July 27 – November 20, 2016
The ephemeral beauty of a mushroom cloud is frightening; it floats, delicate and blooming, but chaotic and utterly destructive. It is this conflicted experience—a contradiction between what our eyes enjoy and what our mind knows—that Dietrich Wegner’s work evokes in the viewer, with intersections of beauty and repulsion, comfort and fear, fantasy and objective reality. These paradoxical feelings create a multilayered understanding, turning our perception of reality upside down.
January 22 through March 13, 2016
Kids as Curators demonstrates the power and allure of objects. This year’s partners are St. Gregory School in North East, Parker Middle School in Edinboro, the Erie School District’s gifted program, and the Charter School of Excellence Skills Center. Each school amasses a collection, curates that collection, and designs and installs their exhibit.
January 29 – May 7, 2016
Inspired by French outsider artist Augustin Lesage, who claimed that supernatural voices compelled him to make art, Schank’s art explores the compulsions driving modern society. Set in a psychedelic shopping center overrun with errant sneakers, Operating System exposes contemporary consumerist appetites. In this place packed with product and patterns but entirely vacant of people, one wonders where in the world can human craving be sated.
July 15 – October 2, 2016
Hagen Family Gallery
Now in its eighth year, the InnovationErie Design Competition promotes creative product ideas that can be manufactured or created in the Erie region. Artists, inventors, and thinkers were encouraged to submit product designs in competition for the Wilbur Henry Adams Grand Prize and over $30,000 in cash and assistance awards.
April 16 through July 17, 2016
The 93rd Annual Spring Show is a regional competition celebrating new work by artists residing within 250 miles of Erie. Philadelphia-based artist Virgil Marti served as juror for this year’s Spring Show, selecting a wide range of works in a variety of media, including jewelry, fiber art, ceramic, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and digital art. Of 559 works submitted by 291 artists, Marti chose 94 works by 74 artists.
June 10, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Nancy and Warner Bacon Gallery
José Picayo creates art that is dictated by and reflective of time. Using instant film, and the time sensitive process of Polaroid Image Transfer, Picayo creates one-of-a-kind images, always surprising in their variations. The nature of the Image Transfer process is to embrace the failure of the medium, as the dyes in the shadows peel away from the paper and create a deteriorated look reminiscent of antique fresco paintings. Often he uses a textured paper, further blurring the lines between photography and printmaking.
May 14 – September 17, 2016
Ronald E. Holstein Gallery
Last year’s Spring Show NPAA award winner, Alison Stinely, opens her solo exhibit, Nocturnal Emissions, this month in the Ronald E. Holstein Gallery. Through her sculptural paintings, Stinely investigates personal guiding mythologies introduced to her as a child. Drawing from traditional symbolism and private imagery, Stinely illustrates and challenges the ways in which she has adopted these belief systems ranging from religious orthodoxies to superstition to cultural ideals of femininity.
February 19 - October 17, 2016
Little Things Gallery
The work of Henry “Hank” Katzwinkel (1926-2015) has a timeless quality informed by the artist’s vast experience as a world traveler. “As a craftsman, I am influenced by whatever surrounds me,” Katzwinkel declared.
January 30, 2016 through January 8, 2017
McCain Family Gallery
Linda Huey’s Dark Garden warns against a somber future. Dark fairies and decrepit gnomes peer out between the stems of gigantic plants, and organic forms sprout from beds of fossilized junk. The garden shows us the dire path of a society that is more concerned with consumer goods than the environment. It reflects the consequences of disposable culture and pollution.