Sarah Hardesty has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Wassaic Project, the Carriage House at Islip Art Museum, Santa Fe Art Institute and Vermont Studio Center. Her drawings, paintings, and installations have been included in numerous exhibitions including ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY; Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY; MPG Gallery, Boston, MA; Wheaton College, MA; the Tucson Museum of Art and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ. She has been awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in conjunction with Santa Fe Art Institute and a Leon Levy award for her residency at MacDowell. She received her MFA in Painting from the University of Arizona in 2005, and her BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College in 1998. She was born in Strong, Maine and currently lives and works in the Washington DC area where she is an assistant professor of art at Marymount University.

My work includes drawings, paintings, installation, and mixed media. I combine a personal layering of time, history of location, and the power of the unseen – such as intention or the forces of nature. Often beginning with an intuitive response to and interpretation of my experiences, the work unfolds as a more focused expression revealed through the process.

In some work, thin lines pull weighted and grounded masses and attempt to shift a situation. They represent the strength and the effect of many. Wide and blurry brush strokes cover abstracted environments of deconstruction and memory of place. This abstracted narrative derives from deeper thoughts of weightlessness, control, fear, safety and holding back/letting go. I am working with process and sensation to suggest both an elegance and a rawness.

There is a visceral accessibility to my work, and I think it transcends deep emotion and experience into a rhythmical and poetic space. Some recent pieces interweave geological structural shifts (erosion, plate tectonics) with aspects of the human experience such as strength, resilience, and change. Combining geological imagery with textures, patterns, and other visual elements creates a platform to align what is happening on earth with what is happening with individual experience. My work also pulls from a range of personal content including a near death illness and recovery, pain, notions of beauty, scarring, sense of place and home. I intend to connect to core feelings within others of pain, healing, beauty, and the complex emotional, psychological and physical landscape that makes up all of our lives.

2005 MFA, Painting, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1998 BS, Studio Art, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

2017 Moving Mountains, Common Ground Gallery, VisArts, Rockville, MD
2017 Throwing Light, Metro Micro Gallery, Arlington, VA
2017 Trajectories, Artist Circle Fine Art, Potomac, MD (two person)
2016 The Fall and Rise, Wesley College, Dover, DE
2013 Volta Art Fair, Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY
2012 Imminent, Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY
2005 Breaking the Surface, Platform Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2004 Cover, Shane House Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2003 One to None, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ


2019 Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, DC
2019 Convergence, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
2018 Pop Up, Gallery 222, Hurleyville, NY
2017 Interlude, Target Gallery, Torpedo Art Center, Alexandria, VA
2017 Strictly Painting, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
2015 Deep End, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
2014 Red Show, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2014 Tweet, Children’s Museum of Art, New York, NY
2013 B & B Gallery, Sheffield, UK
2013 Pulse Miami, Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY
2013 Tweet, Children’s Museum of Art, New York, NY
2013 Assembly Required: A Sukkah Salon, 88 Lexington, New York, NY
2013 Structure, Pendleton Art Center, Ashland, KY
2012 Garbage Barge, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
2012 Pulse NY, Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY
2011 Pulse Miami, Davidson Contemporary, Miami, FL
2011 Pulse LA, Davidson Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Summer Festival, Wassaic Project, NY
2011 Pulse NY, Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY
2011 Devine Linez, In Rivers Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Par Avion, Parlour, Siena, Italy
2010 Pulse Miami, Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY
2010 In pieces/New Collage, Storefront Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Cool and Collected, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY
2010 American Demonic, Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY
2010 Bestiary, Wassaic Project, NY
2009 Whose Territorial Imperative?, The Guild Art Gallery, New York, NY
2009 A Conflicted State, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY
2009 Summer Festival, Wassaic Project, NY
2009 Outside In, Wassaic Project, NY
2009 Pay Day-Week 2, The Work Office, New York, NY
2008 Ten Years, MPG Gallery, Boston, MA
2007 Suckers and Biters Love, Lollipops, & the Exquisite Corpse, Ad Hoc Art, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Small Works Invitational, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2006 Ready, Set, D’art, Tucson Museum of Art, AZ
2005 Arizona Biennial ’05, Tucson Museum of Art, AZ
2005 Residual Pull, Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, Tucson, AZ
2004 Platform Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2003 Drawn, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ
2003 Detachment, Tremont Gallery, International Society, Boston, MA
2002 Border-Arizona/Mexico, Sala del Teatro Auditiorio, Nogales, Mexico
2000 Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Boundaries, Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2000 Parabolic Strands, Distant Distant Blue, Wallace Gallery, Wheaton College, MA

2020 Arlington Arts Center Studio Residency
2018/19 Arlington Arts Center Studio Residency
2017 Hurleyville Maker’s Lab Residency, Hurleyville, NY
2017 Curator’s Choice Award, Strictly Painting, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
2012 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Peterborough, NH
2011 Carriage House Residency, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2011 Wassaic Project Residency, Wassaic, NY
2007 Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Artist in Residence, Rocky Neck Artist Colony, Gloucester, MA
2004 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2020 ARTSFAIRFAX Artist Grant
2019 Marymount Faculty Development Grant
2018-19 Marymount START Grant
2018 VFIC Mednick Fellowship
2018 Marymount Faculty Development Grant
2017 Marymount Faculty Development Grant
2012 Leon Levy Grant, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
2011 Artist’s Grant, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
2007 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Tucson/Pima Arts Council Grant for Individual Artists, AZ
2004 Arizona Commission on the Arts Professional Development Grant, AZ
2004 Tucson/Pima Arts Council Grant for Individual Artists, AZ
2004 Vermont Studio Center Artist’s Grant, Johnson, VT

2018 Jenkins, Mark, “In the Galleries: Unfinished works at Target Gallery”, The Washington Post, January 4
2018 Simpson, Ashley, “24 Hours with Sarah Hardesty”, Potomac Lifestyle Magazine, February, p.26-27
2017 Jenkins, Mark, “How Humans Threaten the Natural World”, The Washington Post, December 22
2015 DeBrincat, AM, “Force of Nature”, Art File Magazine, January,
2014 MacAdam, Barbara, “Words of a Feather”, ARTNews, January, p. 18
2013 Ward, Lee, “Seven to participate in show curated by local artist”, Daily Independent, Sept. 6
2011 Robinson, Walter, “Pulse, Scope, and More on Miami 2011”, Artnet, December
2011 Johnson, Paddy, “Trendwatch 2011: Pink Located at The Pulse Art Fair”, Art Fag City, March
2011 Kim, Joann, “Pulse is the Fairest of them All”, UpDownAcross, March
2009 Kaye, Stephan, “The Wassaic Project…”, Millbrook Independent, July 8
2009 Boughton, Kathryn, “Mill Gets New Lease on Life as an Emerging Arts Space”, Litchfield County Times, July 2
2009 Perrot, Jeff, “Suggests: Whose Territorial Imperative”,, April 9
2005 New American Paintings, Number 60, Juror: Fereshteh Daftari, Assistant Curator, Dept. of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA, NY
2005 Margaret Regan, “Rebirth Again”, Tucson Weekly, September 1-7, p. 36
2005 Karyn Nestedt, “Her Art is More than Skin Deep”, The Desert Leaf, v19, no7, p.60, 61
2005 Rhonda Bodfield Bloom, “Artists to Watch”, Arizona Daily Star, June 26, E1, E6
2005 Interview w/ Sooyeon Lee, “Arizona Illustrated: Art Scene”, KUAT Broadcasting, April

The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Irving Sandler Artists File, Artists Space, New York, NY

2011 Artist Talk, Wassaic Project, New York, NY
2009 Artist/curator panel discussion in conjunction with Whose Territorial Imperative, with Kathy Batista (Sothebys), Leslie Rosa (Curator), Meenakshi Thirukode (Curator), Alexandre Singh, and Fawad Khan
2007 Artist Talk, Sante Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Artist Talk, Rocky Neck Artist Colony, Gloucester, MA
2005 Non-profits, Lecture to University of Arizona Art Students, Dinnerware Arts, Tucson, AZ
2005 Artist Talk, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2004 Arts Appreciation, Pima College Students, Shane House Gallery, Tucson, AZ

NPD Group, Long Island, NY
The Progressive Collection
Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy Collection, Sharon, CT
Charles Greef, New York, NY
Lesley and Phil Heimlich, New York, NY
The Mandells, Miami, FL
Lilly Scarpetta, New York, NY


2016 - Present Assistant Professor of Art, Marymount University, Arlington, VA
2015 – 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Wesley College, Dover, DE
2012 – 2013 Adjunct Professor, Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ
2011 - Visiting Artist, City College, CUNY, New York, NY
2006 – 2007 Art Instructor, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2005 - Adjunct Professor, School of Architecture, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2003 – 2004 Adjunct Professor, School of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2016 - 2020 Director, Barry Gallery, Marymount University, VA
2010 – 2014 Exhibitions Director, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
2007 – 2009 Assistant Director, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY
2005 – 2006 Executive Director, Dinnerware Contemporary Arts Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Artist talk in conjunction with Moving Mountains at VisArts, 2017 click below to listen:

Filmed during my residency at The Wassaic Project, 2011

Filmed in conjunction with my solo booth at Davidson Contemporary,
Volta NY, 2013

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