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Erie Art Museum Opens Ancient Alloy: Bronzes from the Collection

Erie, PA, January 25, 2008 --( The Erie Art Museum opens Ancient Alloy: Bronzes from the Collection in the Museum’s Ground Floor Gallery, 411 State Street on Friday, January 25, 2008.

Featuring objects from the Erie Art Museum’s permanent collection of more than 6,000 objects, Ancient Alloy includes works which span four continents and 3,000 years. The largest part the exhibit, including ancient classical (Roman and Etruscan) works and a large number of medieval Indian bronzes, was received by the Erie Art Museum as a bequest of the late James D. Baldwin. These are supplemented by modern and historic works from the Museum’s collection, and a selection of ancient Chinese bronzes from a private collection.

“Some of the objects exhibited in Ancient Alloy were part of a traveling exhibition which the Erie Art Museum loaned to other museums in 2007. But most of these works have not been seen by the local public since the 1980s,” said John Vanco, director of the Erie Art Museum, “and many of them have never been publicly exhibited.”

The exhibition explores the versatile metal alloy that has been used for artistic and ritual expression for more than 5,000 years. In addition to presenting a wide variety of artistic approaches, the exhibition includes information on the lost wax process, the casting method by which most art bronzes are produced.

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 as 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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