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May 5, 2024

May 5, 2024

State Museum of Pennsylvania

Nick Ruggieri's Pennsylvania - A Conversation with Rosemary Baer

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Join us Sunday afternoon, May 5, as we discuss the legacy of central Pennsylvania artist Nick Ruggieri with his daughter, Rosemary Baer.  Peter Durantine, a Harrisburg-based journalist who became familiar with Ruggieri’s art while working for the Patriot-News, will lead the discussion.  Visitors will also have an opportunity to take a closer look at the county-by-county Pennsylvania paintings Ruggieri created for American Bicentennial in 1976.

Pennsylvania in Watercolor: Revisiting Nick Ruggieri’s Bicentennial Series showcases the county-by-county series of paintings that artist Nick Ruggieri began in 1970. Commissioned by the Harrisburg Patriot-News to commemorate Pennsylvania places for the 1976 United States Bicentennial, Ruggieri’s work remains a poignant reflection on the Keystone State’s evolution as we approach the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026.

Ruggieri’s project involved visiting all 67 counties to paint a representative scene he chose for each one – often a historic site, natural feature, or signature industry. The exhibition features 52 paintings from 49 Pennsylvania counties and is on display in the Changing Exhibit Gallery on Floor 1 of The State Museum through June 16, 2024.



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