Holtzman Award

The Ingrid P. Holtzman Award
The Holtzman Award is presented each year at the Authorities, Boards & Commissions (ABC) Dinner to an individual or organization that provides a quality design project to the State College Borough community. The project must substantially enhance, promote or maintain the aesthetic appearance of the Borough.

2015 Award Recipient
2015 Holtzman Award WinnersRichard and Sally Kalin received the 2015 Ingrid P. Holtzman Award. Council member Catherine Dauler presented the award to Richard and Sally Kalin for their gift of public art, Downtown Eugene Brown, which has become a focal point at the downtown intersection of Beaver Avenue and Allen Street. Downtown Eugene Brown is standing, waiting for a bus, listening to music on headphones, while reading on a tablet computer. In his left jacket pocket is a slender copy of the book Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

The sculpture was commissioned by the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts on behalf of the Schlow Centre Region Public Library and the Centre Area Transportation Authority. The Arts Festival managed a nationwide commissioning process that involved 100 entries. A committee, which included Cathi Alloway, Hugh Mose, Joyce Robinson from the Palmer Museum, the Kalins and other art experts were involved. The winning artist was Gavin Gardner of Frederick, Maryland.
Phil Hawk
2014 Award Recipient

Phil Hawk received the 2014 Ingrid P. Holtzman Award. Council member Catherine Dauler (left) presented the award to Phil Hawk (right), a master stonemason, for his work on the newly renovated Nittany Lion.
When Phil Hawk moved from Eastern Pennsylvania to Centre County, he had a very strong sense of this land with it’s wonderful sandstone maintains and limestone valleys. Mr. Hawk’s knowledge of natural, local stone and reputation for being precise helped to create a naturalistic environment for the sculpture that would be fitting for an actual mountain lion to live in, but also welcoming and accessible to the public.

List of Previous Award Recipients

Year Award Winner Impact
2015 Richard and Sally Kalin The gift of Downtown Eugene Brown, a sculpture of a man standing, waiting for a bus, listening to music on headphones while reading on a tablet computer, to Schlow Centre Region Library and the Centre Area Transportation Authority.
2014 Phil Hawk Renovation of the Nittany Lion Shrine including stonework with rock from local quarries and creating a naturalist environment for the sculpture.
2013 David A. Levy & Associates Outstanding architectural design for Urban Outfitters, the former M & T Bank site on East College Avenue. The design engages the street and addresses a prominent corner on College Avenue. The interior of the building is welcoming to passersby and the reuse of an existing structure embraces concepts of sustainability.
2012 Ralph and Marcia Heimer
Outstanding building design and community cohesion of Jeramar Plaza, located at 226 South Allen Street
2011 Community Arts Collective Dreams Take Flight mural
2010 Arboretum at Penn State Addressing the need for a garden open to the public
2009 Ralph and Rob Pileggi Outstanding building design at 700 West College Avenue
2008 State Theatre and Mike Negra Remodeling and preserving the historic theatre
2007 Schlow Centre Region Library Outstanding design of the library
2006 Graham Curtis Excellent signs
2005 Graham Spanier and PSU Campus aesthetic improvements
2004 Fred Fernsler Design sensitivity and receptiveness
2003 Michael Pilato Downtown murals
2002 Joe Banks Enhancing the Borough through gardens
2001 Cathy and Andy Zangrilli Many years of dedicated service in improving the Borough's appearance
2000 Joel Malnick and Sara Twilbil The first recipients of the "Ingrid" received the award for the outstanding reconditioning of two historic homes in the 300 block of South Burrowes Street.

Award Guidelines

In an effort for staff to understand the award, a set of guidelines were developed in 2011 for the Design Review Board to use when considering the award candidate. This list was based on information from previous award recipients.

The following guidelines were presented to the Board to assist them in determining nominees and recipients of the annual Holtzman Award:
  • Project must be located in the Borough;
  • Match or maintain historic character of the property and/or neighborhood;
  • Community enhancement, benefits beautifies of a specific public area or the community;
  • Incorporates a piece of public art by local artist(s);
  • Ability to be used for community events, weddings, educational activities etc;
  • Discreet and appropriately scaled for the site;
  • Use of elegant building materials;
  • Nice site with framing views;
  • Innovative use of plants, trees, vegetation, education or landscape architecture;
  • Charitable use (i.e. affordable housing);
  • Meets or exceeds the scope of development for the property and/or neighborhood;
  • Deemed a benchmark project;
  • Remodeled, expanded, improved;
  • Aesthetically pleasing tone;
  • Honor financial contributors to project;
  • Prominent facades;
  • Blending of two or more neighborhoods;
  • Bike facility improvements (i.e. trails, racks);
  • Use of sustainable products;
  • Level of historic preservation;
  • Functionality;
  • Outside seating and architecture;
  • Outstanding design features;
  • Builder/Designer/Artist contribution to community;
  • Strategically located;
  • Safe zone.

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