The Sewickley Arts Initiative (SAI) aims to support and promote contemporary visual art in the region, to enhance the cultural life of Sewickley and aid the revitalization efforts of Sewickley’s business district.
Ingrid LaFleur, Director
Ingrid LaFleur is an independent curator focused on contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora. With over a decade of curatorial and arts administrative experience to her credit, she has worked with artists and arts organizations in New York, Detroit, Nairobi and a host of other cities. Now Pittsburgh based, Ingrid is currently Program Manager for the HOMEWOOD Artist Residency initiated by the Andy Warhol Museum. She is also Co-Founder and Director of the Sewickley Arts Initiative, a curatorial project she runs alongside artist Tim Hadfield. Key among the program’s goals is a revitalization of the Sewickley Business District by exhibiting contemporary art in the vacant store fronts. An active community member, Ingrid serves as Vice President of the Sweetwater Center for the Arts Board of Directors. A world traveler and self-described nomad, Ingrid is an experienced and dedicated patron of the arts.
Tim Hadfield, Director
Tim Hadfield is a British artist, teacher and curator now resident in Pittsburgh. He is presently a professor of Media Arts at Robert Morris University, where he was the founding head of department. Over thirty years experience teaching at the university level, includes the University of the Arts and Royal College of Art, London and Carnegie Mellon University in the USA.
Curatorial experience includes organizing the first open exhibition of Polaroid photography in the UK and, as the former Director of Exhibitions at the Savannah College of Art and Design, he was responsible for presenting exhibitions by major artists including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Dale Chihuly and Bill Viola. He also organized international faculty and student exhibitions in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Tim has served on the boards of many nonprofit arts organizations and has founded two artists groups, DEEPSOUTH and Gandhi-group, for whom he has curated exhibitions in Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Hamburg, Germany; Sydney, Australia, Valparaiso, Vena Del Mar and Santiago, Chile.
In his professional practice as a painter, Hadfield has had nineteen one-person exhibitions in the US and Europe and is represented by galleries in Chicago and Hamburg, Germany. His painting and drawing can be found in public and private collections in the US, Europe and the Far East.
In 2010 he founded the Sewickley Arts Initiative with Ingrid LaFleur Whitehead.