Edinboro hosts international art curator for annual Spring Show

Partnership with Erie Art Museum continues through August 5

The Erie Museum of Art approaches the centennial of artistic excellence with the upcoming 99th Annual Spring Show – and the University of Edinboro is once again partnering with the organization to educate students, engage the community and reward artists from the tri-state area for their work.

This year, world-renowned art curator and writer Jessica Hong has been chosen as the official juror of the annual Nicole & Harry Martin Spring Show, which runs from April 8 to August 5.

Hong is the new Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Toledo Museum of Art, where she is responsible for expanding art historical narratives and shaping a vibrant collection and exhibition program.

“I am delighted to serve as a juror for the Spring Show 2022 at the Erie Art Museum in partnership with the University of Edinboro’s Department of Art,” said Hong, who earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Barnard College at Columbia University and a master’s degree. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. “As a curator, it is an honor and a privilege to engage with and support artists, as they are essential members of any local and regional community, who shape the cultural fabric not only in their individual contexts , but in broader socio-cultural spheres.”

In addition to her virtual jury, Hong will join the Edinboro Art Department for a campus tour from Wednesday, March 30 through Friday, April 1 – with a public presentation opening at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 in Doucette Hall 119. The museum Erie Art Gallery will also host a Spring Show artist talk at 6 p.m. on April 14.

The jury and Hong’s visit are part of the 24-year partnership with the University of Edinboro’s Visiting Artist and Speaker Endowment (VASE) committee, which aims to identify and welcome an art professional to be part of the jury of the museum’s annual exhibition.

“For more than 20 years, the University of Edinboro VASE Committee has worked with the Erie Museum of Art to bring a professional from the art world to the jury for the museum’s annual spring exhibition and present a free public lecture on the Edinboro campus,” said Lisa Austin, Edinboro art professor, co-founder of VASE and director of the Bruce Gallery on campus. “We’re thrilled to help bring Jessica Hong to the region and can’t wait to see what works she selects for the show and hear from her.”

Prior to her role in Toledo, Hong was assistant curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, where she curated exhibitions including “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85” (2018). She was also part of the new modern and contemporary art division that launched the revamped Harvard Art Museums.

Hong has also held curatorial positions at Independent Curators International (ICI), SculptureCenter, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Hong has written editorials and articles for BOMB Magazine and New England Museums Now, as well as Hood Museum, ICA/Boston, SculptureCenter, and Dartmouth publications. She has been a guest lecturer at various academic institutions including Emerson College, Dartmouth College, Maryland College of Art, Lesley University, and New York University, among others.

The Spring Show at the Erie Art Museum, in conjunction with the University of Edinboro Department of Art, is open to all artists who live, work, or study within 250 miles of the city of Erie. A total of $15,000 in cash prizes and sales is expected and will be determined by Hong as a juror.

Winners will receive cash prizes totaling $2,500, including the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association (NPAA) prize, and $12,500 in advance sales.

The Spring Show is open to all media, including but not limited to painting, photography, graphic design, sculpture, and fiber.

For more information on the Nicole & Harry Martin Spring Show, visit www.erieartmuseum.org.

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