Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Instructor of Art


  • M.F.A., Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
  • B.F.A., Arkansas State University-Jonesboro
  • Study Abroad – University of Ulster School of Art + Design, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Teaching Specialties

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • 2D Design




Cara Sullivan was born in Bangor, Maine in 1977 and earned her B.F.A. at Arkansas State University, graduating with honors as the President's Scholar of the College of Fine Arts. Sullivan studied abroad at the University of Ulster College of Art and Design in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and earned her MFA at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She was recipient of an Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship and has exhibited her work in many locations, including Belfast, N.I.; Brooklyn, NY; Memphis, TN; and St. Louis, MO. Her work is interdisciplinary with a strong interest in drawing and painting.

 Her current work features carefully rendered images of weeds atop spray-painted backgrounds. The layered surfaces are created on heavy weight primed paper, the edges of which are cut in various motifs to reference the finery of museum frames. Selecting the weed above cultivated blooms is at odds with how we interact with the landscape. These works pay homage to the overgrowth: more than a nod to the lowly weed, these paintings are a meditation on the irreverent, persistent nature and joy of rebellion.