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Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts

Evans was invited by PA Governor elect Tom Wolf, PA First Lady Frances Wolf, and the Wolf Inaugural Committee to help organize and facilitate a very special exhibit at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg showcasing a diverse cross section of PA artists throughout history. Evans worked with a curatorial team (including staff from the PA Council on the Arts and the State Museum) that reached out to nearly 50 museums and arts organizations from across the state and pulled together an exhibit of more than 50 works in a period of just two months.

The resulting exhibit, which opened on January 20, 2015 as part of the Wolf Inaugural Festivities, was unprecedented and breathtaking in its scope and diversity. It included works by such iconic PA artists as Andrew Wyeth, N.C. Wyeth, Thomas Eakins, Andy Warhol, Charles Sheeler, Charles Demuth, John Sloan, Horace Pippin, Gibert Stuart, Benjamin West, Daniel Garber, William Glackens and Cecilia Beaux among others as well as a wonderfully diverse cross section of living artists from all walks of life and levels of accomplishment from across the state. Lenders to the exhibit included the Brandywine River Museum, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA Academey of Fine Arts, Carnegie Museum and many other museums and arts organizations, large and small from across the state. 

Thomas Eakins, Home Ranch, 1892, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches, collection of Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA. Gift of Mrs. Thomas Eakins and Miss Mary Adeline Williams, 1929





Pennsylvania Arts Experience

The PA Arts Experience is a non profit arts organization founded and co-managed by Rob Evans along with a talented team of directors. Funded in part by a grant from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, it's primary feature is an artist trail, website and orientation center/gallery promoting member artists, galleries and museums. It's goal is to forge connections between art-minded tourists and the many accomplished artists and artisans located along designated rural roadways throughout the scenic river valleys of Southeastern Pennsylvania by providing exclusive access to their studios as well as to the many museums, galleries and other cultural and heritage destinations in the region. In 2009 Evans curated an exhibition at York College Art Gallery featuring works by PAE member artists as well as a stunning group of phptographic portraits, taken by master photographer Bill Simone, of member artists in their studios.  In the fall of 2015, at the request of PA First Lady Frances Wolf, Evans curated an exhibit at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg, PA featuring over 70 works by artist members of the PA Arts Experience.


Bill Simone, Portrait of Robert Patierno in his Studio, 2009, photograph





Visions of the Susquehanna

In 2005 Evans organized and guest curated a traveling exhibition titled Visions of the Susquehanna, featuring more than 2 centuries of images of this important river. The exhibit presented work by prominent American painters including members of the Hudson River School and such contemporary painters as Mark Innerst and George Sorrels. Funded by a generous grant from the Richard C. von Hess Foundation.  


Jasper Francis Cropsey, Starrucca Viaduct, 1865, oil on canvas, 22.4 x 36.4 inches, collection of Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH. Purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest in Memory of her Father, Maurice A. Scott



Transforming the Commonplace: Masters of Contemporary Realism

In 2003 Evans organized and guest curated the exhibit, Transforming the Commonplace: Masters of Contemporary Realism at the Susquehanna Art Museum which featured major work by such internationally acclaimed painters as Antonio Lopez Garcia, Odd Nerdrum, Jamie Wyeth, William Beckman, Bo Bartlett, Vincent Desiderio, Gregory Gillespie, Steven Assael, Tom Uttech, Neil Welliver and Brett Bigbee among many others.


Antonio Lopez Garcia, Pansies, 1966, oil on board, 22 x 31 inches, Phillip A. Bruno Collection, NY