Gary Spinosa: Divine Instinct

McCain Family Gallery
January 20, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Gary Spinosa’s sculptures, drawings, and shrines invite contemplation of the universal human search to understand and connect to the power and beauty of the divine.

The vaulted, intimate space of the McCain Gallery tends to inspire explorations of mystery, spirituality, and multi-sensory experience. Spinosa’s sculptures and installations will transform the gallery into a space for meditation and wonder, and a place to contemplate the divine.

Spinosa absorbs inspiration from the broad history of sacred art: fertility figures, icons, altars, paintings, sculptures, and roadside shrines. Spinosa believes there is an “innate communicating power contained and emitted through the object itself [that] …reflects man’s sacred capacity to merge spirit into matter and make seemingly intangible tangible.”

Spinosa’s sculptures hearken back to the figures and fetishes of pre-historic peoples, yet they are of our moment. The smooth porcelain fits the hand like a polished stone. Neither, and yet both, human and animal, with eyes like medieval saints, dolphins, and cowrie shells, they quietly unfurl, emerge, and transform. Spinosa constructs shrines that evoke elaborate Catholic reliquaries to surround the porcelain “stones” as well as his collections of meaningful objects. His works invite contemplation of the universal human search to understand and connect to the power and beauty of the divine.

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 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 several education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a 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.

The Erie Art Museum and gift shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The Frame Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional visitor information, visit online at or call 814-459-5477.

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