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Arts Fest Elects New Officers & Board Members: Prepares for 48th Edition of Popular Event

by on October 20, 2013 8:10 AM

The 48th annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is still nine months away, but planning for the massive event is already moving forward.

Rick Bryant, executive director of the Arts Fest says, "We’re already working on next year’s festival, we’ve got some exciting stuff on tap."

Bryant says they're also making plans to celebrate the Arts Fest's 50th anniversary which is just two years away.

The behind-the-scenes work includes the election of new officers for the Arts Festival's board of directors and approval of some new members. On Tuesday, Joyce Robinson was elected 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. 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 and Haug is the director of Penn State’s School of Music.

In addition, three new members 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 of the McQuaide Blasko law firm.

Bryant says the board's make-up illustrates the link that exists between State College and Penn State. "The Festival’s board is a true town-gown partnership; that cooperation is part of our DNA. Even though most of the festival happens in the Borough of State College, artists all over the country know us as “the Penn State show”.

In 2013, the Arts Festival was ranked No. 1 on a list of 100 best outdoor fine art and fine craft fairs compiled by Sunshine Artist magazine. The Arts Fest draws tens of thousands visitors to State College every year.

The 48th Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will be held from July 9 through July 13. Children’s Day will be July 9 and the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will open on July 1o.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts also produces First Night State College, an alcohol-free, family-oriented New Year’s festival.

2014 First Night State College will take place on December 31, 2013.


Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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