitors to the Residence are able to enjoy this diverse presentation until March 2019.
"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.