It’s not clear exactly when or how PK German formed, but at some point in the 20th century, the German club (a reference to a kind of dance popular in the 19th century, not the language) merged with the rival PK Society and became the University’s booking agent for on-Grounds concerts. University Union is now defunct.
Stellmann died in 2010, but some of the imaginative posters she drew to advertise upcoming shows live on in UVA’s Special Collections Library.
It seems fitting the work of a woman whose family has a long history at the University would live on at UVA. Not only did Stellmann, her brother and father attend UVA, her family had connections dating back to 1842, when her great-great-great uncle graduated from the School of Law.
Stellmann’s drawings are vibrant, even lively – and so, loved ones said, was the artist behind them.
“My first impression of her was that she was funny and goofy and a little self-deprecating,” said Serina Garst, who also lived in the White House with Stellmann. When Garst gave birth to twin boys, Stellmann sent her a care package stuffed with diapers, dollar bills to pay a babysitter and matching onesies, one of which said “foxy” and the other “sexy.”