The Erie Art Museum extends a heartfelt thank you to our 2017 donors. You are a vital resource to maintaining the Erie Art Museum’s high standard of educational opportunities, compelling exhibitions, and phenomenal events. The Erie community is a better place because people like you demonstrate they truly care about the Museum and its mission.




Ever imagine life without art?  Christine Eddy, Director of Development met with Photographer Patti Larson to discuss the subject. Patti said, “It would be a bleak and silent world.  Art is not just photography or painting.  It’s everything around us including music and dance. Art conveys feelings and emotions.  It teaches us about a subject.”

Patti worked in the healthcare industry before retiring in 2011.  She was really looking for an outlet to be creative and give back to the community.  As a retirement gift, she received an American Express card, and decided to purchase a camera.  She took classes from Art Becker at the Erie Art Museum and really appreciated his passion for photography.

Patti and her husband Chris are members and supporters of the Erie Art Museum.

They enjoy everything that the museum offers including exhibits, classes and events.

Helping others and giving back was another goal of Patti’s following retirement. She is the Director of Development for StringsforaCURE, which is a non-profit organization that provides education, comfort, support and financial assistance directly to cancer patients, primarily those with breast cancer.

A member of the Erie Photography Club and the Photographic Art Society of Northwest Pennsylvania, Patti loves to photograph nature.  Some of her favorite places to photograph include Presque Isle, Lake Erie and Dobbins Landing.

Bob Sajewski, Graphic Design Consultant / Erie Insurance Creative Services reached out to Patti last October about doing a show at Erie Insurance.  She was flattered.  Patti’s show, “Through My Lens” is in the Galerie at Erie Insurance and runs through April 22.  She has thirty-five pieces in the show, which is closed to the public, but you can view Patti’s breathtaking moments on her website,

Art improves and enhances the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Patti said, “It’s therapeutic for the artist as well as the viewer.  You can get lost in it.”  That’s exactly what Patti’s photos do to you.  They take you away from the busy world for a bit and let you escape for a few moments. Imagine life without art and imagine and imagine a world that is grey. Can you imagine life without art?

Invest in the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum’s Annual Fund provides a vital source of unrestricted income that supports every aspect of the Museum – from keeping our doors open and galleries lit to serving the educational and cultural needs of a diverse community.  Your donation ensures that the nationally recognized Erie Art Museum can continue to offer inspirational and transformational experiences for our community and beyond. Please invest in the Erie Art Museum and help to ensure its mission is met by making a tax-deductible gift today.

Honor or remember someone special in your life with a commemorative gift to the Erie Art Museum.  In addition to recognition in the Museum’s quarterly ARTscope publication, the person you are honoring will receive a letter acknowledging the generous contribution. See a list of 2015 Tributes and Memorials on our Annual Report.

Double the impact of your gift by utilizing your employer’s Matching Gift program!  Many employers will “match” your philanthropic gift with an equal or higher amount. Companies enjoy this opportunity because it gives them a chance to use their charitable dollars towards nonprofit organizations their employees identify as important and worthwhile. If you are not sure whether or not your company has a program like this, please contact your Human Resources department.

The Erie Art Museum is eligible to receive matching funds from GE. If you are a GE employee, please make your check payable to the Erie Art Museum & call GE Matching Gifts Center at 800.462.8244.

Any questions?  Please feel free to email Christine Eddy, Director of Development, or call ph 814.459.5477.