Wilkes University


Sordoni Director

Dear Colleagues:

I am happy to announce that Heather Sincavage has accepted our offer to become the new Director of the Sordoni Art Gallery and Assistant Professor of Art.

Ms. Sincavage comes to us from the University of Maine at Presque Isle where she has served as a faculty member in art with responsibility for running the campus art gallery.  Heather graduated with a BFA from the Tyler School of Art (Temple University) and then went on to earn the MFA from the University of Washington.  She is an accomplished visual artist with a long list of solo and other exhibitions to her credit, including shows in Spain, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Texas, and elsewhere around the United States.  Her work as an artist has also taken her to residencies and fellowships in Finland, Spain, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Pennsylvania.  In addition to her time in Maine, she brings a wealth of teaching experience to Wilkes, including appointments at Kutztown University, Penn State Lehigh Valley, and Lehigh University.  As a gallery director she has overseen all phases of gallery operations: community outreach, planning and executing exhibitions, fund-raising, supervising student curatorial projects, and taking charge of 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 as we open a new gallery dedicated to a renewed sense of mission and purpose.

I know Ms. Sincavage will receive a warm Wilkes welcome when she joins our community on July 18.

I also would like to take this opportunity to thank the search committee for their vital service.  Joe Dawson (chair), Sharon Cosgrove, Sara Moore, Eric Ruggiero, and Chad Stanley conducted a thorough and thoroughly professional search to fill this critical position for the future of the arts at Wilkes.  I would also like to thank Stanley Grand for his important work this year as our interim director, which included mounting all this season’s shows, planning part of next season, and helping to make sure the new gallery meets industry specifications.


Paul Riggs