Two New Exhibits Debut at the Erie Art Museum September 2014

Erie, PA, September 12, 2014 --( The Erie Art Museum is pleased to present two new exhibits this month, Pattern Recognition, Works by Jamie Borowicz in the Hagen Family Gallery, on view September 13, 2014 through January 11, 2015, and William E. Workman (1932 – 2012) in the Ronald E. Holstein Gallery, on view September 19, 2014 through February 7, 2015.

Works by Jamie Borowicz in the Hagen Family Gallery, on view September 13, 2014 through January 11, 2015.

Jamie Borowicz’s art exploits the tensions between the natural materials he uses, their clearly man-made design, and their setting in nature. Many of his works are ephemeral pieces on a beach near his house, lasting as long as the lake and weather allow. Nature provides not only most of his materials, but his inspiration as well. His repertoire ranges from naturalistic watercolors to large sculptures constructed of rocks and other assorted objects on the beach. Some of his beach works are documented with thoughtful commentary on his blog titled “stonewave” (

Exhibited work ranges from paintings and photos to sculptural forms made of stone and other natural materials. The exhibit includes three bodies of work: freestanding sculptural pieces up to eight feet high, photographs documenting sculptures constructed on the beach with a limited lifespan, and a watercolor series that examines the different textures and forms found in nature.

A beloved teacher of art and art history at Mercyhurst Preparatory School, Borowicz graduated with degrees in Art and Art Education from Mercyhurst University, where he is also an adjunct faculty member. He received Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His anthropological studies have taken him to Teotihuacan, Mexico and Tikal, Guatemala where he studied Pre-Colombian culture, art, and iconography. Borowicz’s archaeological articles and drawings, both technical and interpretive, have been published in the United States, Mexico and Guatemala. Borowicz has taken that experience and brought it to his classroom, offering courses in Art History, Art Appreciation, Anthropology, and Mesoamerican Prehistory.

William E. Workman (1932 – 2012) in the Ronald E. Holstein Gallery, on view September 19, 2014 through February 7, 2015.

The late William Workman revealed the beauty of the mundane in his carefully composed scenes of urban and rural decay. His photos feature saturated colors and high contrast, an extension of his earlier experience with black and white photography.

Workman got his first camera in 1945, at age 13. By high school he was already on his fourth, shooting pictures for three local newspapers and pursuing other freelance opportunities. He once said, “All my friends called me the Margaret Bourke White of Brentwood,” referring to the pioneering adventurous photojournalist and his western Pennsylvania hometown.

Fresh out of high school, Workman was hired by a Fortune 200 company to shoot industrial advertising photographs. Five years later he was drafted into the army; he took advantage of his time abroad to develop a photojournalistic style. After returning from the service, he earned a BS in business. While working, he authored several books and illustrated two on firearms collecting. In 2000, the large format nature photographs of Clyde Butcher reinvigorated his interest in black and white fine art photography, leading eventually to his explorations in color.

Workman’s photos have been exhibited at the George Eastman House, the Pentagon, and the Smithsonian Institution, and have earned him honors from Eastman Kodak, National Wildlife Federation, United States Armed Services, and others. His work has been featured in magazines such as Lenswork and Photographers Forum.

In his final days, the Sharpsville (Mercer County) resident printed 23 photos, the beginning of what he had planned to be a rather large body of work. These unique prints featured in this exhibition are among the only color photographs that Mr. Workman produced.

A public reception for both exhibits, including an artist reception for Jamie Borowicz, will be held on Gallery Night, Friday, September 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Erie Art Museum. Admission is free. More details are found at
Erie Art Museum
Carolyn Eller