Current Exhibits

In the Cohen Gallery

They Walk Among Us: Painted Beasts and Other Curious Creatures

June 11-August 28, 2016

Opening Reception: June 10, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm

Featuring works by:
Susan B. Howard
Adrienne Beth Jenkins
Ann Hopkins Wilson
E. Sherman Hayman

Four Philadelphia artists come together with a unique presentation of work informed, nurtured, and galvanized by animal imagery and nature. Using different media and different approaches, and sharing an interest in exploring the complex interconnections among human, animal, and plant life as the implied subtext, these artists share in their appreciation for aesthetics and craftsmanship, as well as a mutual love of sensuous detail, texture, and mark-making.

All four artists maintain a unique respect for traditional technique, conceptual thinking, and emotional sensitivity to bring awareness to the role of animals, birds, and other creatures in human lives.


June 11-August 28, 2016

Opening Reception: June 10, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm

Artistic contemporary heroic struggles are those we impose upon ourselves as well as those imposed from the outside by society. The groupings reflect the many labors of the mythic figures and heroes that are metaphors for the artistic struggle. They are as timely today as was they mythology in antiquity.

Currently gallery director, director of Marist Venice Biennale Program, and professor of art at Marist College, Ed Smith has been a visiting artist, lecturer, artist-in-residence, and professor at many distinguished institutions. Ed Smith is a Guggenheim Fellow in sculpture and drawing and an associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. His work is represented in public and private collections in the United States and abroad. These include The British Museum; The Royal Museum of Fine Arts (Antwerp, Belgium), Ministry of Flemish Community, The Hood Museum, the Davis Museum, Yale University, and many more.

In the Schmidt Gallery

Quantum Communication: Yvonne Kendall & Henning Eichinger

August 5 - August 28, 2016

Opening Reception: August 5, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm

We live in a world where communication is becoming faster and faster. When Henning and I were first put together for an exhibition in 1997 titled Kultural Kommuting, we communicated with eachother via post and fax. This was as fast as it got. We didn’t have the internet or emails, no messaging, Whats app or Skype. We wrote letters by hand and sent them through the post. It’s only been 18 years since then and things have quickened incredibly.

Language has often been a theme in our art, not to mention cultural differences. One German, one Australian. Two languages, two sets of cultural norms.

Add to this our mutual interest in biological science, psychology, technology and spirituality and how these things effect our lives and you have a potent mix.

Networks of intelligence and mutual connections both culturally, scientifically and spiritually have shaped our ways of communicating and expressing ourselves directly and through our artworks. The technological advances in the past decade have created a world where we are constantly in contact with people all over the world. We can gain information about anything with the press off a button or a word into our smartphones.

How we deal with this quickening and overload of information, how we discern what is relevant for us and what not, are questions which we are currently focussing on.

How can we reclaim our sovereignity over technology and regain balance?

For example, what happens when a person’s brain synchronises with their heart? And further when one person’s brain/heart connects with another person’s brain/heart?

Biologically and energetically we are entering a world of Quantum Communication.

Our response as artists is to communicate with real materials using simple processes. To make things by hand in opposition to the technology. To reinforce that there are other ways of communication. Slow, considered, contemplation which can also communicate messages directly and succinctly.

This artist cultural exchange initiative between Reading, Pennsylvania (USA) and Reutlingen, Germany was accomplished with former Mayor Tom McMahon in conjunction with Frau Petra Bannasch, Cultural Office of Reutlingen.

Green Wall

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Café Space

Creative Healing: When We Talk Within

August 5 - September 28, 2016

Opening Reception: August 5 from 5:30-7:30pm

Threshold Rehabilitation Services presents, “Creative Healing: When We Talk Within.” This exhibition is about the power of creativity and its positive impact on mental illness. The objective of this presentation is emphasizing the process of creating and the affect it has on recovery and wellness. Not all of us are accomplished or talented artists but all of us can benefit from creating. This display will tell the story of how some people in our community are using their creative expression to live with mental illness and have hope.

The Cup

July 22 - August 26, 2016

Opening Reception: August 5 from 5:30-7:30pm

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts presents our inaugural cup exhibition, juried by ceramic artist and educator, Jeremy Randall. This exhibition is the result of an open call for drinking vessels from across the country. It aims to celebrate the diversity and intimacy of the cup while providing the opportunity for visitors to become owners of handmade ceramics. All proceeds from exhibition sales will benefit each individual artist, along with helping to sustain GoggleWorks’ ceramic program.

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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