Wilkes University

Exhibitions and Events

"Brutal Beauty: The Transformation of Women in Mythology" Exhibit, February 9 to April 11, 2021

Upcoming Schedule

To register for any of the events below or for more information, please contact:
Karley Stasko
SAG Outreach Coordinator

Featured Exhibits

Brutal Beauty: The Transformation of Women through Mythology

Works by: Martha Posner
Curated by: Heather Sincavage, MFA
Feb. 9 - April 11

Martha Posner is a mixed media artist living and working in Martins Creek, PA. Her work derives from fairy tale and folklore narratives. The exhibition, "Brutal Beauty," is a mid-career retrospective of works that investigate the transformation of women in these well-known tales.


Works by: Ray Klimek '78
Curated by: Heather Sincavage, MFA
May 4 - July 16

Wilkes University alumnus Ray Klimek examines landscapes and objects through a variety of shifting scales. His earlier work consists primarily of industrial landscapes of Pennsylvania and South Wales. More recent pieces employ shifts of scale to suggest landscape imagery buried within everyday objects. CC is a series of scans of Carbon Paper blown up magnified and cropped to suggest landscapes in their own right while also depicting one type of technology with the technology that has largely replaced it. He has continued to explore this line of inquiry by incorporating the written word within my images along with exploring the combination of old and new technologies of reproduction.

Upcoming Events

Art in Your Hands Free Workshop: Bring Brutal Beauty into your Home

April 6 | 11 a.m.
Zoom Webinar
With Karley Stasko, SAG Outreach Coordinator

Create your own macrame plant holder for a potted succulent.

In nature, succulents thrive in some of the harshest environments, guarding themselves with waxy, hairy or spiny leaves. Bring their brutal beauty home and learn the ancient art of macrame! Macrame has a long history in the textile arts with its foundations going back to the Babylonian empire. Each kit includes materials to create a 15” hanging planter as well as a baby succulent.

Art in Your Hands is a free all ages virtual event. Kits may be picked up at the Gallery Front Desk during all operating hours. RSVP is required. One kit per person.

Art in Context Feature Lecture with Ray Klimek

May 5 | 6 p.m.
Zoom Webinar
With Karley Stasko, SAG Outreach Coordinator

Ray Klimek ‘78 will discuss his exhibition, Carbon, as well as other works of his during this virtual feature lecture.

Franz Kline Day Pop-up Event

May 13 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
University Gateway (outside the Sordoni Art Gallery)

Celebrate the birthday of Wilkes-Barre painting hero, Franz Kline! One of the most renowned Abstract Expressionist painters, Kline was known for his distinctive black and white, calligraphic style paintings that were grounded in landscapes. Join the SAG staff for a free activity that combines Kline’s painting style with Ray Klimek’s photography process.

Fine Art Fiesta Extended Gallery Hours

May 14-17
Sordoni Art Gallery

Join us in celebrating the arts in downtown Wilkes-Barre! We will be open all weekend for the return of Fine Art Fiesta! We open our doors for extended hours for all to view Ray Klimek’s exhibition, Carbon.

Fine Art Fiesta Gallery Hours
  • Friday, May 14 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 15 | 12-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 16 | 12-5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 17 | 12-5 p.m.

Art in Context Film Screening with Ray Klimek

June 8 | 12 p.m.
Sordoni Art Gallery

Remote Viewing is a 32 minute video work that Klimek filmed in Mont Ventoux, France about the action of exploration. This video collaboration with poet Judson Evans will make its Pennsylvania debut here at the Sordoni Gallery. Previously, the work was accepted into the Athens International Film and Video Festival in Athens, Ohio. Klimek will provide a talkback after the film and answer questions.

Art in Your Hands Workshop: Carbon Zen Garden

June 26 | 2 p.m.
Outside the Sordoni Art Gallery

Inspired by the dark enchantment of mining-scapes in NEPA and abroad, Ray Klimek highlights the mysterious beauty of the dark topography. Recreate this magic on your desktop at our Art in Your Hands Workshop. Join us to create a Carbon Zen Garden. We will learn the basics of wire wrapping to create gardening tools for Zen-ifying your black sand garden with mining-inspired elements. Email karley.stasko@wilkes.edu to reserve your kit.

Carbon Closing Reception

July 16 | 5-7 p.m.
Sordoni Art Gallery

Join us for the final celebratory evening of Ray Klimek’s exhibition Carbon. Refreshments will be served on the Wilkes University Gateway. Face coverings and social distancing will be required.