The Big Picture is a consortium of organizations (Erie Art Museum, Erie Arts & Culture, the YMCA and Tungsten Creative) motivated by the potential for public art to transform people and spaces in Erie County and enhance the quality of everyday life. The Big Picture aims to provide artists and community organizations with the resources and inspiration to create, support and sustain large-scale murals throughout the community.READ MORE
First there were fish. Then there were frogs. And now… bike racks! The Erie Art Museum’s current community art project involves the installation of artist-designed bike racks throughout the city and surrounding areas. Community members and local artists submitted designs for the initial stages of the project, ranging from abstract forms to pieces commemorating Erie history. The project reached its original goal of installing 40 bike racks in Downtown Erie and is now expanding, to bring this versatile art form to sites throughout Erie County.READ MORE
Environmental Artist Angelo Ciotti
The Feather is a work of sculpture at Presque Isle State Parka commissioned by the Erie Art Museum and designed by environmental artist Angelo Ciotti. On June 27, 2010, a tornado swept across the neck of the peninsula and destroyed the original structure, along with the trees around and among which it was designed and built. Thanks to the generosity of numerous donors, led by the Sweny Family and Mary and Howard Lincoln, The Feather was rebuilt on its original footings beginning March 22, 2012 and was rededicated on May 17, 2012.
Environmental Artist Angelo Ciotti
The outdoor classroom at the Multicultural Community Resource Center (MCRC—originally the Hispanic American Council), 554 E. 10th Street, in Erie, Pa. is the second major project commissioned by the Erie Art Museum from environmental artist Angelo Ciotti. Like his previous project – the accessible wetlands observation platform known as The Feather at Presque Isle State Park – the outdoor classroom was created through a uniquely inclusive process. In this work, Ciotti again pulled the content from the people who comprise its audience. Through public meetings and work sessions, he employed his unique ability to engage locals in helping him design the artwork, and these same people assisted in the labor for its construction, and provided most of the materials from which it was built.
Twelve outdoor sculptures by internationally known artist David Hayes punctuated State Street and Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park in a year-long exhibition of his colorful, playful abstract works. All twelve sculptures were simultaneously unveiled around the city on October 21. This outdoor exhibition was the most recent public art endeavor by Erie Art Museum to bring art out of the museum and into the city streets in ways that engage, excite and surprise.
Following the excitement of “GoFish!” the community was eager for more. The Fish Commish regrouped and began planning a second wave of fiberglass sculptures. The next step was done in secrecy, as the committee worked once again with David Seitzinger to develop two versions of another animal. Speculation about what was next was finally ended with an unveiling on the steps of the Erie Art Museum in August 2003. An oversized egg appeared at the museum during the night and questions were being asked. “A gecko? A seagull? Another fish?” Hundreds of visitors gathered around waiting to see what the next project would. Seitzinger dramatically cracked the egg to reveal the sitting LeapFrog sculpture. A second, standing, LeapFrog was soon added to the project, and artists undertook their transformations with the same enthusiasm they had shown for the GoFish. Over 100 LeapFrogs were installed in downtown Erie in 2004.
The public art project, “Go Fish!” began when Susan Black-Keim, Gannon University’s vice president for university advancement, proposed the idea to fill downtown Erie with fish sculptures, modeled after Chicago’s,Cows on Parade. In the fall of 2000, Gannon entered into a partnership with the Erie Art Museum to conduct a public art project, and a volunteer committee known as The Fish Commish, headed by Jody Farrell and Mary Alice Doolin, was formed to design the project and see it to completion.