January 30 through January 10, 2016
Pittsburgh-based multi-media artist Ian Brill’s work combines light, sound, and technology into an interactive experience for the viewer. Brill creates his installations out of polystyrene (corrugated plastic sheeting) and uses light and sound to amplify the experience. Brill’s installations are part of a series called Transmission. Begun in 2010, it explores architectural, interactive, and programmatic technology. His research has led to constructions for gallery exhibitions, festivals and staging contexts.
January 30 through January 10, 2016
January 28 - 30, 2015
Artists painting with speed and abandon are a common trope in film and television—but in real life, where thought and control are essential to good work, the process of painting is generally at a much slower speed. In January, Museum visitors have an opportunity to watch a live artist who works at a pretty quick pace.
January 24 - March 15, 2015
Now in its 11th year, Kids As Curators is a partnership between the Museum and three local schools, challenging them to create an exhibit of their collections. The exhibit is often likened to “walking into the brain of a 12-year-old” and is always surprising, poignant, and humorous.
February 13 through May 16, 2015
The late Carl F. Heeschen (1916-1994) was a respected professor of art at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA for 35 years. In collaboration with the Heeschen family, and in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Allegheny College, the Museum is pleased to present a selection of the artists’ linocuts and other prints picturing animals.
February 6, 2015 through May 24, 2015
The Erie Art Museum collection, like those in museums the world over, holds many more artworks than can be exhibited at one time. The Museum’s collection of more than 8,000 objects—prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, and textiles—includes about 700 paintings, most of which must languish in storage at any point in time. For this exhibition, Curator John Vanco has selected a group of paintings acquired during the 21st Century, which—with a few significant exceptions—the Museum has not previously exhibited.
May 22 through August 22, 2015
Ceramic sculptor Kristen Cliffel’s whimsical works explore “Domestic Mythologies.” She is fascinated by the complex relationships we develop with one another and our sense of “home” as we grow up in modern America. Facing ever-changing roles as daughter, sister, wife and mother, she creates sculptures that reference what we find comforting, familiar and desirable, while questioning the presumption of “happily ever after” and beyond.
June 12 through February 7, 2016
Words with pictures are storytelling in its simplest form, and illustrations have been accompanying the written word for as long as we’ve been setting stylus, chisel, or pen to papyrus, stone or paper. Comics as we know them today began as a newspaper insert to boost circulation, and the first comic books were collections of these “funny pages.”
June 27 through September 13, 2015
Now in its seventh year, the InnovationErie Design Competition promotes creative product ideas that can be manufactured or created in the Erie region. Artists, inventors, and thinkers were encouraged to submit product designs in competition for the Wilbur Henry Adams Grand Prize and over $30,000 in cash and assistance awards.
July 24 through November 15, 2015
China is historically the leader in ceramic arts with the oldest examples of pottery in the world. For the past 20,000 years they have developed a rich legacy of ceramics that have been vigorously studied by Western ceramicists and highly sought after by museums and private collectors. Most of the wares collected and admired come from imperial kilns, masterful works made for the consumption of the elite by the most esteemed ceramicists. Vastly underappreciated yet equally remarkable, however, is the tradition of folk pottery, or minyao, that represents the everyday wares for the common people of China.