Center Valley, Pa. — “Art expands our horizons, gives us an outlet for self-expression, and creates strong, vibrant communities,” says Tina Q. Richardson, chancellor of Penn State Lehigh Valley “It adds a different dimension to our campus as we engage our community in artist talks, thought-provoking exhibitions and other programming in our very own Ronald K. DeLong Gallery.”
Thanks to recent partners from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, the gallery’s diverse programming slate will continue for another year. PSU-LV is a repeat recipient of this award.
The $3,000 award runs from September 1 to August 31 and will be used for overall programming within the DeLong Gallery. A portion of the prize is supporting Linda Stein’s “Fluidity of Gender” current exhibition.
“It is an honor to receive state funding for the arts,” said Ann Lalique, gallery coordinator and art director at PSU-LV. “It’s very helpful — it gives us some latitude to be creative. These funds can be used to bring important and interesting artists to our area.”
Most people not directly involved in gallery operations would find the costs of transporting artwork, arranging it for exhibition and other related expenses truly staggering, Lalik said. Fortunately, DeLong Gallery continues to receive the funding necessary to bring prestigious works from world-renowned artists to the PSU-LV community and, in particular, to its students.
Lalique says she’s also grateful for the PCA’s recognition of smaller galleries that have a big impact on their respective communities. “The funding is distributed through the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and this partnership is also important,” said Lalique. “We appreciate the state’s support of small organizations like DeLong Gallery through regional distribution. We can get lost in the big picture.”