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2016

2511, 2016

NPAA Holiday Show

December 1 – 18, 2016
Hagen Family Gallery

Find one-of-a kind gifts of artwork for friends and family at the Northwest Pennsylvania Art Association’s annual Holiday Show, featuring works for sale from its members.

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1007, 2016

I Think I Found It Upside Down; Solo exhibition by Dietrich Wegner

July 27 – November 20, 2016
Main Gallery

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.

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1007, 2016

Kids as Curators 2016

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.

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907, 2016

Plenty: Mixed Media Paintings by Dan Schank

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.

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907, 2016

InnovationErie Design Competition 2016

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.

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807, 2016

93rd Annual Spring Show

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.

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807, 2016

Jose Picayo Polaroids (1986 – 2015)

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.

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707, 2016

Nocturnal Emissions by Alison Stinely

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.

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607, 2016

Henry Katzwinkel 1926 – 2015

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.

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507, 2016

Dark Garden, an Installation by Linda Huey

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.

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