Fiber artwork by David Van Dommelen

Professor emeritus Van Dommelen’s artworks to benefit Mid-State Literacy Council

The estate of David Van Dommelen, who retired from Penn State in 1987 as professor emeritus of art education, has donated a collection of his artworks to the Mid-State Literary Council, which is auctioning the works online through Sunday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. Funds raised will support adult literacy programs in Centre and Clearfield counties. See photos of all items (designated AR) and bid at:

Van Dommelen, who began his career at Penn State in 1964 as assistant professor of family housing and home art in the College of Home Economics, was instrumental in planning the Unified Art program in the Centreville School District in Michigan. The program was one of the first to integrate home economics, art and industrial art with traditional subjects. Throughout his Penn State career, he created works using multiple mediums, primarily fiber arts. His work is personal, as evidenced by his Korean War piece, which includes his military identification tag (AR-23 in the auction).

Art collectors may arrange private viewings of the collection by contacting Amy Wilson, Mid-State Literacy Council executive director, or 814-238-1809. The collection is currently at 248 E. Calder Way, Suite 307, State College, PA.