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Opening reception Thursday Jan. 21, 2016, 5 p.m.

The Eye of the Collector: The Jewish Vision of Sigmund Balka

A multi venue exhibit from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, New York City

A collection of artwork from the Hebrew-Union College -Jewish Institute of Religion, New York City, was gifted by Sigmund R. Balka, New York, in the early 21st Century.

This compilation of over 200 works represents the creativity of Jewish artists, as well as the significance of the collector, whose inspired vision can preserve works of art, and, through gifts, can educate and bring to a new audience the power of art and its ability to underscore the human condition.

The Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks will be exhibiting a sampling of art that highlights the early 20th century migration of eastern European people, especially Jewish,  from the old world to the new.  These images explore the many motivations that caused people to leave Europe and the challenges, work, and pleasures that they created in the new world.

Freyberger Gallery opening reception Jan. 21, 2016, 5 – 8 p.m.; exhibit through March 3 

 Freedman Gallery, Albright College opens Jan. 26, 2016; reception Jan. 28, 5 – 7 p.m.; exhibit through March 11

 Jewish Federation of Reading - opening reception Jan. 27, 2016, 5 – 7 p.m.; exhibit runs March 25 

 The Reading Public Museum opens Jan. 30; reception and lecture by Laura Kruger, curator at HUC Jan. 31, 3 – 5 p.m.; exhibit through March 27

Freyberger Gallery Special Event:

Thursday Feb. 4, 2016 in the gallery. Beginning at 6 p.m.

In conjunction with the Exhibit: The Eye of the Collector: The Jewish Vision of Sigmund Balka, please join us for a special event:


Stories of Immigrants and Refugees: an evening of compassion  

·War and Grace presentation from a refugee of Latvia:  Ms. Austra Gaige and her family’s flight

·      Poetry reading by Dr. Ken Fifer

·      Discussion with Dr. Thomas Lynn

·      Invited student guests tell their stories 

Free and open to the public


Gallery Hours:

10 am - 5 pm

10 am - 8 pm

10 am - 5 pm

Saturday and Sunday:
12 pm - 4 pm

Gallery Closed: Dec. 18 2015 through

January 14, 2016

Marilyn Fox (mjf14@psu.edu)