Wilkes University

Future Exhibitions

Two Presidents, One Photographer

Pete Souza

Exhibition Dates: October 22 - December 8, 2019

The iconic photographs of Pete Souza are well known from his tenure as Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama. What most people don’t remember is that Souza, who was trained as a photojournalist, was also an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. Souza was in his late 20’s, at the beginning of his career, when he joined the Reagan White House in 1983. More than 30 years later, Souza returned to the White House to join the Obama administration.

Two Presidents, One Photographer showcases 56 of Pete Souza’s photographs of two presidents from opposite ends of the political spectrum. This exhibit includes Souza’s favorite images of Presidents Obama and Reagan, providing us with candid moments that are windows into their humanity. What we see in Souza’s photographs are two Presidents who clearly respected the office they held, and genuinely respected the people they interacted with, no matter the circumstance.
Pete Souza is a freelance photographer in the Washington, D.C. area and Professor Emeritus of Visual Communication at Ohio University. Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House photo office.  His new book, "Obama: An Intimate Portrait," was published by Little, Brown & Company on November 7, 2017, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.


October 15, 4:30 p.m. | Members-only Meet & Greet

As part of your membership, please join us for a preview of the upcoming exhibition, Two Presidents, One Photographer, and to meet former presidential photographer, Pete Souza. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to heather.sincavage@wilkes.edu or 570.408.3365 by October 4th


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October 15, 7:00 p.m. | Feature Lecture: Pete Souza

Join us in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center to welcome Pete Souza, as he discusses his career as a White House photographer during both the Reagan and Obama administrations. Lecture is free and open to the public. 

October 23, 4:30 p.m. | Art In Context Lecture: Dr. Thomas Baldino

Thomas J. Baldino is a professor emeritus of political science at Wilkes University. He served as a faculty associate to the Legislative Office of Research Liaison of the PA House of Representatives and as the associate editor of Commonwealth, the journal of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association. 


November 13, 4:30 p.m. | Art In Context Lecture: Lisa Reynolds, MFA

Designing a Presidency: How Graphic Design Influences the Political Narrative
Lisa Reynolds is a graphic designer, art director and educator. She has spent nearly 20 years working in the Northeast Pennsylvania market, specializing mainly in design for education and development. She is an Assistant Professor of Digital Design and Media Art and maintains an active freelance practice, working primarily in publishing.

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints

Curated by Nancy Crow

Exhibition Dates: January 14 - February 28, 2020

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints, an exhibition focused on the art of quilt-making, presents seventeen works by seven fiber artists representing the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Curated by internationally renowned artist and teacher Nancy Crow, Material Pulses contributes to the dialogue of contemporary textile arts. Says Crow, “MaterialPulses is the culmination of my mission to bring back the majesty, strength, and energy of textile works, particularly large  quilts.” The exhibition features quilts, mixed media, and installation work. Quilts of up to 101 inches high will be featured, for dramatic scale of an art form that is often relegated to its functional qualities. The artists investigate color, pattern, and size through traditional and experimental quilt-making applications. The curator balances a focus on shapes with oversized works, exploring excellence in machine quilting and surface design. 
The exhibition’s artists bring their techniques and vision to realizing this celebration of contemporary textile arts. Among them, Elizabeth Brandt balances large geometric and organic shapes, while at the same time flirting with a demanding dark palette. Jayne Willoughby’s work on one side seems contemplative, while the other spouts riotous color systems. Mary Lou Alexander has been exploring shibori (a Japanese dyeing method) for decades, and utilized this technique to exemplify the beauty of mark-making.  Barb Wills printed her fabrics, both cotton and silk, with original woodcuts created from Shina wood, using cutting tools from Japan. 
The exhibition artists are Denise L. Roberts, Albright, WV; Claire Benn, Surrey, England; Jayne Willoughby, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Mary Lou Alexander, Hubbard, OH; Christine Mauersberger, Cleveland, OH; Barb Wills, Prescott, AZ; and Elizabeth Brandt, Holland, MI.

Drawn to Abstraction

Marks on Paper from the 60s and 70s

Exhibition Dates: March 31 - May 17, 2020

The mid- to late-20th century in America was a time of boundary testing and social critique. Artists, too, challenged accepted techniques and subject matter while critically examining the role of art in society. 
Abstract Expressionism—America’s first home-grown, avant-garde art movement—attempted to heal the traumas of post-war society, emerging from a sense that American society was losing touch with a spiritual core. In the 1960s and ‘70s, the art scene continued to fracture, stylistically and philosophically,as some artists continued to explore the techniques of action painters and color field artists.  
Meanwhile, other artists, identified as “Minimalist,” reacted by returning to push the boundaries of a reductive impulse initiated earlier in the century. Experimentation with placing the emphasis on the experience of the viewer led to Op Art. And Pop Artists spurned the earnest emotionality and psychological alienation at the core of Abstract Expressionism. 
Printmaking brought the excitement of the New York and International art scene within reach of a wider range of collectors. The works in this exhibition capture the vibrancy of the emerging abstract movements during this time, including Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Op Art, and Pop Art. This exhibition features an extraordinary collection of works on paper by artists now widely recognized as giants of 20th-century art: Josef Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Frank Stella, and others.