Erie Art Museum Presents First Class

An Exhibit Featuring Exemplary Works by Erie Art Museum Instructors and Students.

Erie, PA, February 21, 2009 --( First Class, an exhibit featuring exemplary works by Erie Art Museum instructors and students, will open at the Erie Art Museum’s Annex Gallery, 423 State Street, on Friday, March 6 and run through March 15, 2009. A free public reception for this exhibit will be held during Gallery Night on Friday, March 6, 2009 from 7-10 p.m.

Through classes at the Erie Art Museum, everyday people try their hand at artmaking, with the help of some of Erie’s most distinguished artists. Works in watercolor, jewelry, acrylic, photography and ceramics by the Museum’s faculty and students will be on view. Featured faculty include Deborah Sementelli-Hoenes, Wilda Sundberg, Judy Baker, Kathe Umlauf, Eliza Wolfe, Cara Jung, Jan and Dan Niebauer, Art Becker, Esther Hong, Mike Bocianowski, and Stephanie Campbell.

Opening night includes a two-hour delight of demonstrations and hands-on opportunities guaranteed to stimulate the inner-artist.

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, and public art as well as traditional media.

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, 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 presents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

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

Tammy Roche