Wilkes University’s Integrative Media and Art Department will host an open house of its newly renovated facilities in Bedford Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 3. The annual integrative media senior celebration will be held at the event and student creative work will be showcased. Musical entertainment and refreshments will be featured. Bedford Hall is located on Wilkes University’s campus at the intersection of South St. and South River St. in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The event is free and open to the public.
The newly refurbished Bedford features five art studios for study in painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and design. A ceramics studio is in the adjacent Bedford Annex. New track lighting has been installed in a gallery area on the first floor to spotlight student and faculty work displayed there. Faculty offices are found on the upper floors. A color scheme for the interiors designed by Associate Professor of Art Sharon Cosgrove is featured throughout the building. Digital classrooms for the integrative media major are found in Breiseth Hall.
The Integrative Media and Art Department provides Wilkes students with education in design for print, digital F/X, web, video, motion graphics and animation. Minors in studio art and art history are also available to students in both integrative media and those majoring in other programs at the university. The studio art minor includes two-dimensional design in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture.
Bedford Hall is the former residence of Attorney and Mrs. Paul Bedford. The brick building was designed in High Victorian Gothic style and built in 1878, by Bruce Price. It is said to be the earliest of his houses still in existence. It was given to Wilkes in November 1967, after the death of Attorney Bedford, who had attended Harry Hillman Academy, graduated from Princeton University, and received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1930, Bedford became a member of the Board of Trustees at Princeton University.