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Amy Sadao

Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania

Amy Sadao advocates for art and culture’s essential role in civil society, and has been featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pennsylvania Gazette, and on the BBC, CNN.com, Channel 4, CBC, NY1, and WXPN. Before assuming the directorship of ICA, Sadao served for ten years as Executive Director of Visual AIDS in New York City, an organization dedicated to utilizing contemporary art to provoke dialogue about HIV/AIDS and supporting HIV-positive artists. She has published catalogues and exhibition brochures including: Undetectable, curated by Nathan Lee with Rachel Cook (2012); ReMixed Messages, curated by John Chaich (2012); Mixed Messages, curated by John Chaich (2011); The Sword of Damocles, curated by Patrick O’Connell (2011); Untitled Resource Guide (2011); To Believe, curated by Jeffrey Walkowiak (2010); Tainted Love, curated by Steven Lam and Virginia Solomon (2009); You Make Me Feel [Mighty Real]: The Work of Robert Blanchon, curated by Sasha Archibald, Tania Duvergne, and Bethany Martin-Breen (2009); SIDE X SIDE, curated by Dean Daderko (2008); and Share Your Vision (2003). She is the co-editor of Robert Blanchon (2006), and arts editor for Oakazine, V. 4 (2009). Sadao has been the recipient of several awards for her work, notably the 2014 ArtTable New Leadership Award, named a Women in the Arts Leader by Christine Quinn, Speaker of the New York City Council, and knighted by the Imperial Court of New York, the city’s oldest drag house for her work as an AIDS and art activist. She serves on the board of directors of Denniston Hill, an artist residency program and is a Director Emeritus of Visual AIDS. She earned an MA in comparative ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art.


PANEL: Museums of the Future
TITLE: Round table discussion: Elaine Heumann Gurian, Mariët Westermann, Amy Sadao, and Julian Siggers
TIME: Saturday, September 13, 5:30 – 6:00pm