Sarah Tortora (b. 1988; New Haven, CT)



2013: MFA, Interdisciplinary Fine Art. University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA

2011: BS, Studio Art, Southern Connecticut State University; New Haven, CT


Awards & Honors

2015-16: Alice C. Cole 1942 Fellowship in Studio Art, Wellesley College

2014: Assets for Artists Grant Recipient, North Adams Project; MASS MoCA & ArtHome

2013: Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, The Toby Fund and the University of Pennsylvania

2012: Stuart Egnal Scholarship Award, University of Pennsylvania



2017: Ox-Bow Summer Arts Faculty Residency, Saugatuck, Michigan

2014: Yaddo, Artist in Residence; Saratoga Springs, New York

2014: Jentel Artist Residency; Banner, Wyoming

2014: MacDowell Colony, Artist in Residence; Peterborough, New Hampshire

2013: Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; Madison, ME

2012: Vermont Studio Center Fellowship; Johnson, VT


Selected Solo Exhibitions (* with publication)


Sarah Tortora, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY


Fickle Ground, Jewett Art Gallery, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA


Ascendants, CAS Arts Center, Livingston Manor, NY

Sarah Tortora, Reynolds Fine Art, New Haven, CT *

Fickle Ground, GRIN, Providence, RI *

Webb School of Knoxville Artist-in-Residence Exhibition, Knoxville, TN


As It Were, Wilde Gallery, Williams College; Williamstown, MA


Yearning on the Diagonal, Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University, PA


Selected Group Exhibitions


Circles Without Breaks, Local Project, Long Island City, NY

Small Works 2017, Reynolds Fine Art, New Haven, CT

Alumni Exhibition, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

Small Works, Harper College Art Gallery, Palatine, IL

Gritty in Pink, Bailey Contemporary Arts; Pompano Beach, FL

STATIONTOSTATION, Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University; Bloomington, IN

Thing Gap Method, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, curated by Megan Liu Kincheloe; New York, NY

Give Me Some Space, Marshall University School of Art and Design, Huntington, WV

Women’s Work, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Western Connecticut State University; Danbury, CT



Monuments in Reverse, curated by Jacob Cartwright, 245 Varet; Brooklyn, NY

Darkwater Revival: After Terry Adkins, Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA

Drishti, A Concentrated Gaze, 1285 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY

Diverted Reality, Evelyn. E. Jorgenson Gallery, Moberly Area Community College; Moberly, MO



Twice as Good, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

Both One and Another, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

Coming of Age, Sharon Arts Center | New Hampshire Institute of Art; Peterborough, NH

Convergence, Assets for Artists Fellows Exhibition, DownStreet Art; North Adams, MA

Summer Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art; Novato, CA



Whitney Houston Biennial 2, Julius Caesar; Chicago, IL

144 Rooftop Show, 144 Spencer Street; Brooklyn, NY

Humanities and Home, Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University

Placemaking featured in RDE Vol. 1/1; Raison d’Être Collective; Chicago, IL



Photographic Being, Jeffrey Leder Gallery; New York, NY

Place/Non-place: Locality in the Digital Age, Venice Arts Gallery; Venice, CA

Exposed, Helen Day Art Center; Stowe, VT

Penn MFA Thesis Exhibition; Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA; curated by Alex Klein and Christian Siekmeier



Politicizing Aesthetics, John A. Day Gallery, University of South Dakota; Vermillion, SD

215/610 Sculpture Exhibition, Delaware County Community College; Media, PA

Summer Photography Exhibition, The Lunch Box Gallery; Miami, FL

Art and Architecture Summer at Penn, Addams Gallery; UPenn, Philadelphia, PA

VOX VIII, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Adirondack Chairs Re-Interpreted, The Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA

Safeword, Meyerson Gallery; UPenn, Philadelphia, PA




Debbie Way, Artists to Watch. Take Magazine, December 2017/January 2018


A.M. Weaver, Material Potentialities: Terry Adkins and His Influence, artcritical, January 2017


Andrea Feldman, Grin Reapers. Take Magazine, April/May 2016

Artsy, Featured Show, May 2016


Roberta Fallon, Sculpture now at DCCC, September 2012.

NPR/WHYY, Take a Seat! Adirondack Chairs Re-Interpreted. NPR/WHYY. May 2012.

David Andrew Frey and Tema Stauffer, New Artist Feature. CultureHall. September 2012


Teaching Appointments & Visiting Artist Lectures

2016-2017: Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture; Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2016: Webb School of Knoxville, Artist in Residence, Knoxville, TN (K-12)

2016: Visiting Artist, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

2015: Visiting Artist, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

2013-2015: Adjunct Professor; Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT



2017-present: Visual Arts Coordinator, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2013-2014: Studio Art Lab Coordinator, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

2012-2013: Lecturer of Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

2010-2011: Art Handler, Yale University School of Architecture, New Haven, CT