Wilkes University's newest campus facility at 141 South Main Street transforms key downtown space into a premier educational asset.
Located in the facility is the new Sordoni Art Gallery. The $3 million, 7,000-square-foot gallery is the culmination of a revitalization plan to enrich the arts for students, faculty and staff while contributing to cultural life in the greater Wilkes-Barre area.
More than double the size of the former gallery, the new space is outfitted for high-end national art exhibits and includes versatile opportunities for teaching and learning. Wilkes reopened the gallery in Oct. 2017 with a show featuring the works of famed Pennsylvania artist, Andy Warhol. "15 Minutes: From Image to Icon" includes renowned Warhol works featuring Marilyn Monroe, the Flowers and Campbell's Soup.
Neighboring the gallery is the Clayton and Theresa Karambelas Media and Communication
Center. The $4 million, 14,000-square-foot center will house the award-winning communication
studies program, consolidating all learning activities into one modern facility where
students can collaborate across media disciplines.
Features of the center include new:
- state-of-the-art equipment
- a visible radio studio with live broadcasts onto South Main Street
- an integrated newsroom to serve all student media
- a high-definition television studio with theater-style viewing
- classrooms equipped with ceiling-mounted cameras for critiquing public speaking classes
- and a production control room, which manages the composition of outgoing television programs.
This latest investment continues to expand Wilkes University's footprint in downtown Wilkes-Barre while offering unique cultural and educational opportunities to students and the local community.