Spotlight on Creative Innovation at the Erie Art Museum

The Erie Art Museum will host a special “Second Sundays” this weekend, September 8, 2013 from 1-5 p.m., exploring the fifth annual InnovationErie: Design Competition exhibit. The exhibit features the semifinalists who submitted original media concepts and product design ideas that can be manufactured or created in the Erie region.

This year’s semifinalists whose products and media ideas are on display include Yvonne Atkinson (Home Town Ties), Corrinne Ford (Mad Tea Party Game), M.C. Gensheimer (Magic 8*8*8),Tracy Johnson (Candy Beach Glass), Nicholas C. Marinelli (Tie Down Caddy), Deepak Pahuja (Aero Ear Curette), James M. Roose (Hide and Slide Flintlock Cover), Karen Rzepecki (reCAP Mason Jar Adapt-a-Cap) , Todd Scalise (Mosaix),Raymond Stempka (Multiple Position Deer Drag), Mark J. Tevis, (, and Philip Ventrello (Munio).

The top finalist, determined this fall by a panel of independent judges, will win over $15,000 in cash and professional services to help take their idea to the marketplace. The four finalists include: Nicholas C. Marinelli, Deepak Pahuja, Todd Scalise, and Philip Ventrello.

Visitors are also welcome to attend a public reception for the exhibit, and are encouraged to vote for the “Best in Show” using public ballots. Refreshments will be served. All activities are free and open to the public.

Families are invited to tour the InnovationErie: Design Competition exhibit and design their own inventions to solve modern day dilemmas. Visitors will make their own blue prints and models from recycled materials and art supplies. The Museum welcomes visitors of all ages. Groups of 10 or more are asked to please call ahead, 814-459-5477.

The Museum is free to the public every Second Sunday from 1-5 p.m., and every Wednesday, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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 7,000 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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