Jackie Sullivan

Jackie Sullivan Passetti was born in Rochester, New York and grew up splitting her time between Central New York during the main part of the year and the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts in the summers. It was on the island that she developed a life long love of the ocean and the New England area, something that continues to influence her artwork to this day.

Jackie Sullivan studied computer graphics in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Besides developing a strong interest in digital painting, she was also able to receive instruction in watercolor painting, oil painting, figure drawing, ceramics, metalsmithing, lithography, and more. The more types of art she tried, the more she wanted to know, resulting in an ever evolving art style and a thirst for learning and exploration. She comfortably flips back and forth between digital and traditional media when creating her own artwork, sometimes even combining the two.

During this time, Jackie Sullivan was also teaching summer art classes for teens and children on Martha’s Vineyard, leading her to decide to go back to school to become an art teacher. She graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009 with a Master of Science for Teachers. She can now be found happily teaching art classes at Onondaga Junior/Senior High School. As a teacher, she is Mrs. Passetti, but artwork is signed with the last name Sullivan.

Jackie Sullivan currently lives in Manlius, New York with her husband, Jeff Passetti, who works for Syracuse University and is also a teacher and an artist. Their dog, a Corgi named Bilbo, is their faithful companion on everything from outdoor adventures to Netflix marathons.

  • Legendary Lights Gala at the Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, New York - May 2017
  • 40 Below's Public Arts Task Force at AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, Syracuse, New York - July 2016
  • 40 Below's Public Arts Task Force at Strathmore Art On the Porches, Syracuse, New York - June 2016
  • 60/60 at the Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York - June 2015
  • Keep the Lighthouse In Sight at The Gay Head Gallery, Aquinnah, Massachusetts - July 2014
  • 60/60 at the Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York - June 2014
  • Maxwell Memorial Library, Camillus, New York - March 2011
  • The Judges' Art Show at the New York State Fair, Syracuse, New York - August 2010
  • Benches On Parade, Rochester, New York - May 2010
  • Maxwell Memorial Library, Camillus, New York - March 2010
  • Gallery R, Rochester, New York - May 2009
  • Imagine RIT Festival, Rochester, New York - May 2009
  • Hammered & Tanked Metalsmithing Exhibit at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York - 2003
  • Country Living – November 2015

    Country Living Magazine

    Vol. 38, No. 10 - November 2015

    My “Vintage Arrows” design was included in a list of things liked by the musician Kacey Musgraves. The magazine shared my design on a mug from my shop. It was also included on their website as part of an article titled “9 Things Kacey Musgraves Can’t Live Without”, being shared at number 5 on the list as a “Backyard Essential.”

  • BuzzFeed – November 2015

    Buzzfeed

    - November 2, 2015

    My “Red Pandas in the Snow” illustration was part of the BuzzFeed list “21 Adorable Red Panda Products You Need In Your Life”. It was shown as a rug from my shop at number 19 on their list.

  • Boston Magazine

    Boston Magazine

    - June 2013

    My photo of the vintage mailboxes at Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard was featured on pg. 73 of Boston Magazine.

  • Artist Spotlight

    The Democrat and Chronicle

    Vol. 177 - February 1, 2009

    I was featured in the Artist Spotlight section of the Rochester, NY newspaper.

  • The Martha’s Vineyard Times

    The Martha's Vineyard Times

    Vol. 25, No. 33 - August 14, 2008

    An article about summer art classes I taught at The Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown, MA.

  • The Vineyard Gazette

    The Vineyard Gazette

    Vol. 163, No. 11 - July 18, 2008

    The newspaper sent a writer and photographer to sit in on one of my childrens’ art classes at The Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown, MA.

  • The Voyage to Ruin

    The Voyage to Ruin

    - 2007

    I illustrated the book cover for the hard cover release of The Voyage to Ruin by H. L. Trombley. The cover design was done by Kat Laurange.

  • The Martha’s Vineyard Times

    The Martha's Vineyard Times

    - August 23, 2007

    The newspaper ran a short story on the childrens’ art class I taught and their art show that was on exhibit at The Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown, MA.

  • ImagineFX Magazine

    ImagineFX Magazine

    Issue No. 14 - February 2007

    My art and a short artist’s biography was included in a selected artist feature on the supplemental DVD that came with the issue.

  • The Martha’s Vineyard Times

    The Martha's Vineyard Times

    Vol. 23, No. 34 - August 24, 2006

    The newspaper ran a short story on the childrens’ art class I taught and their art show that was on exhibit at The Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown, MA.

  • The Vineyard Gazette

    The Vineyard Gazette

    Vol. 161, No. 15 - August 15, 2006

    The newspaper ran a story on the childrens’ art class I taught and their art show that was on exhibit at The Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown, MA.

  • Leading Edge Magazine

    Leading Edge Magazine

    Issue No. 51 - April 2006

    I was commissioned to make a series of five black and white illustrations to accompany the short story Handel’s Duelist by Ramon Rozas III.