Pauly Friedman and MacDonald Art Galleries - 2018 Calendar

All exhibitions and lectures are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

Galleries are closed for all university holidays including Spring and Fall Recess or cancellations due to weather. If traveling from a distance, please call or email to confirm the gallery will be open (570) 674-6250 or

The Gallery is always free and open to the public. All ages welcome.

Summer Hours 2018 and Planned Closure Dates

Effective Tuesday, May 1, 2018 the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery will operate on the following schedule:

Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM


June 16 - August 12, 2018

The free opening reception will be held Saturday, June 16 from 5-7 p.m. and will feature live music and light refreshments.

The Appeal of Route 66

Route 66 is emblematic of the American experience. Nearly every aspect of 20th century United States history is reflected in the story of the people and events along the Mother Road. Those who take the journey down Route 66 today can still explore the Main Street of America. Nearly a hundred years of highway culture can be found, whether a thriving relic or decaying ruin. Thousands of people from around the country and around the world drive all or portions of the Route each year. The highway stretches 2,448 miles and crosses through eight states, tracing the migration of people from the Midwest to the Pacific coast.

The Traveling Exhibit

An exhibit like America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66 brings this experience into the museum gallery where visitor can get a taste of our shared history. It showcases the stories of people, places, and events from 1926 until today. The topics are relevant to anyone who wants to learn more about our country and its history.

Exhibit Features

Themes that run through the exhibit include the history of Route 66, evolution of automobile travel, innovations, communities and populations, as well as accounts of travelers and more. The objective is to guide visitors to a greater understanding of Route 66 and its role in American history. The narrative travels from 1926 through the present day. Your visitors will experience the exhibit through themed displays, props, artifacts, and activities that are supported by interpretive text and graphics designed for a diverse audience.

Route 66 Lost & Found

America’s Road also features a photo essay created by photographer and author, Russell Olsen. Olsen researched and photographed 75 classic Route 66 service stations, motor courts, cafes, etc. and has compiled them into two volumes, from which images and text are used for the exhibit. The sites and structures are shown both as they appeared during the mid-20th century and as they appear today. The marvelous visual and descriptive elements comprise a unique, state-by-state look back at America’s Main Street.

Visitor Activities

Visitors to America’s Road have the opportunity to interact with the exhibit and each other in several ways:

  • Population change over time map
  • Drive-in theater experience
  • Share travel stories
  • Guess-the-artist radio show
  • And More
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    Cruise-In at Misericordia University

    On Saturday, July 7th we have partnered with the Northeast Pennsylvania Region Antique Automobile Club of America to host a Car Cruse on campus! This event will start at 11:00 am until 5:00 pm.

    If you would like to participate in the car cruise, please click on the link and complete the registration form.

    Misericordia Car Cruise Registration Form

    Rain date: Sunday, July 8th, 2018

    Kid's Movie Night with Chick-Fil-A Misericordia

    On Wednesday, Jul 18, from 5-8 p.m., children and families are invited to our first movie night featuring a showing of the Disney-Pixar movie, "Cars III." Co-programmed with Chick-Fil-A Misericordia, families are invited to visit the "America's Road" exhibit, where the children will be given an art car kit and a goody bag. They can purchase dinner at Chick-Fil-A in the Banks Student Life Center and go to the Metz Dining Hall to work on their art cars and watch "Cars III." Prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening.

    September 11 - December 2, 2018

    Contemplating Character: Portrait Drawings & Oil Sketches from Jacques-Louis David to Lucien Freud

    The exhibition explores the evolution of portraiture from the end of the 18th century until the present. In contrast to portraiture as the tired flattery of the rich and powerful at the end of the eighteenth century, the invigorating new movements of Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism that took hold of art at the end of the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth century were the result of a desire for a sense of "unvarnished truth," and a more honest and gritty incisiveness of depiction emerged. By the twentieth century, the hallmark of the portrait was individuality; the sense of “personality” was primary, whether stylistically Post-Impressionist, Expressionist, Surrealist, or Realist.

    One of the primary drivers of this evolution was the invention of photography at the end of the 1830s; it freed creative artists from the necessity of providing mere likeness through their art, to the degree that Paul Delaroche said, “From today, painting is dead.” He was wrong, of course—the competition of photography simply freed artists from the chore of representation, allowing imagination to rule. It this evolution that CONTEMPLATING CHARACTER clearly demonstrates with stunning examples.

    152 rare portrait drawings and oil sketches are featured, ranging from a late 18th century work by Jacques Louis David to four works by Lucian Freud, and including many remarkable works such as a French Revolution portrait of George Washington all of one half inch high; an unusual caricature of Charles Garnier (1825-1898,) the famed architect of the Paris Opera; an English portrait miniature circa 1810 depicting a single eye; a self-portrait reflected in a glass, part of a still life by Auguste-Hilaire Leveille; and a self-portrait by Louis-Joseph-Cesar Ducomet (French 1806-1856,) an artist born without arms!

    Additionally the collection shows remarkable strength in self-portraits, irreverently including such works as Alfred Hitchcock’s famous profile seen by millions at the introduction to the television series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955—1962) and Aubrey Beardsley’s decadent India ink portrait of Oscar Wilde.

    The works are drawn from the collection of esteemed curator, Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine arts Museums of San Francisco.

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