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We're pleased to announce that we have received PPA funding to continue growing the exhibit!  

The PA Wilds Center is looking to hire 3 juried photographers from The Wilds Cooperative of PA program to capture images of other juried artists in the program creating their artwork in their unique workspaces throughout the Pennsylvania Wilds. Each photographer would be responsible for selecting 8-10 artists to photograph, taking a minimum of 10 shots of each, and then working with the PA Wilds Center Team to curate these pictures to be an extension of the current Creative Makers traveling exhibit. The PA Wilds Center would then schedule the show to run in various venues across the Wilds throughout the year. Overall the show should reflect the splendor and uniqueness of the Pennsylvania Wilds landscape and rural lifestyle, and the resourcefulness and talent of the artists who live and work here. This project is made possible through grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.

RFP & Project Timeline Details
RFP Issued: Oct. 19, 2018
Responses due: Nov. 16, 2018 (COB)
Project Kick-off: Early-December
Project Conclusion (majority of work): May 2018

Download the full RFP to read all of the details. 

Creative Makers Exhibit

Now in its second year, and showcasing more than 200 images and 48 makers, the Creative Makers of the Pennsylvania Wilds - A Traveling Public Art Show raises awareness about the region's creative community by bringing their stories to public spaces. This exhibit, which features regional artisans and producers making their crafts in their creative spaces, highlights members of the Wilds Cooperative Pennsylvania (WCO), a program that is a direct product of the last 15 years of PA Wilds work. Today, there are about 300 regional artists, craftspeople and creative entrepreneurs participating in the WCO, which is administered and promoted by the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship.

This exhibit is free and open to the general public. 

Creative Makers Background

Fifteen years ago, a groundbreaking effort began to brand a quarter of the Commonwealth as the "Pennsylvania Wilds" and invest in it to create a premier nature, heritage and cultural destination that would fuel local economies and inspire stewardship among the people who live, work, play and visit the region. Engaging the region's artists and craftspeople in the work is key to building a meaningful regional brand and infusing pride into economically-distressed communities. The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, our membership program that supports artisans and entrepreneurs through such regional branding, was born out of this belief. Today, nearly 200 local artists and craftspeople participate in this juried arts and business development program.

What this program has revealed is that the Pennsylvania Wilds has many talented artists, craftspeople and entrepreneurs, but many visitors, residents and event artists are not aware of this due to the region's rural geography (the PA Wilds covers 25% of PA, but accounts for only 4% of the population). It can be difficult to appreciate the creative spirit and skill of the region's artists and craftspeople when so many of them practice their craft in a room at their house on a back country road, out of sight.

Telling the story of the region's creative makers is essential to developing the region's identity and sense of place and to helping the public appreciate and be inspired by the creativity around them.

Exhibit Dates


12/01/18-1/27/19: Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, 134 Main St., Wellsboro.

03/01/19-03/31/19: Capitol Building East Wing Gallery, 501 N. Third St., Harrisburg.

09/03/19-10/05/19: The Station Gallery, 2 E. Bald Eagle St., Lock Haven. Reception: 09/03/19 from 6-9 p.m.


05/25/18-07/09/18:  Pennsylvania Lumber Museum5660 US Route 6 West, Ulysses.  Reception 06/30/18 from 3-5 p.m. 

04/6/18-04/27/18: Factory Works Gallery at The Pajama Factory, Williamsport, opening  reception 04/07/18 during Green-O-Ree,  closing reception 04/26/18 (as part of the PA Wilds Annual Dinner and Creative Entrepreneur's Conference)

 Elk  County Council on the Arts,  Ridgway, reception 03/09/18.

11/03/17-11/30/17: Winkler Gallery of Fine Art, DuBois,
opening reception, 11/03/17.

This exhibit will continue to travel throughout Pennsylvania, please check back often for updates to the touring schedule.

Want to host the exhibit?

Do you manage a venue that would be a good fit for hosting this exhibit? We'd love to hear from you!

Complete this form for consideration.

Venues interested in hosting the exhibit may also contact LaKeshia Knarr, PA Wilds Center Outreach Specialist, to learn more about how to be added to the touring schedule. 

Participating Wilds Cooperative Makers

1617 Project

A Touch of Nature
Alabaster Coffee
Alpaca Creations
Amanda Lewis
Brenda Nicklas
Carol Cillo
Chris DeStefano
CF Lawrenson
Ellen Paquette
Highland Chocolates
Hughes Pottery
Jack Northrop
Kim Gates Flick
Laughing Owl Press
Lynn Kibbe
Paul Staniszewski
Perry Winkler
Rich Horner
Shandra Wilson
Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry
Steve Getz
The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique

1718 Project

Airhead Grafix
Bill Crowell
Danette Wightman
Debbie Penley
Elkwood Arts
Equinox Ltd.
Icyy Ink Screen Printing
Jabebo, LLC
Joanne Oviatt
John Pearson
Julie Mader
Karen Heltzel
Kathleen Schnell
Kyle Yates
Linda Moore
Lois Crozier
Michele Bango
Mickayla Poland
Miller's Purely Maple
Peggy Houser
Pine Springs Pottery
Rich Valley Apiary
Rocky Holland
Sharon DiMichele
Sue's Salves
Tom Svec Furniture Design
Tracy Smith
Xtreme Wear

This exhibition was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Billing inquiries? Member Support? Contact our Admin  Partner:
Elk County Council on the Arts
237 Main  St.  Ridgway.  PA 15853  | 814-772-7051 | wildscopa@pawildscenter.org
The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania
is a program of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship,
a regional 
non-profit. Learn more at pawildscenter.org

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