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William Allen High School

Allen Teacher, Jonathan Roylance, Honored with Arts Ovation AwardJonathan Roylance

William Allen teacher, Jonathan Roylance, has been named recipient of the 2017 Arts Ovation Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Arts by the Allentown Arts Commission and the City of Allentown.
The Allentown Arts Commission will honor 8 recipients in the 7 categories, as well as bestow scholarships in art, music and theatre to students from Allentown’s high schools, at the 29th Annual Allentown Arts Ovation Awards ceremony on May 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, PPL Center.
Jon is being honored for his work as an artist and educator in the Lehigh Valley for over 35 years. After graduating from William Allen High School, he attended Elmira College and received a degree in Studio Art and Art Education. Jon then went to the University of Denver to earn his MFA in Ceramics with a minor in sculpture, working with noted ceramic artist Maynard Tischler. Coming back to Allentown in 1980, he began his teaching career at the Centennial School of Lehigh University as an art specialist. Subsequent teaching positions included the Bethlehem School District, where he taught at Northeast Middle School, and his present position as instructor at William Allen High School working in the Allentown Academy of the Arts where he focuses on three-dimensional art. He is also the chairman of the Allen Arts Department. Many of his students have gone on to successful careers in the arts, including such positions as graphic designers, architects, industrial designers, educators, illustrators, and ceramic artists. In addition to teaching, Jon has consistently produced functional and sculptural pottery work from his own studio and participates in many regional art shows.
The other recipients this year are as follows:
  • Special Recognition for Arts Advocacy Award: The Honorable Senator Patrick M. Browne
  • Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts: Dennis Razze
  • Outstanding Service Award: Nevin Vos
  • Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts: Jill Odegaard
  • Outstanding Achievement in Literary Arts: Shane Bercaw
  • Emerging Artist Award: August Fegley and Oakes Fegley
Congratulations to Jon and all the Arts Ovation Award recipients.
To read about all the award winners, click here.