Sarah Tortora (b. 1988; New Haven, CT. Currently based in Philadelphia, PA)



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


Solo Exhibitions (* with publication)


Witness Mark, NAPOLEON, Philadelphia, PA

Ode, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


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


Two and Three Person Exhibitions


Different Registers, with Caitlin MacBride & Derrick Velasquez, Camayuhs; Atlanta, GA. Curators Corey Oberlander & Lindsey Stapleton.

Laura Mosquera, Scrap Worm, Sarah Tortora, Kirkland Art Center; Clinton, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions


Object of Desire, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York, NY. Curator Amanda Martinez.


Aurelia, RESORT; Baltimore, MD. Curators Alex Ebstein & Seth Adelsberger.

Mnēmonikos, Tiger Strikes Asteroid; Los Angeles, CA. Curator Esther Ruiz.

Fragmented Realities, NONFINITO; New York, NY

Too Many Dinner Parties, Terrault; Baltimore, MD



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. Curator Amanda Lechner.

Thing Gap Method, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY. Curator Megan Liu Kincheloe.

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, 245 Varet; Brooklyn, NY. Curator Jacob Cartwright. 

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. Curators 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, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

VOX VIII, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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

Safeword, Meyerson Gallery; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA



2019: Athena Standards Residency; Athens, Greece

2019: Jiwar Creation & Society, Barcelona, Spain

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

2014: Yaddo; Saratoga Springs, New York

2014: Jentel Artist Residency; Banner, Wyoming

2014: MacDowell Colony; Peterborough, New Hampshire

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

2012: Vermont Studio Center Fellowship; Johnson, VT


Teaching Appointments & Visiting Artist Lectures

2019 Adjunct Professor, Delaware County Community College; Media, PA

2018 Visiting Artist, Maryland Institute College of Art; Baltimore, MD

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



2017-2018: 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




Maria Vogel, Artist Interview: Sarah Tortora, Art of Choice, September 2018.

Cara Ober, Ten Must-See Baltimore Contemporary Art Exhibits, BMoreArt, 24 Sept. 2018.

Anna Nelson Daniel, Lindsey Stapleton and Corey Oberlander of GRIN and The Rib, BURNAWAY, 13 Sept. 2018.

Rachel Elizabeth Jones, Object Impermanence: Sarah Tortora, Seven Days, August 2018.

Peripheral Vision, Issue 9, Salon 2018.

Friend of the Artist, Volume 6.

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.