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Mission and History


To engage the Misericordia University campus and community in meaningful aesthetic and educational experiences in the visual arts.


  • Present relevant, compelling, and entertaining exhibitions of material and visual culture
  • Build connections with the larger cultural community of curators, artists, and scholars
  • Collaborate with faculty to support curriculum through exhibitions and programs
  • Activate alternative spaces within the campus and community as sites of creative expression

About Pauly Friedman

Pauly Friedman (April 1930 - December 2008), born Pauline Poplin, lived her life in the spirit that is Misericordia, --- through Mercy, Service, Justice, and Hospitality.

Pauly Friedman Portrait

She and her husband, Sidney, were awarded the 2004 Trustee Associates Award which recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding dedication, service, and generosity to Misericordia. Pauly was a committed volunteer within the community and had always expressed a great love for the arts, having served as the first president of Misericordia's Art Gallery in 1977.

During her tenure, she worked enthusiastically to bring outstanding artists to the gallery, expand its membership and champion the gallery and the community. It is only fitting that her passion for the arts and the values of Misericordia continue through the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery.