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Bernie Wilke

Bernie Wilke

Visual Arts • Painter
Home Partner: ArtsPath

Bernie Wilke has established himself as a visual artist who is committed to using his talents in a community setting. After completing his BA in visual arts from Antioch College, Bernie received his MFA degree in studio art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May of 2001. Since then, he has completed over 55 collaborative mural projects in places such as schools, community centers, nursing homes, and churches.

Bernie moved to Philadelphia in 2005, and, in addition to teaching art classes with several arts organizations, was actively engaged in work for the renowned Mural Arts Program as a lead instructor and muralist. In the summer of 2010, Bernie returned to Pittsburgh, where he conducts artist residencies and is currently the painting and murals instructor at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Also an active teacher, he has taught painting, drawing, color, 2-D design, and art history at many types of institutions, including two colleges, a correctional institution, and a guidance center. Bernie’s residencies usually involve curriculum-based collaborative mural projects that student’s research, design, and paint together with the artist.

Pursuit of his personal studio work—a body of paintings and drawings that portray the internal spaces within modern buildings as metaphors for the inner self— has resulted in many other commissioned art projects. His work has been featured in many juried regional and national exhibitions since 1994, most recently in solo shows at the Artists Hand Gallery (Outside/In) in Indiana, Pa., and the Gallery at Westminster (Internal Spaces) in Pittsburgh, Pa., and in the Cultural Trust Gallery at the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Part of Bernie’s vision is to continue to utilize the power of art to build community and cultivate social healing.

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To contact Bernie:

(267) 266-8720

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