ERIE, Pa. — A $50,000 gift will improve and expand the annual student art show at Penn State Behrend.
The gift, from from Patricia S. Yahn and her son, Greg Yahn, will provide new incentives to artists and additional opportunities for students who want to work behind the scenes.
The endowment will allow organizers to recruit jurors for the show, which is presented in Lilley Library each year, and to provide art supplies to winners of the student competition. More than 30 students submitted works this year.
The gift also will provide resources for students in the college’s Arts Administration major, who are assuming a larger role in planning, producing and marketing the show. The goal is to have every aspect of the show coordinated by students, who can use that experience in future work for arts organizations.
The show will be named the Patricia S. Yahn Student Art Show.
The Yahn family has long supported the college, most visibly with funding for the Yahn Planetarium at Penn State Behrend, which opened in 2014.