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For an artist, exhibition is an extension of the studio. When artist and spectator communicate through exhibition, the creative act is only then fulfilled.


The Art Program has developed a year-round cycle of exhibitions that serve not only art students and our campus community, but also our neighbors and partners in the region. Students get an in-depth look at professional artists, their faculty, and perhaps even future colleagues. They can curate and develop an exhibition of their own work from the ground up. Toward the end of the academic cycle, they have the unforgettable experience of professional-quality exhibition opportunities for their art.



  • Selected Works - Throughout the summer, prospective students visiting campus can view a show curated by faculty that features student work created during the academic year.



  • Visiting Artist Exhibition - Professional artists are invited to exhibit work in solo or small-group exhibition on campus. Periodically, this show features alumni of the Art Program.
  • Faculty Exhibition - The faculty at Penn State Abington are active professional artists, and this exhibit gives the community an opportunity to see the range of work they have created in the past year.



  • Curator's Exhibition - The first exhibition of the Spring Semester alternates yearly between a faculty and a student curated exhibition. The student-curated exhibition gives students an opportunity to learn all aspects of creating a professional exhibition, from the development of a curatorial theme to the design of promotional materials.
  • High School Invitiational - High school art programs in the region are invited to showcase selected student work at the Penn State Abington campus in the biennial exhibition.
  • Bertha Lear Art Exhibition - All students who've created work in the studios are eligible for their work to be included in this exhibition, which honors the memory of artist Bertha Lear. Prizes are awarded for the best work in various media categories. The Purchase Award is bestowed on a work which is honored to be placed in the permanent art collection of Penn State Abington.
  • Senior Exhibition - Graduating students in Art and Integrative Arts are offered an unmatched opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional venue at the nationally-recognized Abington Art Center in nearby Jenkintown.
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Visiting Artist Lectures, Workshops + Courses



In addition to lectures, artists visiting Penn State Abington engage students in a variety of ways. One might see a guest lecturer later in the studio giving individual or group critique. Another artist might conduct a workshop in a specialized media technique. Occaisionally, an artist will conduct a Special Topics course for an entire semester. Whatever the nature of the experience, it is a deeply enriching one for our students.


Lectures are often sponsored through Student Activities or First Year Experience events to ensure the events are an outreach to the campus community.

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Study Abroad



Study Abroad is conducted in Spring and First Summer semester on a biannual basis. Countries recently visited include Italy, Spain and Ireland.


To find out more, visit Art Study Abroad >>

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Penn State Abington students have several annual opportunities for publishing their work. Art students work is featured in The Abington Review, published each Spring.


Students engaged in ACURA undergraduate research projects have the opportunity to publish their work in the ACURIAN journal, also in Spring.


Art exhibitions are featured in The Lion's Roar newspaper and online in the newsfeed of this website.


Special publications are created as an extension of studio work. Pulling Teeth: Abington Stories was the most recent example, a graphic novel produced by students in 2011.

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