To enrich the studio experience, the Art Program partners with many artists and institutions in the Philadelphia metropolitan region, home to one of the most vibrant creative cultures in the nation.
Abington Art Center is a major regional art gallery and sculpture park located a short distance from campus. AAC partners with our Program to provide a professional venue for the annual Senior Exhibition and opportunities for student internships.
Robert A. Lear (Penn State '67) and his wife, Marilyn, created the Bertha Lear Endowment to honor and memorialize Bertha Lear’s love of art and to promote art to the students of Penn State Abington. The endowment supports the annual student art exhibition. See short photo gallery below.
Two of the Program’s faculty are members of TangenT Art Collaborative, a group dedicated to mixed media, project-based, immersive art environments exploring socially relevant and politically current themes. TangenT provides opportunities for students to work with professional artists on large-scale installation work of a technically diverse and complex nature.
Many institutions, individuals and businesses have opened their doors to interns from the Art Program, including:
Ranging across graphic design, textile design, art education, fine art studio and curatorial opportunities, the Philadelphia region boasts a creative economy that can support many other internship experiences. All art students are strongly encouraged to develop an internship.
See the Career Development Center to find out more about internship opportunities.