Erie Art Museum Now Accepting Works For 90th Annual Spring Show

Works are currently being accepted for the Erie Art Museum’s 90th Annual Spring Show, a regional juried exhibit, running April 20 through July 7, 2013 in the Erie Art Museum’s Main Gallery.

All artists residing within 250 miles of Erie are invited to enter works not previously exhibited in the Erie area. A total of $10,000 in awards is offered, including $2,000 in juror’s cash awards, the $500 Northwestern Pennsylvania Arts Association Award and at least $7,500 in guaranteed purchases. The cash awards will be divided among the juror’s selections of the best work in the show. Purchase selections will be made by the firms and individuals offering purchase awards. Each year, roughly 600 entries are submitted from over 300 artists; the juror will select between 70 and 90 works to compile the show.

How to enter: Each entrant may submit up to 3 works. Entry fee is $5 per entry for Erie Art Museum members and $15 per entry for all others. Members must present membership card to receive discount. Works in all media may be entered, including painting, photography, graphics, sculpture, etc. Works should not exceed 72 inches in any dimension or weigh more than 100 pounds. Artists proposing to submit works requiring specialized installation should confer with Museum staff well before entry deadline. For more information, a prospectus may be downloaded under the “Artists” tab at

Drop off schedule: Works will be accepted at the Erie Art Museum Custom House entrance, located at 411 State Street on Friday, March 15, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, March 22, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m.- 5p.m. and Sunday, March 25, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Out-of-town works may be submitted by prepaid shipment. Entry form and appropriate fees, including handling and return shipping fee, should be enclosed with works. Deadline for entries is Sunday, March 25 at 5 pm (Shipped works must be received by Saturday, March 23). Works arriving after that time will not be considered. Ship works to Erie Art Museum Frame Shop, 423 State Street, Erie PA 16501.

A private preview and reception for the artists and members of the Erie Art Museum will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 pm. Prizes will be awarded at this time. A public opening will be held Sunday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m.

The Erie Art Museum’s 90th Annual Spring Show is sponsored in part by Edinboro University.

About the Juror

Alexis Rockman will serve as Juror of Selection and Awards. Rockman’s paintings depict the natural world with virtuosity and wit. His works explores environmental issues, from evolutionary biology and genetic engineering to deforestation and climate change.

He has exhibited widely, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

The Erie Art Museum is pleased to partner once again with the Art Department of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania to bring Alexis Rockman to Erie. He will present a public lecture Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 pm in Doucette Hall Room 119 at EUP.

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 and a modern, ‘Green,’ 10,500 square foot expansion. The newly expanded Museum marks the first LEED-certified building in the region, soon to be complete with a planted rooftop.

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 6,000 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 25-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

The Erie Art Museum, café, and gift shop is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For additional visitor information, visit online at or call 814-459-5477.




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