Visual artist and ArtsPath-rostered state teaching artist Bernie Wilke will open an exhibit titled “Outside In: The Public and Personal Work of Bernie Wilke” on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at the Artists Hand Gallery in Indiana, Pa. The exhibition runs through April 5, and the public is invited to an opening reception from 6:00–8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8.
The exhibit will feature a look at his 25 public mural projects in Indiana which will be displayed throughout his studio work of paintings, drawing, and installations. Viewers will also have the opportunity to participate in one of the works.
Bernie Wilke completed his M.F.A. degree in studio art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2001 after earning his B.A. in visual arts from Antioch College in Yellow Spring, Ohio. In the past 11 years he has completed over 55 collaborative mural projects in numerous venues, including schools, community centers, nursing homes, and churches, and remained active as a teacher, including his sought-after curriculum-based mural projects in schools. The projects are student-centered in research and design, and then jointly painted.
He has built a body of paintings and drawings in his personal studio that portray the internal spaces within modern buildings as metaphors for the inner self. His murals, teaching, and personal work have all resulted in numerous commissions. After working in the Philadelphia Mural Arts program from 2005–2010, Wilke returned to Pittsburgh, where he continues to pursue his vision of art building community and cultivating social healing.
For more information on Wilke, visit his website. For more information on his work in residencies, contact ArtsPath associate director for arts-in-education services Jeff Wacker at email@example.com, or at 724-357-2787 (ARTS).