Board of Directors
SARAH HLUSKO EVERHART
- Photo Artist, New Media Art
- Exhibitions Alternate and Chair
- Retired Electrical Engineer; helped create and run Gannon radio; composed “Grimsby”, a children's ballet; served over 35 years on multiple art boards including PASNWPA.
- Painter-mostly nature including birds and landscapes in oil or acrylic
- 11 years in NPAA and was on the board for Technology 5 years ago
- I’m also a retired Calligrapher. I owned a gallery at one time and now do outdoor art shows and festivals. I have studied under international Calligraphy teachers and just recently took a Plein Air workshop.
SARAH HLUSKO EVERHART
- McDowell Highschool graduate, educated by NPAA Members Mary Rosiak and Marsha Cisek
- Mercyhurst University graduate, studied Studio Art/Biology, educated by NPAA Members Daniel Burke and Gary Cardot
- Interests include barre, hiking with her dog, Spot, fishing, swimming, reading, antiques, website design
- Previous employment/volunteer work includes Erie Summer Festival of the Arts & Celebrate Erie Chalk Walk Chalk Artist/Board Member, Mercyhurst University (Merciad - Photography Editor/Staff Photographer, Lumen - Art Contributor, Juried Student Art Show, Cummings Art Gallery - Student Finalist), Artlore Studio, and Kada Gallery
- NPAA Friend/Board Member since 2021
- Previous NPAA Board assignments: Archives, Publicity, Secretary (way back when) 30+ year member
- Employment: Manager, Employee Communications, Lord Corporations, (Retired 2002)
- Education: MFA Degree, Visual Communications, Syracuse University, 1986
- Art Experience:
- Owned Hagle Studio Gallery, c.1968 to 1972. Created eight music/visual programs for 2001 Clubs of America, a discotheque franchise in 23 US cities c.1974. Exhibited art with NPAA in Erie, Pittsburgh, Ohio and NYC. Taught photo workshops at Erie Art Museum, Audubon Society, and Mercyhurst University, c.1980 to 1985. Produced art books on works by Roy Ahlgren, Francis T. Schanz, Matta D. and John Silk Deckard, and my personal photography, 2009 to 2014.
- 30 + years a member
- Publicity, Scholarship
- Educator Mercyhurst University, Edinboro University, Millcreek Schools, President of LEFG, create and perform at Dafmark Dance Theater
- A member of N.P.A.A for 30+ years
- N.P.A.A position – secretary for 6 years, also alternate for Publicity
- Edinboro University:
- B.S Education
- B.F.A Ceramics
- M.A – Painting & Ceramics
- Gannon University:
- M.A Counseling
- Tenured teacher, Erie School District – 19.5 years
- Adjunct Faculty Member, Penn State - Erie, The Behrend College
- Publications: (Work Displayed in)
- “The Best of Pottery”
- Quarry Books, Rockport Publishers, Glouster Mass. 1988
- 75 National & International exhibitions.
- Regional exhibitions such as “Three Rivers Art Festival”, Erie Art Museum etc.
- A collaborative social sculptor, served on the City of Erie's Zoning Hearing Board and now serves on Erie County's Planning Commission. Austin has contributed dozens of co-authored essays to the Erie Reader and Erie Times-News examining urban design, economic development, and transportation issues in Erie. As a part of her art practice, Austin helped orchestrate federal lawsuits opposing the shortsighted demolition of Erie's McBride Viaduct and construction of an Erie Bayfront Highway - two examples of the city's 21st century redlining. Austin was one of a dozen candidates for Mayor in 2017 and used her "Elect an Artist" political platform to advocate for innovative, inclusive and sustainable adaptive reuse, planning and economic development. Through the CIVITAS design collaborative she established, Austin initiated and co-founded Preservation Erie, All Aboard Erie, Innovation Erie, made in Erie Marketplace & Design Lab, SculptureX, ErieCPR and Connect Urban Erie. A professor of art at Edinboro University, Austin has directed the Bruce Gallery since August of 2020 where, in 2021, she facilitated the first POC curated show of regional POC artists. She earned a BFA and MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University (1984) and Yale University (1986),
- One of the last students of Joe Plavcan.
- Received a BFA in illustration and ad design from the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAS) before the invention of the wheel.
- 45 years in the art business – variously as art director/designer, illustrator, writer, and account and production manager – started in Buffalo, followed by four years at Dix & Eaton, a Cleveland PR firm that served heavy industry such as GE, Lords, and Eriez Magnetics.
- Tal. Inc. as a senior designer before the formation of KolGraphics, my ad business that served Fortune 500 clients as far away as Portugal Oregon and Brussels, Belguim
- Concurrently, I was recruited to join the faculty at CCAD, but I chose to stay in Erie to restructure and teach the commercial art class at Tech Memorial
- Since retiring from full-time ad work and teaching, I’ve had a renewed interest painting, exhibiting regionally as well as nationally at the Butler Mid-Year.
- Most recently, I’m starting my second term on the NPAA board and completing a commission to research and write a book – a corporate history that will be published in hardcover soon.