Left profile of woman with brown hair and blue eyes and an intricate earring

Jacquelynn Sullivan

Director of Galleries
Assistant Professor
Outreach & Programming Coordinator
Teaching Specialist

105B Kresge Art Center
East Lansing, MI 48824

P 517-355-0002
F 517-432-3938


In 2008, she received a BA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Minnesota, Morris. In 2011 she completed an MFA in Sculpture at Michigan State University and was awarded the Selma and Stanley Hollander Fellowship. Sullivan has exhibited her work nationally in group and solo exhibitions.


Through subtle shifts in space, I create environments that ask the viewer to move through layers of images and forms to reveal the inner struggle of the individual. Exploring what happens when our mind begins to fail us. Reaching a point when no longer we can control what we know or who we recognize. I share personal experiences in an attempt to depict a fear that plagues the human condition; illness.
By isolating a moment, my work embraces the struggle of experience. The forms I construct explore the loss of the familiar and the everyday with snapshots of my family’s past; ordinary instances that embody a lifetime. The figures in my work are frozen in time, referencing the strain we endure with the duality of seeing: seeing what is there and seeing what is missing or has changed. The connection shared biologically amongst family members forces us to face the fear illness becoming a pattern rather than a coincidence.

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