Abington to hold virtual, annual Bertha Lear Student Art Exhibition and awards

ABINGTON, Pa. — The 2021 Bertha Lear Annual Student Art Exhibition is a virtual exhibition featuring sculpture, painting, drawing, graphic novels, ceramics, photography, and new media work by the student artists of Penn State Abington.

Sierra Reid

Bertha Lear Award for Depth of Content: Sierra Reid "Sierra’s work, including 'Girl with the Hooped Earrings,' a play on Vermeer’s 'Girl with a Pearl Earring,' has continuously engaged and spotlighted the beauty and strength of Black women." Yvonne Love, Associate Professor of Art

Credit: Sierra Reid

The exhibition includes work completed in the variety of art-major and general-education studio courses offered by the Abington art department.

The show includes a broad range of disciplines and awards students for outstanding merit in their genre. The awards for students submitting pieces for the exhibition encompass a variety of categories, including the Bertha Lear Purchase Award for Best in Show. A piece of the winner's artwork becomes a permanent addition to Abington's art collection.

The exhibition is named for Bertha Lear, a talented artist who worked in oils, clay, and marble sculptures. Robert A. Lear, Class of 1967, and his late wife, Marilyn, started the endowment to honor and memorialize his mother’s love of art and to promote art to the students at Abington. The endowment supports the annual student art exhibition.

Visit the 2021 Lear exhibit at https://sites.psu.edu/learexhibition/.