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, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board and has also been published in The Wall Street Journal,, 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.


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.

The deadline for online registration is March 1.  Registering online saves you time at drop-off. Your labels will be printed for you with the information you submitted. Registration may still be made on drop-off days.

Artists 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 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 6, 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 No accepted work may be withdrawn before the close of the show.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.


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

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, 3/12/2020 – Artist Happy Hour 5pm – 8pm
Friday, 3/13/2020 5pm – 8pm
Saturday, 3/14/2020 11am – 4pm
Thursday, 3/19/2020 – Artist Happy Hour 5pm – 8pm
Friday, 3/20/2020 5pm – 8pm
Saturday, 3/21/2020 11am – 4pm (LAST DAY TO DROP OFF WORK)

When dropping off submissions please use the Museum’s main entrance on 20 East 5th Street. Works may also be submitted by mail. 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 21st, 2020 at 4 pm.

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 Museum will be hosting the All-Day Art Sale for works that are not accepted into the Spring Show. On Saturday, April 4th, 2019 from 11am – 5 pm 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 4th, 2020 between 11am – 5pm or Thursday, April 9th, 2020 between 11am – 8pm. The Museum is not responsible for rejected works not picked up by April 10th, 2020. Email Torie Pesta to make arrangements if you are unable to pick up by April 10th. If you do not make arrangements and your work is not collected by April 10th, 2020 you will be charged a one-time holding fee of $25 when you pick it up.

Accepted works need to be collected within ten 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 arrangements if you are unable to pick up by September 18th. 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. 


The Spring Show will be open to the public on Friday, April 24th 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.

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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