Sarah Stolar (b. 1974, Chicago, IL) is an interdisciplinary artist who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Working from a vast technical perspective, the breadth of her work includes painting, drawing, multi-media installation, film, video, and performance art. Rooted in a 25-year investigation of the female psychological narrative, common threads in her work include coming of age, loss of innocence, sexuality, beauty, power, death, spirituality, and identity. Sarah is the daughter of artist and educator Merlene Schain, and in the family lineage of 19th-century German painter Adolph von Menzel and Rookwood Pottery master potter John von Menzel of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. She grew up in her mother’s art studio and award-winning art school Schain Studios in Cincinnati, OH, received a BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. Sarah's visual art, performance, and collaborative work have exhibited across the United States and in Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Austria, Finland, Italy, and Cuba with solo exhibitions at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Harwood Museum of Art, and BGMoCA in Montevideo, Uruguay as well as awards and honors from international film festivals, et al. She has been featured in multiple publications and podcasts including Yale University Radio Archive, Fifty Feminist States, The Nation Magazine, and Hyperallergic. A committed educator for over fifteen years, Sarah Stolar serves on several boards and academic committees, and is currently the Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Digital Media at the University of New Mexico - Taos.
2015 - Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Digital Media, University of New Mexico - Taos
2015-17 Santa Fe University of Art & Design
2009-15 San Francisco Art Institute, Public Programs
2006-07 Gavilan College
2003 MFA, San Francisco Art Institute
2000 BFA, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Valedictorian, magna cum laude
1998 Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
2019 Alcoves 20/20 #2, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
2017 Self.i.e., Studio 238 at The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
2013 Myths & Journeys, Bohemian Gallery & Museum of Contemporary Art, Montevideo, Uruguay
2003 Limousine: Recent Works by Sarah Stolar, The Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco, CA
2002 In/External, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021 Currents International New Media Festival, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
2020 Reactional Aesthetics: Art of the 1990s from the Robert J. Shiffler Collection & Archive, Clay Street Press Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
The Masks We Wear, Pendleton Street Photography, Cincinnati, OH
Contemporary Art / Taos 2020, The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
Portraits in Social Isolation, Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
2019 Winter Tales, Currents 826, Santa Fe, NM
Future Present Tense, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
The PASEO Project, Taos, NM
2018 Minumental 31, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Exquisite Corpse, The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery, NM
12x12x45 Artists, David Anthony Fine Art, Taos, NM
The Idiosyncratic Pencil, Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
The Feral Howl: A Feminist Response to Our Time, Freeform Art Space, Santa Fe, NM
2017 Guns to Art Benefit Show, form & concept, Santa Fe, NM
Taking Back Orange, curated by Jennifer Joseph, Art.i.factory, Santa Fe, NM
The Errant Eye: Portraits in a Landscape, The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
Still They Persist: Protest Art of the 2017 Women's Marches, curated by The FemFour, traveling exhibition: Wave Pool Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD;
Pro Arts, Oakland, CA; et al.
Currents New Media 2017, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, NM
The Free Exercise Thereof - internet art in a time of upheaval and activism, Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2016 DISPATCH: Las Vegas, curated by SCUBA & Strangers Collective, Dept. of Media Arts & Technology, New Mexico Highlands University
DISPATCH: Santa Fe, curated by SCUBA & Strangers Collective, Art.i.factory, Santa Fe, NM
Random Visions, David Anthony Fine Art, Taos, NM
2015 Narcissus, The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery, NM
2013 Compass: Navigating the Journey to Self-Identity, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, CA
Studio Art Readers Invitational, Alvin Gittins Gallery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
52nd International Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute Museum of the Living Artist, CA
15th Annual Faces Online International Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery, Special Recognition
Paintings, Paintings, Paintings, The Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, Best of Show
Urban Ranch Project,
2012 Sarah Stolar & Colleen Flaherty: Women Behind the Arts, The Bohemian Gallery, Overland Park, KS
2011 What I Don’t See Can’t Hurt Me: The Aesthetics of Resistance, POST, Los Angeles, CA
Currents New Media 2011, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, NM
2010 FADA Los Angeles Art Fair, The Bohemian Gallery, Los Angeles Convention Center
Red Dot Art Fair, The Bohemian Gallery, New York, NY
SICK, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2008 Contemporary Woman II, Chico Art Center, Best of Show
Juried Exhibition, 1078 Gallery, Chico, CA
Discovery Series: Painters Sarah Stolar & Victoria Veedell, Chico Art Center, Chico, CA
2007 Artworks, Cincinnati Art Museum, OH
Once Upon a Time in the Midwest, curated by Sue Spaid, Reed Gallery, University of Cincinnati, OH
2006 Faculty Exhibition, Gavilan College, Gilroy, CA
2005 Automedia, S.S. NOVA, Cincinnati, OH
Nature, Systems, and Responses, Semantics, Cincinnati, OH
2004 Closer In, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA
2002 Loaded: Artists Affiliated with the San Francisco Art Institute New Genres Dept., University of Cincinnati, OH
VietNam, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Conflict and Facade: Seth D. Myers and Sarah Stolar, Semantics, Cincinnati, OH
Sleepless Tuning: Terry Berlier and Sarah Stolar, The LIFT Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New Works: Merlene Schain and Sarah Stolar, Semantics, Cincinnati, OH
2001 Fear of Touching, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Auction for the Homeless, SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999 Emerging Artists, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Covington, KY
Unhoused: Recent Works by Andrea Hill and Sarah Stolar, Warsaw Project Space, Cincinnati, OH
FILM FESTIVALS / SELECT SCREENINGS
2020 Basilicata Film Festival, Basilicata, Italy, Bella - Semifinalist
Synergy Film Festival, New York, NY, Bella - Best Experimental
California Women's Film Festival, Hollywood, CA, Bella - Official Selection
International Endoscopic Film Festival, Santa Fe, NM, Perfect Death - Official Selection
Cardiff Film Fest: Twisted Tales, Cardiff and Bristol, UK, Perfect Death - Official Selection
LA Underground Film Forum, Los Angeles, CA, Perfect Death - Honorable Mention
Speechless Film Festival, Mankato, MI, Bella - Official Selection
Oneota Film Festival, Decorah, IA, Bella - Official Selection
New Jersey International Film Festival, New Brunswick, NJ, Bella - Official Selection - Best Experimental
Las Cruces International Film Festival, Las Cruces, N, Bella - Official Selection
Santa Fe Film Festival, Santa Fe, NM, Bella - Official Selection
Oregon State International Film Festival, Corvallis, OR, Bella - Official Selection
Southern States IndieFanFilmFest, Biloxi, Gulf Coast, MS, Bella - Official Selection
2019 Festival International de Video Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bella - Official Selection
BLOW-UP International Arthouse FilmFest, Chicago, IL, Bella - Official Selection / Finalist - Andy Warhol Award Best Experimental Film (US)
Muscatine Independent Film Festival, Muscatine, IA, Bella - Official Selection / Distinctive Achievement - Cinematography
Film Streams Filmmakers Showcase, Ruth Sokolof Theater & Dundee Theater, Omaha, NA, Bella - Official Selection
The 6th International Meeting on Videodance and Videoperformance, Centre de Cultura Contemporànea del Carme, Valencia, Spain, Bella
Iowa Independent Film Festival, Mason City & Clear Lake, IA, Bella
Alternating Currents Festival, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA, Bella - Best Experimental
Xsection Film Festival, The Arts at the Armory, Somerville, MA, Helix (Ribbons 1-6) - Official Selection
International Screendance Festival, Freiburg, Germany, Orientation (Ribbons 1-6) - Official Selection
Central States IndieFanFilm Fest in Rock Island, Illinois, Ribbons 1-6 - Official Selection, Best Experimental, Best Cinematography
Currents New Media, Santa Fe, NM, Ribbons 1-6
Art Academy of Cincinnati Sesquicentennial, Ribbons 1-6
2018 Trace, ProArts, Oakland, CA, Ribbons 1-6
2011 CineSesc, Jardim Paulista, Brazil, Skin Trade
2010 Artivist Film Festival, New York, NY, Skin Trade
Los Angeles Reel Film Fest, Los Angeles, CA, Skin Trade - Honorable Mention, Best Editing
Los Angeles Movie Awards, Los Angeles, CA, Skin Trade - Best Director, Best Documentary
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Skin Trade
Yosemite Film Festival, Yosemite, CA, Skin Trade - Best Documentary
Beverly Hills Film Festival, Beverly Hills, CA, Skin Trade
LaFemme Film Festival, Davidson/Valentini Theatre, Skin Trade
Duke City DocFest, Albuquerque, NM, Skin Trade
Action on Film International Film Festival, Pasadena, CA, Skin Trade - Official Selection
Animal Right Conference, Washington DC, Skin Trade
San Francisco United Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, Skin Trade - Official Selection
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Skin Trade
Portland State University, Portland, OR, Skin Trade
IndieFEST Film Awards, La Jolla, CA, Skin Trade - Feature Documentary
Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA, Skin Trade
2009 6th Annual SFSW Film Festival, The Roxie Cinema, San Francisco, CA, History
2007 Arthur’s Curatorial Debut, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles Art Association, CA, History
Experiment: Film and Video from the Artist Studio, Thiel College, Greenville, PA, History
2004 Reel Venus International Film Festival, Peter Norton Symphony Space, New York, NY, History
2018 Costume Designer - Water Makes Us Wet, Directed by Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle
2014 Costume Designer, Cast - Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story, Directed by Beth Stephens
2010 Art Director, Editor, Producer, Cinematographer - Skin Trade, Directed by Shannon Keith, ARME
SELECT COLLABORATIONS / PERFORMANCES
2016-20 The Bella Ribbons Project, w/ Seth D. Myers, international
2020 Vital Spaces, w/ Devon Ludlow, Patrick Boyles, & Keith Riggs, Santa Fe, NM
2018 Cross-Pollination Portraits, w/ Heather Marie Bergerson & Enrico Trujillo, The PASEO Project, Taos, NM
2016 OUTsider Festival, w/ Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Austin, TX
2015 Multimedia Collaboration with UpSwing Aerial Dance Company, Berkeley, CA
The Pollination Pod, w/ Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
2014 Ecosexual Wedding to the Dirt w/ Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Donaufestival, Krems, Austria
2012 Blue Wedding to Lake Kallavesi w/ Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Anti-Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland
The Flow Show, Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco, CA
2011 Ecosexual White Wedding to the Snow w/ Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
Love Art Lab: Sexecology w/ Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Kennedy Museum of Art, Athens, OH
2010 Ecosexuals in Love w/ Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Trisolini Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, OH
Ecosexual Purple Wedding to the Appalachian Mountains w/ Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Ohio University, Athens, OH
Ecosexual Purple Wedding to the Moon w/ Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Farnsworth Park, Altadena, CA
2009 Ecosexual Blue Wedding to the Sea w/ Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Fear Society Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy
Blue Chakra w/ Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, 1015 Folsom, San Francisco, CA
2003 Amoreles vs. Amoreles (Challenge 2003), w/ Carlos Amoreles, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
An Evening of Performance at the Ruins, Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, Cuba
LECTURES / TALKS / PANELS / PODCASTS
2021 Contemporary Art / Taos, Artist Interview with Curator Nicole Dial-Kay, The Harwood Museum, Taos, NM
2020 Creatives in Conversation, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2019 PINK: Feminine Aesthetics in the Age of Intersectionality, Panel Chair, The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
Dialog for Discussing Controversial Art, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM
Love & Compassion: Ensuring Academic Success for the Underserved College Student, FATE 2019, Columbus, OH
Artist Talk, The Bella Ribbons Project, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2018 Work by Women: Roundtable, The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
2017 The Portrait as Art Form, The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
An Artist's Path to New Media, Currents New Media 2017, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, NM
2010 SICK: A Panel Discussion with Visual Aid, Mechanic's Institute, San Francisco, CA
2008 Imagery & Context, Chico Art Center, Chico, CA
RESIDENCIES / TRAVELING FELLOWSHIPS / GRANTS
2021 Vermont Studio Center, VSC Artist Grant
2020 Cow House Studios, Wexford, Ireland
2019 Art Academy of Cincinnati, Sesquicentennial Visiting Artist, Alumni Grant
University of New Mexico-Taos Professional Development Grant
2018 Vermont Studio Center, VSC Merit Grant
2004 Contemporary Artist Center, North Adams, MA
2003 Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, Cuba
2000 Stephen H. Wilder Traveling Fellowship - Japan
New Mexico Museum of Art
Dr. George Goldstein and Elizabeth Hahn Collection
The University of New Mexico
Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Collection
Bohemian Gallery & Museum of Contemporary Art, Montevideo, Uruguay
Robert J. Shiffler Foundation
2020- UNM-Taos Art Happy Hour, Zoom interviews
2017- Seasonal Exhibitions, Atrium Gallery, University of New Mexico-Taos, NM
2017 Color: An Exhibition Against Hate by Painting Students of SFAUD, Art.i.factory, Santa Fe, NM
2010 SICK, w/ Jaren Bonillo & Rachael Jablo, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2002 Loaded: Artists Affiliated with the San Francisco Art Institute New Genres Dept., w/ Seth D. Myers, University of Cincinnati, OH
2001 The Art of Burning Man, w/ Gay Shelton, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, CA
2000 Journal of Being, w/ Gay Shelton, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, CA
Enlightened: Glass in Architecture, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, CA
SELECT PAST PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2012-2020 Art Education Content Expert/Consultant, Chief Scoring Leader, AP College Board, Educational Testing Systems, national
2009-2015 Artistic collaborator with Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens, San Francisco, CA
2005-2006 Senior Art Consultant, Assistant to the Director, Franklin Bowles Galleries, San Francisco, CA
2004-2005 Interim Director, J.J. Brookings Gallery, San Jose, CA
1998-2003 Assistant to Deputy Director, Assistant Gallery Coordinator, Installation Crew, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH
PUBLICATIONS / PRESS
Nigrin, Dena. "Experimental dance film premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival." New Jersey Stage. 23 Sept. 2020. Web.
Miller, Dena. "Contemporary up-and-comers breath new life 24 powerful pieces chosen for this juried show at Harwood Museum." The Taos News. 2 Sept. 2020. Web/Print.
Gutfreund, Karen M, Not Normal: Art in the Age of Trump. New York: Independent, 2020. Print.
Geoffrey, Daisy. "Uncharted: Sarah Stolar." Southwest Contemporary, 19 May 2020. Web.
Cascone, Sarah. “‘I Felt Like I Needed to Do More Than Stay at Home’: Meet the Artists Who Have Transformed Their Studios Into Mask-Making Workshops.” Artnet News, 12 May 2020. Web.
Levin, Jennifer. “Artists in adversity.” Pasatiempo: The Santa Fe New Mexican, 9 May 2020. Web/Print.
Abatemarco, Micheal. “Art that comes in from the cold: Winter Tales.” Pasatiempo: The Santa Fe New Mexican, 17 Jan 2020. Web/Print.
Tempo Staff. "UNM-Taos artists offer a different side to The Paseo." The Taos News. 26 Sept. 2019. Web/Print.
Miller, Dena. "What is 'identity politics'?" The Taos News. 27 June. 2019. Web/Print.
Arroyo, Andrea, Steve Brodner, and Peter Kuper. "OppArt: Artistic Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Resistance." The Nation Magazine. 20 Feb. 2018. Web.
Miller, Dena. "Creative Taos on-stage: Volume 25 of Taos Pecha Kucha Night." The Taos News. 25 Jan. 2018. Web/Print.
Arroyo, Andrea, Steve Brodner, and Peter Kuper. "OppArt: Artistic Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Resistance." The Nation Magazine. 22 Jan. 2018. Web.
Van Cleve, Emily. “Howling in Range: Feminist artists raise their voices in protest.” The Santa Fe Art Journal. 4 Jan. 2018. Web.
Romancito, Rick. "Eye of the beholder: Panel of artists plans discussion on portraiture at Harwood Museum of Art." The Taos News. 6 July 2017. Web/Print.
Metcalf, Cory. "On the Road: Currents 2017."Cycling '74: Tools for Sound Graphics, and Interactivity. 20 June 2017. Web.
Tempo Staff. "Portrait in an intellectual landscape." The Taos News. 2 June 2017. Web/Print.
Eddy, Jordan. "Launchpad." Santa Fe Reporter. 15 March 2017. Web/Print.
Kneif, Bill. "Sarah Stolar found her creative voice; you can too." The Taos News. 16 Sept 2016. Web/Print.
Pesquera, Yvonne. "DAFA exhibits 'Random Visions' in Taos." The Taos News. 15 Sept. 2016. Web/Print.
Love, Stephanie."Must-Know Artists." Santa Fean. June/July 2016: 46-66. Print.
George-Graves, Nadine. The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Print.
Interview with Dario Rutigliano, Curator. LandEscape Art Review: November Special Issue. Issuu, Nov. 2014. Web.
Hartigan, Philip A. “A View from the Easel.” Hyperallergic. Veken Gueyikian. 23 Sept. 2014. Web.
The State of Art: Landscape and Portrait #1. United Kingdom: Bare Hill Publishing, 2014. Print.
Lord, Catherine, and Richard Meyer. Art and Queer Culture. London: Phaidon Press, 2013. Print.
Compass: Navigating the Journey to Self-Identity. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 2013. Print.
Miller, Michael. “Gestural Riots: The Artwork of Sarah Stolar." Nomos Journal, 3 Jan. 2013. Web.
Ker, Robert B. “High Tide: Currents 2011 Draws from a World of Talent.” Pasatiempo 10-16, June 2011: pages 32-34. Print.
Schmidt, Jonathon M. “Heath Concerns Get a New Perspective with Art.” Golden Gate Express. San Francisco State University.
23 Feb. 2010. Web
Resk, DeeAnn. “Today's Women, Today's Art: Chico Art Center Exhibit Shows Artists' Individuality.” ChicoER News.
Chico Enterprise-Record. 1 May 2008. Web.