The Erie Art Museum

The Erie Art Museum, located in the heart of historic downtown Erie, Pennsylvania, is a major regional museum with a collection of over eight thousand paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, ceramics, metal works and textiles, and an annual schedule of eighteen to twenty exhibitions.

The institution dates back to 1898 and is regarded as one of the cornerstones of the arts in the Erie region. The Museum Complex encompasses a modern 10,500 square foot facility, connected to some of the oldest and most beautiful structures in the city.

The Museum is a designated Regional Folk Art Support Center, and in 2011 was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Services. The Erie Art Museum is an important part of an exciting and well-funded downtown development initiative occurring in the old Erie city center.  

The Erie Art Museum’s mission is to maintain an institution of excellence dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the visual arts: by developing and maintaining a quality art collection, by encouraging art in all its forms, by fostering lifelong art learning, and by building community among artists, art students and the public. The Erie Art Museum is a green institution occupying a LEED Gold certified facility and expresses its commitment to future generations through policies that assure and promote environmental sustainability. The Erie Art Museum is a proud partner to Erie Arts & Culture, a grantee of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and an Erie County Lead Asset as designated by the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.

When the Museum has employment opportunities, information is posted on this page.

Executive Director

The Erie Art Museum is looking for an ambitious and multi-talented Executive Director to build on this regional museum’s profile at the center of a multimillion-dollar downtown reinvestment initiative. Located in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania (population 100,000) in a recently renovated, LEED-certified facility, the museum is beloved in the community and a regional draw, known for its distinguished and eclectic programming. Its diverse collection of approximately 8,000 items pays significant homage to regional artists. There is opportunity to further develop collaborations with four area colleges and universities and to connect with the artistic and cultural hubs of the tri-city area around Erie that includes Cleveland, Ohio, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Buffalo, New York, all under two hours away. Pre-COVID-19, the museum had an annual
attendance of over 15,000 visitors and an annual budget of nearly $1M. It recently established solid financial footing and a small endowment, and growing the museum’s long-term financial security remains a priority for the Board of
Directors.

For more information, download the Executive Director Job Description.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 26, 2020