Earlier this month, Judith Rae Solomon attended a ceremony in Bliss Hall recognizing a major contribution to YSU by her brother and sister-in-law, Martin and Susan Solomon.
Little did she know, though, that she was the guest of honor.
Judith was taken by surprise when Interim President Ikram Khawaja announced that the art gallery at the entrance of Bliss Hall would be named the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery.
“I want to thank the Solomons for their continued support of YSU and our students, and particularly for this gift that will allow this gallery to continue to thrive,” said Ikram Khawaja, YSU interim president.
Martin Solomon, a principal officer with P&S Equities, is a long-standing corporate benefactor to YSU. Martin and Susan Solomon also have donated two prominent works of art – a painting and an outdoor sculpture – to the YSU College of Creative Arts and Communication.
“This generous gift is yet another indication of the Solomons’ devotion to the arts and to our college,” said Bryan DePoy, CCAC dean. “This gallery has become an important exhibition space for the university, as well as the community. This donation ensures our continuing ability to provide a professional gallery experience in Bliss Hall.”
The gift will be used for physical improvements to the gallery. The gift also will establish an endowment for programming for the CCAC, as well as maintenance related to the gallery.
Judith Rae Solomon, a native of Youngstown, is a prominent architect, art enthusiast and a member of the advisory board for YSU’s McDonough Museum of Art.