Erie Art Museum Selects Art & Culture Critic Dave Hickey as Juror for 85th Annual Spring Show

Erie, PA, November 02, 2007 --( The Erie Art Museum has chosen art and culture critic Dave Hickey as the Juror of Selection and Awards for the Erie Art Museum’s 85th Annual Spring Show, which runs April 26 through June 22, 2008 in the Erie Art Museum’s Main Gallery, 411 State Street.

Hickey has written for many major American publications including Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Harper’s Magazine and Vanity Fair. He is currently Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Known for his arguments against academicism and in favor of the effects of rough-and-tumble free markets on art, his critical essays have been published in two volumes: The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty and Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy (1997). Through his writing and lecturing, Hickey has gained a substantial international reputation. He has been the subject of profiles in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, Texas Monthly, and elsewhere. He was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called “genius grant”.

Hickey has had a varied career. In 1989, SMU Press published Prior Convictions, a volume of his short fiction. He was owner-director of A Clean Well-Lighted Place, an art gallery in Austin, TX. and director of Reese Palley Gallery in New York. He has served as Executive Editor for Art in America magazine, as contributing editor to The Village Voice, as Staff Songwriter for Glaser Publications in Nashville and as Arts Editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

He is married to art historian Libby Lumpkin.

Hickey will host a public lecture at Edinboro University's Cole Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 7 p.m. on the topic of “The Dance of Price and Value: A Short History of the Art Market" which will trace the history of the American art market in the Twentieth Century and the fluttering relationship between price and value. Hickey also will present on the topic of "What is Required of Artists" and will focus on the extra-artistic qualities and attributes that make it possible for an artist to survive in the non-academic art industry.

All artists residing within 250 miles of Erie are invited to enter works not previously exhibited in the Erie area. A total of $10,000 in awards is offered, including $2,000 in juror’s cash awards, the $500 Northwestern Pennsylvania Arts Association Award and at least $7,500 in guaranteed purchases. The cash awards will be divided among the juror’s selections of the best work in the show. Works are due by April 6, 2008.

The Erie Art Museum’s 85th Annual Spring Show is sponsored by Edinboro University.

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, and public art as well as traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 5,500 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan paintings, 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 presents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.

Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche