|Education||B.F.A., Cooper Union School of Art, 1995|
M.A., Comparative Ethnic Studies University of California, Berkeley, 2000
Amy Sadao is a contemporary art writer, juror, and lecturer, and the Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (ICA). She oversaw the ICA's fiftieth anniversary as well as exhibitions of Nicole Eisenman, Ruanne Abbas, Jayson Musson, Alex Da Corte, Barbara Kasten, among others. Sadao was executive director of Visual AIDS in New York City prior to her appointment to the ICA directorship. She has been known to engage diverse communities and to center art around the contemporary social and political issues across the globe.
Sadao grew up in Huntington Beach, California. She received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in 1995 and an MA in comparative ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000. Around 2010, Sadao began dating writer, Thomas Devaney who taught at Swarthmore College. She currently lives in the Rittenhouse neighborhood.
Sadao was the Executive Director of Visual AIDS in New York City for ten years, from 2002 through 2012. During her time at Visual AIDS, she increased outreach and expanded available resources surrounding HIV/AIDS to encourage discussion and support of HIV+ artists. In June of 2012, she became the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price announced her appointment to a directorship named for Daniel W. Dietrich, II, honoring his substantial financial gift in 2005. In 2015, he also gave a US$ 10 million endowment to the university in support of its curatorial program and to help bring artists to Philadelphia. Describing her as "a leader of unparalleled energy and vision", Gutmann commented, "She has an especially strong commitment to forging collaborations across a wide range of diverse communities and placing art at the center of dialogue about the most significant intellectual, political, and social issues of the contemporary world." Price said, "I have been particularly impressed by her understanding of the role of art in a research university – and in catalyzing intellectual and interdisciplinary inquiry in general – as well as by the knowledge she brings of Penn and Philadelphia."
She was elected to the board of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council in 2015.
- 2014: ArtTable New Leadership Awards
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- Timpane, John (30 October 2012). "Tasty ICA Art Snacks". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2018-03-14 – via Newspapers.com.
- Rochester, Katherine (26 September 2012). "Director's Take". Philadelphia Weekly. Retrieved 14 March 2018 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).
- Lamanna, Marina (2017-04-01). "Connoisseur: Amy Sadao". Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
- Timpane, John (30 October 2012). "Tasty Art Snacks". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2018-03-14 – via Newspapers.com.
- Ghorashi, Hannah (2015-04-30). "ICA Receives $10 M. Gift From Daniel W. Dietrich II, Doubling Its Endowment". ARTnews. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
Dietrich has been a longtime supporter of the museum, and led a capital campaign in 2005 by endowing the Daniel W. Dietrich II position now occupied by Sadao.
- Salisbury, Stephen (30 April 2015). "ICA Receives $10 Million Gift". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2018-03-14 – via Newspapers.com.
- "The Pennsylvania Humanities Council". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 2018-03-14 – via Newspapers.com.
- Cook, Christina (8 May 2014). "ICA's Sadao honored for leadership in visual arts". Penn Current. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
- Oral History Interview with Amy Sadao, Executive Director, Visual AIDS, September 10, 2010, Art Spaces Archives Project
- Amy Sadao on Imagine Otherwise podcast
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