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Artwork and free lectures put women in spotlight at Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University Jan. 16-March 2

Artwork and free lectures put women in spotlight at Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University Jan. 16-March 2
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From a press release:

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University will present “The Bones of Us Hunger for Nothing,” an exhibition featuring the works of Angela Fraleigh, from Tuesday, Jan. 16 through Friday, March 2.

In this exhibition, Fraleigh reimagines the role of women as they have been depicted in art history, literature, and media. She reaches through the depths of centuries-old and often patriarchal tradition to breathe new agency into her female subjects. The grade-scale works feature luxurious depth that make them appear sometimes Edenic, sometimes mystical, but always breathtaking.

Fraleigh earned her M.F.A. from Yale University and her B.F.A. from Boston University. She is the chair of studio art at Moravian College. She currently lives and works in Allentown and New York City.

The public is invited to attend a lecture with the artist at the gallery (141 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre) on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 4:30 p.m. in room 135. A reception will follow in the lobby.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the gallery is hosting “Art in Context” lunchtime lectures. Lectures begin at noon in the art gallery, and they are free and open to the public.

Scheduled events include:

Tuesday, Feb. 6: “Sparking Change: A Discussion of Effectiveness and Consequences of the #MeToo Campaign” by Ellen Newell, Ph.D., Wilkes University

Thursday, Feb. 15: “My Beautiful Fur: Women, Beasts and The Fairy Tale” by Laurie Sterling, Ph.D., King’s College

Tuesday, Feb. 27: “(Re)Reading Violence: Intimate Aggressions in Literature” by Mischelle Anthony, Ph.D. and Chad Stanley, Ph.D., Wilkes University

The $3 million, 7,000-square-foot Sordoni Art Gallery is a culmination of a gallery revitalization plan to enrich the arts for students, faculty, and staff while contributing to cultural life in the local community. More than double the size of the former gallery, the new space opened in 2017 and is outfitted for high-end national art exhibits, including versatile opportunities for teaching and learning. The gallery shares space with the Karambelas Media and Communication Center at 141 South Main Street.

The final exhibition of the academic year will include selections from the Sordoni Collection of American Illustration and Comic Arts, featuring the works of NC Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Chris Payne, and Alberto Vargas.

Wilkes University (84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre) is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities, and opportunities of a large research university in the intimate, caring, and mentoring environment of a small liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates.

In addition to 43 bachelor’s degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master’s degree programs and four doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing.