Sarah Sandman is an artist, designer and professor living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a 2017 Senior TED Fellow and holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Sandman is also the co-founder of Public Displays of Affection (PDA), a collective of artists, designers, educators and organizers that engage in nonviolent direct actions.
Sandman’s work uses design to create social experiences that bring people together, such as her Gift Cycle project, in which she helped neighboring communities exchange gifts of art. In Sandman's most recent project, Brick x Brick, she collaborated with award-winning costume designer, Andrea Lauer, to design brick-patterned jumpsuits for cohorts of women to wear and build human walls against Trump and misogyny in public spaces. What started as an art project, soon grew into a national movement. Hostos Hands Up was a collaboration between Sandman and Hostos Community College's Black Studies program in which Sandman worked with students to design protest signs for the Black Lives Matter NYC Millions March in December 2014. Sandman’s project Bike Write was a community bike ride in Providence, RI, spelling "Yes We Can" via the route through the city in support of Barack Obama. Most importantly, Sandman loves to dance and will happily liven any party with the signature "Diamond Dance.” Sandman and members of the art collective, Hit Factorie, took the dance across country on an Amtrak train and will happily bring it to you and your dance floor.
M.F.A, Graphic Design, summa cum laude
Rhode Island School of Design
B.F.A, Visual Communication, summa cum laude
University of Kansas and Fachochschule Trier, Germany