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Erie Art Museum Premieres Its 88th Annual Spring Show

Erie, PA, April 08, 2011 --( The Erie Art Museum premieres its 88th Annual Spring Show on Saturday, April 16 with an exclusive preview for EAM Museum members and Spring Show artists from 7-9:30 p.m. in the new Museum’s Main Gallery, located off the new 5th Street entrance.

An annual juried exhibition, the show features works from artists residing within 250-miles of Erie with pieces that have not previously exhibited in the Erie area. Newport selected 90 works to compile the show from 593 pieces submitted by 304 artists. A total of $10,000 in cash prizes and guaranteed purchases will be offered to the artists of chosen works, including photography, sculpture, and mixed media pieces.

Of the jury process - unique to EAM as one of the few institutions remaining that still juries by the physical pieces of work instead of digital slides - Newport said, “My process for selecting work was to look for work that reflected the artist’s idiosyncratic view of the world…When artists reveal their particular passions, whether it confirms or challenges something I believe, I think it is a fascinating and generous gift.”

Erie Art Museum Director, John Vanco, emphasized the community elements of this kind of process as “a great way for the staff to keep up with what's going on in the regional art scene. It brings artists and their friends and spouses into the Museum, and involves local artists in a way that sending in a disk just doesn't.”

The 88th Annual Spring Show will be on view through June 26, 2011, and is sponsored in part by Edinboro University through juror accommodations.

Cash awards were given to John Flatz, Segregation Room Doors, Mary Jane Kidd, Viagra Poems, Chuck Johnson, Trailer.

Juror awards went to Fred Scruton, Willie Jordan, Jeremy Yamma, 100 miles, Eric Thayer, Party Plates, Jason Thompson, Daydreamer.

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 Mark Newport’s visit is made possible through a collaboration between the Erie Art Museum and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

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

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