Erie Art Museum Tours The Shape of Life by Eva Zeisel

Exhibit Draws from Museum's Permanent Collection.

Erie, PA, August 21, 2008 --( The Erie Art Museum’s exhibit The Shape of Life by Eva Zeisel leaves Erie, Pa. this week on a three-city national tour of museums: Tyler Museum of Art (Texas), Asheville Art Museum (North Carolina) and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts (Pennsylvania).

The Museum organizes a number of critically acclaimed traveling shows, which tour the nation, drawing from objects from the Museum’s 6,000 object permanent collection. In the past five years, these shows – all with the “Made in Erie,PA” imprimatur- - - have been viewed by 300,000 people.

“Traveling exhibitions not only provide a source of revenue for the Museum,” said Museum Director John Vanco, “but allow the Museum to share our collection with a much broader audience.”

Also available for tour are The Art of Marc Brown: A Retrospective, Archaeology at the Dawn of History: The Khirbet Iskander Collection, The Last Album: Eyes from the Ashes, and in 2009 Kanga & Kitenge: Cloth and Culture in East Africa.

About the Exhibition
Legendary for her designs, as well as teaching and writing on design, Eva Zeisel has created an impressive body of work over her extraordinarily long career. The Museum’s exhibit takes the viewer through Zeisel’s many design ideas and changes of style since the late 1920s, as well as narrating her long and eventful life. The exhibit includes not only Eva Zeisel’s well-known ceramic work, but examples of glass, metal and furniture design. Visitors are encouraged to try one of three different audio tours developed for this exhibit.

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well at traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 6,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz festival.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.

Tammy Roche