The Marguerite Bierman Scholarship

THE BIERMAN MENTORSHIP for Women in the Arts
Kutztown University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts

Why Not Dare, Dream, Feel and Do Endowed Mentorship

KU Alum and painter, Sandy Corpora working in her studio next to her Bierman mentee

KU Alum and painter, Sandy Corpora working in her studio next to her Bierman mentee


Kutztown University’s visual arts program provides an innovative contemporary education that prepares future leaders in art and design.  Core to our mission is providing real world experiences for our art students.

One way to prepare our women students, in particular, for a role in the art world is by connecting them with other women who have established careers in the arts. The Bierman Mentorship is a unique woman-to-woman mentorship intended to provide a student with experience guiding them on their career path.

This fund enables students majoring in Studio Art or Crafts to get experience working with professional artists, craftsmen, or other creative professionals. The goal is for our female students to gain an understanding of the interplay between the studio art profession and fullness of life in all aspects.

From recent grads to professional working artists, we encourage you to apply to develop a unique one-on-one relationship with a future artist. We especially encourage all alumnae interested in fostering a student’s success to explore the possibilities of becoming a mentor.

Mentors initiate proposals, and students apply to a posting of open mentorship opportunities in early December of every year. Mentorships start in January and can last through December.

Interested in becoming a mentor?  Download this form.



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Thank you to our past mentors:

Evan Summer, KU professor – Studio assistant in printmaking
Malcolm Varon, NYC – Author, art historian, photographer – Georgia O’Keefe book
Something’s Looming, Reading, PA – Textile Gallery
Lydia Panas, Kutztown, PA – professional photographer
Sophia Park, KU professor – professional metalsmith
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA – Ceramic studio and gallery
Larry Gottheim, Yonkers, NY – Video Artist, studio assistant
Sondra Perry, New York, NY – Video Artist, studio assistant
The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA – Assistance with Ann Hamilton installation
Neighborhood Potters, Philadelphia, PA – Ceramic Studio assistant
Julie Choma, Registrar, Berman Museum of Art archives, Collegeville
Clay on Main, Oley, PA – Ceramic Studio and Gallery assistant
Dr. Christine Atiyeh, KU Professor – Travel to Rome, Italy Archive Project
Mark Mahosky, KU Professor – Curation of Philadelphia Painters exhibition, Miller Gallery
Serena Perrone, KU Professor – Studio Assistance for Printmaking Exhibition
Cheryl Hochberg, KU professor – Studio assistant
Bre Young, Washington, DC, Alum – Smithsonian Institution archive assistant
Jenna Perfett, NJ – Professional Photographer, assistant
Sandra Corpora, Bethlehem, PA – Professional painter, studio assistant
Barbara Kilpatrick, NYC & Hudson Valley – professional artist, studio assistant
Michael Radyk, KU Professor – studio assistant
Tim Sheesley, Otego, NY – professional printmaker
Catharine Hawks, Washington DC – archivist assistant, Smithsonian Institution
Rebecca Ritter, Reading, PA – Somethings Looming textiles store assistant, Reading
Prof Ann Lemon, KU professor – letterpress project


Marguerite and President Cevallos accepting the donation of a Michael Kessler '78 painting, "The Peaceful Warrior".

Marguerite and President Cevallos accepting the donation of a Michael Kessler ’78 painting,
“The Peaceful Warrior”.

After her cancer diagnosis in 2011, Marguerite threw herself into her art with a passion. “I wasn’t afraid to die but I was frustrated my life would evaporate and that would be it. I have an extreme urgency to do, feel, get out and try.” Marguerite reached out to KU and offered to donate a personal work of art from one of KU’s well- known artists, Michael Kessler ’78. After visiting the campus this April, she met with several faculty members and was very impressed and moved by the Fine Arts Department. Back in the 70’s and at the start of her career, she struggled as a woman in a largely male dominated field. Marguerite was excited to discover the significant number of female tenure track faculty in the Fine Arts Department and its chair, Cheryl Hochberg, who as a mother, artist, and academic exemplified how far women have come over the years.

Marguerite 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 get 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. Cheryl Hochberg describes this gift as, “a transformative gift that allows us to operate in a totally new way to provide expanded opportunities for our students and faculty.”

Marguerite graduated from Kutztown in 1979 with a BFA. She is a decorative painter well known for big public commissions. She has transformed many public buildings in and around Williamsport, PA. Her use of color is inspired, and to truly see her talent and gifts, you can see her work at 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.