Wilkes University


The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University Presents The Tape Art Crew July 17 to July 20

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University presents the Rhode Island team of artists, The Tape Art Crew, from July 17 through July 20. The Tape Art Crew will create a temporary mural on the facade of the Sordoni Art Gallery building entirely out of tape during their micro-residency on campus.

In addition to exhibition hours at the gallery, a mural celebration will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 20 during downtown Wilkes-Barre's Third Friday Art Block. The public is invited to join the artists in a celebratory teardown of the mural during the Third Friday Art Block at 7:30 p.m.

The Tape Art Crew is an evolving group of public artists founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1989. They were the first artists to consistently use tape as a primary medium for creating large-scale drawings and installations. They have been called the inventors of Tape Art, creating over 500 large murals (40 feet or larger) and thousands of smaller drawings on walls around the globe. Murals have appeared at the Whitney Museum in New York City, Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tenn., and The Revolving Museum in Boston, Mass.

The Tape Art Crew creates murals using "drawing tape," a low-adhesive paper tape that can be removed from almost any surface without damage or residue. Murals have been constructed on wood, cement, brick, metal, tile, glass, stone, painted wall, stucco and plaster. The artwork is intentionally temporary. Regardless of how much time it takes to create, every mural is removed within 24 hours of its completion.

The Luzerne Foundation and Visit Luzerne County partnered with the Sordoni Art Gallery and the Third Friday Art Block to bring the mural project to Wilkes-Barre.

For more information on the exhibition and visiting hours, visit www.wilkes.edu/sordoniartgallery.

The $3 million, 7,000-square-foot Sordoni Art Gallery is a culmination of a gallery revitalization plan to enrich the arts for students, faculty and staff while contributing to cultural life in the local community. More than double the size of the former gallery, the new space opened in 2017 and is outfitted for high-end national art exhibitions and includes versatile opportunities for teaching and learning. The gallery shares space with the Karambelas Media and Communication Center at 141 S. Main St. in Wilkes-Barre.