InnovationErie: Design Competition 2011, Erie Art Museum Seeking Bright Ideas

Erie, PA, March 23, 2011 --( People are inventing the future everyday, and some of them are right here in Pennsylvania. If you're one of them, there’s a chance to take your bright idea and turn it into a reality.

Now in its third year, InnovationErie Design Competition is a collaborative effort among professionals in the science, art, manufacturing, engineering and design (SAM & ED) industries, 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. The competition seeks ideas for products that can be manufactured in the Erie region.

The contest is open to all individuals, 18 and over, whose product design could be manufactured in the Greater Erie Area. The contest begins by submitting an electronic application to by midnight, May 11, 2011. Design entries will be juried by an independent panel of competition judges who will select semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will exhibit works at the Erie Art Museum July 16-October 16, 2011 and compete for the Grand Prize, over $10,000 worth of assistance prizes.

Interested candidates can find out more information and download an application by visiting

The 2011 InnovationErie Sponsors include Civitas, Edinboro University, Erie Art Museum, Gannon University, Keystone Innovation Zones, MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton, Paradign Design, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, StARTup Incubator.

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 and a modern, ‘Green,’ 10,500 square foot expansion. The newly expanded Museum marks the first LEED-certified building in the region, soon to be complete with a planted rooftop.

The Museum maintains an ambitious program of 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 as 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 25-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, café, and gift shop is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For additional visitor information, visit online at or call 814-459-5477.

Erie Art Museum
Carolyn Eller