Peggy Means lived in Erie and worked downtown at Hallman Chevrolet during her college years. She would frequently visit the museum and Glass Growers Gallery to view the art. At that time she also began to study ballet. Soon, she found herself immersed in art in all its forms and fell in love with it.
Peggy earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Gannon University, and for the past 32 years has been working at General Electric, where she has served in a number of roles. She currently works for GE Transportation’s Global Service Operations, managing long-term service agreements.
Peggy has an extensive art collection. She bought her first piece right out of college. Following that purchase, Peggy began attending the Erie Art Museum’s Spring Shows. She said, “It’s a great way to get out and connect. It stuck with me ever since.” Peggy occasionally travels for her job and always enjoys looking at art. She also enjoys public art. Peggy said, “Art manifests itself like architecture. It permeates out. Aesthetics is important. It enriches the community. I want to be in that community.”
Peggy chooses her philanthropy wisely. “I made the Erie Art Museum my cause. It began with the museum’s capital campaign in 2010.” She was excited to support the campaign and see the progress as the new building came to fruition.
Peggy has many artworks in her home by some amazing local artists. She said, “I am most eager to buy Rachael Burke’s work and Nancy Bacon pieces.” The Erie Art Museum remains a cultural anchor in downtown Erie thanks to people like Peggy and their continuous and generous support.
Caption: Peggy stands in between some of her favorite artworks—a mixed media piece by Nancy Bacon and a painting by Joanne Loew.
If you’d like to learn more about making a gift to the Erie Art Museum, please contact Christine Eddy, Director of Development, Christine or call ph 814.459.5477.