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Taj Cannon, Drawing and Painting Award Muse in Mirror oil and acrylic on canvas

Image: Maria Narodetsky

Scene at Abington Research Week: Student art awards

ABINGTON, Pa. — Art is fundamentally a form of intellectual and imaginative inquiry so the Bertha Lear art exhibition always kicks off undergraduate research week at Penn State Abington. Meet the 2016 Lear award winners and explore their art practice through faculty commentary.

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Lear Honorable Mention Trish Grow, Icarus (amnesty). The Icarus project, as does much of her work, uses her strengths in both visual and word images. In amnesty, she marries these dualities through fragmentation, both of the body and the wings, with mounting pins. Trish is an English major, waiting for the art minor to appear... .

Image: Maria Narodetsky

 

Penn State Abington student Andy Vo earned the 2016 Bertha Lear Award for New Media. He crafted 'The Dove' for an exercise in integrating a modeled environment with a simple rigged character. "The challenges of modeling, lighting, camera motion, video overdub, and other technical flourishes aren't considered attainable in a first animation project but not for Andy," H. John Thompson, art faculty, said. "He leapfrogged this simple project into a legitimate and fully-formed narrative."

Andy Vo

 

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Lear Award for Photography Gloria Huang, Untitled. Gloria used the concept of the quick random shot along with the use of light to create this image and moves the concept of a photograph in new directions — not about recording the information but creating with it. 

Image: Regina Broscius

 

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Lear Award for Sculpture and Ceramics Angelique Kopacz, Love Always; concrete, paper and wax. Angelique's exploration of the concept of bridge reflects the deeply personal and metaphoric responses in her work. She created an installation of separated geodes where stacks of private notes become precious crystals, vulnerable and exposed.   

Image: Penn State

 

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Maria Vasilovski, Printmaking Maria has developed work that highlights her magnificent abilities working with pattern and color. She is a junior focusing on two-dimensional art, namely printmaking and painting. This year she has worked tirelessly producing a series of linoleum prints that have opened up a myriad of possibilities for producing images. These works focus on formal concerns that have provided a seemingly limitless resource for her to examine endless combinations and sequences resulting in a stunning series of related works. 

Image: Maria Narodetsky

 

 

 

The 10th annual Bertha Lear Art Exhibition is open to art majors and nonmajors. Robert Lear, a 1967 Penn State alumnus, and his wife, Marilyn, founded the exhibition program endowment in memory of his mother, an avid supporter of artists. The public is welcome to explore the exhibition through the month of April.

Contacts: 

Regina Broscius