Wilkes University

Exhibitions and Events

Sordoni Art Gallery

January 15 - March 1, 2019

Kollwitz Prisoners


 Peasant War by Käthe Kollwitz

on loan from Dickinson College Trout Gallery

From 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.


Sacred SistersSacred Sisters by Holly Trostle Brigham 

 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.

Holly Trostle Brigham of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a figurative painter who creates mythical allegories of contemporary and historical subjects. Her paintings have won awards at the Pennsylvania Acadmy of Fine Arts, the Lancaster Art Association, and for watercolor at the Harrisburg Art Association. Brigham's work has been exhibited in New York, Washington, D.C. Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. She taught painting and drawing at the Baum School of Art and has taught at the WorcesterArt Museum, Worcester State College, Lebanon Valley College, Lafayette College and Pasadena City College.

Programming & Events

  • JAN 23 | 4:30 p.m. Poetry Reading with J.C. Todd

Philadelphia poet J.C. Todd will read her work and reflect on her experience translating the writings and diaries of Käthe Kollwitz.

J.C. Todd was awarded the 2016 Rita Dove Poetry Prize and was named a finalist in the 2015 PSA Rrobert Winner Memorial Contest. She holds fellowships from the Pew Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Ucross and Ragdale Foundations. This event is sponsored in part by the Wilkes University English department's Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund.

  • JAN 30 | 5:00 p.m. Artist Lecture and Reception

Join figurative painter Holly Trostle Brigham as she discusses her artwork. Light reception with lecture to begin at 5 p.m.

  • FEB 20 | 5:00 p.m. Visible Poetry Project & Poetry Reading with the Manuscript Society

View a curated collection of shot films by the Visible Poetry Project paired with a poetry reading by Wilkes University's Manuscript Society, featuring works by university students. Light reception with reading to follow at 5 p.m.