A Chicago native with a childhood steeped in performing and visual arts training, Sadie Woods has had an exciting career, showcasing her talents everywhere from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums. As an award winning artist, curator, and deejay, her practice includes sonic art and sound design, deejay performance, exhibition making, and collaborations within communities of difference.
Awards and residencies include: 3Arts Make A Wave grantee; 3Arts Artist Projects grantee; Propeller Fund grantee; Ecole du Magasin Curatorial Program and Harald Szeemmann Independent Methodology publication, Grenoble, FR; Hyde Park Art Center Program; ACRE Artist-In-Resident & Marwen Alumni Scholarship recipient; Arts + Public Life Resident Curator; Nichols Tower Homan Square Resident Artist; High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist; Chicago Artists Coalition's HATCH Projects Resident Curator; Independent Curators International Collaborator, Dakar, SN & Joyce Foundation Scholarship recipient; Bemis Center for the Arts Artist-In-Residence program recipient; Terrain-Hatch Projects Resident Curator; Terrain Biennial Curator and Artist; Ragdale Foundation Artist-In-Residence. She has exhibited her work at Adds Donna; Chicago Cultural Center; Art NXT Level Projects, Zhou B Art Center; Compound Yellow; Washington Project for the Arts; The Submission; Roman Susan Gallery; Krasl Art Center; The New Gallery, NC. She has had featured curatorial projects at Special Exhibitions EXPO; Gene Siskel Film Center Exhibition Program, among others.
Sadie is the co-founder of White Label DJs, The Petty Biennial and ROSEGOLD Music. Sadie received her BA from Columbia College and MFA from The School of the Art Institute. She is a full-time artist and freelances as a curator, soundesigner, deejay and performs under the moniker Afrodjia. Sadie is currently a resident deejay at Lumpen Radio and Faculty at the School of the Art Institute.
Clients & Venues
3Arts, 6018North, agencyEA, Alliance of Artist Communities Conference, Alliance Français, AMFM Gallery, Arbella, Audience Architects, #BlackSexMatters, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Humanities Festival, CIMMfest, Chicago Pride, Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago Urban Arts Society, Columbia College Chicago, Event Architects, EXPO Chicago, Field Museum, French-American Chamber of Commerce, Harpo Productions, House of Blues Foundation Room, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Joffrey Ballet, The Kimpton Gray Hotel, Lake FX Summit + Expo, Lambda Legal, Langham Hotel Chuan Spa, LuxBar, M2057 by Maria Pinto, Make Music Chicago, Magasin Centre d'Art Contemporain, Marwen, Mercadito Double A Lounge, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, Navy Pier, Project Interiors, Radisson Blu Hotel Filini Bar, Ragdale Foundation, Rebuild Foundation, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, The Royce Detroit, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Sepia, The Silver Room, Sotheby's Auction House, Tanta, University of Chicago, Unifest, University of Illinois, Verve Life, Virgin Megastore, Untitled, W Hotel, WBEZ 91.5FM, WNUR 89.3FM, and many more.
Alex from Tokyo, Âme, Maurice "Ice" Culpepper, Massimo Dacosta, Dark Wave Disco, Amy Db, Jerome Derradji, Dimitri from Paris, Jesse De La Peña, Diz, Dixon, Brian Gardner, Mark Grant, Shannon Harris, iO, Jevon Jackson, Sharam Jey, The Juan Maclean, Julius the Mad Thinker, Leonard Part Sixx, David "Cratebug" Macius, Madrid, Miguel Migs, Claude Monet, NewLife, Anthony Nicholson, Paco Buggin, Gilles Peterson, Redux DJs, Gavin Rayna Russom, Michael Serafini, Shala., Soulphonetics, Ron Trent, Taigo Onez, Marcus Worgull, and many more.
Krasl Opens It's Doors to Chicago Artists, The Herald Palladium
Feeling Petty About the Art World? This Biennial is For You, Vice Creators
Chicago On My Mind Exhibit: A Story of “Many Chicagos, EBONY Magazine
Who's Really Making America Great Again: New Narratives of the Diaspora in Hot Seven, Sixty Inches from Center
Sadie Woods merges her art and DJ passions, Chicago Tribune