Sadie Sullivan graduated with her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Graphic Design from Ohio University in May 2022. She currently works as a Web Content Editor in Phoenix, Arizona at ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Through her artwork, Sadie delves into intricately detailed representations of the various functions that constitute the human body, whether on a mental or physical level. Hailing from Seattle, Washington, she was inherently drawn to the city's innovative lifestyle and its dedication to technological advancements and medical progress. In 2016, Sadie graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts, specializing in drawing and illustration, and also pursued minors in art history and English.
The Matilda Effect has a precedent of overlooking women who have made significant contributions in society. For her MFA Thesis Exhibition, With Due Respect , Sadie celebrates a group of remarkable scientists through art to inspire the next generation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The Matilda Effect is a phenomenon and bias in which women’s achievements are credited to their male colleagues. Despite each of their achomplishements, these women faced years of gender discrimition in their scientific fields. The exhibition extends the conversation of women who have been fearful of speaking up and thus, have isolated themselves and deprived society of their further contributions. With Due Respect asks: Why have women, specifically working in the STEM field, been written out of history, and how does that impact our current perception of the world?
Sadie also contributed her talents to the Communications Science and Disorders Department at Ohio University, where
she completed a commission of 480 illustrations for National Institute of Health intervention grant application and pilot studies on children’s comprehension abilities with language impairment.
In the fall of 2014, Sadie spent a semester residing in Florence, Italy, studying art and engaging in curation activities at Florence University of the Arts. Over the years, she has traversed more than 12 European countries, immersing herself in diverse cultures and absorbing artistic influences.
When she is not creating art, she is either hiking, attending women's Jiu-Jitsu defense classes, snowboarding, gardening, or spending time with her Australian Shepard, Basil.