Sophie Willard Van Sistine

is an artist, graphic recorder, and storyteller located in Claremont, California.

Currently open for commissions. Please send all inquiries to sophiewillardvansistine@gmail.com

Smith College graduate with a BA in Studio Art and a background in leadership and technical theatre. I am passionate about creative and non-traditional methods of storytelling as a tool for empathy, connection, and social change. Within my studies at Smith, I focused on illustration, cartooning, and printmaking, as well as installation art and endurance-based performance art. I am a trained graphic recorder, and through my internship at the Wurtele Center for Leadership I developed graphic design and animation skills. Along with social media graphics and posters, I created a series of animated interviews, showcasing stories from leaders across Smith campus. As a member of the International Thespian Society, I have participated on and off stage in professional theatre productions at the local, national, and international levels. I specialize in prop design, construction, and management. I am excited by the challenge of creating innovative, durable, and professional objects from scratch. I have a particular knack for highly detailed and repetitive work, and am experienced in sourcing materials on a budget. I also have experience in scenic painting and set decoration, as well as stage management, technical direction, set design and construction, directing, and movement and character based acting. I see visual and performance art as tools for storytelling that allow us to connect with people across divides in a way that facts, figures, and opinions cannot. I believe that leadership based in systems and design thinking, human-centered design, and teaming is essential for the success of group collaborative project. I am committed to shifting from traditional boss-follower styles of leadership, and embracing the innovative potential of collaborative leadership. Through leadership in the arts I am committed to taking risks, constantly learning, and finding authentic human connection to create a more inclusive, empathetic, and equitable world.

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