CHANGES TO DROP-OFF AND REGISTRATION

Immediate Changes to Spring Show Drop-off
Spring Show Drop-off is now all electronic. The Museum is closed to visitors. Follow the instructions below to register and submit. If you have already dropped off works they will be held through Jury Day. We will notify you when the omitted works will need to be picked-up. Accepted works will just remain. Look for email updates from us.
Step 1: Using a digital camera or phone, take a high resolution picture of your work. (No need to get a professional photographer)
Step 2: Name the image files using the title and artist’s last name. For example, an artist named Jody Schmody created “Flowers in Spring”. The image file name should be Flowers_Schmody.
Step 3: Create an email with the subject line: Spring Show Entry – Your Last Name
Step 4: In the email, include the artist’s name, the title of the work(s), dimensions
Step 5: Address the email to  torie.pesta@erieartmuseum.org.
Step 6: Send the email
If you pre-registered, then all you have to do is send the picture(s) following the instructions above.
If you did not pre-register, then you need to complete the form at the bottom of this page, register, pay, and then send the email following the instructions above. If you are not comfortable paying online but are willing to pay by card over-the-phone, complete the form, click Submit and when PayPal pops up you do not go any further. We will call you for payment. Payment must be made prior to March 21st at 4 pm. If payment isn’t get made the works will not be included in jury day.
There will be a Spring Show!  The opening celebration is currently scheduled for June 19, 2020. If there is a need to push the date out further, we will let everyone know through email and our Facebook page.
Thank you for your understanding. Of course, these changes are for your safety as well as the safety of our staff.

This Year’s Juror

The 97th annual Spring Show will be judged by Aruna D’Souza. D’Souza writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world. Her most recent book Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts (Badlands Unlimited) was named one of the best art books of 2018 by the New York Times. Her work appears regularly in 4Columns.org, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board and has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Art News, Garage, Bookforum, Momus, Art in America, and Art Practical, among other places. She is currently editing two forthcoming volumes, Making It Modern: A Linda Nochlin Reader, and Lorraine O’Grady: Writing in Space 1973-2018, and is co-curator of the upcoming retrospective of Lorraine O’Grady’s work, Both/And, which will open in November 2020 at the Brooklyn Museum.

Eligibility

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

Prizes

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.

The deadline for online registration is March 21 at 4 pm.  

Artists are asked to submit artist statements. 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 are required and will be displayed with your object.

Please note that entries, if accepted into the show, must be available from the day you drop-off through September 11, 2020. 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.

Framing

All 2D works, such as prints, drawings, and photographs, must be hang-ready. To ensure the safety of your work only wire and D rings will be accepted.

Drop off Dates and Location

Immediate Changes to Spring Show Drop-off
Due to the increasing COVID-19 concern, we are going to change registration/drop-off.
We will NOT be having physical, in-person drop-off at the Museum on the days previously listed.
You will now submit electronically.
Step 1: Using a digital camera or phone, take a high resolution picture of your work.
Step 2: Name the image files using the title and artist’s last name. For example, an artist named Art Museum created Flowers in Spring. The image file name should be Flowers_Museum.
Step 3: Create an email with the subject line: Spring Show Entry – Your Last Name
Step 4: In the email, include the artist’s name, the title of the work(s), dimensions
Step 5: Address the email to  torie.pesta@erieartmuseum.org.
Step 6: Send the email
If you pre-registered, then all you have to do is send the picture(s) following the instructions above.
If you did not pre-register, then you need to complete the form at the bottom of this page, register, pay, and then send the email following the instructions above. If you are not comfortable paying online but are willing to pay by card over-the-phone, complete the form, click Submit and when PayPal pops up you do not go any further. We will call you for payment. Payment must be made prior to March 21st at 4 pm. If it doesn’t get made the works will not be included in jury day.
Thank you for your understanding. Of course, these changes are for your safety as well as the safety of our staff.
If your piece(s) are accepted into the show. You will have to either drop them off or mail them to the Museum. Drop-off dates will be announced when we are able to resume business operations.


Additionally, accepted works need to be collected at the closing celebration, September 11, 2020. All will need to be picked up within 7 days of the show’s closing. The Museum is not responsible for work(s) not picked up by September 18th, 2020. Email Torie Pesta, to make special arrangements. If you do not make arrangements and your piece(s) is not collected by September 18, 2020, you will be charged a one-time holding fee of $25 when you pick it up. 

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection

Notification of acceptance/rejection will be emailed to each artist by Friday, April 3rd, 2020.

All-Day Art Sale/Pick-up

The All-Day Art Sale has been cancelled due to the changes in registration and drop-off. 


Opening

The Spring Show will be open to the public on Friday, June 19th 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

Payment 

Payment processed through PayPal. Don’t have a PayPal account? No worries. You can pay as a guest.

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

Ready to Enter the Spring Show? 

Online Entry Form