GALA 2014 Spring Art Show

Judges’ Biographies


Honee A. Hess

Executive Director, Worcester Center for Crafts

Honee A. Hess has been involved with and in art all of her life. She completed her undergraduate education at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in studio art and English.  An accidental job at the New Orleans Museum of Art motivated her to complete her graduate art history degree at Tulane University and begin her art museum career at NOMA where she worked on the “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibition among others.  She was Curator of Education at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, known internationally for its splendid African art collection and its Jackson Pollock "Mural" before moving to Massachusetts to work in Museum Education at the Worcester Art Museum for over 20 years. Today she leads the Worcester Center for Crafts as Executive Director, an organization founded in 1856 and most recently affiliated with Worcester State University.



Jessica Roscio
Assistant Curator, 
Danforth Art Museum


Since joining Danforth Art in 2011, Jessica Roscio has co-curated an exhibition from the permanent collection, The Expressive Voice, curated an exhibition of the work of photographer Neal Rantoul, and most recently, the exhibition Barbara Swan: Reflected Self.  Her upcoming exhibition In the Pink focuses on the work of photographer Lisa Kessler.  She oversees Danforth Art’s annual juried exhibition Off the Wall and the New England Photography Biennial.  Prior to joining Danforth Art, she held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has taught at Emerson College and Suffolk University.  Roscio holds an M.A. in Art History from the University at Buffalo, and a Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on the History of Photography, from Boston University.




Joan Sinatra Hathaway

Visual Arts Faculty, Cushing Academy


Joan has owned and operated Sunburst Pottery since 1974. While she enjoyed operating her shop, she still craved the opportunity to balance this relatively solitary craft with more personal contacts. It was this instinct—to make more people participate in the artistic experience—that motivated Joan to pursue a degree in arts administration, which she later studied at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After receiving her degree, Joan spent an eight-year stint as a Museum Educator at the DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park. She moved to Ashburnham in 1985 and worked at the Fitchburg Art Museum as the Assistant Director and then as the Director of the Museum School. In 1997, Joan joined the faculty of Cushing Academy where she currently teaches ceramics, photography, and art history. She continues to produce functional pottery for people to use in their homes every day.