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)


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


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




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