Semi-Finalists to Exhibit Product Designs at the Erie Art Museum

Entrants’ product ideas to be exhibited at Erie Art Museum

Erie, PA, June 10, 2010 --( Organizers of InnovationErie: Design Competition released the names of the semi-finalists whose product ideas will be exhibited at the Erie Art Museum in the Main Gallery at 411 State Street from July 14, 2010 to October 31, 2010. An opening reception will be held on July 30, 2010, 7- 9.p.m. at the Museum in conjunction with two additional Gallery openings.

The competition is a collaborative effort among professionals in the industries of SAM & ED (science, art, manufacturing, engineering and design), and emerged to encourage local economic development by allowing people to showcase their product ideas, with the possibility of taking them to the next level: the marketplace. All product submissions had to meet the requirement of the ability to be manufactured in the Erie region.

The fifteen semi-finalists will be narrowed down by the competition’s independent panel of judges to four finalists, who will be given time for a 10-minute presentation and 10-minute question and answer session with the panel.

One grand prize of $10,000 cash to be used for equipment and services at the StARTup Incubator, along with thousands of dollars of in-kind InnovationErie partner services, including 3D model prototype services and Design for Manufacturing consultation and CAD design work from Paradigm Design. The grand prizewinner will also receive free patent consulting services and have their design submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office to apply for an official design patent, courtesy of Erie law firm MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton. $10,000 cash prize is the result of a grant awarded to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

One Best in Show Award (selected by the public during the exhibition) and first, second and third runners-up prizes will be awarded in-kind InnovationErie partner services from Paradigm Design and MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton.

Competition partners include the STARTUP Incubator, Edinboro University, MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton, Erie Art Museum, Erie Bank, Gannon Erie Tech Incubator, Paradigm Design and the Innovation Center at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Visit for a complete listing of semi-finalists.

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
Carolyn Eller