95th Annual Spring Show Main Gallery
April 21 through July 1, 2018
This annual show presents a juried selection of the best regional art from artists residing within 250 miles of Erie. A total of $15,000: cash awards of $2,500, including the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association Award, and $12,500 in guaranteed purchases. The cash awards will be divided among the juror’s selections. The firms and individuals offering purchase awards will make their own selections.
Be a part of the 95th Annual Spring Show – deadline for entries is March 31.
Thursday, April 5 Spring Show Juror, Wendy Maruyama, will engage with students and faculty and present a free public lecture on Thursday, April 5, at 7 pm at Edinboro University’s Doucette Hall, Room 119.
Saturday, April 21
Museum members, donors and artists who entered the exhibition are invited to a special reception from 6:30 – 8:30 on Saturday, April 21 (memberships available at the door). The awards ceremony is at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 22
The public is invited to a free reception on Sunday April 22, from 1–3 p.m.
Are you a Member of the Museum? Please consider becoming a member. We have memberships that start at $20/year and include benefits such as discounts on framing, classes and the Museum gift shop. (Members entering three works save $30 on entry fees.)
Furniture maker, artist, and educator Wendy Maruyama has been making innovative work for 40 years, challenging the accepted notions of furniture by combining traditional studio craft with humor, social commentary, sculptural forms, and color. Conceptually her work deals with social practices such as her Japanese-American heritage, feminism, and wildlife endangerment in Africa. Inspired by a sojourn to Kenya, her wildLIFE Project is a new body of work informed by the issues and problems of poaching and its impact on wildlife.
Wendy Maruyama has been a professor of woodworking and furniture design for over 30 years. She is one of the first two women to graduate with a Masters in furniture making from Rochester Institute of Technology. Maruyama has exhibited her work nationally for over four decades, with solo shows in New York City, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Indianapolis, Savannah, and Easthampton. She has exhibited internationally in Tokyo, Seoul and London. Maruyama’s work can also be found in museum collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Australia; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton; Mingei International Museum, San Diego; and the Oakland Museum of California. Maruyama is a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the California Civil Liberties Public Education Grant, 2010; several National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Visual Artists; the Japan/US Fellowship; and a Fulbright Research Grant to work in the UK.
In addition to serving as juror for the Spring Show,Maruyama will engage with students and faculty and
present a free public lecture on Thursday, April 5, at 7 pm at Edinboro University’s Doucette Hall, Room 119.
The Erie Art Museum is pleased to partner once again with
the Art Department of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania to bring Wendy Maruyama to Erie.