Bio

Cara Sullivan was born in Bangor, Maine and earned her B.F.A. at Arkansas State University, graduating with honors as the President's Scholar of the College of Fine Arts. Sullivan studied abroad at the University of Ulster College of Art and Design in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and earned her MFA at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She was recipient of a Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship and has exhibited her work in many locations, including Belfast, N.I.; Brooklyn, NY; Portland, OR; Memphis, TN; and St. Louis, MO. Her work is interdisciplinary with a strong interest in drawing and painting.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2004

MFA Visual Arts, Rutgers University (magna cum laude)

2001

BFA Studio Art, Arkansas State University (Honors)

1999-2000

Studio Art and Women's Studies, University of Ulster School of Art and Design, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Professional affiliations

FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education)

College Art Association

Professional Experience

2015-present

Instructor of Foundations, Department of Art + Design, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

2014

Juror: 11th Annual Student Exhibition, Kresge Gallery, Lyon College, Batesville, AR

2012-2015

Instructor at Charlott Jones School of Art, Jonesboro, AR

2012

Adjunct Instructor, Department of Art + Design, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

2009-2012

Web Designer, Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

2008-2012

Senior Instructor, Studio Art, Foundation of the Arts, Jonesboro, AR

2006

Interim Director, Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2005

Curator, Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2003-2004

Teaching Assistant, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

  • 2-D Foundations (Instructor of Record)
  • 3-D Foundations (Instructor of Record)
2003

Studio Assistant, Immaculate Conception, Inc., studio of Janine Antoni, NYC

Selected Exhibitions

2020

Margins, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, National Juried Exhibition, Curator: Anthony Elms, Chief Curator, ICA Philadelphia

Refugia, Royal Society of American Art, Brooklyn, NY Curator: Amelia Biewald

Rise, Focus Gallery, Windgate Center of Art and Design, University of Arkansas, Little Rock (solo)

2019

Flourish, Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas (two-person exhibition)

Faculty Biennial, Bradbury Art Museum, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

2018

Pink, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Department of Art + Design, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

2017

Wild Things, Bradbury Art Museum, Jonesboro, AR

Small Works on Paper, Arkansas Arts Council, Regional Traveling Exhibition

2016

53rd Annual Juried Competition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA

Flesh, Revealing a Passion for Paint, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

2015

Faculty Biennial, Bradbury Art Museum, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

2014

The Dam Show, Reservoir Art Space, Queens, NY, Curators: Ronna Lebo & Joe Nanashe

Located Space, Kresge Gallery, Lyon College, Batesville, AR, Curator: Dustyn Bork

HomeEc, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, Curator: Adrienne Callender

Figurative Works, Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, MO (Juried)

2013

American Art Today: Figures, The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts,
Highlands, NC, Juror: Jonathan Stuhlman, Curator of American Art, Mint Museum

In the Flesh 4, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA (Juried)

National Juried Exhibition, Batesville Area Arts Council, Batesville, AR, Juror: David Bailin

Innaugural Exhibition, 505 Union Gallery, Jonesboro, AR (two-person exhibition)

2012

The Figure Now, Fontbonne University Art Galleries, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO (Juried)

2011

Slip, Department of Art Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR (two-person exhibition)

2010

Delta National Small Prints, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Juror: David Kiehl, Curator of Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art, Juror's Merit Award (catalogue)

2009

Annual Juried Exhibition, South Arkansas Arts Center, El Dorado, AR

Texas National 2009, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, Juror: Mel Chin (catalogue)

2005

The Odds, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ (Juried)

2004

Wit, Wisdom and Invention, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, Lawrenceville, NJ, Curator: Kip Deeds

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ (solo exhibition)

2003

An Evening of Performance, Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY, Curator: Hanne Tierney

2002

Homecoming, Bradbury Gallery, Jonesboro, AR, Curator: Les Christensen

2001

MAX: All About Paint, University of Memphis Gallery, Memphis, TN, Curator: Holly Block, Director, Bronx Museum of the Arts (catalogue)

Exit 23B, Marshall Arts Gallery, Memphis, TN, Curator: Hamlett Dobbins

Domestic Disturbance, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS, Curator: John Salvest

2000

Praying, Cursing, and Setting Big Fires, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, NI

Texas National 2000, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX, Jurors: The Art Guys (catalogue)

1999

Women in the Visual Arts, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT, Juror: Elisabeth Sussman, Whitney Museum of American Art

Research in the Classroom

2018 - 2019

Learning to See

This initiative applies the perceptual content of Drawing 1 to a rotating slate of visiting professors and administrators across disciplines. The function of this effort is to demonstrate the role of drawing in building perceptual acuity in ways that are important to every field of study. This is incredibly important to Foundations practice as programs are scrutinized in the 21st Century.

2017 - 2018

Iron Gall Ink

This initiative is a cross disciplinary approach to the content of Drawing 1 involving Art History, Studio Art and the Biological Sciences. Students were able to harvest gall nuts locally to make their own Medieval Iron Gall Ink. With the participation of Dr. Katherine Baker, Art Historian, Dr. Tanja McKay, Entomologist, and Dr. Argelia Lorence, Metabolic Engineer, students were able to understand the process of making ink, testing that ink through drawing, and were able to situate themselves in the context of renowned masters like Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci who used this medium.

Published Writing

Cara Sullivan, "Perception in the Digital Age: The Hybrid Paintings of Tiffany Calvert," Number: an independent journal of the arts for Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas 92 "2017": 18-19. Print

Cara Sullivan, "Scary Monsters", Number: an independent journal of the arts for Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas 84 "2015": 7. Print

Cara Sullivan, "Regional Update: Northeast Arkansas", Number: an independent journal of the arts for Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas 80 "2014": 8. Print

Cara Sullivan, "Scary Monsters", Number: an independent journal of the arts for Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas 77 "2014": 18. Print

Reviews

Rebecca Mixon, "Cara Sullivan's Wild Things," Number: an independent journal of the arts for Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas 92 "2017": 28. Print

Commissions

2012

Portrait of Dr. Robert L. Potts, Chancellor, Oil on Canvas, 47" тип 30", Collection: Arkansas State University, State University, AR

Awards

2015-16

Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Curated Online Registry, February 6, 2015

2010

Juror's Merit Award, Delta National Small Prints, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Juror: David Kiehl, Curator of Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art

2009

Elizabeth J. Pruet Internship, Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

2003-2004

Teaching Assistantship, Rutgers University

2002

Graduate Scholarship, Department of Visual Arts, Rutgers University

2001

National Graduate Fellowship, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

2000

President's Scholar, College of Fine Arts, Arkansas State University