Wilkes University


Sordoni Art Gallery to Host Artist Lecture and Reception

Please join us as we welcome Holly Trostle Brigham to the Sordoni Art Gallery for a reception and artist lecture to celebrate her exhibition, Sacred Sisters, at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Light refreshments are served and the event is free and open to the public.

Please note the snow date for this event is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6. 

Sacred Sisters one of two exhibitions currently on view in the Sordoni Art Gallery. Sacred Sisters is a collaboration between visual artist Holly Trostle Brigham and award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson. Brigham is a figurative painter whose work explores feminist narratives through paintings that are enriched by her research into the art, symbolism and history of her subjects. Brigham's paintings depict eight nuns who represent many centuries, religions and cultures. Each nun was an artist or writer. While Brigham imagines the nuns in the midst of their creative work, Nelson gives voice to each nun with a poem phrased as a prayer.
Our second exhibition is The Peasant War by German printmaker, Käthe Kollwitz. F rom 1903 to 1908, Käthe Kollwitz worked on the metal plates for Baurenkrieg/Peasant War, a series of etchings that represent the brutal treatment of peasants in sixteenth-century Germany, their rise to revolution and battle, and their subsequent humiliation and death. Although based on historical events, the series anticipates tragedies that unfolded across Europe during the first half of the twentieth century. A special addition to this exhibition, found only at the Sordoni Art Gallery, is a display of Philadelphia Poet J.C. Todd's soon-to-be published poetry inspired by Kollwitz's artwork.
Complementing the two exhibitions is an all-ages interactive Makerspace. Stop on by, be inspired and get creative!
Questions? Please contact director Heather Sincavage at heather.sincavage@wilkes.edu.

Holly Trostle Brigham artwork