Wilkes University

Exhibitions and Events

Sordoni Art Gallery

Current Exhibition



June 11 - August 4

Artist Lyn Godley explores the relationship between art and technology in her exhibition, Lit. Inspired by the interaction of light with differing materials, Godley combines LEDs and fiber optics with photography to study the therapeutic applications of light, as well as both the emotional and physical impact light plays on viewers and consumers.

About Lyn Godley:

Lyn Godley’s work has crossed the borders of fine art, interiors, product, furniture, lighting, and jewelry. Godley opened her own studio in 1998 after fourteen years as a partner in the design team of Godley-Schwan. Of all her work, it is lighting which she has chosen to focus for the last twenty-five years. The investigation of new technology and materials in a robust dialogue with beauty – through form, imagery, and color – the duality of science and emotion, right and left brain together at the same time.

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From chandeliers to full-scale illuminated evening gowns to interactive facades she has explored a wide range of light sources and effects. Detailed pixels of light embedded into drawings, to large scale public art installations, to miniature light models – she explores the many moods of lighting and its ability to calm or excite. Merging digital printing, drawing and painting, fiber optics, light reflecting films, and physical computing has led her explorations in light and color refraction. Her work has been chosen for public art projects and commissions that explore the intersection of Light and Art in public spaces, and is in numerous museum and private collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Percent for Art Public Art commission at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, or the permanent installation of 7,100 programmable LEDs at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Pennsylvania that continually “draws in light” across the center’s façade.

In addition to her studio work, she is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Jefferson University, where she is developing curriculum and coordinating a Lighting Design concentration. Beginning in 2018, Godley is taking part in a three-year research project with universities in the UK, Denmark, Germany, and Russia to explore the impact of light on health, and to develop graduate level curriculum based on the findings.

Upcoming Programs & Events

June 21 | Opening Exhibition Reception & June Third Friday Art Block - Scenes from the Stage

Join us on Friday, June 21st for the opening reception of Lit with artist Lyn Godley.  Refreshments will be served from 5 - 7 p.m. Outside the gallery on the Art Block from 5 - 8 p.m., local theaters will perform scenes from the stage the whole family will enjoy.

July 15 | Artist Lecture with Lyn Godley

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15th, Lyn Godley will discuss her career as a light designer.  Her recent research explores the impact light has on healing environments and public spaces.  

July 19 | July Third Friday Art Block - All About Light!

Curious about both art & science? Join us at the Sordoni Art Gallery on the Art Block’s Third Friday, July 19th from 5-8 p.m. for Family STEAM Night.

Inspired by our current exhibition, Lit, which includes large-scale photography laced with LED lights and fiber optics, Family STEAM Night will feature free hands-on activities all about light! Drop-in activity stations will feature projects that harness the power of light and include: Crazy Kaleidoscopes, Shadow Drawing, Light Pattern Boxes, Rainbow Spectroscopes, and Natural Sun Prints.

This event is free, and visitors of all ages are welcome to participate. Be sure to check out the current exhibition; the gallery will be open from 5-8p.m. Make a night of it: grab a free family guide, tour the exhibition, and learn all about light! Free light refreshments will be served.

July 22 | Yoga in the Gallery 

Join us for Yoga at the Sordoni Art Gallery at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22. This ShinSomantics Yoga class combines the wisdom of somatic movement education with Hatha yoga & meditation practice. Experience yoga surrounded by art.  This free hour-long class is for all ages and abilities, no experience is necessary. Please bring a yoga mat and dress warmly.

Catherine A. Schaeffer is an educator, dancer, published author, and yogi.  For the past twenty years, she was a dance professor and choreographer at Mercyhurst University, PA and Valdosta State University in GA.  Schaeffer holds MFA in Dance from Arizona State University, a MEd in Dance from Temple University, and BS in Art Education from Kutztown University.  She is an ISMETA registered somatic movement therapist and educator (RSMT, RSME) a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 and YACEP. Catherine currently teaches yoga for Mountain Yoga Studio, Yoga Journeys, and Wilkes University.  As a lead teacher for the Eastwest Institute of Yoga Dance and Moment Studies, she offers Shin Somatics® Yoga teacher trainings and workshops nationally.

All Summer! | SAG at the Farmer's Market

Join us at the Wilkes-Barre Farmer’s Market each Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for free hands-on arts activities for the whole family! Make sure to grab our punch card - families who visit our booth at least five times this summer will receive a special gift and be entered to win a free Family Membership