The Bellefonte Art Museum: Cecil R. Houser

Posted on February 23, 2013 

One of the more than 60 artists listed in the Bellefonte Art Museum’s registry is Cecil R. Houser. Here is his statement:

“The joy of living is his who has the heart to demand it.  Life is a great adventure and you should accept it in such a spirit.”  Theodore Roosevelt

I was born in Clearfield County and raised in Centre County andgraduated from Bald Eagle Area High School.

I completed college course work in conservation of natural resources; fishery biology; wildlife management and icthyology from the University of Utah and Utah State University.  I also attended training courses in  freshwater fish diseases  at USFWS National Fisheries Center, Leetown, West Virginia;  warmwater fish diseases at Mississippi State University and  fish disease monitoring at USFWS  Laboratory at Genoa, Wisconsin.

I worked for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission from 1967 to 2007, during which I served 10 years as pathologist for the agency’s 13 fish culture stations and more than 29 years in the agency’s cooperative nursery unit as the unit chief from 1988 until retirement, working with 170 sportsmen’s clubs involved in rearing and stocking trout, salmon, steelhead, largemouth bass and walleye.

Since 1984 I have been a volunteer bald eagle monitor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission in the north central area of the state (Centre, Clinton, Lycoming & Cameron counties) along with my wife, Sally, and several other couples, as well as doing programs on bald eagles for various state parks and groups.

I have been involved in Scouting for 30 years and the Big Brother/Big Sister program as a mentor for the past five years.

I enjoy wildlife and nature photography, backpacking, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting and time with my family.

I got into photography when I was in junior high school using a Kodak Brownie camera shooting 127 film and progressing with equipment as it came out.  I currently shoot most of my material with a Canon 40D digital single lens reflex camera.  Working and being in the outdoors in my life has given me many opportunities to document the variety of wildlife and nature that one finds in this state.

I did my first photo show in November 2011 at the Bellefonte Art Museum.

Some of my work can be viewed at

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





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