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Join the Sordoni Art Gallery for L’Esprit Events All September Long

L’Esprit: Exploring Wit and Beauty in French Prints

Tuesday through Friday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Saturday – Noon to 5 p.m.

Organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts | Curated by Nancy Sojka

Celebrate the joys and foibles of French society and culture between 1830 and 1930, when Paris was the world capital of artistic creativity, innovation, and opportunity. Immerse yourself in the beauty of French prints.



Monday, Sept. 13 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Met Gala is revived for 2021 — and it’s making an appearance at the Sordoni Art Gallery! Join us on our own red carpet. Our gallery doors are open and we invite you to experience L’Esprit alongside the 2021 Met Gala theme: American fashion. We strongly encourage attendees to dress in the theme (we have prizes), walk the red carpet, and enjoy a guided tour of our L’Esprit exhibit. Check out our Instagram page @sordonigallery for more information.


Art in Context Feature Lecture: Making the French Print Connection

Wednesday, Sept. 15 | 5 p.m.

With Curator Nancy Sojka

The roots of modern printmaking were revived and cultivated in nineteenth-century France. With Paris at the center, the era witnessed an explosion of invention, creativity and success that continued for more than a century.


How To Win French and Influence People

Thursday, Sept. 23 | 11 a.m.

With Amy Kuiken

Looking to explore the secrets of pronunciation, vocabulary, conversational rules, and beauty of French? This 50-minute French workshop for Wilkes community and friends will have even true beginners leaving with newfound confidence, the ability to ask questions, give compliments and express unsolicited opinions in French — all in less than an hour!


Light the Way Forward

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25 | Begins at dark (approximately 8 p.m.) | Weckesser Hall

Witness the transformation of Weckesser Hall by artist Jeff Dunbrow and explore Aborigional creatives on a massive scale! This video-mapped projection project celebrates the inauguration of Wilkes University’s seventh President, Dr. Greg Cant. “Light the Way Forward” features artwork and music created by more than a dozen Aboriginal artists and is compiled into projection video by Jeff Dubrow. This project is presented in partnership with the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. To learn more, visit


L’Esprit Closing Reception

Thursday, Sept. 30 | 5 p.m.

Join us for some light refreshments as we celebrate the final days of L’Esprit!

sordoni art gallery print for l'esprit of a woman holding a baby