About Jay Sullivan
Jay Sullivan grew up playing baseball in New Jersey. His life changed direction when, as a teenager, he received a film developer kit for Christmas. It started an interest in image-making that, along with a decent curveball, gained him entrance into Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied photography.
Jay went onto a 25-year career as a Producer and Creative Director. He created media for print, online. installations and live events. He’s traveled to over 20 countries on four continents staging events and creating health related video documentaries which featured President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Ossie Davis, the Ye minority in the remote mountains of southern China, Bambara farmers in Mali, and teenagers in the ghettos of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His commercial productions have been garnered a Cine Golden Eagle, NY Festivals Silver World Medal, Silver Screen Award and many other honors.
Since 2011, Jay has created photographic and video art. His work falls at the intersection of memory, psychology and creative process. He intentionally chooses subjects that challenge his emotional and psychological boundaries. He seeks to understand a limiting emotional or psychological barrier within himself and then create an artistic process that helps him go beyond those limitations. The creative process and its resulting effect upon the artist are the core of his work.
Jay is also an accomplished entrepreneur. He co-founded two companies focused on educating employees about ethical and socially responsible business practices. These two companies — RedHawk Communications and Compliance Wave — have educated over 5 million people in over 25 countries. Jay guided them both to successful acquisitions. He currently continues as a creative adviser to Compliance Wave and also advises startup companies.
In August 2018, Jay completed his Master of Fine Arts studies at Plymouth University/Transart Institute for Creative Research.