JOLIET – University of St. Francis professor emerita Dr. Karen Kietzman will continue to inspire creativity and individual expression through the arts through the creation of the Kietzman Endowed Scholarship for Music and Theater.
Kietzman is an alumna of the university, graduating in 1966 with her bachelor’s degree in art and a former member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate in Joliet. She then pursued her master’s from the University of Notre Dame and her doctorate from Northern Illinois University. She taught for several years at area Catholic schools before returning to USF to teach art from 1971 to 1999.
Although Kietzman had a passion for teaching, she also was a renowned artist, holding many shows through the years. Her specialty was watercolor, but she also enjoyed pottery and learned to weave while on a sabbatical in Ivory Coast in Africa.
During her tenure at USF, Kietzman worked with professor emeritus Patrick Brannon to create a vibrant fine arts programs that includes visual art, music and theater programming. This scholarship will be annually awarded to one student who is enrolled in one of the musical performance groups and/or participates in theater on campus.
Through her endowed scholarship, a junior or senior student can pursue their studies in fine art and continue the legacy Kietzman established.
An additional donation from the Kietzman estate allowed the department of music and performing arts to buy an acoustical shell for performances within the Sexton Auditorium.
USF offers a variety of visual art and music programs, including graphic design, photography, music performance and the recording arts. For a full list, visit stfrancis.edu.