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Erie Art Museum Opens Found Artists: Photography by Fred Scruton

Erie, PA, August 15, 2008 --( The Erie Art Museum opens Found Artists: Photography by Fred Scruton in the Museum’s Frame Shop Gallery, August 15 through November 8, 2008. A public reception will be held during Gallery Night, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 from 6-10 p.m.

Fred Scuton has been collaborating with other artists, who are often anonymous, resulting in a large body of work that has been exhibited widely throughout the country since 1999. Subject matter includes individuals’ eccentric installations and accumulations, the conversion of inner city buildings from commercial use to churches, rural carnivals, and folk art that is commercial in nature. This exhibition features storefronts painted by self -taught artists. There is often an architectural element as well, with the buildings themselves playing an important role in the pictures.

Scruton studied philosophy at the University of Rochester, and earned his MFA in photography at the Pratt Institute in New Jersey in 1982, after which he made his living photographing fine art in New York City, working for museums, private collectors, and periodicals such as Art in America and ARTnews.

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 at 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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