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Exhibitions and Events

"Drawn to Abstraction" Exhibit, August 25 to November 1, 2020

Drawn to Abstraction: Prints from the 1960s and 70s

Surprise! Our exhibition, Drawn to Abstraction, that was to open this past Spring has been held over and we happily will have this on display as we re-open. A HUGE thank you to Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts for their generosity and flexibility during this unpredictable time.

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 this exhibition capture the vibrancy of the emerging abstract movements during this time, including Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Op Art, and Pop Art. This exhibition features an extraordinary collection of works on paper by artists widely recognized as giants of 20th-century art: Josef Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Frank Stella, and more.

Special Online Event

Join us on Thursday, September 10 at 6 PM for an online celebration of our exhibition! This event features a lecture by Rehema Barber, Chief Curator at Kalamazoo Institue of Arts, who will discuss the exhibition and other goodies in their collection. We will have other fun segments featuring local talent that complement our exhibition.

Register is required. This event will take place entirely on Zoom.

Please email Karley Stasko, Outreach Coordinator, at karley.stasko@wilkes.edu by Sept 7 to secure your place and to ensure you are on our email list for other fun online events throughout the exhibition!

The Sordoni Art Gallery follows all procedures set by Wilkes University

  • Masks, covering nose and mouth, need to be worn at all times when on campus and in the gallery.
  • Masks cannot be provided by SAG staff. Please arrive with your mask.
  • Social distancing of at least 6 ft between other visitors should be followed.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed.
  • Wilkes University is conducting extensive daily cleaning that complies with CDC guidelines.
  • Tours are available for small groups. For more information and to register, please contact Karley Stasko, Outreach Coordinator, at karley.stasko@wilkes.edu.

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.