Call for Artists: Bike Rack Project

Erie, PA, March 04, 2012 --( Erie area artists are invited to submit designs for bike racks to be installed throughout the community. The first phase of the project will focus on downtown Erie, where at least 40 bike racks will be installed during summer 2012.

Artists may submit designs in two categories: 1) Factory produced—designs to be produced by local manufacturers, and 2) Artist fabricated—designs to be executed by the artists themselves. All designs must conform to the design specifications detailed in this document. There is no limit to the number of designs that may be submitted by a single artist.

There are no entry fees for this competition. Designs selected for factory production will receive a $500 design award. Designs that are selected to be fabricated by the artist will also receive a $500 design award, as well as a negotiated fabrication fee, not to exceed $1,500.

All submissions must be received by midnight, March 31, 2012 (by 5 p.m. for hand-delivered entries). Designs may be submitted by email to or mailed or hand-delivered to: BIKE RACKS, Erie Art Museum, 411 State Street, Erie, PA 16501-1106.

The Bike Rack Project is in collaboration with the Erie Art Museum in collaboration with Erie Downtown Partnership, City of Erie, Gannon University, Pedal for the Planet, the Y, and other community agencies.

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