Please click here to read the news release outlining Wilkes University's three-part plan for revitalizing the Sordoni Art Gallery and the process used to arrive at the plan.
A different kind of classroom
THE VISION of the Sordoni Art Gallery is to be a recognized and respected center for the creation of innovative learning environments and programs for the appreciation and study of visual art benefiting the academic and cultural community of Wilkes University and the surrounding Region.
To achieve this vision the Sordoni Art Gallery is committed to being a place:
- Where education and exhibition is central to the Gallery's public service mission;
- Where a vital and ambitious year-round exhibition schedule features artists of regional, national, and international reputation;
- Where multiple and diverse audiences are comfortable and welcome;
- And that collaborates, supports, and serves arts and cultural initiatives in the region.
The MISSION of the Sordoni Art Gallery is to encourage an appreciation of the arts and an understanding of its role in society through direct engagement with art. The main focus is to present high quality exhibitions, related programming, and publications in a wide range of media, topics, cultures, and time period.
Part of Wilkes University campus, the gallery looks to engage in cross- and inter-disciplinary dialogue to support academic programming across the entire university. Because its role on campus is widely defined, the gallery has a great deal of flexibility to present diverse, varied and exciting programming. The Sordoni Gallery facility has the ability to be a traditional viewing space or a venue for experimental installations.
As an educational institution, the Sordoni Gallery is in the unique position to explore challenging subjects and current events that would not be explored in commercial spaces. The criteria for selecting exhibitions includes artistic excellence; potential for related programming that, first and foremost, supports student-centered, campus-wide academic engagement; attention to aesthetic and cultural diversity within the campus and community; and provide a reflection of the NEPA region.
Please welcome Heather Sincavage as the new Director of the Sordoni Art Gallery and Assistant Professor of Art.
Since 2012, Heather has served as director of the Reed Fine Art Gallery and University Collections, University of Maine at Presque Isle, where she was a faculty member in art. As gallery director she has overseen all phases of gallery operations: community outreach, planning and curating exhibitions, fund-raising, supervising student curatorial projects, and supervising a major relocation project. Her experience and training are an excellent match for the position at Wilkes as we seek to engage our many audiences with the visual arts and prepare to open a new gallery with a renewed sense of mission and purpose.
Heather earned her BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and her MFA from the University of Washington. She has exhibited widely, both in the United States and internationally. She has been awarded residencies and fellowships in Finland, Spain, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Pennsylvania. She brings a wealth of teaching experience to Wilkes, including appointments at Maine, Kutztown University, Penn State Lehigh Valley, and Lehigh University.
Starting October 7:
- Tuesday through Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.