The Kutztown University Arts Society has presented five recipients with the 2022 Schaeffer-Sharadin Fellows Award, which includes induction into the second annual class of the KU Arts Hall of Fame. Wednesday evening’s induction ceremony at the Schaeffer Auditorium underscored the importance of KU’s relationship with artists and supporters of the arts of the highest caliber.
This year’s inductees include:
PATRON OF THE ARTS FELLOW
PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP
- Jason Bishop ’07
- Edward F. Protzman ’90
VISUAL ARTS COURSES
- Rosemarie Sloat – Faculty Emeritus ’51
- Arthur Harington ’65
Martha L. Hafer ’02 is very philanthropic and has strong and long-lasting ties with KU. She has given back to the university in many ways, much of which focused on the arts. In 2002, Hafer established an endowed scholarship for jazz studies and very generously supports KU Presents! She is also a strong supporter of local arts and culture programs including Reading Pops and Goggleworks.
Jason Bishop ’07 is a professional magician who travels the world. It has been presented several times on Broadway as well as on national television. Bishop has received countless prestigious awards and accolades, including four invitations to the legendary Magic Castle. He has given back to KU by making numerous equipment donations to Schaeffer Auditorium and KU Presents!
Edward F. Protzman ’90 is a highly accomplished music educator and bandleader/director who has been nationally recognized for his contributions to teaching music to high school students in Pennsylvania, Kansas, Ohio and in Canada. Protzman received top marks in OMEA, KMEA, and PMEA, as well as the highly esteemed Grammy Foundation Music Teacher Award. He is also the founding musical director of the Pennsylvania Youth Wind Ensemble and the Doylestown Symphonic Winds.
Rosemarie Sloat was an internationally renowned painter and teacher with her works currently exhibited in public and private collections in the United States, Switzerland and Mexico. Her painting of Ethel Merman as Annie Oakley is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. DC, and she developed new methods and techniques of painting and drawing. Sloat also began drawing and painting classes at Kutztown University and received the President’s Award for Higher Education.
Arthur Harrington is a well-respected artist, teacher, coach, gallery owner, and mentor known to many K-12 and middle school students. He is a long-time supporter of the Outstanding Senior Art Student Awards and invites each winning student to exhibit their own work in their art gallery. Harrington was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine and gave back to KU for many years. He has provided immense support for visual arts programs on campus, while providing free workshops and art exhibitions to KU students.
Each year, up to six new Schaeffer-Sharadin Fellows will be awarded. Individuals, couples, or groups of individuals chosen through the nomination process are honored by the KU Arts Society and made a Fellow in one of three categories: Patron of the Arts, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts. These positions are open to any KU alumnus, professor, professor emeritus, or community member who demonstrates outstanding contributions to the arts category. The nomination process is continuous and throughout the year, but submissions must be completed by the first Friday of the calendar year to be considered for that year’s induction.
- Performing Arts Fellow: An individual, couple or group who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the study, teaching and/or practice of a discipline within the performing arts: i.e. music (instrumental and/or vocal), dance, drama, theater and musical theatre, writing (screen and/or stage), direction, production, production and design (costumes, sets, props, sound, lighting and editing for screen and/or stage), spoken word, comedy, magic and illusion, mime, puppets, circus arts and performing arts. A Performing Arts Fellow must be a KU alumnus, faculty, or faculty emeritus in good standing with the university.
- Visual Arts Fellow: An individual, couple or group who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the study, teaching and/or practice of a discipline within the visual arts: i.e. painting, drawing, engraving, sculpture, ceramics, photography, video. , cinema, digital design, crafts, cabinetmaking, metalwork, stone, mixed media, conceptual arts, textiles and architecture. A visual arts scholar must be a KU alumnus, faculty, or faculty emeritus in good standing with the university.
- Patron of the Arts Fellow: An individual, couple, or group who has demonstrated substantial support for the arts and Kutztown University through philanthropic support, arts administration, arts education and/or advocacy. A patron of the arts is not required to be a KU alumnus, faculty, or faculty emeritus, but those who are must be in good standing with the university.
The KU Arts Hall of Fame is located in the PSECU wing of the Schaeffer Auditorium on the campus of Kutztown University. Those who have been named Schaeffer-Sharadin Fellows are on forever display, highlighting the importance of KU’s relationship with the highest caliber of artists and art supporters.
For more information or to submit an application, please visit https://www.kuf.org/arts-society/hall-of-fame.