Dr. E. Ross Beitzel

Dr. E. Ross Beitzel

Dr. E. Ross Beitzel has lived all his life as a resident of Almonesson in Deptford Township. Gloucester County. He attended Woodbury High School and graduated in June of 1959. He then attended Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, and immediately started teaching Art at Deptford High School. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Art in 1968, and began teaching Art at GCC in 1971. Dr. Beitzel decided to establish this endowment scholarship to provide financial assistance for a student art education major. “I wanted to give back to the profession that has been so rewarding to me. Everything we come in contact with on a daily basis has been influenced by one type of artist or another. I believe an art education major plays a significant role in sharing such information. The knowledge an art teacher shares with their students at all levels is paramount and necessary for a healthy society to grow and survive. Every aspect of our lives is involved with the basic elements of line, form, shape, color, design, and texture. To teach and share such rewarding information about the visual dialogues in our lives is indeed a reward in itself. It is my goal to reward a student that wishes to be an art educator with a gift to be used for books and supplies.” Because of his love of art and GCC, Dr. Beitzel created an art gallery at GCC. The College, recognizing his contributions to our students, bestowed upon him the honor of naming this gallery the “Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery”.’ At the time of the signing of this endowment, the Art Gallery was the only space at GCC which was formally named in honor of a past GCC professor. During his time at GCC, Dr. Beitzel created the largest permanent art collection for a community college in New Jersey, and larger than the collections of many four-year institutions. In establishing this scholarship, it was Dr. Beitzel’s hope that the future scholarship recipients someday will also promote art where they work, making everything and everywhere an art experience.

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