Former EU professor subject of Erie gallery

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 7:36 PM

The Erie Art Museum will host a gallery honoring James McMurray, a professor emeritus for Edinboro University, from Feb. 9 to June 10. 

The gallery, titled “Faces and Places,” will feature “closely observed portraits of people and places: family, home, studio and the surrounding woods,” according to a press release from the museum. 

The press release also states: “McMurray’s paintings tell a story of home and passing time. There are portraits of friends who have passed on, trees that have fallen, and ponds and meadows through seasonal changes.”

Additionally, the gallery will feature self-portraits by McMurray. He creates these each year around his birthday.

“A skilled painter who works primarily in oil on canvas, McMurray is capable of layering glaze over subtle brushwork to achieve representational illusions,” according to the press release. “He can also portray the essence of his subject en plein air, using rapid brushstrokes to carve form and capture a sense of changing light.”

The museum has recently expanded and been named the “first LEED-certified building in the region, soon to be complete with a planted rooftop.” It has a collection of over 8,000 objects and offers various education programs, according to the release.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 

For more information on the museum or the gallery, visit, or call (814) 459-5477.

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