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Professor of Art
Allegheny College
520 North Main Street
Meadville, PA 16335

814-332-3379 (office)

Public Art Projects


North Street Improvement Project. A collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the City of Meadville to foster enhancements of the North Street Improvement project, which includes expansion of turning radii at four major intersections. The plan features development of a ‘green necklace’ to enhance stormwater management, establish bio-infiltration and/or bio-retention sites for improved water quality along the street, which is adjacent to Mill Run (an impaired urban stream), and integrate community art along the corridor.

Shadybrook Park Revitalization. A collaboration with the City of Meadville to revitalize a community park through murals, trail development, and stormwater enhancements designed to address flooding, increase usability of the park and also improve water quality in Mill Run.

Mill Run Stream Highlighting. A collaboration with the City of Meadville to highlight Mill Run, a historically important yet impaired urban stream that moves through the city, and encompasses much of the central downtown business district. The project involves a series of street paintings implemented at each place where the stream runs under a city street.

In Praise of Land & Water: Revisioning Stormwater on Federal.  2006 – 2010. An eco-art project that merges Earth Art with best management practices in the environmental mitigation of stormwater runoff as part of the I-79 Meadville Interchange Project with PennDOT and Federal Highways Administration. A collaboration with artist Angelo Ciotti, Environmental Engineer Steve Halmi, and Landscape Architect Chris Brown (Derck & Edson).

Read Between the Signs. ongoing 2001 – present. A sculptural relief made from recycled road signs that screens PennDOT’s storage lot in Meadville, PA. Collaboration with PennDOT. Phase II  and III were completed with support from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Grants.

Market Alley. Design concept for beautification and greening of an alley in Meadville’s historic downtown. Project involved daylighting a local stream the flowed under the alleyway. Phase I was completed December 2011.


Market House Stormwater Garden. An eco-art site project that demonstrates reuse, addresses flooding from stormwater overflow, and creates civic space.

Flow: Mill Run. A signart relief mural on a municipal parking garage in Downtown Meadville, where Mill Run, an historical stream, runs under the structure on its course through the city of Meadville. This project is part of a larger effort to highlight and daylight Mill Run throughout the city and in so doing to help stimulate sustainability and economic development.


Signs & Flowers. A sculptural installation of twelve large (8 – 10’) flowers made from recycled road signs. Project involved landscaping a 315’ x 80’ embankment into a series of undulating mounds (made from recycled shoulder dirt), which together with the flowers evokes a post-industrial garden. Collaboration with Allegheny College and PennDOT in Meadville.


Greenroom. A ‘green’ community breakroom designed for the Crawford County Industrial Park. Meadville, PA. Includes a  33’ x 17’ mural, historical photo-essay, sculptural tables and chairs all made from recycled materials found on site.


Selected Exhibitions (2000 – present)


Remediate-Revision, Public Artists Engaging the Environment, St. Mary’s College, Maryland


Outside the Centers/On the Edge, a juried exhibit that travelled to five PA sites


Artist’s Who Teach, Manchester Craftsman Guild, Pittsburgh, PA


Outdoor Sculpture Show, Red Brick Gallery, Foxburg, PA, November.


Erie Art Museum, Environmental Art Exhibit, March
Bowman, Penelec and Megahan Galleries, Allegheny College, Faculty Exhibit, October


Bowman, Penelec and Megahan Galleries, Allegheny College, Faculty Exhibit, October
Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, Outdoor Installations, Spring


Archie Bray Foundation 50th Anniversary Auction/Exhibition, Summer
Community Prayer Project
. Bowman, Penelec and Megahan Galleries, Allegheny College,
Outdoor Sculpture Show, Red Brick Gallery, Foxburg, PA, November.


Glass Growers Gallery, Erie, Pa, Summer.


Reviews & Articles

Public Art Review, newsbrief on Arts & Environment Initiative, summer 2006.
The Post-Journal, “Creative Solutions”, Loren Kent, July 14, 2006.
“Roadside, Road Sign Art”. Sam Hossler. Fall 2005 Volune V, Issue IV.
Meadville Tribune, Erie Times, Philadelphia Enquirer
all have reported on Art & Environment projects.
American Ceramics
, Winter 1992, “A New Body Language: The Primacy of Touch In Amara Geffen’s Clay Sculptures”. C. Wellman
Ceramics Monthly, May 1989 (feature article)



Selected Lectures and Conference Presentations: (recent)


Artists in Context: Art and Community and Environmental Change, St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s City, Maryland


Imagining America Annual Conference, Community-based Public & Environmental Art


Bates College Arts Summit: Strategies for Community-based Arts
Lawrence University, Spoerl Lecture, “The Arts & Sustainable Community Design”


Imagining America, “Stories from the Field: Arts-based community development”


National Council on the Education of the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual conference.
Presentation focused on Community Arts projects and was published in the Annual NCECA Journal.
Co-Authored with Susan Wink.

Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of PA (AICUP) – regional meeting at Seton Hill University presentation on CEEDs work, with special focus applied liberal arts learning and community engagement/development initiatives. http://www.aicup.org/Portals/0/Econ%20Dev/alleghenygeffen3-4-08.pdf Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Education annual conference, February 2008. I was invited to do a presentation on the CEED, the Arts & Environment Initiative and the Mill Run Project at this annual meeting of PA Environmental Educators.Bonner Service Learning Conference held at Allegheny in the summer. Presentation on Civic Engagement Programs at the College.Project Pericles Annual Meeting (Occidental and Pitzer College’s). Presentation on “Civic Engagement, Curriculum, Community: Creating Connections at Allegheny College”. Discussion leader for session that focused on the challenges and opportunities for engaging faculty in teaching for civic engagement.


“Reuse and Community Building: Roadside Art in Meadville, PA”. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Summit, Harrisburg, PA., September

“CEED: A Decade of Work – Sustainability is Working in the Rustbelt”, National Association of Independent Schools, Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, Lawrenceville, New Jersey

“CEED: A Decade of Work – Sustainability is Working in the Rustbelt” – Conference on the Small City, Joint Urban Studies League, Wilkes Barre PA.


“Creating Partnerships: Center for Economic and Environmental Development/Arts & Environment Initiative”, presented at HUD’s Community Outreach Partnerships Center conference in Chicago


“Art as a Tool for Community Development”, Art, Culture Nature, Bothell, WA.


Grants and Awards

Diamond Honor Award “In Praise of Land & Water: Revisioning Stormwater on Federal Highways”
Western PA Environmental Award, Art & Environment Initiative (PennDOT projects) 2005
French Creek Environmental Award, Art & Environment Initiative (PennDOT projects), 2005
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Artists & Communities. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 2003, 2004.
Humanities Teacher/Scholar, Allegheny College, 2002 – 2004
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Visual Artists Fellowship, 1986 and 1992


Visiting Artist and Residency Experience

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Artist-in-Residence, summers 2000 – 2009.
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Mt., Artist-in-Residence, 1990 and 1991.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mi., Visiting Artist, May and June, 1990.
Watershed Center For Ceramic Art, North Edgecome, Me., Artist-in-Residence, Summer, 1989.