"The Community Arts Center of Cambria County is embarking on an expansion project which has been partially funded through an endowment from Josephine Paul, former Supervisor of Art for the Greater Johnstown School District. The Center plans to honor her legacy by establishing the M. Josephine Paul Family Museum. This museum will showcase her collection and personal effects, and also provide a venue for local school districts to showcase future artists of the region.
M. Josephine Paul taught art and served as the Supervisor of Art of the Greater Johnstown School District for 20 years. Her work has been exhibited in hundreds of national and international juried and invitational shows, including the Carnegie International at the Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh and an invitational show at the Edwin Hewitt Gallery in New York City. Jo, a Johnstown native, graduated from Lock Haven State University and the University of Pittsburgh, with graduate work at Pennsylvania State University and Carnegie Mellon. Jo’s high personal standards were a guiding factor of her artistic development and because she never sought popular acclaim or public approval for her art, many are unaware of the caliber of her work.
The M. Josephine Paul Family Museum will be a 5,549 square foot addition connected to the current Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center building. The 2,771 square foot, first floor will fulfill all of Jo Paul’s wishes, and include a theatrical performance space. The 2,778 square foot second floor will provide additional space for the Art Education Department, events, and rentals; thus, becoming a premier Westhills venue location.
The addition’s first floor will allow for the Josephine Paul collection to be displayed, museum tours, rentals and venue usage, lectures, fundraisers, events, and music and theatre productions. The addition’s Amphitheatre, outside of the M. Josephine Paul Family Museum, will be a 2,371 square foot concrete space that can be used for music and theatre performances, weddings, receptions, rentals, lectures, fundraisers, events, and summer camps. The addition’s second floor will provide extensive space for classes and workshops, large events, weddings, receptions, and rentals. This will enable the organization to continue providing diverse offerings in the areas of education, performance art, community engagement, and economic development."
-Angela R. Godin, Executive Director