Sarkin's Resume


1967-71: The Pingry School, Elizabeth, NJ (now in Martinsville, NJ)

1971-75: Univ. of Penn. (BA, Biology)

1975-77: Rutgers Univ. (MS, Environmental Science)

1977-80: Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA

(DC {Doctor of Chiropractic})

EXHIBITIONS (asterisk indicates solo exhibition):
*Mar., 2012: The Pingry School, Martinsville, NJ
*Jan. – Mar., 2012: Open Door Gallery, Boston
*Dec., 2011: Princeton Day School, Princeton, NJ
*April 2011: PEAC Gallery, Pennington, NJ
*Feb., 2011: Traylor Gallery, Hightstown, NJ
July 2010: Bass Rocks Beach Club, Gloucester, MA

Mar. – Apr. 2010: Straube Gallery, Princeton, NJ

*Sept. 2009: Blackburn Gallery, Gloucester, MA

Sept. 2009: Traylor Gallery, Princeton, NJ

May 2009: Riverfront Gallery, Millville, NJ

Sept. – Oct. 2008: The Pingry School, Martinsville, NJ

*Sept. 2008: Bait and Tackle Gallery, Gloucester, MA

*Aug. – Oct. 2008: Shrine Gallery, Gloucester, MA

July 2008: Bass Rocks Beach Club, Gloucester, MA

July 2008: Flat Rocks Gallery, Gloucester, MA

July 2008: Blackburn Performing Arts Center, Gloucester, MA

July 2008: Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA

June 2008: Bob Woolf Gallery, Gloucester, MA

*Apr. 2008: Home of Martin B. O’Connor II, New Vernon, NJ

Feb. 2008: Novas Centre, Liverpool, England

Oct. 2007: Philoctetes Center, New York

July 2007: Bass Rocks Beach Club, Gloucester, MA

Mar. 2007: Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

*Sept. 2006: Bigzanda Gallery, Gloucester, MA

Apr. – Aug. 2006: Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

Aug. 2006: Jane Deering Gallery, Boston

July 2006: Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA

*July 2006: Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles

July 2006: Bass Rocks Beach Club, Gloucester, MA

Mar. 2007: Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

*Sept. 2005: Artspace Gallery, Gloucester, MA

*Aug. 2005: Bigzanda Gallery, Gloucester, MA

July – Aug. 2005: Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA

Mar. 2005: Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

*Apr. 2005: The Revolving Museum, Lowell, MA

July – Aug. 2004: Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA

*Dec. 2004: For Rent Gallery, Gloucester, MA

*Nov. 2004: The Pingry School, New Vernon, NJ

*Nov. 2003: Jim Budman Gallery, New York

*July 2003: Sunny Day Gallery, Gloucester MA

*Mar. 2003: Home of Martin B. O’Connor II, New Vernon, NJ

Apr. 2003: Diane von Furstenburg Gallery, New York

May 2000: School Street Gallery, Rockport, MA

Oct. 1999: School Street Galllery, Rockport, MA

Apr. 1999: Organization of Independent Artists, New York


Papers of Calvin Tomkins (The New Yorker Art Critic),

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Tom Cruise (Actor), Los Angeles

Graydon Carter (Editor of Vanity Fair), New York

Annie Leibovitz (Photographer), New York

Bryan Lourd (Film Agent), Los Angeles

Paula Wagner (Head of United Artists Films), Los Angeles

Kevin Huvane (Film Agent), Los Angeles

Richard Lovett (Film Agent), Los Angeles

Billy Ray (Screenwriter), Los Angeles

Robert Bookman (Literary Agent), Los Angeles

Diane von Furstenburg (Fashion Designer), New York

Barry Diller (Media Mogul), New York

Mullen Advertising, Boston

Mark Wenneker (Creative Director, Mullen Advertising, Boston)

Alice Flaherty, MD (Neurologist, Author), Boston

Ira Glass (Radio Personality), Chicago

Amy Ellis Nutt (Journalist, Author), Newark, NJ

Jennifer Brown (Photographer), Newark, NJ

Andre Malok (Graphic Designer), Newark, NJ

Tony Millionaire (Artist), Pasadena, CA

Willie Alexander (Recording Artist), Gloucester, MA

Chris Lydon (Radio Personality), Boston

Jane Deering (Art Dealer), Boston

Mac Bell (Real Estate Developer), Gloucester, MA

Chris Brady (Chart Group), New York

Frank Shephard (Chart Group), New York

Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

Revolving Museum, Lowell, MA

The Pingry School, Martinsville, NJ

Brian Rosenworcel (of the band Guster)

Adam Gardner (Guster)

Ryan Miller (Guster)


“Zine Dreams,” New York Times Magazine, David Gross, Dec. 3. 1996

“Metamorphosis,” GQ , Andrew Corsello, Jan., 1997:

“Tom Cruise Buys Stroke Victim’s Story,” Mr. Showbiz, Anonymous, Feb. 2, 1997

“Cruise Could Play Stroke Victim,” E! Online, Jeff B. Copeland, Feb. 5, 1997

“Hunting for the Sark,” The Finger, Sam Pratt, Apr. 20, 1998

“Artist Unleashed,” The Penn Gazette, Susan Lonkevich, May, 1999:

“Artistic Lightning,” Awakenings, Terri Knudsen, May 24, 1999

“Interview with Jon Sarkin,” The Boston Globe Magazine, John Koch, May 9, 1999

“Seven Questions for Jon Sarkin,” Seven Questions, Tom Mangan, Jan., 2000

“An Oscar Story in the Making: The Life Tom Cruise Just Had to Have,”

The New York Post, Peter Sheridan, March 26, 2000:

“A Stroke of Genius,” North Shore Weekly, Linda Roth, June 4, 2000

“Sight and Sound,” ARTnews, Elisabeth Morse, July, 2000

“An Explosion That Changed Everything,” The London Telegraph,

James Langton, Jan. 20, 2001:

“Heady Stuff,” Town Online, David Rattigan, Aug. 24, 2001

“Art out of Adversity,” Backroads of New England (Book Excerpt), Chris Spurling, 2001

“Getting a Good Laugh out of Life,” Gloucester Daily Times, Greg Cook, Feb. 12, 2003

“Stroke of Genius,” Newark Star-Ledger, Amy Ellis Nutt, Apr. 25, 2003:

“The Art of Healing: Jon Sarkin’s Kinetic Vision,” Vanity Fair,

Kevin Sessums, May, 2003:

“The Awakening of Dr. Jonathan Sarkin, Artist,” Pingry Review, Renee Walker, Nov., 2004:

“Life Through Paint and Canvas,” Gloucester Daily Times, Gail McCarthy, Nov. 20, 2004:

“Stroke of Genius,” Reader’s Digest, Ellen Sherman, Sep., 2005:

“A Changed Man,” The Boston Globe, Geoff Edgers, June 11, 2006:

“Jon Sarkin: An Audio Slide Show,” The Boston Globe Website, June 11, 2006:

“Melding Art, Music and Words, ‘Big Top Road’ takes Cape Ann on a Ride

This Weekend,” Gloucester Daily Times, Gail McCarthy, Oct. 12, 2006:

“The Science of Art,” Neurology Now, Linda Carroll, Nov.-Dec., 2006: 200602060-00020

“Local Artist Honored for Overcoming Disability with his Art,” Gloucester Daily Times, Matthew Webster,

March 13, 2007:

“Painting the Mind,” Four Corners (Australia) June, 2007:

“Sarkin Photo, Explained,” The Exhibitionist, Geoff Edgers, June 26, 2007

“A Rewired Mind” (Audiovisual Slide Show), Gloucester Daily Times,

Oct. 2, 2007:

“Sarkin and McHugh at Novas Centre,” Novas Website, April 27, 2008

“Artist and Poet Jon Sarkin ’71 Donates His Time and Talent,”

The Pingry School, May 6, 2008:

“Jon Sarkin Hosts First Art Show on Rocky Neck,” Gloucester Daily Times, August 28, 2008

“On the Brain,” Publishers Weekly, Matthew Thorton, Oct. 27, 2008

“An Accidental Artist,” Newark Star Ledger, Amy Nutt, Nov. 23, 2008:

“Chat with ‘Accidental Artist’ Author Amy Ellis Nutt,” Newark Star Ledger On-line, Brian Donohue, Dec. 9. 2008:

“Jon Sarkin: A Medical Mystery and Artistic Savant,” Adam Klappholz,

GQ On-line, Dec. 18. 2008:

“From Stroke Victim to Commissioned Artist: The Curious Case of Jon Sarkin, Adam Klappholz, GQ On-line,

June 18, 2009:

“Unbound Creativity,”, June 5, 2009:

“Unbound,” Videography by Jess Pearson, Youtube, June 19, 2009:

“Jon Sarkin at Mullen Advertising,” Videography by Jess Pearson, Youtube, June 19, 2009

“Jon Sarkin Donates Art to WGBH Auction,” Youtube, May, 2010

“Tour of Jon Sarkin’s Studio,” Youtube, April 27, 2010

“Life in a Day,” Youtube, July 24, 2010

“Interview with Terry Gross on NPR re: my biography, Shadows Bright as Glass, by Amy Ellis Nutt, NPR’s Fresh

Air, May, 2011:

“Broad Brushstrokes Obscure a View of Brain Trauma,” (Review of Shadows Bright as Glass), Abigail Zuger,

New York Times, May 31, 2011:

“Mental Images,” Jan. 18, 2012, CHS Research Bulletin,, Alexandra Pappas:

“Jon Sarkin: Compulsive Creativity,”

“Six People Who Gained Amazing Skills From Brain Injuries,”, Dec. 1. 2011:

“Healing Arts, Healing Hands,” Dec. 1, 2011, Today’s Chiropractic, Katie Brown:

Wikipedia entry:

“Showcasing the Work of an Outsider Artist,” Jan. 31, 2012, Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid:


The New Yorker

Penn Gazette

CD Cover: “Dog Bar Yacht Club,” Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band

CD Cover: “Light City,” Dan King

CD Cover: “Western Lands,” Dan King

CD Cover: “Easy Wonderful,” Guster

CD Cover: “Welcome to the Carnival,” Bandit Kings


“The Connection,” (Chris Lydon, host), WBUR-FM

This American Life,“ (Ira Glass, host), WBUR-FM

“BBC: The World,” WGBH-FM


“Chronicle,” WCVB-TV (Boston)

“Stroke,” Discovery Channel

“Painting the Mind,” Australian and British TV

“Medical Mysteries,” ABC-News

“My Strange Brain,” Granada TV (UK)

“Profiles,” Cape Ann (MA) TV


“What’s Your Story: Jon Sarkin at The Budman Studio, August,

2002,” Beautiful Films


*The rights to my life story have been purchased by United Artists for

a film to be developed by Tom Cruise’s production company. A script

has been written and a director has been chosen.

*A website about me has been established. Its URL is

*A biography is being written about me by Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Ellis Nutt. Release date is April, 2011.

*In 2005, I taught a master class at The Revolving Museum in Lowell, MA.

*In 2000 and 2001, I was an artist-in-residence at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.

*From 2005 – 2009, I have been an artist-in-residence at The Pingry School in Martinsville, NJ, where, I have taught both art and English.

*I am currently writing my autobiography.


*I am currently writing an illustrating a novel.

*In 2007, I was awarded a Wynn Newhouse Foundation prize for artists with disabiltiies.

*I have written dozens of volumes of poetry.

*I have produced several hours of music.

*I starred in a multimedia show, Big Top Road, at the West End Theater in Gloucester, MA in October of 2006. It featured the musicians Dave Mattucks on drums (George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Richard Thompson, Fairport Convention, Roseanne Cash, XTC), David Brown, guitar (Billy Joel, Paul McCartney), Wolf Ginandes, bass (Light City), Dan King, guitar (Light City), and Matt Webster, soundscapes.

*I was featured in the film “Polis is This: The Life and Poetry of Charles Olson,” by filmaker Henry Ferrini.

*I was in the short film “The Ghost of Dogtown,“ by film-maker Chad Carlberg.

* I wrote a concert review abiout Bob Dylan that was published on The Boston Globe website.

*I created a music video (“I Never Wanted Everything”) for the musician Sten Bowen

in August of 2007 (Available on Youtube).

*I was the guest artist for the comic strip Maakies, by artist Tony Millionaire.

*I acted in the short film “Daniel” by film-maker Emile Doucette (Available on Youtube).

*I created a mural (26′ X 5′) for Mullen Advertising in Boston.

*I did a large painting as the backdrop for a music video by the guitarist David Patterson. This video is currently in production.

*From 2008 – 2012, I’ve donated artwork to an on-air auction on WGBH-TV (Boston).

*I served on a committee at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston that was forming an interdisciplinary program between doctors and artists.

*I did a music video with the band Guster in August, 2010.

*I’ve done two performance art pieces while the band Guster plays: one at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in March, 2011, and one at the Pingry School in Martinsville, NJ in March of 2012.
*I designed a shirt for the Large Pelagics Research Center in Gloucester, MA.