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Current Exhibits

1902, 2017

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

July 28 – November 12, 2017
Main Gallery

This collection of artwork finds a common thread through the use of the glass medium and the artists’ ties to the Pittsburgh region.

1802, 2017

Ancient Ink: Mark Perrott

June 23, 2017 – January 28, 2018
Bacon Gallery

Photographer Mark Perrott has spent the past several decades documenting the ever-expanding tribe of tattooed and graying Americans.

1512, 2016

Pairing Similarities: D.W. Martin

June 30 – October 21, 2017
Holstein Gallery

In Pairing Similarities, sculptor D.W. Martin presents a series of works in cast bronze and aluminum that couple parts of the human anatomy with inanimate objects, especially chairs.

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 school bus studio, fabricating sculptures from tin-plated steel sheets and welding rods.

2809, 2016

Erie Decoys: Folk Art Sculpture

Opening October 29, 2016
Little Things Gallery

Antique duck decoys, rescued from the waterways, where bird hunters placed them as lures, 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

Printmakers use sharp tools to cut, etch, and gouge. They apply masks to resist and acids to bite. Is it any wonder the medium lends itself so well to social critique? Currently on display from the permanent collection are European satirical and protest prints by Francisco Goya, Honoré Daumier, Käthe Kollwitz, and Felix Vallotton.

201, 2015

Joseph Plavcan 1908 – 1981

Nicholas Gallery

Born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, Joseph Plavcan moved to Erie as a child. In 1928 he was awarded a Cresson Scholarship to study abroad in Europe, an experience that influenced his work throughout his life. Plavcan taught at Erie Technical High School from 1932 to 1970, and is considered a mentor and influence by many of the region’s artists. Plavcan painted constantly. Former students is how he was always at work on a painting in the classroom.

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.