Creating Joy, May 2020

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Creating Joy: Art Inspired by Music

On view in the Lobby Gallery and DeSoto Family Vault Friday, May 1 – Sunday, August 2, 2020


From Friday May 1 to Sunday August 2, 2020 Susquehanna Art Museum will present Creating Joy, a juried exhibition in the Lobby Gallery and DeSoto Family Vault.

Sonic experience has long been a powerful influence on artistic expression. Practicing the visualization of music helped Modernist artists break free of traditional subject matter and begin to think abstractly. Artists such as Jackson Pollock and Robert Rauschenberg were directly inspired by the music they listened to in their studios, while musicians such as the Rolling Stones and Patti Smith collaborated with iconic artists to create art for their albums.

In a divisive contemporary world, music is one of the best ways to cultivate joy in our daily lives. Susquehanna Art Museum is interested in how you, as an artist, find joy at the intersection of music and art. Works selected for this exhibition will provide unique perspectives on the joyful relationship between music and art both visually and conceptually.  



  • – Melissa Feldman, Independent Curator and Writer



  • – Juror’s Choice – $400 prize
  • – Viewer’s Choice – $250 prize



  • – Monday, March 30: Deadline for submissions. No late submissions will be reviewed.
  • – April 20 – 23: Selected work must be delivered to Susquehanna Art Museum during pre-arranged appointment times.



  • – FREE for current Susquehanna Art Museum members-up to 3 pieces
  • – Fee for non-members – $15 per artwork, up to 3 pieces.
  • – Visit: to become a member today!
  • – The preferred method of payment is via Paypal, below:

    Number of Submissions

  • – Non-refundable checks made out to Susquehanna Art Museum will also be accepted. Mail to Susquehanna Art Museum, c/o Lauren Nye, 1401 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102, with “Submission Fee” in the memo.



    • – Submissions are open to all artists. Work must be original, and entries in all media will be considered.
    • – Artists are responsible for all shipping/transport costs for artwork, should it be accepted.
    • – Submissions must be in digital format, sent to with the subject line Conducting Joy
    • – Image file naming must be as follows: LastName,FirstName_TitleOfPiece.jpg (or other standard image file format). All images must be print quality, at least 300 DPI, no larger than 2MB.
    • – Supporting information that must be included in the body of the submission email or an attached editable document:
    • – Artist information (artist name, address, phone, email address), full list of submitted works (title, medium, date completed, dimensions, insurance value), and artist statement
    • – Artists may include information about, or a link to, a song that inspired each submission. Some songs may be used in conjunction with the exhibition.
    • – All work must be prepared to exhibit, ready to hang (2D work) or install (3D work). No exceptions.
    • – By entering the jurying process, the artist agrees to have their work available for the duration of the exhibition and to deliver the original artwork during the agreed-upon dates. The artist grants the organizers permission to photograph works for publicity, educational, and reference purposes.

Questions about the submission process? Contact Exhibitions Director Lauren Nye at


Creating Joy is held in concert with Music in the Key of We, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s community event kicking off a Year of Joy in 2020-21. This concert will celebrate three significant Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra anniversaries: Stuart Malina’s 20th season as music director, the Symphony Society’s 30th season, and the Symphony Orchestra’s 90th season. Learn more about this event, held at the Farm Show Complex on April 4, at



Creating Joy is generously sponsored by Highmark.




– Friday May 15, 5:00 – 8:oo p.m. Third in the Burg – Free admission!

– Friday June 19, 5:00 – 8:oo p.m. Third in the Burg – Free admission!

– Friday July 17, 5:00 – 8:oo p.m. Third in the Burg – Free admission!


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