Bella, an experimental short film by Sarah Stolar and Seth D. Myers, is nominated for Best Experimental at the The New York World Film Festival. The New York World Film Festival is an annual event, where both emerging and established filmmakers from all over the world come together and showcase their work in the heart of New York City. Due to the pandemic, this year the festival will be held online this year from April 30th to May 2nd, 2021.
Sarah Stolar accepted the invitation to sit on The Paseo Project’s Advisory Council in Taos, NM. The PASEO Project’s mission is to transform art through community and community through art.
The PASEO Project’s vision, based on its Core Ethos: Create a platform for art that is experimental, time-based, ephemeral, participatory, and context responsive; Encourage a conversation on contemporary art practices, local /global; Engage the community through education, workshops, presentations; Challenge art and audience, local/global; Support local artists and businesses, emergent/established; Respect art making.
Sarah Stolar’s painting War Machine is included in another timely project by curator Karen Gutfreund - Deadlocked and Loaded: Disarming America. This project includes a multi-venue exhibition and catalogue featuring 36 self-identified female artists. Deadlocked and Loaded: Disarming America is a conversation through art, showcasing work in all media, that addresses our culture of violence and gun issues in the United States—particularly in how it affects women, children, and marginalized peoples.
Bella, an experimental short film by Sarah Stolar and Seth D. Myers, is an Official Selection at the Festival Toi Femmes in Paris, France. Festival Toi Femmes is the first major Parisian international women’s film festival. The festival features films and short films, readings, debates and conferences, music and concerts, and presentations at Cinéma le Lincoln. The film festival date is March 5, 2021.
Sarah Stolar will exhibit in the group exhibition The Idiosyncratic Pencil Redrafted curated by Ann Stoddard. This is Sarah’s second invitation to participate in this annual exhibition. The exhibition will take place January 25 – March 6, 2021 at the Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. Harper Gallery is closed for public viewing at this time. The exhibition may be viewed virtually online.
Inspired by William Henry Fox Talbot’s prescient 1844 “The Pencil of Nature,” Ray Johnson's New York Correspondence School in the 1950s, and the Fluxus movement of the 1960s, The Idiosyncratic Pencil Redrafted is both an assessment and a dare, both a temperature reading of this volatile moment in time and an invitation to reﬂect. Compounding this challenge is an urgent and overwhelming desire to be heard, seen, and noticed, after nine long months of masked and muffled containment and restraint.
Bella, an experimental short film by Sarah Stolar and Seth D. Myers, is an Official Selection at the Toronto International Women Film Festival. Toronto International Women Film Festival is a monthly and annual festival that celebrates and recognizes films made by talented female filmmakers from all over the world. Bella will screen on January 7, 2021.
Sarah Stolar's small mixed-media work Pocket Games for Little Girls: Cootie Catcher Fortune Teller is exhibiting in Reactional Aesthetics: Art of the 1990s from the Robert J. Shiffler Collection & Archive at Clay Street Press, in Cincinnati. The exhibition, on view by appointment only, will run through October 31st.
During the 1990s, artists worked within different mediums to simultaneously explore individual identity and social constructs. These artists used their own bodies, biographies, alter egos and illnesses to stake out positions relative to mainstream hierarchies and social norms. Artists included in the exhibition are Janine Antoni, Ron Athey, Kathe Burkhart, Luca Buvoli, Mary Carlson, S. J. Curtis, Cheryl Donegan, Karen Finley, Bob Flanagan & Sheree Rose, Nan Goldin, Christine Hill, Sean Landers, Nancy Linn, Barton Lidice Benes, Mary McCarthy, Linda M. Montano, Alix Pearlstein, Trudie Reiss, Helen Sadler, Kerri Scharlin, Julia Scher, Annie Sprinkle, Sarah Stolar, and Pae White.
Three small paintings by Sarah Stolar are featured in the publication Not Normal: Art in the Age of Trump by author, curator, and artist Karen M. Gutfreund. The book documents the visual protest and artistic movement against Trump in a curated collection that features the work of 142 artists with over 350 works.
Lucy Lippard with Glasses and Notes, Sarah Stolar's oil painting of seminal feminist icon Lucy Lippard, is now in the permanent collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. Recently acquired as a gift of the artist, it resides with her archives.
Perfect Death, an experimental short video by Sarah Stolar (w/ Laurel Taylor and Price Valentine), will screen at the International Endoscopic Film Festival presented by Axel Contemporary. The series of short films, all utilizing an endoscopic camera, will screen online from August 21-30 in conjunction with Currents New Media Festival 2020.
Perfect Death, an experimental short video by Sarah Stolar (w/ Laurel Taylor and Price Valentine), received an Honorable Mention at the LA Underground Film Forum. The LAUFF is Los Angeles's premier showcase of experimentation in film, video and audio based mediums. It focus on avant-garde, art-house, independent and no/low budget filmmaking, with the fifth edition taking place in July 2020.
Bella, an experimental short film by Sarah Stolar and Seth D. Myers, is an Official Selection at the California Women’s Film Festival this coming Winter (Dates TBD due to COVID-19). The CWFF celebrates women filmmakers, artists and writers by providing a showcase and networking forum in the heart of Hollywood. The CWFF understands how important it is to hear and see the educated, entertaining and diverse stories of women from around the globe. The CWFF accepts all projects that has at least one woman in one of the key production positions and projects that have a lead female protagonist and/or the story is based around women.
Sarah Stolar will be exhibiting new paintings in the juried exhibition Contemporary Art / Taos 2020 at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, opening July 2020 and running though April 2021. Curated by Nicole Dial-Kay, Douglas Dreishpoon, and Dakota Hoska, artists living and working in Taos as well as those who have deep roots in the area were invited for consideration; over 300 artists applied with 24 artists accepted.
UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, Currents New Media Festival has been postponed until next year and Tripping the Light Fantastic will be included in the 2021 festival. Sarah Stolar will participate in the 2020 Currents virtual programming, to be announced soon.
Tripping the Light Fantastic, a collaborative interactive installation with Enrico Trujillo, Heather Marie Bergerson, and Seth D. Myers, will exhibit in its second iteration at Currents New Media Festival 2020 in Santa Fe, NM, June 12th-21st. Tripping the Light Fantastic invites the audience to engage with current interactive technology to choreograph their own Screendance experience in a chromatic, time altering, and gravity-free universe of color, light, and sound. This is Sarah's fourth time exhibiting at this annual new media festival.
In March 2020, Sarah Stolar will be interviewed for Praxis Interview Magazine and the Museum of Nonvisable Art. This project is hosted by Yale University Radio with over 1300 interviews in the archive.
In March 2020, Sarah Stolar will be interviewed for the New Mexico edition of the podcast Fifty Feminist States. Fifty Feminist States is a roadtripping, storytelling podcast featuring feminist activists and artists from all fifty US states. Each episode focuses on a single state, featuring the work of one or more activists and/or artists there to explore a local issue from the lens of gender justice and queer liberation.
In January 2020, Sarah Stolar will be collaborating with artists Devon Ludlow, Patrick Boyles, and Keith Riggs on a multi-disciplinary installation for Vital Spaces in Santa Fe, NM. Vital Spaces is a Santa Fe-based 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to transform under-utilized real estate into opportunities for artists to create, present, and connect.
In March 2020, Sarah Stolar will be an artist is residence at Cow House Studios. Cow House Studios is a progressive artist-run school and residency set in the farmland of county Wexford, Ireland. A productive farm to this day, the 180 acres of land provide an authentic and inspirational backdrop while facilitating multidisciplinary practices for artists in residence and students, focusing on cross-cultural learning and creative exchange. The Open Residency Program is intended to offer artists critically valuable time and space to think, research and make new work.
Sarah Stolar will exhibit her five-channel video installation Hospital in the group show Winter Tales at Currents 826 gallery in Santa Fe. This is the first time it has been exhibited since being previously installed for Currents New Media Festival 2011 in Santa Fe, Stolar’s first exhibition in New Mexico. Winter Tales features four previous Currents New Media Festival artists collected together to explore themes of the darkest quarter of the year. From a retelling of a classic winter witch tale through smell to an exploration of inner-turmoil projected into a miniature house and hospital, these works allow us to sink into the deepest reaches of our psyche during the cold season. This show will run early December to late March, interspersed with several pop-ups and events. Opening reception Friday, December 13, 5-7pm.
Sarah Stolar will exhibit new figurative drawings and paintings created within the last year and some while in residence at the Vermont Studio Center - Summer 2018 in Alcoves 20/20 at the New Mexico New Museum of Art. The exhibition opens on October 19 and runs through December 15, 2019. The Alcove Series consists of rotating exhibitions every few years which focus on new work by contemporary New Mexican artists. Since 2012, 80 New Mexican artists have exhibited their work. The series is curated by Merry Scully, the Museum of Art’s curator of contemporary art and follows a format which derives from the founding of the New Mexico Museum of Art in 1917. Alcoves 20/20 will consist of a series of six exhibitions featuring five artists at a time.
Tripping the Light Fantastic, a collaborative interactive installation with Enrico Trujillo, Heather Marie Bergerson, and Seth D. Myers, will premier at PASEO 2019 in Taos, NM, September 13th-14th. Tripping the Light Fantastic invites the audience to engage with current interactive technology to choreograph their own Screendance experience in a chromatic, time altering, and gravity-free universe of color, light, and sound.
Sarah Stolar will moderate the panel PINK: Feminine Aesthetics in the Age of Intersectionality at the The Harwood Museum of Art on June 28, 2019 at 7pm. She invites four New Mexico artists - Nikesha Breeze, Jessamyn Lovell and c Marquez- to discuss the understanding of “gendered” imagery and how “feminine” aesthetics translates in today’s intersectional climate. Informed by Judy Chicago’s research on Central Core Imagery, this panel will consider what constitutes a feminine aesthetic (if anything at all), gender normative imagery, color as stereotype, the ethics of feminist art and inclusivity, and identity politics.
Sarah Stolar received the inaugural Alumni Grant from the Art Academy of Cincinnati (BFA 2000) for The Bella Ribbons Project - an interdisciplinary collaborative effort with Seth D. Myers. An exhibition of single channel video, photography, drawing, and ephemera will be on view February 15th-March 8th, 2019. Sarah Stolar will present a lecture at the Art Academy of Cincinnati on investigative process and screen Ribbons 1-6, a six chapter short, on February 21st, 2019 from 11:30-12:30pm.
Sarah Stolar is returning to the Vermont Studio Center for a four-week residency July, 2020. This is her second Merit Grant to attend VSC; she received the first for her four-week residency May-June, 2018.
Sarah Stolar's third time exhibiting at Currents New Media International Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ribbons 1-6, a six-chapter short from The Bella Ribbons Project - collaboration with Seth D. Myers will screen at this year's festival from June 7th-23rd, 2019.
Sarah Stolar is presenting at FATE's 17th Biennial Conference - Foundations in Flux, hosted by the Columbus College of Art & Design. She will be presenting assignments and updated academic policies that breakdown power structures and uplift disenfranchised students on the panel Love and Compassion for the Underserved Student. The conference is held April 4th-6th, 2019.