Sarah Emerson

Sarah Emerson graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1997 and went on to complete a Master’s Degree at Goldsmiths College in London, England in 2000. Over the years she has exhibited her paintings in galleries throughout the United States and Europe, including at White Columns, New York, Cosmic Gallery, Paris, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT and Tache-Levy, Belgium. In 2010 she exhibited her work in “Catastrophe” the Quebec City Biennial curated by Sylvie Fortin as well as Flux Projects Atlanta. In 2011 her work was included in the new Biennial publication Noplaceness published by Atlanta Art Now.

In 2012 her work was featured in issue 100 of New American Paintings and she recently completed a large mural for LIving Walls 2012. In 2013 she will exhibit a selection of paintings and a large mural at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.

Emerson currently teaches Painting and Drawing at Emory University.

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Sarah Emerson

Born 1974

2000 Master of Fine Art (Distinction) Goldsmiths College, London England
1998 Bachelor of Fine Art Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, Ga
1997 Mobility Student School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston Ma
Professional Experience
2008- Present Lecturer of Painting and Drawing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
2010 Lecturer of Painting and Drawing, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA

Upcoming Exhibitions
MOCA Jacksonville, Atrium Project mural, Jacksonville, FL
Solo show, Space: Eight, Jacksonville, FL
Solo Exhibitions
“Beneath the Setting Sun” Puritan Mill, Atlanta, GA
“Underland” Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Black Garden” Moon Gallery, Berry College, Mount Berry, GA
“Soft Trap” Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“The Dark Side” SLM Projects, Roswell, GA
“The End is Near” Screen Arts, St. Augustine, FL
“Big Darkness” Bartlett Gallery, Provincetown MA
“The Moon is Down” Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn NY
Cosmic Galerie with Vidya Gastaldon and Maria Marshall, Paris France
“Soft Mast” part of the artist series Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty, Real Art Ways, Hartford CT
“Do the Collapse” Thomas Erben Gallery, New York NY
“Bobbing for Water” Old Highland Bakery, Atlanta GA
“Funnel Vision” Vantosh Gallery, Atlanta GA

Selected Group Exhibitions
“Escape Velocity” Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Little Things Mean a Lot” Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA
“Living Walls Conference” Atlanta, GA
“18th Annual Texas National” curated by Dave Hickey, The Cole Art Center, SFASU, Nacogdoches, TX
“Day Job” Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, curated by Nina Katchadourian and Stuart Horodner
“Elevate Art Above Underground” Atlanta, GA
“Return to Sender” Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL
“Art in Nature/Nature in Art” Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, GA
“Curious and Curiouser” Curated by Paula Katz, Herron Gallery Indianapolis, IN
“The December Show 2010” Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Flux Projects” Atlanta, GA
“Catastrophe” Manif D’Art 5 The Quebec City Biennial curated by Sylvie Fortin, Quebec City, Canada
“The Birds and Some Bees” Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA
“For Ever Green” Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Little Things Mean A Lot” Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA
“You Killed My Pretty Things” UNO St. Claude Gallery, New Orleans, LA
“Regime Change” Swarm Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“MOCA Gala” MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA
“Movers and Shakers“ MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA
"ATLart 2009” ARThouse, Atlanta, GA
“The December Show” Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Emory Faculty Exhibition, Emory College, Atlanta, GA
Hambidge Art Auction, Foundry at Puritan Mill, Atlanta, GA
“Wood, Canvas and Clay” The Arts Company, Nashville, TN
Forward Arts Foundation Show, Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA
“Breaking New Ground” Spruill Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Oil” 3 Fish Gallery. Portland, ME
“Draw Off” curated by Susannah Darrow, Eyedrum, Atlanta, GA
“All that Glitters” curated by Marianne Lambert, Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA
“The Possibility of Framing Infinity” Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA
“Holiday Greetings from 10 Artsists” AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Innovations, Gallery Walk at Terminus, Atlanta, GA
“Little Things Mean A Lot” Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA
“Dead Flowers” Eyedrum, Atlanta, GA
Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
“Keep Abreast” Screen Arts, St. Augustine, FL
Innovations” Gallery Walk at Terminus, Atlanta, GA
“Language” Spruill Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Paper, Fire, and Light” Spruill Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Talent Show” Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
“New Eden” Tastes Like Chicken Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
“The No Name Show” SLM Projects, Roswell, GA
“Suckers & Biters: Love, Lollipops, and the Exquisite Corpse” Ad Hoc Art, Brooklyn, NY
“Mischief” Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
“Paradise Lost” Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York NY
“Post Notes” curated by Adam Carr, ICA London, UK
“the Real Party” Real Art Ways, Hartford CT
“Enchantment” Art Space, New Haven, CT
“East of the Sun and West of the Moon” White Columns, New York NY
“Young Generations” Tache-Levy Gallery, Brussels Belgium
“Boys and Girls” A Priori Presents, London England
“Core” Creative Alliance, Baltimore MD
“New American Talent 17” curated by Kathryn Kanjo, Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin TX
“The Big Picture III” Baltimore Museum of Contemporary Art, Baltimore MD
“Twenty-Eight” The Whole Gallery, Baltimore MD
“Substatic” Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, NY
“The Tender Trap” London House, London England
“Hi Kickin’ Hi Falutin’” VTO Gallery, London England
“Cream” Howell Mill, Atlanta GA
“Glamourhammer” Beckett Boxing Ring, London England
“Insider Trading” Mandeville Hotel, London England
“Assembly, Stepney City, London England
“MA Degree Show” Goldsmiths College, London England
“Juicy” Project Space, London England
“Valentine” Old Highland Bakery, Atlanta GA
Alexandria Museum of Art, Juror, Jerry Cullum, Alexandria, LA
“Dana Pond Awards in Painting” School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
“19th Annual Arts on the River” SCAD Juror, Holly Solomon, Savannah, GA
“LaGrange National XX Biennial” Juror Siri J. Engberg, LaGrange Museum, LaGrange, GA
“A Journey Into Lifestyle, Eroticism, and Imagery” Old Lake Claire Baptist Church, Alternative Space, Atlanta, GA
“Drawing and Printmaking” Colony Square, Atlanta, GA
“The November Project” Old Lake Claire Baptist Church, Alternative Space, Atlanta GA
“ACA Juried Show” Juror J. Fleming, ACA Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“The Really, Really Small Painting Exhibition” ACA Gallery 100 Jurors
Marcia Cohen, Tom Francis, Anthony Greco, Atlanta, GA
“Degrees of Excellence” ACA Gallery, Colony Square, Atlanta, GA
Arts and Crafts Council, Juror Alan Hing, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Printmaking Exhibition, Juror Norman Wagner, Bellaluna, Atlanta, GA
Group Show, ACA Gallery 100, Atlanta, GA
“200x200” New Visions Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Now Here-Outdoor Installation” Autrey Mill, Alpharetta, GA
“ACA Juried Show” Juror Chris Scoates, ACA Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Awards and Achievements
2011 City of Atlanta Grant for Elevate Art Above Underground
2010 Puffin Foundation Grant
Flux Projects Grant
2007 Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award Finalist
2000 Warden’s Purchase Prize, Goldsmiths College
1998 Honorable Mention, Arts on the River, Savannah College of Art and Design
1996 CGR Scholarship, Dragon Foundation Atlanta College of Art

Publications and Interviews
“This is Atlanta”, documentary on Georgia PBS, Producer: Trevor Keller, October 2012
“Atlanta Host First All Female Street Art Conference” by Jaime Rojo & Steve Harrington,
Huffington Post, Aug 18, 2012
“Putting a Good Face on Street Art, to Upgrade Atlanta” by Robbie Brown, New York Times,
Aug 17, 2012
“Living Walls conference brings legal street art to Atlanta” by Bo Emerson, Atlanta Journal-
Constitution, Aug 11, 2012
“Living Walls reconnects Atlantans with their city one wall at a time” by Debbie Michaud, Creative
Loafing Aug 16 1012
“Review: In Contemporary’s “Day Job: Georgia” and “100,000 Cubicle Hours,” artists make the
most of work” by Christina Cotter, ArtsCriticAtl, Jan 20, 2012
“Artspeak Interview with Lilly Lampe for Burnaway Magazine” AM Radio1690, March 2012
Artist Profile by Caroline Cox, Jezebel Magazine, 2012
New American Paintings, Southeastern Edition, curated by Michael Rooks, 2012
Atlanta Art Now: NOPLACENESS, Biennial book series from Atlanta Art Now, Nov 2011
“Underground Rising” by Lynn Peisner, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Aug 22, 2011
“Under the Influence” by Felicia Feaster, Creative Loafing, Feb. 3-9, 2011 Vo.39, #40
“Review: Herron’s Curious and Curiouser” by Joe Williams, Nuvo, Jan. 24, 2011
Catalogue, “Catastrophe’ curated by Sylvie Fortin, Manif’d’Art 5 Quebec City Biennial 2010
“Manif 5: implosion ou explosion?” by Nadia Ross, Le Soleil Quebec City Canada, May 8, 2010
“The Birds and Some Bees” A Study of Objects at Swan Coach House Gallery” by Catherine Fox
Atlanta Journal-Constitution January 22, 2010
“Six Degrees of Susan Bridges” by Felicia Feaster, The Atlantan December 2009
“Sarah Emerson” review by Felicia Feaster, Art Papers November/December 2009
“A World Awry: Sarah Emerson and Jeff Grant” by Catherine Fox, Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
September 25, 2009
“Shortlist” by Sarah Bakhtian, Creative Loafing, September 2-8, 2009
“Simmering with Promise” by Catherine Fox, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Feb 13, 2009
“Wood, Canvas, and Clay at the Arts Company” by Joe Nolan, The Scene December 10, 2008
Catalogue, Art by the Emory Visual Arts Faculty, December 2008
“Art and Cankles: Interview with the lovely Sarah Emerson” by Whitney Stansell, Nov 13. 2008
“The Radar Art” by Felicia Feaster, The Atlantan, July 2008, pp. 46-50
“The Possibility of Framing Infinity” review by Diana McClintock, Art Papers May/June 2008
“Razzle Dazzle” by Felicia Feaster, Creative Loafing, March 19-25, 2008
“Woodland Melancholy” by Felicia Feaster, Creative Loafing Online December 14, 2007
“Felicia Feaster’s Top 10 Art Picks” Creative Loafing, December 26, 2007
“Happy Blendings” Metropolitan Home, December 2007, p. 116
“To Keep Abreast” by Paulette Perhach & Ashley Gallam, Drift Magazine, Ed 002 p. 35 Oct 2007
“Stylish paint-by-numbers” by Jerry Cullum, Atlanta Journal Constitution October 4, 2007
Catalogue Spruill Gallery, “Language” September 2007
New American Paintings, Southeast Edition, curated by Charlotta Kotik June 2007
“Q&A/ Stuart Horodner” by Kirsten Tagami Atlanta Journal Constitution June 6, 2007
“In the Gallery” Folio Weekly Jacksonville, FL, February 27, 2007
“The Darker Side of Sweet” by Denise Markonish Real Art Ways Publications 2005
“Fractured Fairy Tales” by Judy Birke, New Haven Register December 5, 2004
“Enchant Terribles” by Meral Agish, The New Haven Advocate November 25, 2004
"For Three Young Artists, a Search for the Spiritual" by Benjamin Gonacchio, New York Times,
CT Sunday March 28, 2004
“May Picks” by Christopher Chambers NY Arts Magazine Vol 8, No 5, May 2003, p. 55
Centrefold Scrapbook, 60 unique books-One different collaborative drawing done in each book,
drawings done in collaboration with Diann Bauer and Nicole Urbanic-Lichf, 2003
New American Paintings Northeast Edition, curated by Charlotta Kotik February 2003
“Short List” M-The New York Art World, Art Reviews by Lily Faust, March 2002, pp. 14-15
“The Front” Shout, February 2002, p. 11
“Erotica” by Lea Keel Creative Loafing March 28, 2001
“Whipped Cream” by Cathy Byrd Creative Loafing March 28, 2001
Catalogue, Assembly Exhibition 2000
Catalogue, Goldsmiths College 2000
Catalogue, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1998
“Look Back, Get Down” by Cathy Byrd Creative Loafing Jan 3, 1998
The Scene Feb 21 1998
“Praying for Sheetrock” by Cathy Byrd Creative Loafing November 22, 1997
“Learning Curve” by Donald Locke Creative Loafing December 27, 1997
“Women’s Work” by Cathy Byrd Creative Loafing December 28, 1996

2012 Welsh School of Art and Design, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
2011 Berry College, Mount Berry, GA
Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis University, Indianapolis, IN
2008 Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
1998 Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA

Selected Collections
Goldsmiths College
Progressive Corporation
King & Spalding

Private Collections
New York
North Carolina
Berlin, Germany
London, England
Paris, France