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Erie Art Museum Showcases Artist-Designed Bike Racks on Display in PA State Capitol

The Erie Art Museum partnered with Senator Wiley and is highlighting six bike racks that will be on view for the month of February as an exhibit that emphasizes the Museum’s commitment to Erie and the community.

Erie, PA, February 04, 2015 --( The Senatorial Advisory Committee on Arts and Culture, under direction from State Senator Sean Wiley, requested exhibits from Erie County that could be featured in the State Capitol in Harrisburg. The Erie Art Museum partnered with Senator Wiley and is highlighting six bike racks that will be on view for the month of February as an exhibit that emphasizes the Museum’s commitment to Erie and the community.

In 2012 the Erie Art Museum and partners embarked on an ambitions community art project involving the installation of artist-designed bike racks throughout the City of Erie and surrounding areas by building on past successes with public art projects and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.

The project aims to enhance the urban environment visually and functionally by creating new public art and encouraging bicycling for community as a healthy outdoor family activity.

The Erie Art Museum’s 2010 addition, the first LEED-certified green building in the city of Erie, achieved Gold Level certification through sustainable design and practice. The building’s East Fifth Street entrance courtyard includes an artist-designed bike rack and a swooping, powder-coated steel design by Greg Gehner.

During the Bike Rack project’s initial stages, artists were solicited to submit proposals for the design of the bike racks, either to be constructed by the artist or to be fabricated to the artist’s design. A committee chose designs from over 230 submissions from 74 artists. For the initial phase of the project, 40 bike racks were installed in Downtown Erie in 2013 in four initial designs; Jason Wheeler’s Fish, Gears by Baron T. Denniston Jr., Perry 200 by Todd Scalise (fabricated by production partners from artists’ designs) and Greg Gehner’s Transition (an artist-constructed design).

About The Erie Art Museum
The mission of the Erie Art Museum is to maintain an institution of excellence dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the visual arts: by developing and maintaining a quality art collection, by encouraging art in all its forms, by fostering lifelong art learning, and by building community among artists, art students and the public.

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 and in October 2010, a new LEED Gold building that provides additional major galleries, a number of smaller galleries, a 250-person multi-purpose performance space, a new unified entrance, and various visitor amenities, such as café and gift shop.

The Museum 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. Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of nearly 8,000 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 33-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.

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