Erie Art Museum 95th Annual Spring Show: Call for Entries

ERIE, Pa. — The Erie Art Museum has announced a call for entries for the 95th Annual Spring Show.

Artists residing within 250 miles of the city of Erie are invited to enter works not previously exhibited in Erie County. Prizes totaling $15,000 will be awarded to participants, including a $2,500 cash prize and $12,500 in guaranteed purchases. Cash awards will be divided among juror Wendy Maruyama’s selections.

All original artwork — including graphics, illustrations, photography, sculptures, fibers and more — will be accepted at the Erie Art Museum beginning Sunday, March 18. Works must be delivered to the museum’s Custom House entrance, located at 411 State St., Erie on the following dates:

Sunday, March 18, 1-5 p.m.

Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 25, 1-5 p.m.

Thursday, March 20 through Sunday, March 31, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The deadline for entries is Sunday, March 31 at 5 p.m. Works arriving late will not be considered.

Out-of-town artists may submit their work through prepaid shipping and must include a completed entry form with accompanying entry fees as well as a return shipping label. Send works to Erie Art Museum Frame Shop, 423 State St., Erie, Pa. 16501. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be emailed upon completion of judging, by April 6.

Artist, educator and award-winning furniture designer Wendy Maruyama will serve at the guest juror for the 95th Annual Spring Show. This ongoing collaboration between Edinboro University and the Erie Art Museum is part of what makes this long-running exhibition special. The Edinboro design department creates a poster for the event, the art department hosts a talk by the juror, and she will interact with students. According to Curator Susan Barnett, “Murayama is an established artist with a continually evolving, boundary-defying practice. She will bring a unique perspective to this year’s exhibition and I am excited to see her selections.”

Maruyama has been making innovative work for 40 years, challenging the accepted notions of furniture by combining tradition studio craft with humor, social commentary, sculptural forms and color. Conceptually her work deals with social practices including her Japanese-American heritage, feminism, and wildlife endangerment in Africa.

She has been a professor of woodworking and furniture design for over 30 years and is one of the first two women to graduate with a master’s degree in furniture from Rochester Institute of Technology.

“In addition to combatting the conservative nature of the furniture field, initially it was a challenge to be taken seriously as a woman in a male-dominated field. In some cases and situations it is still a challenge,” Maruyama said. “Just being able to thrive and make it as an artist is a huge accomplishment for me — the satisfaction of enjoying what I do for a living.”

The Spring Show opens with a private preview and reception for artists and Erie Art Museum members on Saturday, April 21, from 6-8:30 p.m. followed by the public opening on Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m., where it will remain on display through Saturday, July 1.

Maruyama will engage with students and faculty and present a free public lecture on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at Edinboro University’s Doucette Hall, Room 119, located at 215 Meadville Street, Edinboro, Pa. 16412.

For more information about the 95th Annual Spring Show or to download an entry form, visit or call (814) 459-5477.

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 and a modern, ‘Green,’ 10,500 square foot expansion completed in 2010. The expanded Museum marks the first LEED-certified building in the region, soon to be complete with a planted rooftop.

The Museum maintains an ambitious program of 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 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 several education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 25-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers.

The Erie Art Museum and gift shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The Frame Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Whole Foods Co-op Cafe & Bakery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For additional visitor information, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.