2019 Bruce Morton Wright Artist of the Year
Deborah has been credited as a fiber artist, dressmaker and clothing designer. 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 organixations within our region.