Sarah Ellis earned a BFA with a concentration in Printmaking from the University of Akron in 2014. She then attended the University of North Texas and received her MFA with a concentration in Printmaking in 2018. Following graduation, Sarah began a position at Murray State University as an Adjunct Professor of Art & Design. She served on the SGC International Executive Board for four consecutive years, fulfilling the roles of Student Representative (2016 – 2018) and Secretary (2018 – 2020). She is now the Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Jacksonville State University where she maintains an active CV including national and international exhibitions, publications, curatorial work, and academic conference presentations.
Sarah Ellis, Jacksonville, AL, Oligarchy Woodcut
The United States of America is an oligarchy: a system of government in which a small group of economic elites dominate the political sphere and rule the country. While this is an obvious statement demonstrated daily in the news, there are few studies that have been done to provide substantiative evidence of this phenomenon. According to “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens” by Gilens and Page (2014), the wealth-holders of the United States (top 10%) have their interests directly represented by congress for at least 78% of legislation that passes annually. Citizens (the other 90%), by contrast, are truly represented by legislation less than 5% of the time. Statistically, the government doesn’t care about you. It never has. We The People are guardians of our own interests… and that’s exactly why they don’t want to hear from us. It’s time to be louder than ever before.