April 26 – September 1, 2019

This Year’s Juror

Every year, in partnership with Edinboro University, the Erie Art Museum welcomes an artist, critic or curator from outside our region to jury the Spring Show. This year’s show will be juried by kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson.

Exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States and Europe, Ganson’s work appeals to viewers of all ages and has been featured in everything from The New York Times Magazine to the cartoon series Arthur.

In addition to serving as this year’s juror, Ganson will engage with students and faculty at Edinboro University as well as present a free public lecture on Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at 7 pm in Compton Hall, room 107A.

For more information on the life and work of Arthur Ganson visit his website: http://arthurganson.com/


The Spring Show is open to any and all artists living, working or studying within 250 miles of the City of Erie.


A total of $15,000 in cash prizes and sales. Cash awards of $2,500, including the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association Award, and $12,500 in guaranteed sales. Cash prizes will be determined by the juror and divided evenly. A standard 30% commission will be charged on all sales.

Submission & Fees

Each artist may submit up to three works. Museum members pay $20 for the first submission and $10 for any additional entries; non-members pay $30 for the first submission and $20 for any additional entries. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Deadline for online registration is March 10.  Registration may still be made on drop-off days.

Artist should have their artist statements prepared ahead of time for quick processing. Artist statements should answer, “Why did you make this piece? What would you like people to know about your process and/or this work?” Artist statements will be displayed with your object.

Please note that entries, if accepted into the show, must be available from April 26th-September 1st. No accepted work may be withdrawn before the close of the show. Even though we’ll take great care of your work(s), please know that all entries are exhibited at the artist’s own risk. The Museum also reserves the right to photographically reproduce any submitted works for publicity or educational purposes. If you have questions please feel free to give us a call at (814) 459-5477.

All Media Welcome

The Spring Show is open to all media, including but not limited to painting, photography, graphics, sculpture, fiber. Due to space limitations, however, we ask that your submissions not exceed 72 inches in any dimension or weigh more than 100 pounds. Artists proposing to submit work requiring special installation should confer with Museum staff (email Torie Pesta) prior to entry deadline.


All 2D works, such as prints, drawings, and photographs, must be hang-ready. Works suspended by corner clips, non-frame mounts and/or notch-tooth hangers will not be accepted. This is to ensure the safety of your work.

Drop off Dates and Location

This year we’re looking to turn drop-off into an occasion to get together with fellow regional artists. Therefore, we’ve set aside specific times for you to drop off your work and socialize with other regional artists.

Thursday, 3/21 – Artist Happy Hour 5pm – 8pm
Friday, 3/22 5pm – 8pm
Saturday, 3/23 11am – 4pm
Thursday, 3/28 – Artist Happy Hour 5pm – 8pm
Friday, 3/29 5pm – 8pm
Saturday, 3/30 11am – 4pm (LAST DAY TO DROP OFF WORK)

When dropping off submissions please use the Museum’s main entrance on 20 East 5th Street. Out-of-town works may also be submitted. If submissions are mailed to the Museum, they must be prepaid, with a $15 handling fee and return postage.
Ship works to the Attention of Torie Pesta, Erie Art Museum 20 East 5th Street, Erie, PA 16507.

Deadline for registration and drop-off is Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at 4 pm

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection

Notification of acceptance/rejection will be emailed to each artist by Monday, April 8th, 2019.

All-Day Art Sale/Pick-up

This year the Museum will be hosting the All-Day Art Sale for works that are not accepted into the Spring Show. On Saturday, April 13th, 2019 from 11am – 5pm tables will be set up throughout the Museum and artists are welcome to sell their work. We recommend arriving at the Museum around 10am to retrieve your work and set it up before the sale begins. No commission will be charged on this day. Cash only transactions. Buy directly from the artists.

Works not accepted for the exhibition must be picked up at the Museum on either Saturday, April 13th, 2019 between 11am – 5pm or Thursday, April 18th, 2019 between 11am – 8pm. The Museum is not responsible for rejected works not picked up by April 19th, 2019. If your work is not collected by April 19th, 2019 you will be charged a onetime fee of $25.

Accepted works need to be collected within two weeks of the show’s closing. The Museum is not responsible for work(s) not picked up by September 15th, 2019. If your piece(s) is not collected by September 15th, 2019 you will be charged a one-time fee of $25 when you pick it up.


The Spring Show will be open to the public on Friday, April 26th at 7pm. Cover charge is $3 for non-members and free for members.

Are you a Museum member?

First-time Memberships start at $15 and include benefits such as free admission to the Museum, invitation to Members-Only events and more. Members entering three works save $30 on entry fees.

Become a Member


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Be sure to continue to PayPal after you SUBMIT registration to finalize your submission.

Ready to Enter the Spring Show? 

Online Entry Form