The Special Collections Library’s exhibit “Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts at 50: Making Lasting Memories” opened Tuesday (June 7) in the Exhibition Room, 104 Paterno Library.
The Special Collections Library’s University Archives is the home of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts’ (CPFA) official archives; the exhibit reflects back through a half-century of artifacts from the annual arts celebration.
Popularly known as the Arts Festival, the top-ranked annual event brings more than 125,000 attendees to downtown State College and Penn State’s University Park campus each July. It began in the summer of 1966 as a nonprofit, volunteer-run corporation that celebrates the arts.
The Arts Festival includes a nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, performers of international and regional stature on outdoor and indoor stages, a massive sand sculpture, Italian street painting, BookFest, gallery exhibitions, Children’s Day activities, festival races and much more.
To commemorate its semicentennial year, the University Archives is exhibiting materials from the CPFA Archives, including programs, photographs, newspaper clippings, T-shirts, buttons, brochures and reports.
Among the special features of the Special Collections Library’s exhibition are approximately a dozen historic banners dating back to the early 1970s. Banner artists include local creators such as Ronald Way, Ginny Cooper, Joan Schrock, Marty Edmunds, Joanie Eyster, Sally Bowers, Lois Rector, Teresa Shields, State College Chapter of Mothers and More, and the Park Forest Middle School Art Club.
In addition, selected artworks from participants in the Sidewalk Sale will be displayed, including a sweetgrass basket by Mary Jackson; photography by Pat Little, Gene Pembroke and Dan Westfall; graphic arts by Andy Van Schyndle, Bruce Reinfeld and Susan Loy; and other samples of the creative talents evident throughout the Arts Festival.
The exhibition is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through July 29. A gallery talk by CPFA Executive Director Rick Bryant will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium.
For additional information about the exhibition or the gallery talk, contact Jackie Esposito, University archivist, at email@example.com or 814-863-3791, or Paul Dzyak, sports archivist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-865-2123.