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Erie Art Museum Now Accepting Works for the 88th Annual Spring Show

Erie, PA, March 20, 2011 --( Works are currently being accepted for the Erie Art Museum’s 88th Annual Spring Show, a regional juried exhibit, running April 16 through June 26, 2011 in the Erie Art Museum’s new Main Gallery, accessed from the new entrance on 5th Street.

All artists residing within 250 miles of Erie are invited to enter works not previously exhibited in the Erie area. A total of $10,000 in awards is offered, including $2,000 in juror’s cash awards, the $500 Northwestern Pennsylvania Arts Association Award and at least $7,500 in guaranteed purchases. The cash awards will be divided among the juror’s selections of the best work in the show.

Purchase selections will be made by the firms and individuals offering purchase awards. Each entrant may submit three works. The entry fee is $5 per entry for members of the Erie Art Museum and $10 for non-members.

Visit to see a schedule of dates when works are accepted at the Erie Art Museum. Deadline for entries is Saturday, March 26 at 5 p.m.

The Erie Art Museum’s 88th Annual Spring Show is sponsored in part by Edinboro University.

About the Juror
Mark Newport will serve as Juror of Selection and Awards. A multi- disciplinary artist, Newport finds inspiration in the comic book superheroes of his youth. “Batman, Iron Man, Superman, and the Rawhide Kid: these characters are childhood memories of the ultimate man - the Dad every boy wants, the man every boy wants to grow up to be.” Newport’s works explore ideas of masculinity, bridging the gap between childhood experience and adult understanding. He produces hand-knit superhero costumes of familiar heroes (Spiderman, Batman) and those of his own creation (Sweaterman, Every-Any-No-Man and Bobbleman). Newport also creates prints, photographs and performance art, often including his knit costumes. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada, including solo exhibitions at The Arizona State University Art Museum, the Cranbrook Art Museum, The Chicago Cultural Center and Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, Missouri. He has received grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Herberger College of Arts at Arizona State University. In addition, his works are included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Cranbrook Art Museum, The Racine Art Museum, 4Culture (Seattle), City of Phoenix Public Art, Microsoft, and Progressive Insurance. Mark Newport is an artist and educator currently residing in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he is Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. To learn more visit

Events in Conjunction with Juror Visit

March 31, 2011, 7pm.
Mark Newport will present a lecture at Edinboro University’s Doucette Hall, Room 119. The event is free and open to the public.

April 1, 2011 from 10 – 11 am.
Mark Newport will be part of a Panel discussion, Thinking Through Craft, at Edinboro University’s Pogue Student Center Theater. The panel’s title is borrowed from Glenn Adamson’s 2007 book, Thinking Through Craft. Adamson, of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. writes, “...those who have invested deeply in craft now enjoy a unique vantage point from which to engage in critical practice – a change, that is, to become newly relevant to the art world as a whole.” In addition to Mark Newport, panelists will include John Vanco, the Director of the Erie Art Museum and professors Derya Altan (fibers), Cappy Counard (metals) and Karen Ernst (wood.) EUP Art History Professor, Dr. Charlotte Wellman, will moderate the panel. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early.

April 1, 2011, 2 pm.
There will be a performance, Gone But Not Forgotten, at Edinboro University’s Baron-Forness Library. In this performance, Newport, in costume, will lead a collaborative performance in knitting a memory for Mildred Forness and Justina Baron - the two librarians for whom the library is named. All knitters are welcome to bring their work and participate.

Contact Information
Erie Art Museum
Carolyn Eller

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