Edinboro welcomes international art curator for annual Spring Show

02/16/2022

Hong, 2022

Partnership with Erie Art Museum runs through Aug. 5

The Erie Art Museum is approaching the century mark of arts excellence with the upcoming 99th Annual Spring Show – and Edinboro University is once again partnering with the organization to educate students, engage the community and award artists in the tri-state region for their work.

This year, globally renowned art curator and writer Jessica Hong was selected as the official juror for the annual Nicole & Harry Martin Spring Show, which runs from April 8 through Aug. 5.

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

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

In addition to her virtual jurying, Hong will join Edinboro’s Art Department for a campus visit from Wednesday, March 30, through Friday, April 1 – with an open, public presentation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, in Doucette Hall 119. The Erie Art Museum will also host a talk with Spring Show artists at 6 p.m. on April 14.

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

“For more than 20 years, Edinboro University's VASE committee has collaborated with the Erie Art Museum to bring an artworld professional to jury the museum's annual Spring Show and present a free public lecture on Edinboro's campus,” said Edinboro art professor Lisa Austin, co-founder of VASE and director of the on-campus Bruce Gallery. “We are thrilled to help bring Jessica Hong to the region and look forward to seeing what works she selects for the show and to hearing her speak.”

Prior to her role in Toledo, Hong was assistant curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, where she organized exhibitions including “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85” (2018). She was also part of the new Division of Modern and Contemporary Art that launched the renovated 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 visiting lecturer at various academic institutions, including Emerson College, Dartmouth College, Maryland College of Art, Lesley University and New York University, among others.

The Erie Art Museum’s Spring Show, in collaboration with Edinboro University’s Art Department, 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 the juror.

Winners will receive cash awards totaling $2,500, including the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association (NPAA) Award, and $12,500 in anticipated sales.

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

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