One of the more than 60 artists listed in the Bellefonte Art Museum’s registry is Jeanne Stevens-Sollman. Here is her statement:
Jeanne Stevens-Sollman is a full-time studio artist who lives in Centre County with her artist/craftsman husband, Phil Sollman, and their two dogs. Jeanne is internationally acknowledged for her bronze medallions and relief work, which she incorporates into her utilitarian ceramic pieces as well as her ceramic sculpture. For many years Jeanne exhibited in the International Sculpture Invitational in Loveland, Colorado, as well as at the National Sculpture Society in New York City. Jeanne was a sidewalk exhibitor for 29 years in the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. After she retired from sidewalk sales, she became a juror for several national and international exhibitions. Her work is found in many private collections as well as in the permanent collections of the State Museum in Harrisburg; the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto; the British Museum, London; the Smithsonian, and the National Museum of Medallic Art, Warsaw, Poland.
In 2004, Jeanne completed the presidential mace for Iowa State University and has recently completed the presidential collar for ISU in 2008. Installed at the entrance to Penn’s Cave in Centre Hall is a life-size whimsical wolf pack in bronze (2008). Currently she produces annually the Pennsylvania State University Alumni Fellow Awards, the Alumni Achievement Awards, the Friend of Penn State Award, the Pennsylvania University Award of Distinction for Arts and Humanities, the Pennsylvania State University Honorary Alumni Award, the Fischer Award of Distinction and the Outreach Pioneer Award, the Mary Schenley Medal for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Jeanne is currently working on a private commission life-size relief of a mother and child.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Jeanne received a BSEd from Rhode Island College in 1968 and a BFA in 1970. In 1972 she completed her MFA at Penn State University, and returned for post-graduate work with John Cook in Medallic Art in 1984. She is the recipient of the J. Sanford Saltus Award from the American Numismatic Society in 1999, the Dutch Art Medal Society Award at FIDEM in 1998, and the Award of Excellence in Medallic Art from the American Numismatic Association in 2007. She is a Penn State Alumni Fellow as well as a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society. Past president of the American Medallic Sculpture Society, she is currently the U.S. vice delegate to FIDEM (Federation Internationale de la Medaille). In March she was appointed to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee in Washington by U.S. Deputy Secretary Neal S. Wolin.
As an environmentalist, Jeanne was instrumental in reclassifying Buffalo Run as a high quality cold water stream, keeping one of Pennsylvania’s beautiful brown trout waterways safe from the impact of development.
The Bellefonte Art Museum celebrates the human spirit through the arts, recognizing the importance of art in our lives. In 2011, the museum experienced a large increase in attendance, private donations and membership and completed refurbishing the historic Linn House. The museum opened three new galleries: the Children’s Creativity Center, the Anna Wagner Keichline Gallery and the new Louise Bloom Sieg Gallery. The museum is opened Friday through Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Phone 814.355.4280.