93rd Annual Spring Show

Main Gallery
April 16 – July 17, 2016

Juror: Virgil Marti creates hybrid objects and environments informed by a wide range of art-historical and pop-cultural references. Known for inserting high décor into fine art contexts, his installations are rich in humor and shrewd observation.

Virgil_cropMarti is one of the preeminent contemporary artists living and working in Philadelphia. His acclaimed installations, such as those at Eastern State Penitentiary in 1995, the Morris Gallery at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2001, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design as part of Philagrafika 2010, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in 2010–11, have expanded the possibilities for art installation in Philadelphia. The artist is also a Senior Visiting Critic at PAFA and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.

He has been the recipient of the Art Matters Fellowship (1994), the Pew Fellowship in the Arts (1995), the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship (1997, 2003, 2005), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1997), and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2011). He was the second invited artist in the Katherine Stein Sachs and Keith L. Sachs Curator Program at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. His first large-scale outdoor sculpture, Five Standards (Dazzle), was permanently installed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 2013.

Virgil Marti was selected for the 2004 Whitney Biennial where he exhibited his installation Grow Room (2002). His work has been shown at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; Participant Inc., New York, NY; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA; and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT.

Thursday, March 31 at 7 pm at 7 pm
FREE, open to the public
Edinboro University, Doucette Hall Room 119

In addition to serving as juror for the Spring Show, Marti will engage with students and faculty at Edinboro and present a free public lecture.

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The Erie Art Museum is pleased to partner once again with the Art Department of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania to bring Virgil Marti to Erie.


Congratulations to the 74 artists whose works were selected for the 93rd Annual Spring Show. This year’s juror, Philadelphia artist Virgil Marti, awarded prizes to photographers Denise Keim and Charles Mintz, sculptor William Brouillard for Steam-Punk Jar Head #1, mixed media artist Ashley Pastore for Floribunda, and mixed media painter Dan Burke for If Out of Midnight. This year’s Northwest Pennsylvania Artist Association Award went to Paul McMillan for his oil painting El Pinter.