The Marguerite Bierman Scholarship

For female students Majoring in Crafts, Studio Art, Art History, & Applied Digital Arts:

We are now taking applications for the following open opportunities:


MALCOLM VARON, NYC (one position, open to all students)
Malcolm Varon was Georgia O’Keefe’s photographer for 20 years, photographing both O’Keefe and her work. He is in the process of working on a book with the University of New Mexico press that will compile his photographs of O’Keefe and her ranch. 6 of the photos that will be included show landscapes around the ranch. He’d like a student to do research on the location of the photos (history, geology, architecture) and write paragraph captions for the 6 photos that relate both to the location and to O’Keefe’s paintings.

CHRISTINE ATIYEH, Kutztown (two positions, open to all students)
– assist with research project, “Re-excavating Carthage: Digitization and Online Presentation of the Missionaries of Africa Archives (Rome, Italy)” in May 2017.
– student mentees to work for two weeks at the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) archive in Rome, Italy.
They will acquire skills in handling archival documents, digitization, cataloguing and metadata entry for a collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century archaeological documents from excavations carried out at that time in Carthage, Tunisia. Student mentees will acquire durable and marketable skills in online database construction and management, as well as curatorial skills related to handling archival documents.

EVAN SUMMER (one position, open to all students)
– assist working on an etching for an invitational portfolio. This will involve plate work, proofing, paper preparation, edition printing, photography, publicity, curating, packing, shipping and framing. This portfolio will be exhibited at the Southern Graphics International Conference in Atlanta, Mar. 15-18, 2017. If the student would like to attend this conference they are welcome to, a great experience but this is not required.

To respond to a mentorship opportunity, email the following documents as ONE PDF to the head of the review committee by December 20:

Karen Stanford (

1) letter of interest (with mentor opportunity specified)
2) resume
3) your budget for the project



Become a Mentor

Kutztown University seeks proposals from artists to serve as Mentors for female Studio Art, Art History, Applied Digital and Crafts
students receiving Marguerite Bierman mentorship awards. Mentors initiate proposals, and students apply
to a posting of open mentorship opportunities once they are selected. Students may also seek out their
own mentors and submit a proposal in the similar manner as a grant application.

KU faculty may be interested in being mentors, but we also seek and encourage proposals from potential
mentors not associated with KU. Please read the information below, and consider submitting a proposal or
forwarding this to any other visual arts professional who might appreciate having access to the work, help,
and expertise of our students, and/or might be interested in serving in a mentor role for its own sake.
Students seeking out their own mentors must contact the artist for an initial inquiry regarding the proposal.
The potential mentor must agree to the student’s request and both parties must understand that the
project is contingent upon approval.

Grant Description

The KU College of Visual and Performing Arts welcomes proposals for Mentorship projects to be funded by the
Marguerite Bierman endowment. This endowment provides funding to support female KU Fine Arts or Crafts
majors participating in mentorship projects. Grants range from $500 -$2500 and go to students to support
their work with professionals (male or female) in any professional project relating to the Visual Arts. These
grants do not support organizational internships; they are for students to work one-on-one with an individual
and to encourage the development of a relationship between the mentor and student.

Benefits to Mentor

Benefits to the mentor include assistance on a professional visual art project and/or the opportunity to
mentor a young woman artist. The financial award is paid to the student who may use the money any way she
wishes. Students may choose to use the money to pay for commuting, travel, or living expenses to work with
the mentor, or to compensate for lost time at a regular job to be available to the mentor. Money paid to the
student should not, in turn, be passed to the mentor.

Project Proposal Information

Proposals should be project-based (with a clear timeline and outcome) and should describe the particular
work that will be carried out by the student. Mentors may utilize their student’s time and skills to enhance or
complete ambitious projects, and are encouraged to also allow the student to understand something of their
lives, and to allow the student to gain some sense of the relationship between an adult’s professional life and
his or her full life.

Approval of Mentorship Proposals

Each mentor application will be presented to a committee of representatives from each of KU’s Visual Arts
Departments (Art Education and Crafts, Communication Design, and Fine Arts). Approval will be based on the
feasibility of the project, funding required, and appropriateness for our students.


(may be sent in the body of an email or as attached file)
Mentor Name:
Student Name (if applicable):

1) Profession/Position/Organizational Affiliation (if any):
2) Is there a specific student in mind for this mentorship?
3) Please describe the nature of the project, its timeline, and any scheduled outcomes (exhibits, publications,
presentations, artwork,etc.):
4) Please list any geographical requirements – where will the work be done, and will the student need to travel
or live in a different place:
5) Please list any specific skills or experience required:
6) Please describe the plans for student mentorship:

Marguerite Bierman has made a magnificent gift to establish an endowed fund to provide encouragement and support for women entering the field of Visual Arts. This fund enables students majoring in either Studio Arts or Crafts to experience working with professionals in the field and have access to a mentoring relationship, with the goal of gaining an understanding of the interplay between the studio art profession and fullness of life in all aspects. Bierman was a 1979 Fine Arts graduate, she passed away from cancer in 2013.

2016 Bierman mentorships

Something’s Looming, Reading, PA – Textile Gallery
Lydia Panas, Kutztown, PA – Professional Photographer
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA – Ceramic studio and gallery
Larry Gottheim, Yonkers, NY – Video Artist
Sondra Perry, New York, NY – Video Artist
The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA – Assistance with Ann Hamilton installation
Neighborhood Potters, Philadelphia, PA – Ceramic Studio
Julie Choma, Registrar, Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA – Permanent Art Collection
Clay on Main, Oley, PA – Ceramic Studio and Gallery
Dr. Christine Atiyeh, KU Professor – Travel to Rome, Italy Archive Project
Mark Mahosky, KU Professor – Curation of Philadelphia Painters exhibition, KU Miller Gallery
Serena Perrone, KU Professor – Studio Assistance for Printmaking Exhibition

Congratulations 2015 Bierman winners.

Leah Nissley: Jenna Perfett Photography, NJ
Lauren Beauchner: Sandra Corpora, Bethlehem
Amanda Seanor: Barbara Kilpatrick, NYC & Hudson Valley
Victoria Beck: Tim Sheesley, Otego, NY
Bre Young: Catharine Hawks, Smithsonian, DC
Beth Wilson: Rebecca Ritter, Somethings Looming, Reading
Mary Martuscelli: Tracy Green, Sunbrella Fabrics, NC
Meg Yoder: Prof Ann Lemon, KU
Charlotte Buck: Prof Ann Lemon, KU
Sam Dillman: Prof Evan Summer, KU
Emma Osle: Prof Evan Summer, KU

Marguerite Bierman graduated from Kutztown in 1979 with a BFA.

She was a decorative painter well known for large-scale public commissions. She transformed many public buildings in and around Williamsport, PA. Her transformative and inspired use of color is evident in her work throughout Williamsport, including the Sanctuary, First Presbyterian Church; Foyer and Reading Room of the James V. Brown Library; Rotunda, YWCA of North Central PA; and the Margaret Keliher Lundy Memorial Mural, Pediatrics, Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center. Marguerite passed away in 2013.