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Gallery exhibit featuring visual artist and award-winning poet

'Sacred Sisters, A Collaborative: Holly Brigham and Marilyn Nelson' will be on display starting March 15

"Henriette de Lille" is one of the paintings by Holly Brigham which will be on display in the Ronald K. De Long Gallery starting March 15, 2016. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley presents "Sacred Sisters, A Collaborative: Holly Brigham and Marilyn Nelson." This exhibit runs from March 15 to April 29.

A special gallery talk about the collaboration and a poetry reading by Marilyn Nelson will take place in the Ronald K. De Long Gallery from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 21. The artist reception will be held immediately following from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

The gallery talk, exhibit and reception are all free and open to the public.

"Sacred Sisters" is a collaboration between visual artist Holly Trostle Brigham and award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson. Brigham is a figurative painter whose work explores feminist narratives through paintings that are enriched by her research into the art, symbolism and history of her subjects.

Brigham’s paintings depict eight nuns who represent many centuries, religions and cultures. Each nun was an artist or writer. While Brigham imagines the nuns in the midst of their creative work, Nelson gives voice to each nun with a poem phrased as a prayer. 

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call 610-285-5078 for additional evening hours. For more information, contact Ann Lalik, gallery director at or 610-285-5261.

This project was supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), its regional arts funding partnership. State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by The Lehigh Valley Arts Council.

This exhibition is audio described for the visually impaired. The Lehigh Valley Arts Council helped make this possible through their support of Access in the Arts.

Last Updated March 11, 2016