Wilkes University

Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions


Solid Gone

Curated by Ben Woodeson

June 1 - July 1, 2018

"Life and energy; objects, concepts, narratives, things on the cusp of being or not-being... A vase placed too close to an edge, a delicate eco-system, an idea whose time has almost come. Things that burst with a literal or metaphorical energy, light of touch, or maybe things just waiting to die transience... Clinging on by your fingernails." -Ben Woodeson


Selections from the Sordoni Collection of American Illustration and Comic Art

Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker, N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Frank Schoonover, George Herriman, Milton Caniff, Charles Schulz, and more.

April 7 - May 20, 2018

From Disney to Playboy and billions of Sunday morning papers in between, the art of illustration is tightly ingrained in the American zeitgeist. Narrative illustration is unique in its ability to be harrowing, hilarious, or politically motivating, at times simultaneously. Though often used as advertisement, these works also stand alone as art in their own right.


Angela Fraleigh

The Bones of Us Hunger for Nothing.

January 16 - March 2, 2018

In this exhibition, Angela Fraleigh reimagines the role of women as they have been depicted in art history, literature, and media. She reaches through the depths of centuries-old and often patriarchal tradition to breathe new agency into her female subjects. The grade scale works feature luxurious depth that makes them sometimes Edenic, sometimes mystical, but always breathtaking.



Andy Warhol

15 Minutes: From Image To Icon

October 6 - December 20

Pennsylvania artist, Andy Warhol, changed how we view art. Inspired by pop culture, Warhol’s imagery defined the new age of fine art and influenced society, to in turn, be a creator of pop culture. This exhibition examines the artist’s inspiration, process, and wide influence to both fine and commercial art.


Mirandah Akeley & Corbett Fogue

This Too Shall Pass: Emerging Artist Biennial

MARCH 23 – MAY 21

This Too Shall Pass focuses on artists whose body is an intrinsic part of their studio process.  Mirandah Akeley and Corbett Fogue consider the emotional significance of body function- a breath, a swallow, a spit.  As each artist performs their emotional self, the subtext explores absence, grief, and loss.  


Lyndon Barrois Jr.

Of Color

MARCH 23 – MAY 21

A SIGNAL FOR PLAY (Francine J. Harris)
Afterward, you may remember the figures in Lyndon Barrois, Jr.’s “Of Color” emanating more color than they actually do. In their cutout, halftone resonance, the figures positioned in teams atop a gallery-installed asphalt basketball court, pulse a sunniness, a rosiness, a billowing blue. Partial adornments outfit those figures built of toner boxes in neat, asymmetric columns, and the ensembles vibrate diaphanously as modern totems, while the pale, white gallery walls recede into a wash of light.


Lydia Panas

After Sargent


Award-winning photographer Lydia Panas explores vulnerability, tension and emotion within the classic but non-traditional portrait. Panas captures a revealing and compelling honesty through body language, facial expression and the model's relationship with space.



Ying Li


October 25 – December 18

Geographies, an exhibition of paintings by Chinese-born Ying Li is more than images of landscapes and city scenes. This exhibition depicts the physical and metaphysical act of painting resulting in a thick and tactile surface vibrating with expression.


Persistence: The Continuing Influence of Classical Myths

Classical Mythology

August 30 – October 12

Artists have found inspiration in Classical Mythology for hundreds of years. In Persistence: The Continuing Influence of Classical Myth, artists have tackled the universal tales- some using traditional imagery and others with a modern twist- but all find inspiration in the Classical narratives. Curator Stanley I Grand includes contemporary works that are easily timeless.


Upstream & Down: The Susquehanna

Susquehanna River


A group exhibition of contemporary artists who have painted the Susquehanna River in all its many moods and seasons. The exhibition celebrates the river and reminds us of its fragility and the need to be wise stewards of this great resource. Artists include: Michael Allen, Ruth Bernard, Tom Dougherty, Rob Evans, Brian Keeler, William Kocher, Earl Lehman, Raoul Middleman, Peter Paone, Thomas Paquette, E. M. Saniga, George Sorrels, Robert Stark, Joseph Sweeney, John David Wissler, Mark Workman, and Scott Wright. Several of the artists have created works specifically for this exhibition.


Jack Troy, Archie Johnson & Ruth Cohen

Feats of Six Hands

MARCH 29 –MAY 15

Jack Troy is a potter, teacher, and writer, from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where he taught at Juniata College for 39 years. His work has been exhibited widely and is included in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery, Auckland (NZ) Museum of Art, Kalamazoo (Michigan) Institute of Art, and Alfred University. He received the 2012 National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Excellence in Teaching Award. He is the author of Salt Glazed Ceramics and Woodfired Stoneware and Porcelain and over 90 articles in ceramics publications. In addition he has published a book of poems, Calling the Planet Home.

Archie Johnson is a retired architect who operates Mud and Fire Potters with his wife Ruth Cohen.  He describes his work as “architecturally influenced with an emphasis of pure form, and the creative fusion of traditional and contemporary forms...” Combining wheel-thrown with pure sculptural forms, he creates objects evidencing a dynamic tension between the functional and the formal. He is the recipient of two “best in show” awards at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

An educator and ceramicist, Ruth Cohen is now based in Little Meadows, PA, where she and her husband Archie Johnson run Mud and Fire Potters, a studio and gallery. Her work reflects her philosophy that “art should surround us and be enmeshed in every day routines. Casual rituals, as sipping tea from a handcrafted bowl or mug, should promote self-reflection and feelings of peace and tranquility.” Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in Northeastern Pennsylvania and New York.


Baron Wolman

Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone

January 28 – March 16

Immortalized by writers, filmmakers, and musicians from Stephen King to Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, the cover of Rolling Stone magazine has embodied generations of popular culture. For artists, the cover is a coveted career achievement, and for many readers, it represents a fantasy realm of the rock-n-roll lifestyle. The exhibition Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stoneexplores how the lens of one artist’s camera captured and helped define one of the most important eras in rock-n-roll history.



David Mazure

New Mythologists: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse & The Little Mermaid

October 27 – December 12

New Mythologists: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a site-specific installation and performance that moves beyond memory, beyond recollection, to strive for new possibilities. What happens to this end-of-the-world myth when it fails to deliver what it has promised? Can we rearrange and repurpose it to suit the needs of the new millennium?  


Blair Seitz

Aerial Perspectives    

September 10 - November 11  

Blair Seitz is the photographer of 22 books. His publications are numerous including "National Geographic Traveler," "Nation's Business," "New York Times Magazine" and "Endless Vacations." Book titles include Tapestry, PA from the Air, Philadelphia and its Countryside, Pittsburgh, Amish Ways, Gardens of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Yesterday and Today. He has also written a memoir of his years in Africa and Asia as a photojournalist.