This Year’s Juror

Roberto LugoIn partnership with the Edinboro University Art Department, the Erie Art Museum is excited to announce Roberto Lugo as the juror for the 98th annual Nicole & Harry Martin Spring Show. Roberto Lugo is an American artist, ceramicist, social activist, spoken word poet, and educator. Lugo uses porcelain as his medium of choice, illuminating its aristocratic surface with imagery of poverty, inequality, and social and racial injustice. Lugo’s works are multicultural mash-ups, traditional European and Asian porcelain forms and techniques reimagined with a 21st-century street sensibility. Their hand-painted surfaces feature classic decorative patterns and motifs combined with elements of modern urban graffiti and portraits of individuals whose faces are historically absent on this type of luxury item – people like Sojourner Truth, Dr. Cornel West, and The Notorious BIG, as well as Lugo’s family members and, very often, himself. Lugo holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Penn State. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, among others.

Lugo is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently including a 2019 Pew Fellowship, a Cyntyhia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsk Rome Prize, and a US Artist Award. His work is found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Brooklyn Museum, Walters Museum, and more. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art and Architecture.

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


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

Submission & Fees

Deadline for submission
The deadline for online registration, including email submission of images of works, is January 24, 2021 at 11:59 pm.  

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.

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 Matthew Coté) prior to the 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.

If the framed work is a different price than unframed, please include both prices on the registration.

Artist Statement

Artists are 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 as they are written. It is advisable to write your artist statement(s) prior to starting the registration form so it is ready to include. 

Work Availability, Liability, and Photography

Please note that entries, if accepted into the show, must be available from February 25, 2021, through June 25, 2021. 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.

Spring Show Submission of Images

Spring Show submission is now all electronic. Follow the instructions below to register and submit. 

Step 1: Using a digital camera or phone, take a high-resolution picture of your work. (It is your choice, but there is no need to get a professional photographer. The resolution on most phones is extremely high quality.)

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 – Artist Last Name

Step 4: In the email, include the artist’s name, the title of the work(s), and dimensions

Step 5: Address the email to

Step 6: Send the email

Registration and Payment

You also need to complete the registration form at the bottom of this page and pay. 

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 Sunday, January 24 at 11:59 pm. If payment isn’t made the works will not be included in jury day.

Notification of Acceptance/Omittance

Notification of acceptance/omittance will be emailed to each artist by Friday, February 12, 2021. Be sure to add to your contact lists to ensure the email doesn’t get sorted into your junk mail or spam folders.

If your piece(s) are accepted into the show. You will have to either drop them off or mail them to the Museum. Please note the drop-off dates in your calendar to ensure your availability in the event that your work(s) are accepted.

Accepted Works

If your work is accepted into the show, it must arrive at the Museum by 4 pm Saturday, February 27, 2021. See drop-off dates below for specific instructions.

Your work will remain at the Museum through the closing of the show, Friday, June 25, 2021. No works will be removed from the show between these dates.

Drop-off Dates & Location

Only accepted works will be dropped off at the Museum. Please mark your calendars for these dates to ensure your availability in the event that your work(s) are accepted into the show.

Drop-off dates and times for accepted works:

  • Thursday, February 25, 11 am to 8:30 pm
  • Friday, February 26, 11 am to 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 27, 11 to 4 pm

Accepted works may also be mailed to the Museum. If submissions are mailed to the Museum, they must be prepaid, and include return postage. You will be charged a $15 handling fee for each work shipped. To make shipping arrangements, contact Matthew Coté

Ship accepted works to the Attention of Matthew Coté, Erie Art Museum 20 East 5th Street, Erie, PA 16507.


The Spring Show will be open to the public on Friday, March 19, 2021 by appointment only. Standard entry fees for non-members and free for members. 


Accepted works need to be collected at on June 27, 2021. Email Matthew Coté, to make special arrangements if you cannot make the June 27, 2021 date. 

All works are required to be picked up within 7 days of the show’s closing. The Museum is not responsible for work(s) not picked up by July 3, 2021. If you do not make arrangements and your piece(s) is not collected by July 3, 2021, you will be charged a one-time holding fee of $25 when you pick it up.

Prospectus subject to change. Notification of any changes will be sent via email from the Erie Art Museum.

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, our Quarterly magazine, and more. Members entering three works save $30 on entry fees.

Become a Member

Ready to Enter the Spring Show? 

Online Entry Form