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Current Exhibits

1702, 2017

94th Annual Spring Show

April 22 – July 9, 2017
Main Gallery

The 94th Annual Spring Show is a regional competition celebrating new work by artists in all media.

1602, 2017

Photographs by Gary Cardot

February 17 – June 24, 2017
Ronald E. Holstein Gallery

Inspired by the huge pantheon of sub-cultures in America, Cardot exhibits re-constructions of his travels and studies of varied places.

1312, 2016

Tin Plated Dreams: Sculptures by William Brady, Jr.

February 11, 2017 – January 7, 2018
McCain Family Gallery

Brady listens to books and periodicals on tape while he snips, hammers, and solders in his bus studio, fabricating sculptures from tin-plated steel sheets and welding rods.

1212, 2016

Earth Stories

January 20 – June11, 2017
Bacon Gallery

Earth Stories, a traveling textile exhibit juried by quilt historian Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi and curated by Leni Levenson Wiener of Studio Art Quilt Associates, which showcases works from 24 contemporary international fiber artists, each inspired by issues of environmental concern.

2809, 2016

Erie Decoys: Folk Art Sculpture

Opening October 29, 2016
Little Things Gallery

Antique duck decoys, rescued from the waterways that were their original home, are now widely recognized as folk art sculptures.

302, 2015

George D. Green/Abstract Illusionism

Frenzel Gallery

George D. Green’s paintings are visual paradoxes, illusions created through shadow and geometry to create impossible imagery. “No matter how closely you look, this illusion never breaks down,” states Green.

102, 2015

Prints from the Collection

Nicholas Gallery

Currently on display from the permanent collection are a variety of American and British prints including: British caricatures and popular prints from the late 18th and early 19th century, Engravings by William Hogarth, Ben Shahn’s Rilke Portfolio and the maritime history of Erie.

201, 2015

Joseph Plavcan 1908 – 1981

Nicholas Gallery

Born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, Joseph Plavcan moved to Erie as a child. At Academy High School he learned from painter George Ericson, a successful illustrator whose works appeared under the name Eugene Iverd. Ericson encouraged him to become a professional artist and to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where in 1928 he was awarded a Cresson Scholarship to study abroad in Europe, an experience that was an important influence on his work throughout his life.

101, 2015

American Ceramics

Nicholas Gallery

The Museum's holdings include a wide range of ceramics, featuring a variety of styles and decorative techniques.

1205, 2012

South Asian Collection

Ground Floor Gallery

The traditional art of South Asia encompasses a multitude of religions and cultures, ranging from the asceticism of Indian Buddhism and Jainism to the lush sensuality of southern Hinduism and the peculiar and often terrifying imagery of the Lama Buddhism of the Himalayas. Buddhism carried the forms of Indian art throughout the continent, to Southeast Asia, China, and Japan.