South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — Students of South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Graphic Arts program received a visit from local illustrator, Jason Lenox. Jason’s sci-fi and fantasy art has appeared in King Conan: The Conqueror #5 (Dark Horse Comics) as well as in several independent comics. His illustrations have also been featured in various role-playing games. Jason travels nationally, showing and sharing his artwork with fans on the national comic convention circuit.
Jim Colbert, South Hills Graphic Arts Instructor & Advisor, said, ”Jason has been coming in annually to talk to the students for the last several years. Jason has a clear passion for what he does and is always willing share advice and suggestions with students. He sometimes gives them feedback on their work and has involved a few of them in his projects. He has an engaging and humorous approach to talking about his work, business, and life in general.”
Jason talked to the students about his unique, collaborative work style. His creative process frequently involves partnering with writers, colorists, and letterers, leveraging the skills and talents of others to benefit the projects. He also described his business model and stressed the importance of having contracts and clear expectations on both sides of the table for commissions and collaborations.
Jason discussed the value of students getting honest, constructive feedback for their art and design work to help them develop and grow as artists.
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. She was 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 South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.
She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA 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.