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



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


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


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



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

            Yale University Radio Archive, WYBCX Yale Radio, podcast #1

            Yale University Radio Archive, WYBCX Yale Radio, podcast #2

            Art in Quarantine, podcast

            Fifty Feminist States, podcast

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

            Don't Use the 'F' Word: Pecha Kucha Night: Vol. 25, Taos Arts Council, 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



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



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



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.

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