Community Partners

[An updated list of those who participated in Read Between the Signs’ construction and inception coming soon]


Project Director

Amara Geffen, Professor of Art and Project Director CEED’s Art & Environment Initiative


Allegheny College Interns

Drea Ryding ’05
Julie Nagel ’04
Julie Chang ’05
Ben Watson ’04
Jenny Picciano ’05
Charlie Howe ’05 (worked on Phase I summer ’02 and helped with installation summer of ’03)
Julie Hersh ’03 (worked on Phase I summer ’02)
Adrienne Berly ’04 (worked on Phase I summer ’02)


Community Interns

Jera Lodge, MASH student (summer ’03)
Nathan Gregg, VoTech graduate (summer ’03)


PennDOT employees

Jack Molke, District Manager
Scott Allen, Equipment Manage
Ryan Neiman, Acting Sign Shop Foreman
Dave Heim, Grade-all Crew Foreman
Don Bailey, Equipment Operator B (drove the grade-all)
Don Hyde, Equipment Operator A
Jim Andrews, Equipment Operator A
Ed Calvin, Yardman
Paul Kerchin, Equipment Operator A
Randy Calvin, Equipment Operator A (developed concept to motorize Ferris wheel)
Matt Semian, Maintenance Repairman (electrical work and welding for Ferris wheel)
Seth O’Brien, Maintenance Repairman (electrical work and welding for Ferris wheel)
Timothy Copeland, Welder
Rick Adsit, Stock Clerk (handled all orders and tool needs)
Jeff Hershelman, Stock Clerk
Cathy Bennet, Equipment Operator A


Additional Support

Cecil Stevenson, …..Ferris wheel design for mechanization


Project Sponsored by

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
Allegheny College (Dean’s Office and ACCEL)
Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED)
Howard Heinz Endowment
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), Artists and Communities Grant
Erie Art Museum – took fiscal stewardship, which allowed us to accept the MAAF grant