In the gallery: Annual student art exhibit at Abington

Abington student award

Puff, raku-fired ceramic. As the recipient of the Purchase Award, one of Hailey Salamone's pieces will be permanently added to the Dean's Abington College Art Collection. Faculty praise her concept, execution, and depth. Hailey expresses her own notions of self, from a place of strength and deep sensitivity. 

Credit: Penn State

ABINGTON, Pa. — Penn State Abington student artists took over the campus art gallery April 4 for the 10th annual Bertha Lear Art Exhibition. The students, both art majors and non-majors, produced such an abundant amount of quality work that it spills into the adjacent Woodland Commons and library.

The pieces include such mediums as sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking and new media, as well as multimedia and interdisciplinary projects. Work completed during the current academic year was eligible for inclusion.

Alumnus Robert Lear, a 1967 business graduate, and his wife, Marilyn, founded the Bertha Lear Art Exhibition Program Endowment in memory of his mother, an avid supporter of the arts. Lear has served on the governing body of the Penn State Alumni Association.

The students compete for several honors, but the most coveted is the Bertha Lear Purchase Award for Best in Show. The winner's piece will become a permanent addition to the Abington art collection.

The awards reception is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. April 11 in the Woodland Building art gallery and commons area. The public is welcome to visit the exhibition throughout the month of April.