Current Exhibits

In the Cohen Gallery


April 30-June 5, 2016

Opening Reception: April 29, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm

featuring works by:
Joshua Finn (wood)
Michael Puryear (wood)
Basha Ruth Nelson (paper/metal)
Harriet Livanthinos (paper)
Kaete Brittin Shaw (clay)
Lisa Knaus (clay)
Joy Brown (clay)
Ada Pilar Cruz (clay)
Judy Sigunick (mixed media)
William Scholl (stone)
David Skora (stone/steel)

This is an exhibition that has long been in the works. Trina Greene, curator, has chosen the work of established artists of varying disciplines to illuminate the meaning of “ceremony,” defined as, “a formal act or event that is part of a social or religious occasion.” To this end, each artist has created a grouping of objects of the same material in a manner that would set the stage for a ceremony.

Curator: Trina Greene, sculptor
Trina Greene is a well-known sculptor in the Hudson Valley. Her work can be seen in the Albany Institute of History and Art, Kingston, NY; Sojourner Truth Park, Port Ewen, NY; John Bull Park, Campbell Hall, Orange County, NY; and other venues. Ceremony is the fourth major show that she has curated.

GoggleWorks’ 10th Annual Juried Exhibition

April 30-June 5, 2016

Opening Reception: April 29, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm

GoggleWorks’ 10th Annual Juried Exhibition is a vehicle to showcase and reward the talents of individual artists in all media. The grand prize is a solo exhibition in GoggleWorks’ Cohen Gallery. First, second, and third prizes are cash awards. This year, there is no theme and artists are encouraged to submit their best work.

2016 Juror: Lydia Panas
Lydia’s photographs have been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, garnering numerous awards. She has been featured in New York Times Magazine, Photo District News, and Popular Photography. Her works are held in numerous public and private collections including the Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Allentown Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. Lydia has degrees from Boston College, School of Visual Arts and New York University’s International Center of Photography. She is also the recipient of Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Fellowship.

In the Schmidt Gallery

Emil Baumann: Reflections of My Dreams

May 6-May 30, 2016

Opening Reception: May 6, 2016

Over 30 of Emil Baumann’s recent paintings will delight the viewer with abstract compositions that burst with vivid colors, whose whimsical combination and treatment display his adventurous spirit and his desire to experiment with new techniques. Emil Baumann paints with oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolors and pencil. He titles the show, “Reflections of My Dreams”, but not the individual pieces, leaving it up to the viewer to offer a subjective interpretation of the joyful, expressive abstract images.

A Philadelphia artist, Emil Baumann’s work has been shown locally at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), Nexus Gallery, Community Education Center (CEC), East Africa Center, University City Arts League, Haverford School Centennial Hall Gallery, Art on the Avenue Gallery and other well-regarded venues. Internationally, he exhibited his work at two prestigious Art Galleries in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was awarded two prizes for his painting. His experiences in Kenya, his apprenticeship and exchanges with Kenyan artists, seem to have been crucial for his formation as an artist. His own dreams and other travels have been credited as sources of inspiration for his work.

Green Wall

Sarah Gersbach: Outside

May 2-May 28, 2016

Come see new paintings exploring the natural world, its forms and figures!

Café Space

Andrew Williams: RDG ’76

May 3-May 28, 2016

Artist Talk/Reception: May 8, 2016 from 2-4pm

This exhibition of Andrew Williams’s black and white photographs includes images shot in and around Reading during 1976. In addition to Bicentennial celebration images, there are photographs that were taken at the 1976 Reading Air Show, in downtown Reading, at the construction site as Route 222 was extended over Penn Avenue and the railroad tracks in Wyomissing, and more.

Several critics have commented that these images reflect disparate influences from Danny Lyon’s The Destruction of Downtown Manhattan and Lee Friedlander’s America by Car and Self Portrait, although the photographer asserts that while he was somewhat familiar with those artists at the time, he did not actually see those specific works until many years after 1976.

Andrew Williams grew up and lived in suburban Reading until relocating to Collegeville in 1980, where he still lives with his wife, Susan, and their rescue dog, Harry. In the last few years his photography has been featured in multiple exhibitions at the Freyberger Gallery (Penn State, Berks Campus), Gallery 14 (Hopewell, NJ), Indigo Bleu Design and Culture Center (Philadelphia), Black Box Gallery (Portland, OR), and in the 2015 online galleries for Photo Review magazine. He has published two books: Photographs from Blue Marsh and The Anti-War (available He is a regular contributor to several online photographic communities on Google+.

All of these photographs were originally shot on 35mm black and white film. These archival quality Giclee prints were made from high resolution, digital scans of the original negatives with some work in Photoshop to adjust brightness and contrast and to repair scratches, fingerprints, and other damage accumulated over the decades.

3rd Floor Hallway Gallery

The gallery is currently in between exhibitions. Please view the Future Exhibits

Studio 240

Spring Ceramic Studio Exhibition

Friday: May 6, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm

View current work from the students and renters of GoggleWorks’ Ceramic Studio.

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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