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 artists 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


Creating Joy is held in concert with Music in the Key of We, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s community event celebrating a Year of Joy in 2020-21. Originally scheduled for early April, Music in the Key of We has been postponed until November 2020.  Learn more about this event, held at the Farm Show Complex at



Creating Joy is generously sponsored by Highmark.




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

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

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


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