Mosaic mural commemorates 50th anniversary

August 21, 2008

As part of Penn State Berks 50th anniversary, a permanent mosaic mural is being installed outside the Perkins Student Center. Designed and created by Beverly Leviner, owner of Hilltop Studios, a roster artist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a part-time faculty member at Penn State Berks, the mural depicts the campus' 50-year history. The mural will be unveiled at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10.

The mural represents the physical and academic transformation of the campus. Featured images in the mosaic tile include a tribute to the Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute, the Nittany Lion, campus life and academic disciplines including agriculture, science and the arts. The repeated circles throughout the motif signify that the campus is constantly in motion.

Hundred of hours were spent creating this mural as each piece is formed from raw clay, rolled, cut, kiln fired, hand glazed and fired a second time. Each piece is then laid out, numbered and packed for transport.

Leviner's murals can be seen throughout Berks County at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School, Wyomissing Hills Elementary Center, Exeter Public Library and the Remcon Building on South Second Street and Opportunity House, both located in Reading.

Leviner was assisted by project volunteers Luis Beltran, Jessica Didow, Paul Engel, Kelly Grady, Daniel Schlenker and Deb Sullum. 

For information on the mural project, contact Marilyn Fox at (610) 396-6140.

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