Wilkes University

Sordoni Art Gallery Reopens Aug. 25

The Sordoni Art Gallery reopens at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.  We welcome your classes and hope you visit the current exhibition, "Drawn to Abstraction: Prints from the 1960s and 70s."

We are able to offer docent-led tours for you to visit with your class or on your own. In both cases, we ask that you provide the gallery staff 24-hour notice by pre-registering with Karley Stasko, outreach coordinator, at karley.stasko@wilkes.edu.  We cannot have groups larger than 25 people.  

The Sordoni Art Gallery is following all COVID-19 procedures set by Wilkes University. 

  • Face coverings, covering nose and mouth, need to be worn at all times when on campus and in the gallery. 
  • Face coverings cannot be provided by gallery staff. Visitors should plan to arrive with their own covering. 
  • Social distancing of at least six feet between other gallery visitors should be followed. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed. 
  • Wilkes University is conducting extensive daily cleaning that complies with CDC guidelines. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: Wilkes University follows all parameters set by the State Health Department and is monitoring the situation closely.  Be sure to note if the University's status has changed in compliance with current state health regulations.

“Drawn to Abstraction: Prints from the 1960s and 70s” 
Aug. 25 – Nov. 1, 2020

The Sordoni Art Gallery reopens Aug. 25 with the exhibition Drawn to Abstraction: Prints from the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition, which was to have been on display during the spring 2020 semester, launches the gallery’s 2020-21 year and continues through Nov. 1. This exhibition from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, features an extraordinary collection of works on paper by artists widely recognized as giants of 20th-century art, including Josef Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Frank Stella and more.  Admission is free.

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. The works in the exhibition capture the vibrancy of the emerging abstract movements during this time, including abstract expressionism, minimalism, op art and pop art.