With a population of more than 12.5 million, Pennsylvania is one of the top ten largest state’s in the U.S. More than 1.5 million Pennsylvania residents live in Philadelphia—the state’s largest city, and the remainder resides in other principal cities such as Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, and Reading, as well as in dozens of small cities, towns, and suburbs. While most major Pennsylvania cities have an active art and culture scene, the most active scenes are in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Philadelphia is home to major art museums such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Woodmere Art Museum, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Pittsburgh is home to Frick Art & Historical Center and the Carnegie collection of museums including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Both cities are also home to hundreds of art galleries of all sizes, design studios, performance venues, and art centers.
Besides art venues, Pennsylvania’s principal cities (and smaller cities) have quite the collection of art & design schools. Pennsylvania college of Art and Morgan State University are just a few of the best. Arcadia University and The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) are just a few top options.
Pennsylvania Art Schools
According to the most recent figures released by the National Center for Education Sciences, Institute of Education Sciences (NCES IES), Pennsylvania is home to a staggering 262 accredited colleges and universities. Combined, these schools have student body of well over 600,000. More than 3,700 students are enrolled in the state’s top art schools alone. Scroll through the list below to take a look at Pennsylvania’s top schools for aspiring artists and what they have to offer.
Clarion University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design
East Stroudsburg University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art and Design, B. S. Media Communication and Technology
Arcadia University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design
Millersville University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Graphic Design Focus, B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Computer Art, Graphic Design
The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A Art with Concentration in New Media, B. A. Interactive Arts, B. Des. Graphic Design, Interdisciplinary Digital Studio
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Employment and Salary Trends for Pennsylvania Artists
According to the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 29, 2012), Pennsylvania is home to 63,230 salaried artists and designers. This figure has increased significantly since 2002, when the population of salaried artists and designers was 50,340. Salaries are on the rise as well. The average salary for Pennsylvania artists and designers was $38,500 in 2002. Today, they average $47,200. Salaries (and employment growth) vary by field. For example:
Fine Artists: Pennsylvania was home to 340 salaried fine artists in 2002. The population of fine artists has decreased since then. Today, the state is home to 240 fine artists. Fortunately, salaries increased from $50,500 in 2002 to $51,890 today.
Art Directors: In 2002, Pennsylvania was home to 840 art directors. The state only lost around 10 salaried art directors between 2002 and today. Salaries, on the other hand, have skyrocketed. In 2002, the average art director earned $56,800. Today, the average salary is $82,910, placing this group at the top of the pay scale for artists and designers and at nearly double the national average wage index of $41,673.83 per year.
The U.S. is home to 1.7 million artists and designers, up from just over 1.5 million in 2002. Salaries are on the rise as well. In 2002, the mean annual wage for artists and designers nationwide was $41,660. Today, the average is $53,850.