Opening Reception: March 18 4pm-9pm
Bernie Wilke has established himself as a visual artist who is committed to
working in community settings. After completing his B.A. in Visual Arts from Antioch
College, Bernie received his M.F.A. in Studio Art from Indiana University of
Pennsylvania in 2001. Since then, Bernie has completed over 75 community mural
projects in schools, downtown streets, community centers, nursing homes, and churches.
He has also taught Painting, Drawing, 2-D Design, and Art History at many institutions
including colleges, art centers, schools, prisons, and youth homes. Part of his vision is to
continue to utilize the power of art to build community and cultivate personal and social
An active teacher, Bernie teaches painting, 2D design and art history at
Westmoreland County Community College, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and at
schools, youth homes and prisons in the Pittsburgh area.
Bernie also pursues his individual studio work -- a body of paintings and mixed
media works (called Innerscapes) that show a spiritual presence inside the physical body
in pain. His work has been featured in many juried exhibitions since 1994.