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Category: Current Exhibits / Date: 20 Jul-2014


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"Lady Commonwealth" by Daniel Finch and the Finch Studio, 2015

“Lady Commonwealth” by Daniel Finch and the Finch Studio, 2015

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Artist Daniel Finch and local homeschoolers working on the mural, April 2015.

Artist Daniel Finch and local homeschoolers working on the mural, April 2015.

About the artist

Daniel M. Finch was born in Orlando Florida in 1971.  His work has been featured numerous times in the national publication New American Paintings, and he has exhibited extensively across the country, most recently in Alfred New York and in the Hong Kong publication, Pipeline.  Daniel received his Master of Fine Arts degree in the field of painting and drawing from the University of Georgia in Athens.  He is currently an Associate Professor of painting and drawing at Messiah College, and resides in Mechanicsburg, PA, with his wife Carrie, and their two children, Mira and Dominic.




The process:

The Susquehanna Art Museum’s Public Art Mural Project is dedicated to fostering community collaborations and partnerships. The museum has opened a brand new building at 3rd and Calder streets as of January of 2015 that serves as a cultural hub and catalyst for further development in the Midtown district of Harrisburg. We have begun the mural project as a way of demonstrating our commitment to urban renewal and growth in our neighborhood. By establishing a visual public presence we hope that the community will join us in investing in the city’s future.

We collected feedback from the community through September and presented the community’s feedback, including all of the supporting comments, to a Selection Committee to analyze the responses. Selection Committee members included Cathy Harris, Director of Community Murals with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program; Stephen Fieser, mural artist, illustrator, educator; Nancy Mendes, artist, community arts organizer, SAM board member.

The mural Selection Committee met on October 15, 2014 to interpret the submitted proposals as well as the feedback from more than 1,000 community members. We were pleased to offer the project to artist and Messiah College professor Daniel Finch. Mr. Finch’s mural design incorporates a combination of symbols “meant to serve as an image of beauty, hope, and optimism regarding Harrisburg’s future.”


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First full mural layout, May 18, 2015 at Messiah College.

First full mural layout, May 18, 2015 at Messiah College.

Mural Sponsors

Messiah College HHRVB



Metro Bank

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  • Irene Baird
  • Richard & Marianne Friedman
  • Andrew & Kirsten P. Giorgione
  • Marilynn Kanenson
  • Frank Nye
  • Tom Philips
  • Jack & Carol Scott
  • Alyce & Mort Spector
  • Bill & Marion Alexander
  • Susan L. Anthony
  • Nicole & Brandon Conway
  • Exhibit Studios, Inc.
  • Rosalyn Gay Gabriel
  • Randy Grespin
  • Scott & Cathie Huber
  • Ken & Karen Lehman
  • Christina Mihalik
  • Kristin Scofield
  • Debbie Smith



The Susquehanna Art Museum held a Mural Arts Panel Discussion at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore on Sunday, September 14th during Gallery Walk to discuss the benefits of public art to our community, with special opening remarks from Mayor Papenfuse. Panel participants included Jeff Copus, mural artist; Elody Gyekis, mural artist; Wendell Murray, Founder/CEO of Barak Inc; and Lauren Nye, Exhibitions Manager at Susquehanna Art Museum. Listen to a podcast of this panel discussion HERE!

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  • First full mural layout, May 18, 2015 at Messiah College.
  • Finished mural, August 15, 2015
  • The installation of the SAM mural "Lady Commonwealth" by artist Daniel Finch and the Finch Studio took place over the span of four days in August, 2015. Local photographer William Jordan was on hand to create this beautiful time-lapse sequence of this process.
  • "Lady Commonwealth" by Daniel Finch and the Finch Studio, 2015
  • Artist Daniel Finch, mural installation, August 2015