Erie Art Museum to Participate in Heritage Preservation’s Conservation Assessment Program

Erie, PA, November 01, 2008 --( The Erie Art Museum has been chosen to participate in Heritage Preservation’s 2008 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). The Erie Art Museum joins 2,500 museums that have participated in CAP since the program began in 1990. Heritage Preservation’s CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

“CAP assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation and preservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections and historic buildings and recommend ways to correctly improve collections and buildings conditions,” said Erie Art Museum Director John Vanco.

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

The Erie Art Museum also occupies an 1839 Greek Revival bank.

A professional conservator will spend Nov. 3 & 4, 2008 surveying the Erie Art Museum’s site and three days writing a comprehensive report that will identify conservation priorities.

Heritage Preservation’s President, Lawrence L. Regar praised the Erie Art Museum for “making the vital work of caring for collections and sites a priority at their institution and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations.”

“The on-site consultation will enable the Erie Art Museum to evaluate its current collections care policies, procedures and environmental conditions. The assessment report will help us make appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range and long-range care of our collections,” said Vanco.

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, African textiles, 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