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Current Exhibits

1912, 2017

95th Annual Spring Show

April 21 through July 1, 2018
MainGallery

This annual show presents a juried selection of the best regional art from artists residing within 250 miles of Erie.

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1812, 2017

Gary Spinosa: Divine Instinct

January 20, 2018 through January 6, 2019
McCain Family Gallery

Gary Spinosa’s sculptures and installations transform the gallery into a space for meditation and wonder and a place to contemplate the divine.

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312, 2017

James McMurray: Faces and Places

February 9, 2018 – June 10, 2018
Nancy & Warner Bacon Gallery

This introspective exhibition features closely observed portraits of people and places from the artist’s life: family, home, studio, and the surrounding woods.

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212, 2017

Urban Chatter: textile art by Sharon Kerry-Harlan

February 16 – April 29, 2018
Ronald E. Holstein Gallery

“The density of contemporary city living” provides the inspiration for Sharon Kerry-Harlan’s Urban Chatter series.

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2408, 2017

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Ongoing
Katzwinkel Gallery

This collection exhibition features an assortment of Tiffany’s art glass and examples of the ancient Roman glass vessels that inspired him.

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2408, 2017

Bestiary

Ongoing
Kathleen & Bob Frenzel Gallery

A compendium of real and imaginary beasts featuring Betty Schabacker's fabric collages and multimedia works by various self-taught artists.

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2809, 2016

Erie Decoys: Folk Art Sculpture

Opening October 29, 2016
Little Things Gallery

Antique duck decoys, rescued from the waterways, where bird hunters placed them as lures, are now widely recognized as folk art sculptures.

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302, 2015

Tromp L’Oeil: Magic & Illusion

Founders Gallery

Trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) paintings intentionally confuse the viewer’s perceptions of reality and illusion, creating tension between what we know to be true, what we see, and what we want to believe.

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102, 2015

Prints that Bite

Donna Nicholas Gallery

Printmakers use sharp tools to cut, etch, and gouge. They apply masks to resist and acids to bite. Is it any wonder the medium lends itself so well to social critique? Currently on display from the permanent collection are European satirical and protest prints by Francisco Goya, Honoré Daumier, Käthe Kollwitz, and Felix Vallotton.

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201, 2015

Joseph Plavcan 1908 – 1981

Donna Nicholas Gallery

Born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, Joseph Plavcan moved to Erie as a child. In 1928 he was awarded a Cresson Scholarship to study abroad in Europe, an experience that influenced his work throughout his life. Plavcan taught at Erie Technical High School from 1932 to 1970, and is considered a mentor and influence by many of the region’s artists. Plavcan painted constantly. Former students is how he was always at work on a painting in the classroom.

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