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Congratulations to the following artists for acceptance into the
Erie Art Museum’s 98th Annual Nicole & Harry Martin Spring Show.

Tilden Abercrombie, Godzilla
Janice Agati Abbarno, Pause
Leslie Ann Baldwin, Barely Breathing
Shelle Barron, All of These Spirit Voices Rule the Night
Eric Anthony Berdis, Sylvester- Ghost
Christopher Boring, Last Glimpse on a Bitter Cold Day
Vicki Branagan, Too Firm
Larry Brandstetter, In the Neighborhood
Larry Brandstetter, Bamboozle Boulevard
Daniel Burke, Diversity
Tana Cadena-Vuignier, Whoopi
Tana Cadena-Vuignier, Self – Portrait
Emily Campbell, Polka Dot Suit
Emily Campbell, Between You and Me
Emily Campbell, Reverie
Gary Cardot, West 18th Street, Erie, Pa.
Gary Cardot, Peach and 26th Street, Erie, Pa.
Kimberly Chapman, Asylum Series: Gold Masked Women
Kat Charnley, Divine Procrastination
Kat Charnley, Sunday Snacks
Zofia Chrzanowska, Reconsolidate
Audra Clayton, Imbalance
Ashley Cloud, A Study on Invisible Labor 1
Ashley Cloud, A Study On Invisible Labor 3
Emma Conti-Windle, Congratulations and Condolences
*George Cooley, Princesse Guerrière
Ken Coon, Look Away
Julie Corcoran, Lough Neagh Remembered
Shaddai Crosby, The Movement of Freedom
Mitchell Cunningham, How’s the Water?
Sarah Curry, Check Yo Self
Sarah Curry, Disrupted
Grace DeVies, Toothpaste
Lori Ditrich, Octopus’s Garden
Cornelia Dohse-Peck, Untitled – working title Chains and Feathers
Cornelia Dohse-Peck, Pack Rat Mandala Series – These Men
had Slaves (second version)

James East, Wetlands at Dawn
Robert Eustace, The Enclosed Garden: Field of Stars -or-
[Hortus Conclusus : Campus Stella]
Drew Farrell, Hildegard
Tom Ferraro, Chorus
Tom Ferraro, Floored
Tom Ferraro, Save Time, Save Money
Brad Ford, Turkey Salad
Mark Giangaspero, Mrs. M. II
Carol Griffiths, The View from My Upstairs Window
Judy Hodge, Letchworth Early Fall
Antonio Howard, Babatunde


Thomas Jackson, Two Figures, Standing
*Thomas Jackson, Nicks BBQ
Thomas Jackson, Grand Theatre
Beatriz Jevremovic, Nightmare
*Chuck Johnson, Ecclesiastical Backpack
Eric Johnson, Equistoller
Eric Johnson, Visu-Noise and Its Effects On The Individual
Tricia Kaman, Beehive
*David King, Red Shoes
*Brad Lethaby, Last Tweet – January 8, 2021
Jason Lewis, Clarion River at Cooksburg
Ryan Logan, Freedom within a Cage
Ryan Logan, We want you
Joan Martin, Black Box
Ann Magenau, The Other Side
Marcia Merrins, Vulnerable Survivor
Taylor Mezo, Highway Vase
Taylor Mezo, Teapot I
Taylor Mezo, Teapot II
Charles Mintz, The Library Bureau
Frank Novel, Untitled Sketchbook Enlargement #3
Ellen Paquette, Frangipani
Ellen Paquette, Batsheba
Thomas Paquette, Fishing Reverie
Ashley Paskov, Pitcher Plant Vase
Stuart Pearl, Acacia Winter Picnic
Olivia Prosek, Iris
Jack Puglisi, The Watcher
Jacqueline Sajewski, Out Of Bounds
Jacqueline Sajewski, Pomegranates In Still Life
Jacqueline Sajewski, Storm Watch
Fred Scruton, Henry Hall; Mobile, AL 2020
Fred Scruton, Roy Smith, Royville; Saguache, CO 2020
Darrin Simmons, When’s It Supposed To Kick In?!
James Tobin, BRC
Bryan Toy, Vineland
Gwen Waight, don’t call me baby
Gwen Waight, what are you?
Gwen Waight, not my job
Larry Walczak, Mother Nature: Evolution
Gary L. Wolfe, 00110010 00111000
Madison Wood, Sculptural Vessel 1
Madison Wood, Sculptural Vessel 2
Carlyn Yanda, Polly Put the Kettle On
*Barbara Yerace, In Celebration of the Bear

*denotes Juror’s Award Winner
*denotes NPAA Award Winner

Yerace_NPAA winner

NPAA Award Winner

Barbara Yerace (Erie, PA)
In Celebration Of The Bear, 2020
Paper Mache And Glass Beads

In Celebration of the Bear is the fifth piece in a series of Spirit Animals that I have been studying. A few years back I found this bear head made of paper mache at a local department store, I immediately could see it covered in glass beads. As the Covid-19 Pandemic hit and we were quarantined at home, I began to focus on completing the bear. It took many quiet and lonely hours to finish, thus lending itself to my inner exploration and self examination. So appropriate that the bear spirit animal symbolizes introspection and spiritual enlightenment. The bear energy helps us to meditate by silencing our minds and helps us to discover why we are here and what is our soul’s purpose. Using glass beads, the circle and spiral are repeated throughout the piece. The circle is a universal symbol that represents self, wholeness and our life cycle from birth to death. The spiral is a reference to intuition, representing growth and evolution of one’s identity with the universe. During this time of isolation and separation from our family and friends we have been forced into a time of questioning, “Why are here and what is my soul’s purpose?”, a lesson that I think the universe was imposing on us. As we emerge from the pandemic, I hope that we can adopt the strength and wisdom of the Bear Spirit Animal.


King_award winner

Juror’s Distinction Award

David King (Cleveland Heights, OH)
Red Shoes, 2019
Oil/Acrylic On Canvas
Red shoes

This painting is part of a series of work based on narratives and faded memories of family members. This piece shows my mother in yellow caring for her two-year-old sister amongst the family vehicles in the driveway. Details and imagery are obscured as time passes.


lethaby_award winner

Juror’s Distinction Award

Brad Lethaby (Girard, PA)
Last Tweet—January 8, 2021
Oil On Panel

“Last Tweet—January 8, 2021” is based on my reaction to donald tRUMP’s banishment from Twitter just days before he was voted out of office by a majority of the American people. I found the dead bird on the sidewalk in front of my studio.


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Juror’s Distinction Award

Thomas Jackson (Stow, OH)
Nicks BBQ, 2020
Oil On Canvas

One of my other favorite painters, Edward Hopper, always painted the best windows on his building facades.  I’m always on the lookout for these older structures in downtown centers. I was drawn to the patterns, checkerboards, shadows and lettering that presented a complete composition for this grateful painter.


Cooley_award winner

Juror’s Distinction Award

George Cooley (Oil City, PA)
Princesse Guerrière, 2020
Acrylic On Linen

My partner, Margaret Brostrom, and I have been working on collaborative series the last few years. When we collaborate, we select a subject, limitations and goal. Generally, we each work on our own art – we do not work on each other’s canvas. Our collaboration is not the individual paintings, but the final collection, and how each painting ‘talks’ to the others. Previous series have been Human Targets, exploring human silhouette target images; and Origins, exploring the human origin myth.

At the end of 2020 we started our latest series, Babies. Margaret and I each will produce 10 paintings for the series. Each painting includes a baby figure, preselected by the two of us, and each painting is to be 30” x 30”. The Babies series grew out of our concern for children being separated from their parents at our southern borders, and previous art we have completed on that subject.

The ‘Baby’ icon represents human potential. That potential is forged from destiny, accident, free will, social pressures and all the other influences that form any of us. Innocence, warmth, new beginnings, purity, vulnerability and an uncorrupted nature mark this icon.

This Babies series painting was solely produced by myself in December of 2020 using acrylics on linen stretched over a wood skeleton (altered stretcher), 30” x 30”.


Cjuck Johnson_award winner

Juror’s Distinction Award

Chuck Johnson (Venango, PA)
Ecclesiastical Backpack, 2019
Hand-Built Ceramics—Sculpture Clay, Unglazed,
Fired In Reduction To Cone 1 In A Gas Kiln

This ceramic sculpture is part of an ongoing series referencing social change, our declining environment, food production, and my more formal interest in historic architectural forms, industrial objects, toys, and endangered animals. My goal for this work is to draw attention to issues by posing questions, not by answering them.

Wanna hear more from Spring Show Juror Roberto Lugo?

Join a virtual discussion on April 9th at 6 pm.
Hosted by Edinboro University of Pennsylvania this virtual session will include an artist talk followed by conversations with Stephanie l. Diez-morel and Linda Cordell, moderated by Leslie C. Sotomayor. Get link at https://www.brucegallery.info/

Juror_RobertoLugo_2021The 98th annual Spring Show was judged by Roberto Lugo. 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.
(Photo Credit: Neal Santos)

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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