Sara Russell 

Sara makes objects that find their way into existing locations. They may be inserted directly into a space or created in response to it. Many of these objects can be held in your hand, similar to a coin or stone. Sometimes, she uses thread to connect-the-dots of a sculptural work, so the viewer follows the thread to discover the piece. For Sara, play is an important part of making art. 

For the past several years, she has been working on a collaborative postcard project where she asked participants to make something with a small ball of clay. She took the sculptures, fired them, placed them throughout the city, and sent a postcard to the original maker with a photo and details of its location.

Originally from Oregon and California, Sara made her way to NYC in 1994 and has enjoyed making art here ever since. She currently lives in Brooklyn and has a studio in Queens. 

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2019 Bank Street College of Education, Master of Science in Education

1997 Pratt Institute, Master of Fine Arts

1989 Whitman College, Bachelor of Art in Studio Art and English Literature


2021 BAU 18, Viareggio, Italy

2019 Sculpture Space NYC, Members Show, Long Island City, NY

2018 G(L)aze, Long Island City, NY

2018 Sculpture Space NYC, Members Show, Long Island City, NY

2017 Fire and Clay, Long Island City, NY

2017 Sculpture Space NYC, Members Show, Long Island City, NY

2017 The Clemente, What happens if you hand someone a ball of clay? New York, NY

2016 The Clemente, Strung, New York, NY

2015 S+7, Absence + Evidence, New York, NY

2014 Clouds Are Our Mountains, Miami, FL

2014 Key Projects, Keyed Up in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Pocket Utopia, Sara Russell Dewey - Part 2, New York, NY

2013 Pocket Utopia, Session One, New York, NY

2005 Rongio Gallery, Project Diversity, Brooklyn, NY

2003 Oni Gallery, Nowhere Better, Boston, MA

2003 Riverside Arts Center, Discrete, Riverside, IL

2002 Rotunda Gallery, To Scale, Brooklyn, NY

2000 Cyber-NY, Easy, New York, NY

1999 Store Front Project #4, Gone A-Maying, Brooklyn, NY

1998 d.u.m.b.o. arts center, UnLtd, Brooklyn, NY

1996 Downtown Art Alliance, The Art Exchange Show, New York, NY

1996 4C, Material Studies, New York, NY


2015-present Sculpture Space NYC, Associate Artist, Long Island City, NY

2011-2013 Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center, Associate Artist, Long Island City, NY

2001 Art In General, Slide Slam, New York, NY

2001 Drawing Center, Viewing Program, New York, NY

1999 Whitman College, Visiting Artist, Walla Walla, WA

1999 Artists Space, Independent Project Grant, New York, NY

1994 Artists Space, Internship, New York, NY

1993 San Francisco State University, Visiting Lecturer on Poetry and Art, San Francisco, CA

1992 Vermont Studio Center, Residency, Johnson, VT