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Erie Art Museum Opens Earth & Spirit: Contemporary Indigenous Art from Australia and New Zealand

Erie, PA, September 13, 2007 --( The Erie Art Museum opens Earth & Spirit: Contemporary Indigenous Art from Australia and New Zealand on Friday, September 14, 2007 at the Erie Art Museum’s Main Gallery, 411 State Street; an opening reception is scheduled for the exhibition during Gallery Night Friday, Oct. 19, from 7-10 p.m. The exhibition runs through December 30, 2007.

About the Exhibition
The Maori people of New Zealand are heirs to a vibrant culture that continues to find expression in the form of contemporary art. Earth & Spirit: Contemporary Indigenous Art from Australia and New Zealand, curated by John Royal, serves as an introduction to the best of contemporary Maori art. The exhibition features 75 works by 12 established Maori artists in a variety of media, including paintings as well as traditional forms, such as weaving and carving in wood and jade. The common thread running throughout Earth & Spirit is the relationship between the physical and the spiritual within traditional Maori cosmology.

Rounding out the exhibition will be a selection of historical Maori artifacts on loan to this exhibition from the selection of the Zanesville Art Center of Zanesville, Oh.

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.

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Tammy Roche

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