A Chicago native with a childhood steeped in performing and visual arts training, Sadie graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Music 2000. Since then she has had exciting careers as curator and deejay, showcasing her talents everywhere from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums.
Sadie honed her curating craft at the national award-winning Marwen arts foundation, where she was once a student, curating their alumni gallery and forging partnerships with festivals and organizations. During this time, she also was the Resident Curator for Gallery 718 in Chicago's East Pilsen Arts District. Her exhibitions were marked by minimal, sleek presentation of emergent Chicago artists working with an urban sensibility and dynamic intellectual content. Often, Sadie lent her deejay skills beyond her numerous residencies to create sound installations for her exhibitions.
In 2006, she participated in Ecole du Magasin’s International Curatorial Training Program in Grenoble, France. There, she realized the collaborative editorial project "Harald Szeemann Individual Methodology" produced in partnership with the Department of Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London and co-organized exhibition "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" which toured internationally.
In 2007, Sadie co-founded deejay collective White Label with DJ Madrid having a focus on deejay performance and music curation for the service industry, cultural institutions, and tastemakers. White Label's work spans from being selected as exclusive music curators for Oprah Winfrey to collaborators with artists like Theaster Gates to radio co-hosts on Streetbeat for Chicago Sound Experiment WNUR 89.3FM.
Sadie has held deejay residencies for over a decade throughout Chicago at local bars, hotels, and restaurants, including Crimson Lounge, Dana Hotel Vertigo Sky Lounge, House of Blues Foundation Room, LuxBar, Nacional 27, Mercadito Double A Lounge, Radisson Blu Hotel Filini Bar, Rodan, Sushi Samba, Tippling Hall, Untitled, and W Hotel. She has played alongside notable deejays Alex from Tokyo, Âme, Jerome Derradji, Dimitri from Paris, Diz, Dixon, Shannon Harris, Sharam Jey, The Juan Maclean, Julius the Mad Thinker, Leonard Part Sixx, Miguel Migs, Claude Monet, Paco Buggin, Gilles Peterson, Gavin Russom, Shaka 23, Soulphonetics, South of Roosevelt, Ron Trent, Taigo Onez, and many more.
With a focus in arts and culture, Sadie has performed for: 3Arts, 6018North, agencyEA, Alliance of Artist Communities Conference, Alliance Français, Arbella, Audience Architects, Artizone, Athenaeum Theater, #BlackSexMatters, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Humanities Festival, CIMMfest, Chicago Pride, Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago Urban Arts Society, Chuan Spa Langham Hotel, Columbia College Chicago, Cream Wine, Event Architects, EXPO Chicago, Fleur Fine Art, French-American Chamber of Commerce, House of Blues Foundation Room, Jane Addams Hull-House, Joffrey Ballet, Lake FX Summit + Expo, Lambda Legal, Make Music Chicago, Magasin Centre d'Art Contemporain, Marwen, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, Ragdale Foundation, Rebuild Foundation, Redmoon, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, School of the Art Institute, The Silver Room, Sotheby's Auction House, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Verve Life, Virgin Megastore, and WBEZ 91.5FM to name a few. Sadie has worked as a teaching artist for Marwen, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education partnership with the Guild Complex, the Museum of Contemporary Art Partner School Initiative, Rock for Kids partnership with Experimental Sound Studio, Wavelength Radio Workshop for Heat Light Water Project, and has exhibited her artwork throughout Chicago.
Sadie received a Visual Arts Certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School and recently completed her MFA in Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her practice includes sound art and design, deejay performance, exhibition making, and collaborations within communities of difference. Projects include sound design for Free Street Theater, and collaborations with artists and social activists including Barak adé Soleil, Ricardo Gamboa, and Aram Han Sifuentes. She's been a resident artist of the Hyde Park Art Center Program; resident artist at ACRE; Arts + Public Life Co-Curator In Residence and Co-Founder of The Petty Biennial with La Keisha Leek; Artist-In-Residence at Nichols Tower Homan Square; Sponsored Artist at High Concept Labs; Resident Curator at Chicago Artists Coalition's HATCH Projects; Collaborator for Independent Curators International Dakar Intensive. Sadie is the recipient of Bemis Center for the Arts Artist-In-Residence Program; Terrain-Hatch Projects Resident Curator; Resident DJ at Boleo at The Kimpton Gray Hotel; Artist-in-Residence at Ragdale Foundation. She is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute Chicago and will be premiering solo exhibitions at Sub-Mission and Roman Susan Gallery in Chicago and Cave in Detroit in 2017.