Out of Darkness Exhibition at Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure

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Event Date(s): Fri, 09/13/2019 - 12:00pm - Sun, 09/29/2019 - 4:00pm
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A new exhibition that opens this fall at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University will help museum visitors to understand the chronic community concern of homelessness.

“Out of Darkness” is a portrait series created by Buffalo-area artist Gary L. Wolfe. The portraits, painted over a two-year period, are of homeless people who Wolfe connected with in order to raise public awareness of the plight of the homeless.

Wolfe recognizes that the painted portrait has historically been an artistic expression reserved for those with the resources and reputation to warrant such attention. In this project, he has sought to portray those whose dignity can be seen in and in spite of their assumed powerlessness and vulnerability.

The exhibition opens on Friday, Sept. 13, and will be on view until Nov. 3. 

On Sunday, Sept. 29, the Quick Center for the Arts will host a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Wolfe, along with Karen Carman from the Matt Urban Hope Center in Buffalo, will speak to the audience about the portrait series and the problems surrounding the homeless. Along to meet guests will be a few of the people who sat for portraits with the artist.

“My greatest lesson in doing this series of portraits was to learn that there is no ‘they,’” said Wolfe. “Saint Bonaventure wrote that everything in creation is an example and illustration of the one God mystery in space and time. The persons painted in these pictures helped me to see our mutual oneness in this mystery. Hence, it seems a natural and fitting thing to show these works at St. Bonaventure University and I am honored to have this opportunity to do so.”

Collaborating with the Quick Center on this project is the university’s Franciscan Center for Social Concern (FCSC), a program of University Ministries. The FCSC has begun work to establish a food pantry on campus this fall.


Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. Regular gallery hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information about events at the Quick Center, visit www.sbu.edu/QuickCenter.

For more information on this event please visit http://www.sbu.edu/about-sbu/sbu-campus-maps-directions/quick-center-for-the-arts/exhibitions

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St. Bonaventure University
3261 West State Road Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
United States
Phone: 716-375-2494
42° 4' 47.6472" N, 78° 29' 4.2756" W
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