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The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University, established in 1973,
and named for the late Andrew J. Sordoni, former state senator from Northeastern Pennsylvania and influential businessman, was founded on a gift of art, specifically a group of paintings from the Senator's private collection.  Included in this gift were funds earmarked for the acquisition of additional works, ensuring that the Gallery would be able to continue to expand and enrich its holdings.
 
Since then, the Sordoni Art Gallery, at the very heart of the academic mission
of Wilkes University and rich cultural resource for the entire surrounding community, has amassed a permanent collection of around 1,300 objects, including European and American works on paper from the seventeenth century to the present; European art from the nineteenth century; a small collection of American decorative arts; and American paintings from the nineteenth century to the present.


Nearly seventy percent of the collection has come as gifts from friends and donors carrying on the Senator and his family's founding vision to acquire, preserve and interpret works of art of the highest quality for this community.

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