Faces in the Wood: Artist Creates New Sculptures for SJU Exhibit

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

by Amanda Sapio '13

PHILADELPHIA (December 18, 2013)  — Jay Walker, a Philadelphia-based, multi-disciplinary artist, will showcase his work in Saint Joseph’s University Gallery from Dec. 20 - Feb. 4. His exhibit, titled “Testaments,” will feature drawings and freestanding wooden sculptures created specifically for this exhibit.  A reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 5-7 p.m.

“I hope that those who encounter my art take the time to engage with the work and gain something from that interaction,” says Walker. “Because SJU is a place of learning, I hope that students will see the connection between my drawings and sculptures, and that that experience will enhance their desire to draw and visually explore.”

“Walker is a multi-faceted artist competent in many mediums,” says Associate Gallery Director Jeanne Bracey. “We are very pleased to be exhibiting three new wood sculptures complemented by new works on paper.  Walker captures a darker essence of the human spirit, shrouding the figures in wood.  The sheer mass of the sculptures juxtaposes his detailed carvings while personifying emotional anguish.”

Walker, who holds a B.F.A. from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and an M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, has created art with tape installations, mixed media paintings, and drawings and carved sculptures. He regularly presents in and curates both group and solo exhibits, and his work has been featured in more than 30 galleries, including the James Oliver Gallery in Philadelphia, the International Art Movement’s Space 38|39 Gallery in New York City and the Baden-Wuertemberg Arts & Cultural Center in Heidelberg, Germany. Walker has also been reviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today and many other publications.

Saint Joseph’s University Gallery is located in Merion Hall on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus at 355 N. Latches Lane in Merion Station, Pa. A campus map may be viewed online. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The gallery will be closed for winter break from Dec. 23 – Jan.2, 2014. For more information, call 610-660-1840 or visit the gallery website at www.sju.edu/gallery.

Media Contact

Patricia Allen, Director of Communications/CAS, 610-660-3240, patricia.allen@sju.edu


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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