94th Annual Spring Show Opens April 22nd, 2017

The Erie Art Museum will open the 94th Annual Spring Show with a private preview and reception for artists and members of the Museum on Saturday, April 22nd, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The show officially opens to the public with free admission on Sunday, April 23, and an opening reception from 1 to 3 p.m.

The 94th Annual Spring Show celebrates new works in all media by artists in an extended region reaching to Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. This year’s juror is painter, photographer and video artist William Wegman, a pioneer in the developing medium of video art during the 1970s.

“He has created an impressive and consistently entertaining body of work in a variety of media,” said John Vanco, director of the Erie Art Museum, who first exhibited Wegman’s work in the form of videos of his famous Weimaraners in the 1970s. “Anyone who has posted a cat video on YouTube is following in his footsteps,” Vanco notes.

Wegman selected 113 works from a total of 576 entries to create an exhibit showcasing 95
artists.

The Spring Show has been the essential annual exhibition for hundreds of artists in the region
since it was expanded beyond the immediate Erie area 49 years ago. “It’s always been an
important way for me – as a curator – to see what’s going on in the art community,” said Vanco,
who is celebrating his final Spring Show as executive director of the Art Museum prior to his
retirement later this year.

The Annual Spring Show is a unique event that brings together the regional artist community
throughout the processes of submission, jurying, and opening events and receptions. Contrasting
the experience with the typical process of viewing digital images of artworks, Juror William
Wegman noted, “This is much more personal, and a lot more fun because you get to touch and
look at the actual works…it’s kind of entertaining.”

The artwork Wegman selected will be exhibited in the Main Gallery until July 9, 2017. For more
information about the 94th Annual Spring Show visit ErieArtMuseum.org or call (814) 459-
5477.

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying
a group of restored mid-19th-century commercial buildings tied together by a modern, ‘green,’
10,500 square foot expansion. The new facility was the first LEED Gold certified building in
Northwest Pennsylvania.

The Museum maintains an ambitious program of changing exhibitions annually, embracing a
wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary
craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well as traditional media.
The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 8,000 objects, which includes significant
works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a
variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including
interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the
community. Performing arts are showcased in the popular summer program, Mid-Day Art
Break, which presents a wide range of regional performers, and the popular annual two-day Erie
Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival, which presents outstanding national and international artists.

The Erie Art Museum and gift shop is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday
11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Winter hours for the Museum’s Wave Café are 10 a.m. –
2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For additional visitor information, visit online at
www.erieartmuseum.org or call 814-459-5477.




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