Moore Announces 2013 Commencement Speaker

  • Amy Sadao

For Immediate Release
April 5, 2013

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore is pleased to announce that Amy Sadao will be this year’s Commencement speaker. Sadao earned an MA in comparative ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art. She is currently the Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania. Moore’s 164th Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 19 at 11 am in Aviator Park, across from the College.

Before assuming the directorship of ICA, Sadao served for ten years as Executive Director of Visual AIDS in New York City. She greatly expanded that organization’s resources and public awareness of its mission utilizing contemporary art to provoke dialogue about HIV/AIDS and supporting HIV-positive artists.

She eliminated the organization’s deficit and established a cash reserve, quadrupled the budget, initiated the 23-year-old organization’s first strategic plan and produced exhibitions, events and art commissions with a rotating array of writers, visual artists, performers and curators.

Under her tenure, Visual AIDS established an annual exhibition program in collaboration with La MaMa La Galleria, commissioned over 40 artists editions focused on HIV, produced “AIDS/Art/Work,” a conference combining international activists, academics and artists, and distributed over $140,000 in grants to HIV-positive artists.

Sadao has published catalogues and exhibition brochures including: Share Your Vision (2003), SIDE X SIDE (2008), Tainted Love (2009), Mixed Messages (2011), and ReMixed Messages (2012). She is the co-editor of Robert Blanchon (2006) and the guest arts editor of Oakazine, V. 4 (2009).

Sadao is a Director Emeritus of Visual AIDS and serves on the Board of Advisors for Denniston Hill, an artist residency. She began her arts career as a curatorial intern at the Whitney Museum of American Art and then as gallery coordinator for the Downtown Arts Festival.


Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

Published on April 5th, 2013