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Current Exhibits

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.

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.

101, 2015

American Ceramics

Donna Nicholas Gallery

The Museum's holdings include a wide range of ceramics, featuring a variety of styles and decorative techniques.

1205, 2012

South Asian Collection

Custom House

The traditional art of South Asia encompasses a multitude of religions and cultures, ranging from the asceticism of Indian Buddhism and Jainism to the lush sensuality of southern Hinduism and the peculiar and often terrifying imagery of the Lama Buddhism of the Himalayas. Buddhism carried the forms of Indian art throughout the continent, to Southeast Asia, China, and Japan.