Erie Art Museum to Open Exhibitions Featuring Works of Neil Daugherty, Dick Lubinsky, and InnovationErie Semi-Finalists

. July 16, 2010 . 0 Comments

The Erie Art Museum will open a series of unique exhibitions this summer, all on view July 14, showcasing works from artists Neil Daugherty and Dick Lubinsky, and also the product design ideas from fifteen semi-finalists in the 2010 InnovationErie Design Competition.

This is the last exhibition in the old Customs House before it undergoes renovation this fall. A public opening reception will be held for all three exhibitions on Friday, July 30, 2010, 7-9 p.m. in the Main Gallery, 411 State.

About the Exhibitions

Peaceful but Not Always: Paintings by Neil Daugherty
The self-taught artist and Erie Native, Neil Daugherty, will be remembered as his paintings from the Erie Art Museum’s collection along with others from private collections will be on display under one roof. The exhibition is part of the community celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Stairways Behavioral Health Center, where Daugherty’s love for painting was nurtured and encouraged. One of Stairways’ first patients, Daugherty wrestled with nervous and emotional disorders and coped with his afflictions through his meticulous and ever-detailed watercolors. Despite his disability, he excelled at the craft and won numerous prizes at regional shows for his paintings that combined abstract motifs with his vivid imagination. He died in 2004.

Eleven Fingers: Works by Dick Lubinsky
Bronx-born Dick Lubinsky was diagnosed with schizophrenia at an early age. After his death in 2001, his niece, June Kosloff, discovered nearly 2,000 works in his apartment, storage units and cars. Kosloff knew her uncle was an artist, but was unaware of the extent of his work. It is through her efforts that his works were first shown in 2004 and continue to be shown today. Lubinsky mostly experimented through mixed-media abstractions. The Fountain Gallery of New York City was one of the first organizations to show Lubinsky’s work after its rediscovery and hosted “The Lubinsky Experience” in 2006. The Gallery is a not-for-profit cooperative run by and representing artists with mental illness, all of whom are members of Fountain House.

Despite disability, both artists in this exhibition evoked the beauty of their imaginative worlds through artistic expression, a practice highly advocated by Stairways.

InnovationErie: An Exhibit of Bright Ideas
Fifteen semi-finalists of the 2010 InnovationErie Design Competition will exhibit their product ideas for a judging panel to compete for cash, assistance prizes, and a community-selected Best of Show award. The semi-finalists will be narrowed down by the competition’s independent panel of judges to four finalists, who will be given time for a 10-minute presentation and 10-minute question and answer session with the panel.

Now in its second year, the competition is a collaborative effort among professionals in the industries of SAM & ED (science, art, manufacturing, engineering and design), and emerged to encourage local economic development by allowing people to showcase their product ideas, with the possibility of taking them to the next level: the marketplace. The contest was open to all individuals, 18 and over, whose product design could be manufactured in the Greater Erie Area. The deadline for next year’s competition is May 11, 2011. Visit for details.

One grand prize of $10,000 cash to be used for equipment and services at the StARTup Incubator, along with thousands of dollars of in-kind InnovationErie partner services, including 3D model prototype services and Design for Manufacturing consultation and CAD design work from Paradigm Design. The grand prizewinner will also receive free patent consulting services and have their design submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office to apply for an official design patent, courtesy of Erie law firm MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton. $10,000 cash prize is the result of a grant awarded to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Competition partners include the STARTUP Incubator, Edinboro University, MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton, Erie Art Museum, Erie Bank, Gannon Erie Tech Incubator, Paradigm Design and the Innovation Center at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

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, as well at traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 6,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, 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 represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz festival.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.

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