What’s New?

Gallery Night
September 20, from 7 – 10 pm
If you haven’t been to a Gallery Night at the EAM in a while then this is the one. No, seriously! We’ll be debuting two world-class works of art, the likes of which have never been seen before in Erie, PA. Renowned ceramist and Erie native Brett Kern will be here to celebrate his opening. Plus, we’ll have live music by the Honest Mistakes and Tim Kaye, ClaySpace, art making, $2 beers and snacks by Coffee in the Park. $3 cover charge for non-members and free for members.
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Brett Kern: The Lost World
September 1, 2019 – August 16, 2020
The tagline of Jurassic Park: The Lost World reads “Something has Survived”, and this is undeniably true for Brett Kern. What survived? Brett’s infatuation with the pop culture of the 80s and 90s. A master of clay, Brett’s sculptures are fun, smart and nothing short of exceptional. Read more

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Clayspace Takeover
September 21 Demo: 10 am –12 pm and 1 – 3 pm
Erie ClaySpace is taking over the EAM and they’re bringing the one and only Brett Kern! Brett will be demoing his dino-making process and ClaySpace will be selling their work. If you’re into clay (and who isn’t) this is a can’t miss. Oh yeah, and thanks to Erie Arts & Culture, admission is Pay-What-You-Wish.   

Drag Bingo

Drag Bingo
October 4 from 7 – 10 pm
It’s bingo, but with a hell of a lot more pizzazz! Between games enjoy performances by Erie’s favorite queen Rebecca Mae and others. Cash bar, prizes and more. $30 for non-members and $15 for members. Entrance fee covers your first five cards. Additional cards $3 each. Register Here

Make and Play
Meets: 9/28, 10/19, 11/2 and 11/23 from 2 – 4 pm
Need a little down time? Drop the kids off with us for a few hours. They’ll work with Ms. Carissa, the Museum’s Director of Education, to make their own paper, paint, sculpt and more. New art making activities every month. Ages 7 – 11. $20 non-members /$10 members. Register Here

Art Talk Top 50

Art Talk: Top 50 Symbols in Western Art
September 27 from 6 – 7 pm
Join us as we count down the top fifty symbols used in western art. We’ll cover everything from the loyal dog to the sexually promiscuous cat.  Register Here

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving
October 24 from 6 – 8:30 pm
Bring your own pumpkin or pick one up at the Museum. We’ll have everything you need to carve a super cool pumpkin. Plus, we’ll clean up the mess!

Intro Digital Photography

Intro to Digital Photography
Class Meets: 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16 from 2– 4 pm
In this class you’ll learn the basics of digital photography, such as camera controls, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure, metering and composition. A digital camera with settings beyond automatic is required.  Register Here

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Second Sundays
Second Sundays are perfect for spending time with your kids or grandkids at the Museum. Different art making activities every month plus admission is Pay-What-You-Wish.
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Art Critique

Art Critique
Meets: 10/11 and 11/8 from 6 – 8 pm
Working on a new piece? Want feedback? Bring it to one of our monthly critiques. Get together with other local and regional artists to share and discuss your work. It’s a great way to meet fellow artists and strengthen the artist community in Erie. Professional and amateur artists welcome.

Blacksmithing Basics

Blacksmithing Basics
Session 1:  11/16from 9 – 1 pm
Session 2: 11/17  from 9 – 1 pm
In this class you’ll learn the basics of blacksmithing and complete a project of your own. Past projects include fire pokers, bottle openers and more. Ages 14 and up. No experience required. Register online or over the phone.
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Art Talk Gender

Art Talk: Gender in Art
October 18 from 6 – 7 pm
If you think gender is solely a twenty-first century topic you couldn’t be more wrong. Issues of gender have been played out in art for centuries. Join us as we explore masculinity, femininity and even the gender bending of Christ.
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Ghouls Night Out
October 25 from 7 – 11 pm
We’re throwing an adult costume party! We’ll have ghoul bands, dancing, specialty drinks and prizes for the best art inspired costumes. $5 cover charge for non-members and free for members.


Open Mic Poetry
October 3 from 6 – 7 pm
Why not? We’ve got a microphone. Stop by to read or listen. It’s a great way to meet other writers in the area, workshop your newest poem and get a sense of  the local writing scene.

Art Talk Flowers

Art Talk: Language of Flowers
November 15 from 6 – 7 pm
For hundreds of years artists used plants and flowers to communicate all kinds of messages. Join us as we root around their hidden meanings.  Register Here

Trick or Treat

October 27 from 1 – 3 pm
Last year we had over 500 people trick-or-treat through the galleries with their kids and grandkids, and we can’t wait to do it again! We’ll have arts and crafts, a monster themed scavenger hunt, full sized candy bars and prizes for the best art inspired costumes. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Forgery Hour

Forgery Hour
October 11 from 6 – 7 pm 
Ever look at a famous work of art and think “I could do that”? Well here’s your chance. The challenge? Can you counterfeit a famous work of art from our collection? We’ll provide the materials and even have an artist on hand to help you make your fake. $15 for non-members and $10 for members.
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Members Only Thanksgiving
November 22  from 6 – 8 pm
What are we thankful for? Our members. We’re inviting all of you to the Museum for a little holiday pre-gaming. Food, live music, art and more.

The Erie Art Museum is a member of NARM, an affiliation of arts and cultural institutes located throughout North America. Individuals who join a participating NARM institution can receive reciprocal benefits such as free admission and shop discounts at over 800 institutions across North America! Click here for more information and links to participating Museums. An Erie Art Museum membership of $100 or more registered on or after June 1, 2016 will be automatically enrolled in the program. The NARM membership provides free admission to over 800 Museums nationally.

Staff Chat

On Jan. 17th we hosted our first ever Staff Chat to openly discuss the financial state of the Museum, the changes being made and the results we are seeing as a result thereof. Thank you to all of those who attended and watched from home via Facebook Live. You can view the entire program here.

Staff Chat at the Erie Art Museum, January 17, 2019

We're hosting our first Staff Chat tonight. You'll hear the state of the Museum; what we've been up to the past nine months and where we are headed going forward.

Posted by Erie Art Museum on Thursday, January 17, 2019