Erie Art Museum Features Work of Roger T. Hane

Renowned Illustrator’s Works on View

Erie, PA, July 11, 2009 --( The Erie Art Museum will exhibit the works of Roger T. Hane (1939 – 1974), a highly regarded illustrator, in the Erie Art Museum Frame Shop Gallery, 423 State Street, beginning July 17 through October 3, 2009. A public opening reception will be held during Gallery Night, Friday, August 21, 2009 from 7-10 p.m. Author of Roger Hane – Art, Times and Tragedy and friend of Hane, Robert C. Hunsicker, will be available to sign books illustrating the art and life of Hane.

Hane was originally from Bradford, PA, and in his eleven-year professional career produced over 300 published illustrations, before he was tragically killed in a mugging in Central Park.

“In this short period, he changed the direction of American illustration… to surreal editorial and commentary illustration. This movement was said to have saved the illustration field when it was at its low point in the 1960s” said Hunsicker.

Hane worked in acrylic on canvas, using flat areas of color, crisply defined and modeled by directional light and shadow. He was known for his surreal, fanciful art, which graced the covers of numerous books, magazines, and records. Examples include C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, and Carlos Caseneda’s The Teachings of Don Juan and A Separate Reality.

The New York Artist Guild’s Artist of the Year Award was awarded to Hane posthumously in 1974. The Philadelphia College of Art, his alma mater, gives an annual Roger T. Hane Memorial Award to the student with the year’s top illustration portfolio.

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