Museum Director Speaks at Mercyhurst, Pitt: Putting Green Ideas Into Action

Erie, PA, April 11, 2009 --( Erie Art Museum Director John Vanco, joined by architect Anne Chen of Pittsburgh’s Edge Studio, will speak in conjunction with Earth Week activities sponsored by Mercyhurst College and the University of Pittsburgh. Both presentations will discuss the green-building aspects of the Erie Art Museum’s $9 million building expansion project. The project architect is Edge Studio, an award-winning firm that “focuses on the role that design plays in shaping experience and perception.”

On Monday, April 20 at 10:30, Vanco and Chen will participate in a session sponsored the University of Pittsburgh at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown Pittsburgh. “Green Building Case Studies” will evaluate large-scale sustainability projects around the country, from the Erie Art Museum to New Orleans. For more information visit:

On Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m., Vanco and Chen will discuss the renovation and expansion under way at the Erie Art Museum in the Taylor Little Theater at Mercyhurst College. “Erie Art Museum- LEED-ing the Way – Presenting a Positive Model to the Achievement of an Environmentally Considered Space” will focus on LEED certification aspects of the project. This session is sponsored by Mercyhurst College Interior Design Club.

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.

Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche