The Erie Art Museum Hosts a Free Community Day, Ends with Gallery Night Featuring 14 Art Venues

Erie, PA, September 25, 2013 --( The Erie Art Museum will host a free Community Day on Friday, September 27, 2013 from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Visitors will enjoy free admission all day to tour the galleries. The Community Day is made possible through a gift from Erie Insurance Group.

Exhibits that will be on view during Community Day are SKREBNESKI, featuring Chicago-based photographer Victor Skrebneski’s best and favorite photographs from over six decades of photography, including many recognizable subjects; Cumbrian Blue(s): A Solo Exhibition of Recent Works by Paul Scott, inspired by traditional blue and white china, English artist Paul Scott uses decalcomania on his ceramic works to comment on environmental issues and to blur the boundaries between fine art, craft and design; of special note, Paul Scott will present a gallery talk at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Multipurpose room, free to the public; Arthur Rothstein: 20th Century Picture Stories, featuring works by Rothstein, recognized as one of America’s premier photojournalists, with images ranging from a hometown baseball game to the drama of war, from struggling rural farmers to US Presidents; Present: Lisa Austin, installation and Lori Korsmo, drawings, an exhibition showcasing a large selection of Korsmo's unique meditative drawings escorted by Austin's modest site-specific installation and social sculpture.

In addition, the Museum’s gift shop will be open along with the Wave Café, which serves lunch, snacks and coffee throughout the day.

Community Day concludes with a fall edition of Gallery Night. From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., the Erie Art Museum and thirteen independent art spaces open their doors after hours for visitors to explore visual art in a unique way. Each participating gallery offers its own exhibition, artist meet & greets, entertainment, refreshments and vibe. Visitors are encouraged to visit five or more galleries to be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from each venue.

A list of participating galleries and way-finding map are available at

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 7,000 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