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Deborah Sementelli-Hoenes

Artist, Teaching Artist


Contact: Deborah Sementelli-Hoenes
Phone: (814) 602-3766
ERIE, PA 16507

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Teaching Artist


2019 Bruce Morton Wright Artist of the Year

Deborah, a Jill of all Trades, has been credited as a fiber artist, clothing designer, painter and draftsman.  She created wardrobes for feature films including: Andersonville, The Patriot and Gettysburg, in addition to her collaborations with many local creative organizations including: the Flagship Niagara League, The Roadhouse Theater, Lake Erie Ballet, SoMar dance Company, and the Erie County Historical Society.  Deborah received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Edinboro University, expanding her masterful skills beyond fiber arts.  Deborah has served on the boards of NPAA, Lake Erie Fiberarts Guild and as building manager of 1505 Artworks (now PACA).

Deborah has been an arts educator in our community since 1997 and has taught at the Erie Art Museum, the Inner City Neighborhood Art House, through the PA Department of Corrections, Mercyhurst University, Edinboro University, the Historical Society and Lifeworks Erie and as a PA Council on the Arts Rostered Teaching Artist in many K-12 schools throughout Erie, Meadville and Tionesta.

Deborah interacts with all community members from youth to elders, focusing on under-rescourced populations.  She continually explores collaborative, innovative projects with various organizations within our region. 

Deborah designs project based learning activities that utilize hands on basic skills such as measuring and cutting.  Materials used in her projects include fabric, paper, paint, cardboard, socks and recyclables.






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