Wilkes University


Sordoni Art Gallery Presents the Photography Exhibition After Sargent by Lydia Panas, Jan. 20 – March 3

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University presents After Sargent by photographer Lydia Panas from Jan. 20 - March 3. The Sordoni Art Gallery is located in the Stark Learning Center on 150 River Street, and is open Tues. through Sun. from 12 – 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Feb. 2 from 5 – 7 p.m.  The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

Lydia Panas’ exhibition, After Sargent, derives inspiration from the famous painting by John Singer Sargent, “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit.” An image of four young girls of various ages, the painting is one of much discussion by art historians, delving into themes of adolescence and coming of age.  Considering the legacy of this image, Panas asked her models three questions before photographing them: “What do you long for?  What do you regret?  What are you afraid of?”

Lydia Panas

Based in Kutztown, Pa., Panas’ work has been featured in Time magazine, Popular Photography and The New York Times Magazine and was a Whitney Museum Independent Study Fellow. She has exhibited globally and has work included in the collections of Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; Inter-Art Contemporary Art Museum, Aiud, Romania; Yours Foundation, Poland. In addition, Panas has received numerous awards and grants, including six Pennsylvania Partners on the Arts grants. Her first monograph, The Mark of Abel, was published in 2012 and her second, Falling from Grace, was published in 2016. 

The exhibition includes a free catalog for visitors. It features an essay by leading contemporary photography critic Gail Buckland. Buckland, former curator of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, is the Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Visiting Professor and the former Olympus Visiting Professor of the History of Photography at The Cooper Union, New York City.

For more information about this event, please contact Director Heather Sincavage at 570.408.3365 or heather.sincavage@wilkes.edu. Please follow gallery happenings on the gallery website at www.wilkes.edu/SordoniArtGallery or on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.