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Arts Fest Named Number One Show in America

by on September 15, 2015 12:15 PM

The Arts Fest has done it again: It’s been have been ranked first on the top 100 Best Fine Art and Design Shows in America.

This is the second time the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts’ sidewalk sale has been named first on the Sunshine Artist magazine’s annual list. The festival has not been ranked lower than fifth place since 2009.

The 23rd annual poll is based on sales totals reported by the exhibitors of the 2014 festival.

“It’s always a pleasant surprise and quite an honor because it means we have an event that brings people from all over the country who appreciate and want to buy art,” said Festival Director Rick Bryant. “We compete with shows from all over the country, including ones in resorts and big cities, so for a small town like State College to win is something special.”

The festival brings in about 125,000 people every year, and next year it will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Next summer’s festival will be held from July 13-17 at Penn State’s downtown. Children and Youth Day will be Wednesday, July 13, and the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will be held from Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17.

“It’s such a joyous atmosphere when you’re at the festival,” said Bryant. “State College and Penn State are great to be at to begin with, and now you add free outdoor music, art and people celebrating from all over the country. It’s like a football game, but you know you’re going to win every single time.”

Known around the country as “the Penn State Show,” The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts was founded in 1967 by the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State. Over the years, the festival has grown to include exhibits such as a banner exhibition, Children and Youth Day and several indoor and outdoor performances.

“Over the years, the caliber of artists and performances has increased greatly, and so has the audience,” said Bryant. “We work hard to create a special visitor experience and I think our hard work has paid off.”


Jaime is a fall news intern for and a junior at Penn State.
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