Freed­man Gallery to present two ex­hi­bi­tions.

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Al­bright Col­lege will kick-off the fall 2017 se­mes­ter by pre­sent­ing the fol­low­ing two ex­hi­bi­tions run­ning con­cur­rently in the Freed­man Gallery. Both are free and open to the pub­lic.

Faces of Read­ing + 10 will be on view in Main Gallery and Foyer, Aug. 20 to Oct. 13. The se­cond ex­hibit, Ed Wil­li­ford: nine vari­a­tions on touch­ing and think­ing, will be on view in the Freed­man Gallery’s Project Space, Aug. 31 to Oct. 13

Ten years ago, in Faces of Read­ing: 1000 Por­traits of a City, John Pankratz, Ph.D., Al­bright pro­fes­sor of his­tory, doc­u­mented the di­ver­sity of the city’s pop­u­la­tion by pho­tograph­ing per­sonal por­traits of 1,026 city res­i­dents. Now, a decade later, Pankratz, with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of alumna An­gela Cre­mer ’17, have set out to doc­u­ment how those faces have changed in the new ex­hibit Faces of Read­ing + 10.

This lat­est in­stall­ment in­cludes por­traits of nearly 900 Read­ing res­i­dents from all walks of life. Nearly 200 are por­traits of peo­ple Pankratz pho­tographed for the orig­i­nal Faces of Read­ing in 2005, so then/now com­par­isons are abun­dant. A vast wall of faces will teach vis­i­tors to see each per­son as an in­di­vid­ual and to see all as part of a com­mu­nity.

Ex­hi­bi­tion-re­lated events in­clude:

• Aug. 20, 1 to 4 p.m., Freed­man Gallery – Open­ing Pub­lic Re­cep­tion

• Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cam­pus Cen­ter Main Lounge – Art-in-a-Minute: #CFA­selfie

• Aug. 31, 5 to 7 p.m., Freed­man Gallery – Open­ing Al­bright Cam­pus Re­cep­tion

Ed Wil­li­ford, an artist from Mag­no­lia, Miss., cre­ates unique mixed media works of art. Wil­li­ford notes, “In my ex­pe­ri­ence, things are not nec­es­sar­ily what they look like they are. The ex­hi­bi­tion is an in­vi­ta­tion to look at these nine ob­jects and try to get some sense of what they are or might be. The pieces seem to be in­ves­ti­gat­ing their en­vi­ron­ment and maybe even them­selves. I like to think they also may be invit­ing an ob­server to in­ves­ti­gate the pieces them­selves, not only with eyes but with their own fin­gers too. In touch­ing and han­dling the pieces, the ob­server’s un­der­stand­ing of the ob­ject may change and shift at the same time that the piece it­self moves and changes.”

Ex­hi­bi­tion-re­lated events in­clude:

• Sept. 14, 4 to 5 p.m., Klein Lec­ture Hall – Artist’s Lec­ture

• Sept. 14, 5 to 7 p.m., Freed­man Gallery – Open­ing Re­cep­tion

The Freed­man Gallery in the Cen­ter for the Arts is lo­cated on 13th and Bern streets in Read­ing. Ex­hi­bi­tions and pro­grams in the vis­ual arts at Al­bright Col­lege and The Freed­man Gallery are gen­er­ously sup­ported by The Sil­ver­weed Foun­da­tion in honor of Doris C. Freed­man, the Penn­syl­va­nia Coun­cil of the Arts and its part­ner, the Berks Arts Coun­cil, and the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion about the ex­hi­bi­tions, visit www.al­bright.edu/ freed­man.

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