About the Artist

Sarah was born in rural western Pennsylvania. Raised there and in central Texas, she attended Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas—from which she graduated with honors in 1989.

Since then she has lived in Georgia and Florida, most recently settling in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for many years. In all those years, she has continued painting—finding fascination in faces, artifacts and visions.

Curriculum Vitae

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

OCT 2013—PRESENT
Creative Director | Friday Arts Project, Rock Hill, SC

Responsible for all creative operations for the organization; including staff supervision and work production. Works to maintain the organization’s standards of creative excellence, generosity, and distinctiveness. Extablishes community participation through consultation and partnerships with regional creative heads. Provides leadership/motivation and conveys the vision and values of the organization to staff and volunteers.

AUGUST 1992—present
Free-lance Illustrator

Illustrated various drawings and paintings for commercial and non-profit use. [client list available upon request]

FEBRUARY 1995—MARCH 1995
Art Instructor | Community College of Beaver County, PA

Conducted an eight week continuing education course for pastel painting.


CURATORIAL

2015 dessins d’amis a Amélie’s; Creative Director; Amélie’s in Old Town Rock Hill, SC

2012 The 5 Senses Exhibit, Creative Director; Here’s Life Inner City, Long Island City, NY

2011 Take Root Exhibit, Co-Creative Director; Here’s Life Inner City, Long Island City, NY


CONFERENCES

2014 Dazzle Gradually Forum, Creative Director; Gettys Art Center, The Cotton Factory, Old Town Rock Hill, SC; speakers included Maurice Manning, Tommy Tomlinson, Dori Sanders, Paul Matheny, Aaron Belz, performances by Sandra McCraken-singer/songwriter, Hunter Holmes-musician/cotton-mill music specialist, John Prichard-performance artist & sculptor. Organized by Friday Arts Project


TRAINING

Illustration Diploma, Portfolio Center, Atlanta, GA [1992]

BFA, Stephen F. Austin State University, TX [1989] summa cum laude


SOLO EXHIBITS

Cappuccino City, Sewickley, PA | paintings

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS

4/2017 Women of Color; Clinton College, Rock Hill, SC

11/2016 Art Party 2016: Overhead Station, Rock Hill, SC

2015 dessins d’amis a Amélie’s; Amélie’s in Old Town Rock Hill, SC; drawings & paintings

2012 The 5 Senses, Long Island City, NY; painting

2011 Take Root Exhibit, Long Island City, NY; paintings

2010 2 x 2 Exhibit , New York, NY; paintings

2009 Emerging Artists • Spiritual Dialogue Exhibit, New York, NY; paintings

2004 Mini Contempo Exhibit, 1st Thursdays, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL; painting

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX; sculpture


PRIVATE COMMISSIONS

Jim & Poco Olson | portrait | oil painting

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McComb | rendering of their home | pen & ink drawing

Mr. Jeff Jordan | portrait of his grandmother—Mrs. Jordan | oil painting


PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

2012 Hands-n-Hearts Learning Center, Brooklyn, NY | Mural, Acrylic on panel

2011 Here’s Life Inner City, Long Island City, NY | Mural, Acrylic

Make-A-Wish, Oregon Chapter | Illustrations, Oil on canvas


SELECTED AWARDS

2011 GD USA | American InHouse Design Awards; Perspective Cards; role: designer, illustrator

2010 GD USA | American InHouse Design Awards; Event Program | CONNECT: US Staff Conference; role: illustrator

2008 GD USA | American InHouse Design Awards; Preview Weekend Invitation; role: illustrator

2005 GD USA | American InHouse Design Awards; Media Promo Book | Freshman Survival Kits, The History | Campus Crusade for Christ; role: illustrator

1996 Rosey Show | Award of Excellence; role: illustrator

1992 J Walter Thompson | Art Scholarship

1991-1992 Portfolio Center | 4 gold awards, 5 silver awards

1988-1989 Zelma Childers | Outstanding School of Fine Arts Graduate Award

1988 Gray | Art Scholarship

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges