The Patricia Graleski Gallery

April 26, 2022

Upon graduating high school, Patricia received an acceptance letter to Kean, then Newark State Teachers College which had just relocated from Newark to Union, as well as a full scholarship, however, financial hardships experienced by her family prevented her from attending. Ever determined to pursue her dream of higher education, it was not until Patricia was in her fifties that she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, having achieved a 3.5 GPA and subsequently graduating with honors.

Patricia Graleski GalleryIn recent years, while reflecting on the legacy she would leave behind, Patricia wanted to afford the same opportunity she was given to other young women. This realization resulted in Patricia’s decision to offer Kean University philanthropic support in two different ways: by making a bequest, or a written provision in her will allowing for a gift from her estate to the Kean University Foundation shortly after her passing, to establish an endowed scholarship, thusly earning her membership within the Foundation’s Medallion Society, as well as the generous donation which provided for the naming of The Patricia Graleski Gallery.

We are truly honored to have this legacy space bestowed by Patricia Graleski. The Patricia Graleski Gallery will support Kean University students in the Michael Graves College for Public Architecture and Design and highlight their extraordinary talents for many years to come.