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Erie Art Museum Now Accepting Works for Annual Spring Show

Works are currently being accepted for the Erie Art Museum’s 87th Annual Spring Show, a regional juried exhibit, running April 24 through July 3, 2010 in the Erie Art Museum’s Main Gallery, 411 State Street.

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.

Purchase selections will be made by the firms and individuals offering purchase awards. Each entrant may submit three works. The entry fee is $5 per entry for members of the Erie Art Museum and $10 for non-members. Entrants may submit up to three works.

Work is currently being accepted at the Erie Art Museum Frame Shop, 423 State Street: Saturday, March 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Out of town works may be submitted by prepaid shipment. Deadline for submission of entries is Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 5 p.m.

The Erie Art Museum’s 87th Annual Spring Show is sponsored by Edinboro University.

About the Juror
Roger Shimomura will serve as Juror of Selection and Awards. Shimomura’s paintings, prints, and theatre pieces address sociopolitical issues of Asian America and have often been inspired by diaries kept by his late immigrant grandmother for 56 years of her life.

He has had over 125 solo exhibitions of paintings and prints, as well as presenting his experimental theater pieces at such venues as the Franklin Furnace, New York City, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. He is the recipient of more than 30 grants, of which four are National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Painting and Performance Art. A past winner of the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award, in 2008, he was designated the first Kansas Master Artist and the same year was honored by the Asian American Arts Alliance, N.Y.C. as “Exceptional People in Fashion, Food & the Arts.”

Shimomura’s work is in the permanent collections of over 80 museums nationwide. His personal papers and letters are being collected by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He is represented by The Flomenhaft Gallery, New York City; Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle; and Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City.

Shimomura received his B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle, and his M.F.A. from Syracuse University, New York. A retired Fine Arts faculty member in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas and the recipient of numerous distinguished honors from KU, Shimomra started the Shimomura Faculty Research Support Fund, an endowment to foster faculty research in the Department of Art at KU.

In conjunction with his visit to Erie as juror of the Spring Show, Shimomura presents a lecture about his work at Edinboro University’s Pogue Student Center April 8, 2010 from at 7 p.m.

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 6,000 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.