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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC MFA
  • California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA BFA

Gallery Affiliations

  • Pierogi, New York NY

Grants and Awards

  • Jacob Lawrence Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters 2014
  • Purchase Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters 2014
  • Joan Mitchell Grant for Painters and Sculptors 2012
  • The Rappaport Prize; Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation/DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, 2005
  • Grant; E.D. Foundation, Kearny, NJ, 2005
  • Nominee, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, Painting 2003
  • Grant: Berkshire-Taconic Foundation, Stockbridge, MA 2002-2003
  • Hayden Junior Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship; Clark University, Worcester, MA, 2001-2002
  • Higgins School of the Humanities; Junior Faculty Fellowship, Clark University, Worcester, MA
  • National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts; Visual Artists Resident Fellowship, Miami, FL, Three consecutive years: July-October 1994-96
  • NEA/Southern Arts Federation; Regional Fellowship in Painting, Spring 1992
  • North Carolina Emerging Artists Grant; Durham Arts Council, Winter 1991

Fellowships and Residencies

  • Visiting Artist-In-Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Summer, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2018, 2023
  • Artist in Residency; Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim, Norway 2013
  • Fellowship; Fountainhead Residency Program, Miami, FL, July 2012
  • Visiting Artist/Scholar Program, American Academy in Rome, Italy, Summer 2010
  • Artist-In-Residence; Leighton Artist Colony, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada, regretfully declined
  • Fellowship; Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY, 2005
  • Artist-In-Residence; Leighton Artist Colony, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada, 2004
  • Residency; Visiting Artist/Scholar Program, American Academy in Rome, Italy, Summer 2003
  • Fellowship; Bemis Center for Contemprary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, 2002-03 regretfully declined
  • Artist-In-Residence; Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA, Summer 2002
  • Fellowship; The MacDowell Colony, Petersborough, NH, Summer 2001
  • Fellowship; Contemporary Arts Center, North Adams, MA, Summer 2000
  • Artist-In-Residence; Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada, October-November 1999
  • Artist-In-Residence; Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock, NY, September 1999
  • Visiting Artist in Residence; Clark University, Worcester, MA, 1994-1995

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018
    • Everywhen, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2016
    • Space Machines, Pierogi, New York, NY
    • Sprites and Jets, BOE Brooklyn Oenology, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2014
    • Partially Seen Things, Alcott Gallery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2013
    • Planet X, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
    • Drift, Artifact, New York, NY
    • Intersections, Babel, Trondheim, Norway
  • 2012
    • Eyefinger, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2010
    • Edge of Everywhere, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2009
    • Continua, Higgins School of the Humanities, Clark University, Worcester, MA
  • 2008
    • Beacons, Floaters and Lost Objects, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2007
    • Collidescape, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2006
    • Sarah Walker, Paintings, Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA
    • Archipelago, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
    • Sarah Walker: Small Paintings, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2005
    • Systems of Capture, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002
    • Maximum Information Density, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2001
    • Descending Order: New Work by Sarah Walker, Lillian Immig Gallery at Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
  • 2000
    • Intertwined/Ever-Collapsing, Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
    • A Portrait of North Adams in Doodles: site-specific installation, D-town North Adams, MA
  • 1998
    • Sarah Walker: Monumental and Intimate Paintings, Fletcher/Priest Gallery, Worcester, MA
  • 1997
    • Sarah Walker: New Work, University Gallery, Clark University, Worcester, MA
  • 1995
    • Sarah Walker: New Work, Christal DeHaan Fine Arts Center, Indianapolis University, IN
  • 1993
    • Sarah Walker: Recent Paintings, Bowman Gallery at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

Group Exhibitions

  •  2019
    • The Case Histories, curator/collaborator Martin Wilner, Pierogi, NY, NY
    • Dance With Me, Kyle Staver, curator, Zurcher Gallery, NY
    • Labyrinths of the Mind, Sara Lynn Henry, curator, Byrdclyffe  Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock, NY
  •  2018
    • Chaos and Awe, Mark W. Scala curator, The Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, and The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
    • Idols and Icons, Phil/Sue Knoll, curators Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
    • The Nature Lab, Eric Wolf curator, LABspace, Hillsdale, NY
  • 2017
    • Cryptopictos, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2016 

Blue, Black and Orange, Phil/Sue Knoll, curators, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Overgrowth, Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA


      • Tomboy, Odetta Gallery, Bushwick, NY
      • The Transportation Business, Gregory Volk, curator, Jane Lombard Gallery, NY, NY
      • Polysolaris, Phil and Sue Knoll, curators, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
      • Prime Matter, Techningsmuseet, Laholm, Sweden
      • Earth Dreams, Alyssa Fanning, curator, Smokin’ Eagle Studios, Brooklyn, NY
      • 2014
      • Invitational, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, NY
      • Exhibition of Works by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, NY
    • Paper Reveries, Kathleen Kucka, Curator, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, NY, NY
    • Prime Matter, Zoe and Christian Schade, Curators, Senasapce, NY, NY
    • Diagonal Triangle, Chris Joy, Curator, Artist House Party Presents, NY, NY
    • Transportation Company, Curator: Gregory Volk, Select 2014 Washington Project for the Arts
    • The Artist As Cartographer: Maps and the Journeys that Made Them, James Scarborough, Curator,
    • Torrance Art Museum, online exhibition, May-June, Torrance, CA
  • 2013
    • Approaching Infinity, The Richard N. Green Collection of Contemporary Abstraction, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (catalogue)
    • Unpredictable Patterns of Behavior, Art Center/South Florida, Miami FL
  • 2012
    • Five By Five, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
    • Size Matters: Small works from the Fine Art Collection, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
  • 2011
    • Melini, Perterson, Walker, McKenzie Fine Art, NY, NY
    • Extravagant Drawing, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Projects, Long Island City, NY
  • 2010
    • Art On Paper: The 41st Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
    • I Am The Cosmos, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
    • The 185th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
    • Eye World, Triple Candie, New York, NY
    • The Rule of Typical Things, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2009
    • Femme Fatale, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • 2008
    • Midnight Full of Stars, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ
    • Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY
    • Horror Vacuii, McKenzie Fine Art, NY, NY
    • Pierogi et al’ Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2007
    • Graphic Havoc, Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, VT
    • Big Bang: Abstract Painting for the 21st Century, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
    • Flatfiling, Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany
    • Systems and Transmutations, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
  • 2006
    • Personal Geographies: Contemporary Artists Make Maps, Hunter College/TimesSquare Gallery, New York, NY
    • Subverting the Status Quo, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA
    • Hunters and Gatherers: The Art of Collecting, The Shore Institute of Contyemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ
    • Worlds Without End, Valerie McKenzie Gallery, NY, NY
    • Paramnesiac Landscapes, NewYork Center for Arts and Media Studies, NYC
    • New American Paintings: Northeast Edition, Open Studios Press, Boston MA
  • 2005
    • American Obsessive Drawing, Volcker & Freunde, Berlin, Germany
    • Op-ish, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
    • Ghosts in the Machine, Evos Arts, Lowell, MA
    • Brave New Worlds: Our Biological and Technological Universes, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • 2004
    • Inverted World, Artspace, New Haven, CT
    • 179th Annual Invitational, The National Academy of Design, NY, NY
    • The 18th Drawing Show, The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, MA
  • 2003
    • Sarah Walker and Dixie Friend Gay, Poisson-O’Neal Gallery, Houston, TX
    • Emergence: Women Artists in the New Millenium, Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster, IN
    • Closer Than You Think, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • Metastasize, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY
    • Summer of Lust, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
  • 2001
    • DeCordova Annual, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
    • Five American Painters, Sendmail Gallery, Munich, Germany
    • Sarah Walker and Laura Wilson, Alcott Gallery, University of North Carolina,Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2000
    • Incantation, FPAC Gallery, Boston, MA
    • What’s the Big Idea?, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA
    • New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA
  • 1999
    • Dot-Dash: Sarah Walker and Christine Vaillancourt, Creiger-Dane Gallery, Boston, MA
    • Invitational Permanent Exhibition, The Ecoterrium, Worcester, MA
  • 1998
    • New England/New Talent, Biennial Show, Fitchburg Museum of Art, Fitchburg, MA
    • Sweet, FM Gallery, New York, NY
    • Sarah Walker and Jessica Straus, New England Bio Labs, Beverly, MA
  • 1996
    • National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Career Advancement of Visual Artists Program,
    • Fellowship exhibition, Margulies Taplin Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
    • Artists Observe Nature, Fletcher/Priest Gallery, Worcester, MA
    • Horror Vacuii: The Fear of Open Space, Art Center of Battle Creek, MI
  • 1995
    • Four Women: Four Visions, Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME
  • 1994
    • The Second Independents Biennial, Charas El Bohio, New York, NY
    • New Painting in the Triangle, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC
    • Thirty and Under, Young Painters, The Painting Center, New York, NY
  • 1993
    • “National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation; 1992 Painting, Drawing and Works on Paper
    • Fellowship Exhibition,” Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    • Sarah Walker, New Work, Logan Gallery, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
  • 1992
    • Life On Earth is Like the Bloom on a Plum, collaborative multi-media installation, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC
    • Triangle Painting, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC


Romanov’s Grave: One Question/One Answer with Sarah Walker, New York, NY 2017

Artcritical, “Brainbow: Sarah Walker in Conversation with Mary Jones” New York, NY 2016

Hyperallergic, “ArtRx”, Jillian Steinhauer, November 24, 2015

Brian Chidester, Review: The Transportation Business, Ephemera, July 2015

James Panero, “Gallery Chronicle”, The New Criterion, April 2014

Heike Dempster, “Unpredictable Patterns of Behavior”, Tropicult, Miami, FL June 2013

Dennis Kardon, “Quantum Fields and Cellular Processes: Sarah Walker at Pierogi” ArtCritical, April 2013

Emily Colucci, “Sarah Walker Finds Space in Abstraction”, Societe Perrier, April 2013
Kenneth Baker, “Review”, San Francisco Chronicle, February 25, 2012

Stephen Maine, “Sarah Walker at Pierogi”, Art in America, November 2010

Painting Show of the Week: Sarah Walker, Time Out New York, May, 2010

Christian Rattemeyer, “The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Catalogue Raisonne’”, Museum of Modern Art, 2009

Dewitt Cheng, “Sarah Walker: Beacons, Floaters and Lost Objects,” art ltd., Nov/Dec 2008

Kenneth Baker, “Walker Uses Abstraction to Characterize Complex Reality”, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, Spetember 6, 2008

Anne Galloway, “The Ghost in the Machine”, Times Argus, Vermont, July 2007

Ken Johnson, “Seeing a Pattern”, Boston Globe, February 2, 2007

Cate McQuaid, “With Paint Sarah Walker Depicts her Mind at Work”, Sunday arts feature story, April 9, 2006 Boston Globe, March, 2006

Cate McQuaid, “Ten Artists to Watch”, Boston Globe

Andreas Schalhorn, “American Obsessive Drawing; Hybridization of Figure and Ornament”, Catalog Essay

Louise Kennedy, “Abstract Artist Wins Rappaport Prize”, Boston Globe, August 30, 2005

Kenneth Baker, Painter’s Eye Ponders Science in Particles and Whorls”, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, April 8th, 2005

Kenneth Baker, “Radial Gradient”, Artnews, February, 2005

Rachael Vaters-Carr,  “Inverted World”, catalog essay, Artspace New Haven CT  Nick Capasso, “Catalog Essay,” DeCordova Annual Exhibit, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

Cate McQuaid, “Mind Bender,” Boston Globe, March 29, 2001

Mary Sherman,”Walker Stirs Up Abstract Excitement,” Boston Sunday Herald, March 25, 2001

David Wildman, “Sarah Walker Explores Mind, Matter,” Boston Globe, Sunday, March 4, 2001

Roger Boyce, Review, Art New England, April/May, 2001

Nick Capasso, “Catalog Essay,” Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, January 2001

Julie Burrell, “Space Relatively Explored,” The Collegian, February 2001

Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, September 9, 1999

Katherine J. Hines, “Exhibition Catalogue,”  NFAA Career Advancement of Visual Artists Fellowship, Margulies Taplan Gallery, 1996

Elisa Turner, Miami Herald, September, 1996

Shirley Jacks, Art New England, October/November, 1995

Lisa Richmond, “Exhibition Catalogue,” SAF/NEA Painting, Drawing and Works on Paper Fellowship, Atlanta College of Art Gallery, 1992

Mary Pardo, “Catalogue Essay,” SAF/NEA Painting, Drawing and Works on Paper Fellowship, Atlanta College of Art Gallery, 1992


  • Museum of Modern Art: The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection
  • National Academy of Design
  • Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
  • New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
  • Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park
  • Neuberger Museum of Art
  • Weathspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Rappaport Foundation
  • Bank of America
  • Progressive Corporation