Last Chance to See Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism and Its Response in Pennsylvania Painting, 1900-1950

Erie, PA, March 30, 2007 --( The last chance to see Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism and Its Response in Pennsylvania Painting 1990-1950 will be April 8, 2007. This exhibition, organized by the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in collaboration with the Erie Art Museum and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, brings together the work of Pennsylvania artists that, although stylistically varied, are firmly based upon the foundation of representational art. Come see for the last time, amazing paintings from talented Pennsylvania artists including: William Baziotes, Mary Cassatt, John Kane, Violet Oakley, Charles Sheeler, and N. C. Wyeth.

The exhibition has traveled to the following venues: The Westmoreland Museum of Art; Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Saint Francis University (Loretto, Pa); and the Erie Art Museum (Erie, Pa). The exhibition’s next stop is the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA: May 19- September 2, 2007.

This exhibition received funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency, through a PCA program that supports Pennsylvania traveling exhibitions and a website promoting these exhibitions- The Richard C. Von Hess Foundation provides additional funding.

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 5,500 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.

Contact: Tammy Roche (814) 459-5477

Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche