Current Exhibits

In the Cohen Gallery

Building Berks: Art in Architecture

January 14-February 19, 2017

Friday, January 13, from 5:30-7:30pm

Building Berks: Art in Architecture features buildings constructed within the boundaries of Berks County, as well as buildings designed by Berks County architecture firms. The show reveals the architectural design process and how architects think–how they conceptualize architectural ideas, and ultimately, how they communicate these ideas to clients and builders.

Participating firms include:

Carol Clouse RA
Designworks Architects, PC
GWWO, Inc. Architects
Kautter & Kelley Architects
KMW Architecture
Lou Masciotti Architects
Meister-Cox Architects
Muhlenberg Greene Architects, LTD
Watkins Architect LTD

The exhibition opens on the evening of January 13th, with a free talk by Bruce Wood, FAIA, LEED AP, CSI in the Boscov Film Theatre at GoggleWorks, starting at 5:30pm, with a reception following.

Bruce Wood is a principal and director of Kallmann, McKinnell, & Wood Architects / KMW Architecture, and has acted as a lead designer since joining the firm in 1985. Born in Toronto, Canada, Wood studied landscape architecture at the University of Guelph, Ontario, where he received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree with distinction and won the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Award for Excellence. Currently, he is acting as a design peer reviewer for the Design Excellence Program of the General Services Administration, and is a member of the Boston Society of Architects Ethics Committee.

Mary Stoudt: Retrospective

January 14 - February 19, 2017

January 13, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm

Award-winning contemporary quilting and fiber artist, Mary Stoudt, of Reading, PA, has been stitching, weaving, making paper, and mixing media to create diverse works since the 1970’s. Her art has appeared in invitational and juried shows throughout eastern Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic States, and internationally.

Back in 2003, Stoudt, a former GoggleWorks Studio Artist, started layering fabric in a grid-like fashion. While creating her quilts, intuition and improvisation both play a role in Stoudt’s process. First visualizing a quilt’s composition, colors, and forms, Stoudt moves through the process, improvising the details. For certain pieces, Stoudt will make actual size patterns throughout the process, often introducing new elements while using the pattern. Her work has been described by critics as being whimsical and spiritual.

“I love the warmth, the flexibility, the play of color and textures of quilt making.  Improvisation is important to me. Working within the stability of a grid, I feel free to change color and direction as I move through the construction of a quilt. I imagine the composition in my head, and then work intuitively through the process,”  says Stoudt.

In the Schmidt Gallery

#GOGGLARC: Student Photographic Exhibition

January 14- February 19, 2017

Friday, January 13, from 5:30-7:30pm

Teenagers are rarely consulted when the question is raised, “How do we improve the quality of life in Reading and Berks?” The #GOGGLARC photographic exhibit grew out of the desire to include high school students in a visual dialogue about architecture. Berks County youth were invited to express themselves and their interests by openly critiquing the built environment we all share. This exhibition was meant to inspire creativity, consider architecture as an art form, examine the purpose of building, and celebrate new relationships in a collaborative manner; all essential to understanding the meaning of architecture.

Images were shared on Instagram between local students and individuals with similar visual interests around the world. The Instagram/Smartphone platform allowed for daily, casual observation and documentation while inspiring a steady posting of visual expression and reaction.

The students were invited to meet at GoggleWorks on Saturdays to learn more about photography and photographic printing in a free and open exchange with a skilled and experienced photographer. Ultimately, students assembled the images into an LED monitor slideshow and printed 2-D formats.

Special thanks to Michael Kautter, of Kautter & Kelley Architects, and Patricia Scialo, GoggleWorks Studio Artist for making this exhibition possible.

Green Wall

Into the Fold

January 13-March 31, 2017

Friday, January 13, from 5:30-7:30pm

a participatory installation of modular origami

Participatory art transforms the audience from spectator to collaborator and enforces the idea that anyone can take part in the creative process. Using paper as our material, we invite all ages to learn the art of origami and finish what the GoggleWorks staff, artists, and board have started. Come visit, pick your favorite origami texture, fold, and install on our lobby wall.

Café Space

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3rd Floor Hallway Gallery

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Studio 240

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VIST Financial Gallery

The Willson History Project

On permanent display


The Willson History Project is a retrospective showcasing the 130-year history of Willson Goggles. Historical artifacts and interactive learning activities depict the groundbreaking innovations of a company that led the world in the development of safety products. Explore the industrial history of Reading along with the personal histories of Willson Goggles factory workers. In addition this exhibit connects the history of Willson Goggles to pivotal highlights in national and world history, as well as key moments from arts and pop culture.


The Willson History Project has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ We the People initiative on American history.

Also special thanks to Allegro Arts and Custom Framing and Corbis Images.

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For gallery rentals, please contact Lauralynn White, or 484-363-0675.