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


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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