Sarah Smelser

Born 1971, Berkeley, CA

EDUCATION
1997  MFA in Photography, with a minor in Printmaking, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1996  MA in Printmaking, with a minor in Photography, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1993  BA in Art, with an emphasis in Printmaking, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Phi Beta Kappa, UC Santa Cruz
Oakes College Honors, UC Santa Cruz
1991/92  Il Bisonte International School of Graphic Art, Florence, Italy

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014  New Work, Center for Faith and Life, Luther College, Decorah, IA

2013  Ballad: Recent Work, Diablo Valley College Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill, CA

2012  Ambiguous Task, Burgess Hall Gallery, Eureka College, Eureka, IL

2011  Sarah Smelser, Gallery 211, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

2009  Re(Treat), Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY

2008
New Work, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL
Third Hope, Hartmann Center Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

2006
Collected Verses: Recent Monoprints, Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH
Extract: Recent Works, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY

2005  Refrain: Recent Monotypes, Race Street Gallery, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

2004
New Work, The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA
Owning Up, Callen McJunkin Gallery, Charleston, WV

2001
Minor Truths, The Museum in the Community, Hurricane, WV
Further Toward the Center, The University Center Art Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

2000
The Company of Self, Bridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Ambiguous Progeny: Recent Prints by Sarah Smelser, Laura Mesaros Gallery, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

1999  New Work, The Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA

1998  Progress Report, Agnes A. Jones Gallery, University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI

1997
Recent Photograms, Boyd Tower East, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
Somewhere in Between the Beginning and the Middle: Works on Paper, Arts Iowa City Center Gallery, Iowa City, IA

1996
Pivotal Occurences: An Exhibition of Monoprints and Photograms, Eve Drewelow Gallery, of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
New Work, The Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA

1995  Recent Prints, The Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2013  Intimate Choreographies: LJ Douglas and Sarah Smelser, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

2012  Force of Invention: the Sublime Worlds of Lenore Thomas, Sarah Smelser, and Karen Kunc, The Davis Gallery, Hobart and William Smith Colleges,  Geneva, NY

2011
Niche: LJ Douglas and Sarah Smelser, Heavy Brow Gallery, Bloomington, IL
Confluence: Marilee Salvator and Sarah Smelser, Brandt Gallery, McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL
Eccentric Abstraction: Sarah Smelser and Peggy Wyman, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL

2010  Jonathan Higgins and Sarah Smelser, Midwest Clay Project, Madison, WI

2004  Sarah Smelser and Michael Wille, Recent Prints and Paintings, North Central College Oesterle Library Gallery, Naperville, IL

2003  Balancing Act: Recent Prints by Jonathan Higgins & Sarah Smelser, Phoenix Gallery, Bloomington, IL

2002  Jeff Greenham and Sarah Smelser, Saville Gallery, Allegany Arts Council, Cumberland, MD

2001  Sarah Smelser and Julia Turner, Heistand’s Robert E. & Martha Hull Lee Gallery, Miami University, Oxford, OH

 

INVITATIONAL/GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013
Metal Inkorporated, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
EDITION Chicago, Chicago Artists Coalition Gallery, Chicago, IL (Manneken Press)
Define Drawing, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
Configuration: LJ Douglas, Erin Furimsky, Grace Sheese, Sarah Smelser,
Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL
Frogman’s Faculty Show, John A Day Gallery, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Frogman’s Exchange Portfolio Exhibition, W.H. Over Museum, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Collected Verses, Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
PrintEd: Here: There, Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick, Ireland
Boston Print Fair, The Cyclorama, Boston, MA (Manneken Press)
Metal Inkorporated, Gallery 110, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

2012
Stand Out Prints!, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN
SELECT Art Fair, Catalina Hotel, Miami Beach, FL (Manneken Press)
Big Show, Small Prints: 23rd Annual International Small Print Show,
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, IL
Metal Inkorporated, Edna Carlsten Gallery, University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point,  Stevens Point, WI
Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Baltimore Museum (Manneken Press)
Metal Inkorporated, Visual Arts Building Gallery, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Inside/Out, Country Club of Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.  Exhibited in conjunction with the Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

2011
Artists From Manneken Press, Peoria Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL
NEXT/Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (Manneken Press,)
Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, TX (Manneken Press)
Faculty Biennial ’11, University Galleries, IL State University, Normal, IL
If These Walls Could Talk: A Portrait of a Vibrant Life, McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL
Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Affordable Art Fair, New York NY (Kathryn Markel Fine Arts)
From The Muddy Banks of the Monogahela, Artists Image Resource, Pittsburgh, PA
22nd Small Print Show, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, IL

2010
NEXT/Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (Manneken Press,)
All New and Exciting, McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL
2nd Penang International Print Exhibition, Penang State Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia, and Tuanku Fauziah Museum, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang Malaysia
Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (Kathryn Markel Fine Arts)
Dallas Art Fair, Dallas TX (Kathryn Markel Fine Arts)
Germination, Red Delicious Press Gallery, Aurora, CO

2009
Aqua Wynwood, Miami, FL (Kathryn Markel Fine Arts)
20th Annual International Small Print Show, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago IL
Faculty Biennial 09, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal IL
From the Muddy Banks of the Monongahela, Laura Mesaros Gallery, Morgantown, WV

2008  Aqua Art Miami, Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, FL (Manneken Press)

2007
Full Circle: Recent Prints from Manneken Press, Reese Bullen Gallery, Humboldt 
State University, Arcata, CA, Collins C. Dibboll Art Gallery, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

2006
Kirsten Bassion, Stephanie Collins, Larry Gawel, Jesse Ross, Sarah Smelser, Lux Center for the 
Arts, Lincoln, NE
AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavillion, New York, NY (Kathryn Markel Fine Arts)
Works On Paper Fair, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY (Kathryn Markel Fine Arts)
Art Miami, Miami Beach Convention Center (Kathryn Markel Fine Arts)

2005
Faculty Biennial, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Manneken Press at Five Years, Wakeley Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Pier 92, New York, NY (Kathryn Markel Fine Arts)
Sensory Experience, an International Print Exchange Portfolio, Ingham Chapman Gallery, University of New Mexico, Gallup, NM

2004
Minnesota National Print Biennial, Kathryn Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Art Frankfurt ’04International Art Fair, Frankfurt, Germany. Represented by Artica, Bilbao, Spain
Estampa 2004, Internacional del Grabado y Ediciones de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, Spain, Represented by Artica, Bilbao, Spain
Annual Artists’ Exhibition, Kala Printmaking Institute, Berkeley, CA
The Affordable Art Fair, Pier 92, New York, NY (Blumenfeld Fine Art)
Celebrating Contemporary Printmaking, Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH
Sensory Experience, an International Print Exchange Portfolio, Fine Arts Gallery, DeWaters Art Center, Mott Community College, Flint, MI

2003
Editions & Artists’ Book Fair ’03, New York, NY (Blumenfeld Fine Art)
The Affordable Art Fair, Pier 92, New York, NY (Blumenfeld Fine Art)
Faculty 2003 Biennial, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Paper: A Selection of Unique Works on Paper, Callen McJunkin Gallery, Charleston, WV
The Me in Team, Heuser Art Center Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Old Friends, New Talent, Callen McJunkin Gallery, Charleston, WV

2002
New Faculty Exhibition, Center for Visual Arts Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Summer Salon, AT.Gallery, New York, NY
Mid-Atlantic Artists from the 39th Edition of New American Paintings, OSP Gallery, Boston, MA

2001
Up Against the Wall, Sunrise Museum, Charleston, WV
Revival! New and old Favorites, Bridgewater, Lustberg & Blumenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Great Impressions: The Art of Printmaking, Callen McJunkin Gallery, Charleston, WV
Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (Bridgewater, Lustberg & Blumenfeld Gallery)
The Print Show, HBO Corporate Gallery, Home Box Office Corporate Offices, New York, NY

2000
Mixed Bag, The Andrews Gallery, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Michael Barnes, Emily Puthoff, Sarah Smelser, Jonathan Thomas, The New Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Appalachian Interface, Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse, Charleston, WV Invitational, SoHo20 Gallery, New York, NY
Gifts for the Millennium, SoHo20 Gallery, New York, NY

1999
A Big Show of Small Work, Bridgewater, Lustberg & Blumenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Be Still My Heart, Art Smart/Linda Zweig Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
US to Australia and New Zealand: A Portfolio Exhibition, Archill Gallery, Aukland, New Zealand

1998
Pasadena City College Art Division Faculty Exhibition: Recent Work, Pasadena City College Art 
Gallery, Pasadena, CA
International Exhibition in Honor of the 200th Anniversary of Lithography, Helleden Litografiska Akademin, Vulcanon, Tidaholm, Sweden
Random Access Realities, Galamander Press Gallery, New York, NY

1997
UWSP Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, Edna Carlsten Gallery, University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI
Second Annual KU Exchange Portfolio Exchange Exhibition, University of Kansas Art & Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS
The 1997 James D. Phalen Art Awards in Printmaking, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
Galamander Press Presents New Editions and Monotypes, Galamander Press Gallery, New York, NY
The Art Exchange Show: An (Alternative) Alternative Art Fair, New York, NY (Adam Baumgold Fine Art)
Pacific Rim International Invitational Print Exhibition, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, HI

GRANTS. AWARDS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
1999
Artist’s Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Residency Fellowship, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY (declined)
1997
James D. Phelan Art Award in Printmaking, The San Francisco Foundation/Kala Art Institute, 
Berkeley, CA

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Gary Justis, “Between Low and High Culture: Heavy Brow Gallery” Open Salon, May 20, 2011
Staff Writer, “Printmaker Sarah Smelser”, Casper Star Tribune, February 4, 2011
Aaron LeClair, “Impact Printing”, Laramie Boomerang, January 27, 2011
Hanna Rosman, “Prints as a Family”, The Daily Iowan, February 22, 2010
Joe Walentitni, “Sarah Smelser, the Kathryn Markel Gallery”, Abstract Art Online, January 15, 2006 (www.abartonline.com)
Staff Writer, “Saville Gallery Exhibiting Ceramics and Prints,” Cumberland Times-News, October 11, 2002
“Winners of the SeventhMid-Atlantic Competition,” New American Paintings, book 39, vol.7, no.2, p. 134-137
Marea Pariser, “In Print; Master Printer Adds ‘Sophistication’ to West Virginia,” Charleston Gazette, July 29, 2001
Bob Schwarz, “Home is Where the Art Is; Callen McJunkin Lives with her Art Business in her South Hills Home,” Charleston Gazette, June 3, 2001
Staff Writer, “Callen McJunkin Features Prints,” Dominion Post, May 24, 2001
Bob Schwarz, “Taking Risks,” Charleston Gazette, April 22, 2001
“Museum & Gallery Reviews,” Art On Paper, vol. 5, no. 1 (September – October 2000) p. 85
Helen A Harrison, “Annual National Juried Show,” New York Times (Long Island), February 13, 2000, p. 12 (exhibition review)
M. Ferguson Tinsley, “New Professor Will Show Works at CAC,” Dominion Post, January 20, 2000
Bill Radl, “I Don’t Want to Hear About It,” Icon, vol. 4 (issue 42), February 20-26, 1997, p.9 (exhibition review)
“Working Proof: Reviews of Prints, Photographs, and Multiples, ” On Paper, The Journal of Prints, Drawings, and 
Photography, vol. 1, no. 2 (November – December 1996) p. 37

 

COLLECTIONS
Alliance Bernstein, White Plains, NY
Amity Art Foundation, Woodbridge, CT
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Aukland Art Gallery, Aukland, New Zealand
Barclays Global Investors, San Francisco, CA
Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY
K. Caraccio Studio and Gallery, New York, NY
Chase Manhattan Corporate Collection, New York, NY
Cihna Sanbao Ceramic Art Museum, Shanghai, China
College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
Faulconer Gallery, Grinell College, Grinell, IA
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, CA
Hallmark Corporate Collection, Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO
Frans Masereel Archive, housed at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL
Ministry of Flemish Community, Belgium
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
New York Public Library, New York, NY
PEARS Print Archive, ND State University, Fargo, ND
Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Pfizer Company, New York, NY
Readers’ Digest Association/Lila Acheson Wallace Collection, Pleasantville, NY Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Spencer Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
TIAA/CREF Corporate Collection, New York, NY
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
University of Texas, Austin, TX
University of Wisconsin/Parkside, Kenosha, WI
University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
US Department of State, Washington DC
United States Library of Congress, Washington DC
Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY Wellington Management, Boston, MA
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
The Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ