WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) It’s a historic day for the local arts community! Wilkes University is rededicating its Sordoni Art Gallery with an iconic Andy Warhol exhibition. Eyewitness News Reporter Kelly Choate takes us to the gallery’s new location on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre to take us to the celebration.
The three-million dollar, seven-thousand square-foot facility is part of a revitalization plan at Wilkes University to enrich the arts.
The new Sordoni Art Gallery is more than double the size of the former gallery — and the new space is designed for high-end national art exhibits — including this first one called “15 Minutes: From Image to Icon” — showcasing the works of Pennsylvania artist Andy Warhol.
He’s known for his “pop art” and fascination with old Hollywood.
Director Heather Sincavage tells Eyewitness News she wanted to launch the new gallery with an artist who has international fame — like Warhol — to build excitement around it.
And she says the best part about this project is that it’s free and open to the public.
“It makes the arts completely accessible to our entire community. So what you’re seeing is something you would normally see in New York, Philadelphia, or Washington, DC. We’re bringing it right here to downtown Wilkes-Barre!”
The gallery is open six days a week.
The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University is also hosting a lecture series called “Warhol Wednesdays”. And those lectures begin at 4:30 p.m.
Art Gallery Hours
Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5
Thursday from 10 to 7
Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5