Contribute to the Collection
Make a contribution that can be enjoyed by schoolchildren and scholars alike for generations to come. By donating a work of art or funds for purchase of art, you can help us to expand our impressive collection of nearly 8,000 objects. Once approved by the EAM curator, your work of art can be donated during your lifetime or through a bequest, and you can enjoy tax deductions to the extent permitted by law.    

(Left) Mary Beth McKenzie. Marcsi with Arms Crossed, 2002.
Oil on canvas.
Gift of the Artist.

The collections of the Erie Art Museum include:
American paintings, drawings and sculpture
European paintings, drawings and sculpture
Prints – American, European and Japanese
Photographs – American, historic and contemporary
Photographs – Japanese, 19th Century
American Arts & Crafts Movement, Roycroft Shops objects
American Ceramics – historic and contemporary
20th Century Art Baskets
Greater India – Sculpture, bronze and stone
China – porcelains, jades, embroidery, furniture, etc.
Japan – porcelains, netsuke, bronzes, embroidery, etc.
Tibet – thangkas
Other – various cultures, including Etruscan, Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian

To make a Gift of Art, contact Vance Lupher, Registrar, at or call him at 814.459.5477.  Please include your name and contact information, and as much of the following information as possible with your inquiry:

  • Title of the artwork
  • Artist’s name
  • Origin (history of ownership)
  • Description of the size and conditions
  • Photographs of the artwork

The Museum offers art examination and identification services on the Third Thursday of each month with Museum Director, John Vanco. Call 814.459.5477 to sign up for an appointment. This service is free for members and is $10 for first piece and $5 for each additional piece for non-members.  The Museum does not offer appraisal services.

Gifts of Art from 2015
Barry Andersen
Jeffrey & Brenda Balduf
Katherine Beaver
Miriam Bowman
Darryl Curran
Paul B. DeNiro
Neil Donovan
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Spring Show Poster)
Robert Fichter
Great Lakes Insurance Company (Peter Zaphiris)
Jacqueline Hanson
Jo Farb Hernåndez
Suda House
Sally Holmgren
George C. Kenney
Lynn Kirk
Victor Landweber
Macy’s Department Store – Millcreek
John & Linda Matz
Kenda North
Jane O’Neal
Brian Pardini & Patty Baldwin
Mark Perrot
Sheila Pinkel
Andrew & Judy Roth
Michele Shapiro
Cheryl Snyder
Amanda Steadman
Cosette Steehler
Michael Stone
Robert von Sternberg
Melanie Walker
Nancy Webber
Mark Weber
Kurt Weiser
Patricia Workman
John Vanco
Michael Zand