Erie Art Museum and PennWest Edinboro’s Art Department will mark one century of arts excellence with the upcoming 100th Spring Show – a partnership that promotes and awards local artists for their work.

Submissions are being accepted now through Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, for the Nicole & Harry Martin Spring Show – which runs from March 17 through Aug. 11.

This year, Gaëtane Verna – a nationally renowned art historian and administrator who serves as executive director of the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio – was selected as the official juror for the show.

Verna is scheduled to present at the Erie Art Museum and Edinboro’s campus during April. Guests can meet the juror from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, for an Erie Arts & Culture Creative Cloud event. Following, she will deliver a keynote address at Edinboro’s Bruce Gallery at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 12.

Verna’s jurying and visit are part of the 25-year partnership between Edinboro’s Visiting Artist and Speaker Endowment (VASE) committee, which aims to identify and host an art professional to jury the museum’s annual show.

Verna arrived at Wexner in November following her tenure at Toronto’s Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, where served as director and artistic director since 2012.

Prior to her time at the Power Plant, Verna was executive director and chief curator of the Musée d’art de Joliette – one of Quebec’s largest art museums – from 2006 to 2012. Previously, she served from 1999 to 2006 as curator of the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University, while also teaching in art history at Bishop’s University and the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Since 1998, Verna has organized and curated exhibitions by emerging and established Canadian and international artists and has edited and contributed essays to numerous books and catalogs.

Verna serves on the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts, TV5 Québec Canada, the Holt/Smithson Foundation and the Sobey Art Foundation.

She is past president of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council and serves on the advisory committees of the Art Gallery of Ontario's Department of Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora and Mosaic Institute.

Erie Art Museum’s Spring Show, in collaboration with Edinboro’s Art Department, is open to all artists who live, work or study within 250 miles of the City of Erie – including Canada. A total of $15,000 in cash prizes and sales is expected and will be determined by Verna as the juror.

According to the prospectus from the Erie Art Museum, the Spring Show is open to all media, including but not limited to painting, photography, graphics, sculpture and fiber.

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