Current Exhibits

In the Cohen Gallery

Attentive Viewing: Jury Smith

March 18 - April 23, 2017

March 17 from 5:30-7:30pm

The pieces comprising Attentive Viewing aim to explore formal attributes of scale, complexity, temperature, saturation, and so on, and seek to investigate how these attributes work together to inform perception. This exhibition also highlights the relationship between viewing duration and perception, from a philosophical viewpoint and a purely aesthetic viewpoint.

About Jury Smith:
As a professor and artist, Jury Smith continually cultivates the intersection of art and her commitment to teaching. Smith has spoken at Moore College of Art’s Education Symposium, International Academy of Ceramics at the Synderman Gallery, Cedar Crest College and was a panelist at DesignPhiladelphia. Smith serves as a professor at Saint Joseph’s University and maintains an active and rewarding studio practice. Her work has been included in over 50 exhibitions and has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and traveled internationally to Korea’s Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennial.

Come On In: Ekaterina Popova & Erika Stearly

March 18 - April 23, 2017

March 17, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm

Come On In is based on a shared interest in tension between the depiction of domestic spaces and an exploration of paint as a material. These paintings record the gesture of the hand of the artist, as well as the characteristics of oil and water-based paint, while the familiarity of furniture and other household items orients the viewer and enables them to develop their own narrative for what is happening. Whether the imagery is fabricated, or derived from actual locations, these paintings are both specific and universal.

Ekaterina Popova’s paintings explore the idea of home as a way in which her separate cultural experiences of living in both the United States and Russia can exist together.Beginning with a collection of elements that include old photographs, images, magazine cutouts, books, and other found imagery and ephemera, Popova fuses them into a cohesive painting that reflects her memories of both places. The founder of Fresh Paint Magazine, Popova has a B.F.A. in painting from Kutztown University. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including galleries in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Flint, Michigan.

Erika Stearly’s paintings depict the clutter of household objects as a way to contemplate multiple approaches to paintings; notably representational image-making with abstractions emphasizing materiality. Based on photographs of actual domestic spaces, these paintings depict the eclectic items used to furnish and decorate the apartments of college students. Most recently the Emerging Artist in Residence at Penn State Altoona, Stearly has an M.F.A. in painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a B.F.A. in painting from Kutztown University. She is the recipient of grant funding from the Black Rock Arts Foundation for her work with Take a Painting, and interactive painting installation that was exhibited in 2014 at Eckhaus Gallery, in Kutztown, and Studio B, in Boyertown.

In the Schmidt Gallery

The Art of Jazz

March 22 - April 28

Awards Ceremony, April 9 at 1:30pm

Berks Arts Council will be presenting the 13th annual Frank Scott Memorial Art Show: The Art of Jazz. The exhibit is a juried exhibition with the theme Celebrate Jazz. The exhibition is sponsored by the Jerlyn Foundation in honor of Frank Scott.

Serving as prize juror for the 2017 exhibit is internationally known saxophonist/composer and graphic artist Marion Meadows. Meadows is known for creating mixed media art comprised of his photography and graphic manipulation. His work is vibrant and expressive with a hint of nature’s social order along with a love for humanity. Meadows will perform Friday, March 31, with The New Urban Jazz Party during the 2017 Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. Meadows’ artwork will be on display at DoubleTree by Hilton Reading throughout the fest.

Join the Berks Arts Council as we Celebrate Jazz with the winners of the 2017 Art of Jazz are announced on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 1:30.

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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