Tattoosdays at the Erie Art Museum

September 20, 2017, Erie, PA-- In conjunction with its current exhibition Ancient Ink: Mark Perrot, which is currently on display in the Museum's Nancy & Warner Bacon Gallery through January 28, the Erie Art Museum is offering free Tuesday admission to all visitors sporting visible tattoos.

The exhibition is the result of a three-decade photographic investigation of tattooed older Americans by Pittsburgh photographer Mark Perrot. Through photographs and accompanying interviews, Perrott introduces the viewer to dozens of individuals, including Jim, an architect who waited for retirement to reveal his whole-body design, Marge, a 74 year-old former Cleveland police officer, and Henry, an 87 year-old WWII era Navy veteran. "These subjects," Perrot says, "speak to me of resilience, loss, mystery, and the emancipation that sometimes comes with growing old."

The series touches on some of the ways individuals choose to express their identities, telling stories of loss, love, fulfillment, and the impacts of age.

Visit to listen to interviews with Perrot's subjects and view images of the larger-than-life exhibition photographs.

Tattoosdays at the Erie Art Museum will run from Tuesday, September 26, 2017 through Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

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 and a modern, 'Green,' 10,500 square foot expansion.  The newly expanded Museum marks the first LEED-certified building in the region, soon to be complete with a planted rooftop.

The Museum maintains an ambitious program of 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 as traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 8,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers several education programs and artists' services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 25-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers.

The Erie Art Museum and gift shop is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Summer hours for the

Museum's Wave Café are 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m.

- 2 p.m. on Saturday. For additional visitor information, visit online at or call 814-459-5477.





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