Erie Art Museum Selects Juror for 84th Annual Spring Show

Art in America Senior Editor Janet Koplos Selected As Juror

Erie, PA, March 21, 2007 --( The Erie Art Museum has chosen Janet Koplos, senior editor at Art in America, as the Juror of Selection and Awards for the Erie Art Museum’s 84th Annual Spring Show which runs April 21 through June 24, 2007 in the Erie Art Museum’s Main Gallery.

“Janet is a renowned writer, art critic and lecturer,” said Erie Art Museum Director John Vanco. “She’s written nearly 2,000 reviews, articles and essays in her career.”

Koplos is the author of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture and co-author of The Unexpected: Artists’ Ceramics of the 20th Century. She received her B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in Art History from Illinois State University.

While Koplos’ experience and expertise covers artists working in a wide range of media including paintings, textiles, ceramics, metals, furniture and glass. She is the recipient of the Art Critic’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and is currently on the faculty of Parsons School of Design in New York.

“I am looking forward to my time in Erie as the Spring Show juror because I enjoy being able to judge work based on my own opinions. I also appreciate the Spring Show tradition of rewarding selected artists with monetary awards on the basis of my opinions; I feel that this gives a deeper meaning to my judgments. I regard art as a form of visual communication and makes selections based on the piece’s ability to communicate the artist’s intent to the audience,” said Koplos.

Edinboro University will sponsor a public lecture with Koplos at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania’s R. Benjamin Wiley Arts & Sciences Center, room 117 on April 4, 2007 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

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.

Work is currently being accepted at the Erie Art Museum Annex, 20 East 5th Street on:

Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 25, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Erie Art Museum’s 84th Annual Spring Show is sponsored by Mercyhurst College.

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, and public art as well as traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 5,500 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan paintings, 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 presents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.

Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche