North Star Sculpture by Joe Beddall Announcement Ceremony March 21, 2024 @ 1:00 p.m.

– by Ellie Aungst

The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County is pleased to announce the installation of the “North Star” sculpture by artist Joe Beddall. The sculpture is installed in the museum’s adjacent courtyard located at 133 N Allegheny St, in Bellefonte, PA. The project was supported by 3 DOTS in downtown State College with the Awesome Grant, a monthly $1000 award promoting local arts. Their mission also aims to inspire a more vibrant community by elevating the humanities, cultivating innovative experiences, and offering an inclusive public space for civic engagement.

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A native Pennsylvanian, Joe Beddall was born in Reading, PA and raised in Wilkes Barre, PA. After 14 years in Washington, DC, he has made his home in State College, PA. He is a graduate of Kutztown State University, where he studied under James Carroll, director of New Arts Program (NAP).

"I hope the work encourages people to continue to reach for the dream, always"

- Joe Beddall

Beddall’s North Star is inspired by a quilt pattern used to guide the enslaved through The Underground Railroad. The pattern represents Polaris -- more commonly known as the North Star -- and served as a beacon to freedom seekers. The Underground Railroad occupies an important place in American History and in the local history of Bellefonte. “I hope the work encourages people to continue to reach for the dream, always,” says Beddall.

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This public art project and public art in general adds meaning to our town and uniqueness to our community. Not only does it establish and beautify a public space, but it also expresses and supports a sense of neighborhood history, culture and identity and helps drive economic vitality. Public art plays an invaluable role in the process of community building. With the installation of this sculpture, we are making art accessible to all, which fulfills one of the museum’s major missions.

Please join us Thursday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate the North Star Sculpture installation at the Bellefonte Art Museum. Light refreshment will be served inside the museum immediately following the announcement ceremony.

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