Appointed Director in September 2012, Amy Sadao has forged connections with institutions across the city, dramatically increased ICA’s budget and staffing, and directed an ambitious contemporary program extending equity to overlooked and underrepresented artists, ideas, and publics.
Before assuming the directorship of ICA, Sadao served for ten years as Executive Director of Visual AIDS in New York City where she expanded the organization’s resources and public awareness of its mission utilizing contemporary art to provoke dialogue about HIV/AIDS and supporting HIV-positive artists.
A mentor of artists and arts workers, Sadao has been notably honored for her work by ArtTable’s 2014 New Leadership Award; Christine Quinn, Speaker of the New York City Council, as a Women in the Arts Leader; 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 holds a BFA from The Cooper Union and a MA in Comparative Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and began her career as an intern at the Whitney Museum at Philip Morris.
She serves on the board of directors of Denniston Hill, an artist residency program, as well as the Asian Arts Initiative, Penn’s Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, and is a Director Emeritus of Visual AIDS.
Sadao began her career as a curatorial intern at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Phillip Morris Branch. She holds an MA in comparative ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art.
Penn Gazette: 50 Years of NowAmy Sadao to be honored at ArtTable Award CeremonySupporting ICA: David E. and Stephanie B. SimonTransformational $10 Million Gift Acknowledged by Art World and Philadelphia PressShake it UP: Martha Wilson and Amy Sadao at AUX Performance SpaceCultural Ambassador—ICA Director Amy Sadao leads Penn Alumni tour to CubaIn Memoriam: Daniel W. Dietrich II (1941–2015)Inside ICA: Pew Center for Arts & Heritage interview with Amy SadaoMission & HistoryDay With(out) Art: Ribbon Bee @ ICADay With(out) Art: KIYOSHI KUROMIYA: A Queer Left & AIDS Activist Inspiration and UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP