Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts elects new officers, directors


The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts elected new officers and members of the board of directors at its annual meeting Oct. 15.

The new officers are Joyce Robinson, board president; Steve Watson, vice-president; Charley DeBow, treasurer, and Sue Haug, secretary.

Robinson is a curator at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State, where she is also an affiliate associate professor of art history, teaching courses primarily in the fields of American and African-American art. Watson is a University planner with Penn State’s Division of Campus Planning and Design in the Office of Physical Plant; DeBow is the parking manager of the Borough of State College. Sue Haug is the director of Penn State’s School of Music.

The following individuals were elected to three-year terms on the board: Yvonne Gaudelius, associate vice president and senior associate dean for undergraduate education at Penn State; Bob Hicks, a retired corporate financial officer; and John Snyder, the managing director, McQuaide Blasko law firm.

In 2013, the Arts Festival was ranked by Sunshine Artist magazine in the top spot on its list of the 100 best outdoor fine art and fine craft fairs in the United States. In addition to producing the summer festival, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts also produces First Night State College, an alcohol-free, family-oriented New Year’s festival.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

First Night State College will take place beginning Dec. 31. The 48th Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will be from July 9 to 13. Children’s Day will be July 9, and the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will open on July 10 and continue through July 13.

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Last Updated October 17, 2013