Creating Joy, May 2020

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Creating Joy: Art Inspired by Music

On view in the Lehr Gallery June 9 – September 20, 2020

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 Jackson Pollock and Robert Rauschenberg were directly inspired by the music they listened to in their studios, while the Rolling Stones and Patti Smith collaborated with iconic visual artists to create new works of 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 were selected for this exhibition by juror Melissa Feldman. They provide unique perspectives on the joyful relationship between music and art both visually and conceptually.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their listening devices to enjoy a special playlist that accompanies the exhibition!



Intern Spotlight:

Blending Inspiration
Art on Broadway
Music and Mondrian, by Melissa Boyer, Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Exhibitions Intern

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 and ABC27.




– Wednesday July 22, 6:00 p.m. Concert Series – Connor Rohrer Event here.

– Wednesday July 29, 6:00 p.m. Concert Series – Ralph Vartan and Friends Event here.

– Wednesday August 26, 6:00 p.m. Concert Series – Ralph Diekemper on the piano and Sterling Green, Jr. on Percussion Event here

– Wednesday September 9, 6:00 p.m. Concert Series – Steve Rudolph and Friends Event here

– Sunday September 13, 12 – 5 p.m. Harrisburg Annual Gallery Walk – Free admission! Event here.




Inside Art, by Joseph and Barrie Ann George, The Dillsburg Banner, August 6, 2020

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