Associate Professor Patricia Evans speaks to Philanthropic Educational Organization

Associate Professor Patricia Evans spoke to a full house at the Atrio Banquets Catering & Restaurant.

Associate Professor Patricia Evans spoke to a full house at the Atrio Banquets Catering & Restaurant.

SUNY Broome Associate Professor Patricia Evans spoke to a full house Sept. 29 during the biannual meeting of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) at the Atrio banquet hall in Endwell.

An international organization in communities across the United States and Canada, PEO supports the education of women and awards grants, loans and scholarships to high school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate students, international scholars, and women continuing their education.

The schedule of events included remarks from New York State President Susanna Watling, followed by reports from chapter officers. Then, Professor Evans introduced the Exhibition Series: FACES of the Holocaust, produced by her ART 115: Beginning Drawing students.

Philanthropic Educational Organization members view a portrait of Holocaust survivor Eliezer Wiesel by student Kayla Manfrede

Philanthropic Educational Organization members view a portrait of Holocaust survivor Eliezer Wiesel by student Kayla Manfrede

Philanthropic Educational Organization members view a portrait of Holocaust victim Eva Munzer by student Hemmely Reyes

Philanthropic Educational Organization members view a portrait of Holocaust victim Eva Munzer by student Hemmely Reyes

Portraits represent survivors and non-survivors of the Holocaust, rendered in charcoal, pencil and mixed media. Students also researched the personal story for each person featured in the exhibit.

The challenge of researching archival photographs for a reference was heartfelt and students learned the true satisfaction of drawing. When we find meaning in our work, we find our right place in life — and making a difference in our own life then positively impacts others, Evans said.