Wilkes University

Exhibitions and Events

Sordoni Art Gallery

Current Exhibition

Two Presidents, One Photographer

Pete Souza

Exhibition Dates: October 22 - December 8, 2019

The iconic photographs of Pete Souza are well known from his tenure as Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama. What most people don’t remember is that Souza, who was trained as a photojournalist, was also an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. Souza was in his late 20’s, at the beginning of his career, when he joined the Reagan White House in 1983. More than 30 years later, Souza returned to the White House to join the Obama administration.

Two Presidents, One Photographer showcases 56 of Pete Souza’s photographs of two presidents from opposite ends of the political spectrum. This exhibit includes Souza’s favorite images of Presidents Obama and Reagan, providing us with candid moments that are windows into their humanity. What we see in Souza’s photographs are two Presidents who clearly respected the office they held, and genuinely respected the people they interacted with, no matter the circumstance.
Pete Souza is a freelance photographer in the Washington, D.C. area and Professor Emeritus of Visual Communication at Ohio University. Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House photo office.  His new book, "Obama: An Intimate Portrait," was published by Little, Brown & Company on November 7, 2017, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

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October 15, 4:30 p.m. | Members-only Meet & Greet

As part of your membership, please join us for a preview of the upcoming exhibition, Two Presidents, One Photographer, and to meet former presidential photographer, Pete Souza. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to heather.sincavage@wilkes.edu or 570.408.3365 by October 4th
Click here to learn more about becoming a Sordoni Art Gallery member today. 

October 15, 7:00 p.m. | Feature Lecture: Pete Souza

Join us in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center to welcome Pete Souza, as he discusses his career as a White House photographer during both the Reagan and Obama administrations. Lecture is free and open to the public. 

October 23, 4:30 p.m. | Art In Context Lecture: Dr. Thomas Baldino

Thomas J. Baldino is a professor emeritus of political science at Wilkes University. He served as a faculty associate to the Legislative Office of Research Liaison of the PA House of Representatives and as the associate editor of Commonwealth, the journal of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association. 

November 13, 4:30 p.m. | Art In Context Lecture: Lisa Reynolds, MFA

Designing a Presidency: How Graphic Design Influences the Political Narrative
Lisa Reynolds is a graphic designer, art director and educator. She has spent nearly 20 years working in the Northeast Pennsylvania market, specializing mainly in design for education and development. She is an Assistant Professor of Digital Design and Media Art and maintains an active freelance practice, working primarily in publishing.