The Woodland Gallery is located adjacent to the Library in the Woodland Building and hosts student exhibitions primarily in the Spring semester.
Curating is as creative a skill as artmaking, and the development of an articulate, engaging exhibition is not easy. Every other year, students have the opportunity to learn all aspects of creating an exhibition through the Student Curator's Exhibition. Recent curatorial themes include Without Reality, an exhibition of work exploring artistic expressions using optical illusion.
Penn State Abington's annual student art exhibition includes sculptures, paintings, drawings, ceramics, new media and digital photography, as well as several awards for students submitting pieces for the exhibition in a variety of categories, including the Bertha Lear Purchase Award for Best in Show. This winner's artwork traditionally becomes a permanent addition to Penn State Abington's art collection.
Other show honors include:
Robert Lear attended Penn State Abington for two years before earning his bachelor of science in business degree from University Park in 1967. He recently served as Penn State Abington Alumni Society president, and he is currently on the Penn State University Alumni Association Alumni Council. Bertha Lear was Robert's mother, an artist herself. The art exhibition and endowment, along with the recent addition of a four-year Art degree, demonstrate the Penn State Abington ongoing commitment to promoting the arts.
The Abington Art Center is host to the Art Program’s Senior Exhibition. As a professional exhibition venue, AAC gives graduating students an unmatched opportunity to showcase their work, interact with the gallery staff, and get a behind-the-scenes experience of gallery operation.