Current Exhibits

In the Cohen Gallery

Berks Art Alliance 37th Open Juried Art Exhibition

September 3 - October 16, 2016

September 11, 2016 from 4-6pm

The Berks Art Alliance is a fellowship of artists, both professional and amateur, with a common goal to encourage artists by providing educational, inspirational, and exhibition opportunities for both members and non-members. The first annual membership exhibition was held in March of 1944 at the studio and gallery at 538 Centre Avenue, Reading. It continues today at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.

About the Juror: Jim McFarlane, AWS

Jim McFarlane, AWS, nationally and internationally recognized artist and popular teacher, is the current president and a signature member of the American Watercolor Society. He is also a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Water Color Society, and the National Society of Painters of Casein and Acrylics.

He is equally comfortable painting traditional representational paintings and non-objective abstractions. Either way, his paintings are inspired by the close-to-home beauty of his native Pennsylvania and neighboring states, by his regular vacations in Maine, or by the quiet places or exotic sites encountered on his frequent trips abroad. Jim finds the quiet solitude of a rural retreat and the clamor and cacophony of the city are equally of interest as subject matter.

Opening Reception: September 11, 4-6pm
Awards Presentation starts at 5pm


In the Schmidt Gallery

Peter Rampson: “Piece O’ Meat”

October 5 - October 15

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

I see my self as an educator, teacher, and coach.  Education is my art.  My studio is the classroom, where I desire to be.  My students are a blank picture plane on which I draw my inspiration and energy.  Likewise, my students are motivated by me.  Students are the most important medium that I work with.  I enjoy creating with them, molding and shaping their skills and enhancing their abilities.  I mentor then to make visual connections and handle a new tools for the first time.  Working with such an impressionable medium, I must be sensitive as every students individual needs is different.  This requires me to pay careful attention to the composition that is their creativity as it builds and develops its own personality.

I find myself creating art in a variety of contexts. For as long as I can remember I have been actively creative.  My art, like myself, is a conundrum.  There just isn’t enough time to explore all of the wonderful materials available for ones own personal creativity.  I know that this is why I followed an art and design education, receiving my undergraduate degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and my graduate from North Carolina State University.  After graduating I found myself working as a freelance designer until I stepped foot back into the classroom.  Coming to Alvernia University from Ringling College of Art and Design I have just finished my 13th year in the classroom.  Taking inspiration from students and my curriculum, I possess a wealth of skills and experiences. This range allows me to move fluidly from traditional media to high tech computer generated imagery.

My current work explores numerous concepts. I find it confining just focusing on one.  These ideas take form in experimentation and grow from there.  The “Piece O’ Meat” series began a couple years after joining the Gogglework’s Tuesday night figure drawing group.  I enjoy satire and the idea of play on word’s.  As an educator I appreciate social implications.  Composing this series, I understand the importance of juxtaposing these qualities as I interlace them into multiple layers for the viewer to extract. This led to drawing the human figure on used butcher paper that previously wrapped something nourishing and desirable.  The food stains soaked in the paper add to the overall psychological and visual effect, balanced along side my figures.  Upon this blemished support the human figure is metaphorically equated to a “Piece O Meat” which brings light to the aesthetic and social aspects of how the nude figure is viewed.  Each drawing is finished off with a small piece of digital technology, a printed label, the butcher adheres to seal the package.  This label enhances the emphasis placed on the dichotomy between the idea of fine art and how the human body is perceived in a carnivorous society.

Green Wall

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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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