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History and Introduction to the Fellowship

Cathy and Jesse Marion
Cathy and Jesse Marion

Philanthropists and avid supporters of the arts and education, Cathy and Jesse Marion have developed strong relationships with not-for-profit organizations throughout the world. A graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, Cathy (Calannio) Marion wanted to secure the couple’s vision of beauty in the arts through a fellowship program based at her alma mater, and including five other institutions with which they felt a strong connection (The Circle Members): the Ucross Foundation, the Chautauqua Institution, Houston’s Alley Theatre, Springboard Schools of Egypt, and the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary, Canada. 

The Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts supported artistic journeys of creative artists from 2013 through 2023.  The Fredonia College Foundation is grateful to Cathy and Jesse Marion for all of the generosity they have extended to SUNY Fredonia in support of the arts.  


Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts

  • State University of New York at Fredonia Administrator: Dr. Sarah Hamilton Liaison: June Miller-Spann

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