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Erie Art Museum Premieres Its 89th Annual Spring Show

Erie, PA, April 06, 2012 --( The Erie Art Museum premieres its 89th Annual Spring Show on Saturday, April 21 from 7-9:30 p.m. with an exclusive preview for EAM Museum members and Spring Show in the Museum’s Main Gallery. A free public reception, including family art-making activities, follows on Sunday, April 22 from 1-3 p.m.

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. Emily Hubley served as this year’s Juror of Selection and Awards. A noted animator and filmmaker, Ms. Hubley’s films have been exhibited widely in museums, art houses, universities and film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca and South by Southwest. Her artwork has been presented in exhibitions at galleries and museums around the country, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Ms. Hubley accepted 95 pieces from 89 artists from a body of 644 pieces submitted by 315 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—Hubley said, “It was with much trepidation that I stepped into the shoes of juror for the Erie Museum’s Annual Spring Show. As an independent filmmaker for over 30 years, I’ve been on the other end of that stick many times, and I do not relish the prospect of standing in judgment of other artists’ work. But the task was before me, and selfishly, I very much looked forward to seeing work done by artists unfamiliar to me—much of which I’d never be able to see otherwise.”

Ms. Hubley also commented on her 95 selections, which form this year’s show. “Certain themes resonate in this exhibition: a celebration of nature—natural materials, animals, landscapes, seascapes, textures and inspired patterns. There’s also a sense of humor and a fond intimacy between artist and subject in many of the portraits selected here. At the heart of it, I hope viewers will be touched by these artists’ sincere and invested examinations of their subjects. Whether it's an abstract introspection about life’s meaning, or perfecting the design of a chair, a macabre portrait of a bunny in bondage or an ingenious transformation of a piece of driftwood, all these pieces embody the effort of an artist to present her/his unique (in most cases not overwrought nor over thought) view of the world.”

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 89th Annual Spring Show will be on view through July 8, 2012. The exhibit is sponsored in part by Edinboro University.
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