Sarah Hollars

My work consists of small mixed media drawings on vellum and large oil paintings on canvas.  Each piece stems from the question: “Where does the singular experience/memory stand in relation to the universal?”  I cull imagery from deeply personal memories as well as public sources including the internet and print materials.  Animals, houses, pattern, the female figure, and highly saturated/desaturated hues coalesce as the individual and common are woven together on the page.  Treated with equal weight, images originating from both the shared and the private are forced to take part in the creation of an alternative dialogue with history and meaning where the collective is not privileged over the individual or vice versa.


  • 2012 - Hunter College, New York, New York
  • 2011 - Universität der Künste Berlin
  • 2007 - University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon; Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting;
  • 2005 - University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Bachelor of Art, Interdisciplinary Art
  • 2004 - Studio Art Departmental Program In Rome; Rome, Italy
  • 2003 - London/NCSA Program; London, England




  • Richard Martin Kaye Award- 2012
  • C12-Emerging Artist Grant; Honorable Mention- 2012
  • Hunter College Fellowship- 2011
  • Collins McDonald Graduate Scholarship- 2009 - 2011
  • Gladys and Forrest Cooper Fund- 2009 - 2010
  • Aaron Osborne Memorial Fund- 2008
  • Philip Halley Johnson Scholarship- 2006 - 2007
  • David McCosh Scholarship in Painting- 2006
  • Collins McDonald Scholarship- 2001 - 2005




2014 - Brucennial 2014 “The Last Brucennial.”  Pop-Up Space, New York, New York

2013 - Generations IX,  A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
            American Girls , Solo Show, Hunter College, New York, New York
            First Person Plural,  St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York
2012 - Frenzy Into Folly , Church of St. Paul The Apostle, New York, New York
           Algún lugar en la horóptera , Mediodia Chica, Madrid, Spain
           Hunter College Spring 2012 MFA Thesis Exhibit , Times Square Gallery, New York, New York
           Brucennial 2012 "Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger ." Pop-Up Space, New York, New York
2011 - Play It Again , Times Square Gallery, New York New York
           Temporary Antumbra Zone , Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, New York, New York
           17 Tage danach , 129 Gallery, Berlin Germany
           Veilchen, Uferhallen , Berlin Germany
2009 - Crazy Dayz Group Show , Pop-Up Space, Lakeview, Oregon
2007 - BFA Group Show , LaVern Krause Gallery, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
2006 - Group Painting Show , LaVern Krause Gallery, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
2004 - Fall Semester 2004 Group Show , Rome Center-Campo Di Fiori, Rome, Italy



2012 - Focus and Motivation: MFA Artists Present ; Moderator; Hunter College, New York, New York
2011 - Focus and Motivation: MFA Artists Present ; Panelist; Hunter College, New York, New York