Kari Lynn Schlegel
Memorial Gallery

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery includes works created by current South Hills students, alumni, and individuals who’ve completed Lifelong Learning courses at South Hills. The Schlegel Gallery features new and emerging artists as well as individuals who are already working or established in the field of design. All of the pieces shown were created using knowledge and skills gained through South Hills courses and programs.

Click the thumbnails to enlarge. New pieces and themed collections will be added to the Schlegel Gallery on an ongoing basis, so please visit this page often to view the latest additions.

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Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope; filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the school's "BooFest" Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated - with love, compassion, and respect.