Anti-Rape Activist and American Performance Artist

Emma Sulkowicz (b. 1992) is an American artist of Japanese-Chinese-Jewish descent who lives and makes art in her hometown, New York City. She earned a BFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2015, studied studio art in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and was the recipient of the 2018 Museum of Arts and Design Van Lier Fellowship. She is perhaps best known for her senior thesis at Columbia University -“Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)” — an endurance performance artwork in which she carried a dorm mattress everywhere on Columbia’s campus for as long as she attended the same school as her attacker. Her awards include the National Organization for Women’s Woman of Courage Award (2016) and Susan B. Anthony Award (2014), the United States Student Association’s National Student Movement Builder of the Year Award (2015), the Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. Magazine’s Ms. Wonder Award (2015), and the Heal Me Too Festival’s Trailblazer Award (2019).