Abington student artists draw awards

During the month of April, two galleries are showcasing the works of 11 emerging Penn State Abington student artists. The sixth annual Bertha Lear Exhibition in the campus’ Woodland Gallery honors those who show outstanding merit in their genre while seniors are the focus of the installation at the nearby Abington Art Center.

The Lear exhibit was endowed by Marilyn and Robert A. Lear of the class of 1967, in honor of his mother, an accomplished artist. Four awards are given each spring to promote the works of Abington student artists.

“The 2012 honorees were chosen because of their mature approach to their art, wholehearted dedication to their craft and the success of the representative piece,” Bonnie Levinthal, associate professor of art and integrative arts, said at the Lear reception in Woodland Commons. “They represent a wide range of study in several disciplines from students enrolled in general education courses to those majoring in art and integrative arts.”

Arya Kermanshah, who is planning a double major in art and either biology or psychology, earned the Lear Purchase Award for Best in Show for "Rake Shoe." His piece will join previous Lear Purchase winners in Abington’s permanent art collection.

The other winners include:

  • Alexandra Dubus, best two-dimensional work
  • Marcus Nelson, best three-dimensional work
  • Chai Lo, best media arts and design.

The Lear exhibit is open through April 27. Call the Woodland Library at 215-881-7424 for more information, including hours.

The nonprofit Abington Art Center is the home of the Abington Senior Art Exhibit with works by Carmel Brown, Juliette Candelaria, Noah Elbahtimy, Donna Fields, Dan Moore, Andrew O'Donnell and Corey Ross. For more information on exhibits at the art center, go to www.abingtonartcenter.org. See the work of Abington student artists on Facebook at Penn State Abington.