Erie Art Museum

411 State Street


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

        - by building community among artists, art students and the public.


In 1898 a group of artists under the leadership of Lovisa Card-Catlin came together to form The Art Club of Erie. The new organization met at the Art Gallery in the new Public Library on Perry Square, where it would make its home for the next half century. The members organized exhibitions of both local and national artists, presented and discussed papers on subjects of artistic importance, and raised funds to acquire the artworks which became the collection of the Library and are proudly displayed today in the new Raymond Blasco Library on the bayfront. The Art Club moved, together with the Erie Public Museum, to the Watson-Curtze Mansion on West Sixth Street in the 1940s, and through the grass roots efforts of its members and volunteers, finally acquired a home of its own, the Wood-Morrison House, adjacent to the Curtze property, in 1956. The building and the organization gradually became known as the Art Center, and following a highly successful membership drive, and the new United Arts Fund Drive, the first professional Director was hired in 1968.


Trent Mason

Sunday, June 3, 2018
What a great space! The staff are progressive and they care about the region. Awesome commitment to showcasing fine art. Awesome place! I love it. Makes me even more proud of Erie.

Jane Davis

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Erie Art Museum offers classes, shows, films, children’s activities, a gift and coffee shop, framing services, a permanent collection and always a current offering. Every year there is a judged spring show. The location is so close to so many other Erie favorites too. Memberships fees are reasonable and pay for themselves with a few visits. A great place to bring out of town guests.

kapil vyas

Saturday, June 2, 2018
It's a small museum and displays both contemporary and classic art works. Overall it's well maintained and is located right in downtown and you can easily spend few hours here if you love art.

Kate Finney

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Visited The Erie Art Museum. Enjoyed the Daniel Burke: Callings--Six decades of art and education. This was a retrospective of the artists' work, who I was not familiar with, however, the art was curious and interesting. Our visit to the museum was brief, but we did take the opportunity to explore the "Art-O-Mat" machine. A $5.00 token placed into the slot in the front of a refurbished vintage cigarette machine presents you with a hand made art object created by an artist from somewhere in the world. I received a "folk art sculture". No visit to Erie, or anywhere, is complete without lunch! Molly Brannigan's pub has a great menu with stews and Guinness stout, potato dishes, fantastic burgers with flavorful fries! And chocolate peanut butter pie! I almost forgot the reason for the visit was to pick up paintings rejected from the spring show! Oh well, better luck next year!

Drew Adams

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Well curated, and a wonderful place to bring the family especially on Wednesdays when admission is free to all. The location is historic and fascinating with or without the displays for those who appreciate architecture. Also includes a "kids as curators" program that showcases work from area school children, and some interactive youth centered exibits that allow and encourage visitors to create and contribute.

Recent News

Exhibition - Cumbrian Blues

Cumbrian Blue(s) presents the ceramic work of English artist Paul Scott, whose plates and platters emulate the look of mass produced consumer wares, using traditional blue and white motifs and patterns with his own twist. His works superimpose non-tr…

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Exhibition - Skrebneski

Skrebneski is a retrospective of Victor Skrebneski’s 65+ years as a fashion and art photographer. A Chicago native, Skrebneski’s first exposure to photography came when he picked up an abandoned camera from a park bench at a very young ag…

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Exhibition - Arthur Rothstein: 20th Century Picture Stories

During a career spanning five decades, photographer Arthur Rothstein provoked, entertained and informed the American people with his descriptive images, ranging from a hometown baseball game to the drama of war, from struggling rural farmers to US Pr…

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Exhibition - Present

Lisa Austin, Installation and Lori Korsmo, Drawings. Present is a collaboration between artists Lori Korsmo and Lisa Austin. Korsmo creates intricate drawings, informed by her interest in mathematics, lace, tile, and textiles. Austin has created a si…

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Erie Art Museum Blues and Jazz Festival 2013

The 21st Annual Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival is the largest blues and jazz event in the region. The two-day Festival presents national and regional musicians in a beautiful, outdoor, family-friendly setting at Frontier Park.Schedule:Satu…

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Exhibition - Full Exposure: The Uncompromising Life and Lens of Kathe Kowalski

Despite her predilection for documenting people in some of their most vulnerable states, Kowalski’s photographs are frank, compassionate, honest and dignified. She photographed intensely personal struggles, her own and others, including the decline…

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Exhibition - Looking at Lincoln

Works by Richard Wengenroth, Anthony Savini and others, including historical images from the Robert P. King Collection of Lincolniana at the Erie County Historical Society.In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the …

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Exhibition - Out and InScapes: Works by Ben Gibson

Painter Ben Gibson’s new body of work contrasts studio creations with plein-air paintings of the American West. In 2011 Gibson took a sabbatical from teaching at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania to travel out west to paint. Working outdoors pres…

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