About

Discrimination based on feminine appearances and behaviors has stifled the growth of individuals across the gender spectrum, across our society, and the world at large. It has permeated into our homes, schools, workplaces, governments, and marketplace. Too many people have quietly suffered from the deeply embedded misperception that says to be feminine is to be weak.

My work explores self-identity and gender roles through pareidolia, or “the tendency to perceive a specific image in an ambiguous visual pattern.” Common examples include spotting shapes in the clouds or seeing the man in the moon. By abstracting the human form through painting and collage, I explore the parallels of this visual phenomenon and the social constructs of femininity and gender stereotypes.

I use collage to confront images that perpetuate idealizations of the feminine form. Layers of paint become an abstract mask, a protective armor, and a transformed persona of the figure. The aggressive gesture deceptively appears to vandalize the feminine image. Instead, similar to a graffiti artist, my work is not created to destroy what’s underneath, but to assertively reclaim it and reclaim our right as citizens to be seen, heard, and felt. Together, these processes visually protest against societal expectations of both genders and aim to redefine what it means to feminine.

Sarah Palmeri currently is living and working in Denver, Co.

GROUP/TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017

·      Colorado for Puerto Rico and Mexico Benefit Concert, McNichols Building, Denver CO, October 2017

·      Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Regional Exhibition, Artwork Network, Denver CO, September - October 2017

·      Flight to Luxury, Benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, Denver CO, September 2017

·      Paradox, Spark Gallery, Denver CO, August - September 2017

·      Outsider Art Show, Pirate Contemporary, Denver CO, July 2017

·      Urban Collage, Art of Resistance, Art of Resilience, Feral Factory Ltd, CRASH RiNo, Denver CO, April-May 

·      Santa Fe Zine Fest, Center For Contemporary Art, Santa Fe NM, May

2016

·      Long Echos, Center For Contemporary Art, Santa Fe NM, Oct 2016-Jan 2017

·      Narrows, Community Gallery, Santa Fe NM, May-June 2016

·      Art Now Photography 2016, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI, April 2016

·      2016 Small Works Juried Exhibition, Lemonade Stand Gallery, Key West FL, April-May 2016

·      Mix Santa Fe, Telecote Gallery, Santa Fe NM, April 2016

·      Cabin Fever, Caldera Gallery, Santa Fe NM, Jan 2016

2015

·      El Zaguan Salon, Elmore Gurd Contemporary, Santa Fe NM, Dec 2015

·      Obscured Identities, Art.I.Factory, Santa Fe NM, Nov 2015

·      Mixing Your Media, Core New Art Space, Denver CO, Nov 2015

·      Microcosmos, Gallery 621, Benicia CA, Nov 2015

·      Fashionistas Fight Back, Orange County Contemporary Center For The Arts, Los Angeles CA, Oct-Nov 

·      El Zaguan Salon, Historic Santa Fe Foundation, Santa Fe NM, Oct 2015

2012

·      New Work [With Emily LaCour], Beverly Coates Gallery, Baton Rouge LA, Mar 2012

·      Extending Self [With Emily LaCour], LSMAS Gallery, Natchitoches LA, Feb 2012

2011

·      A BFA Exhibition, Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge LA, Dec 2011

·      Tyler And Possa Exhibition, Tyler And Possa, Baton Rouge LA, Dec 2011

·      LSU Juried Exhibition [Honorable Mention], Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge LA, Feb 2011 

2010

·      Amnesty International USA Human Rights Exhibit, Traveling, Apr 2010

·      Lsu Juried Exhibition, Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge LA, Mar 2010

 

EXPERIENCE

·      Operations Director, Think 360 Arts For Learning  | Denver CO | April 2016-Present

·      Assistant Gallery Director, Nuart Gallery | Santa Fe NM | Feb 2015-April 2016

·      Volunteer Administrator, National Sports Center For The Disabled | Winter Park CO | Nov 2014-Apr 2015

·      Lead Photographer & Lead Graphic Designer, Dorian Studio | Denver CO | Aug 2012-Jan 2015

·      Manager & Art Coordinator, Circa 1857 Art And Architecture | Baton Rouge LA | Jan-June 2012

 

EDUCATION

·      Executive Certificate Of Nonprofit Management  | University Of Notre Dame  | July 2016

·      BFA In Studio Art | Painting And Drawing | Minor In Art History, Louisiana State University  |  Baton Rouge LA, Dec 2011 | GPA 3.16 | Tops Scholarship | Charles Craig Scholarship

·      Drawing Marathon With Graham Nickson | New York Studio School | NYC NY, June 2011

·      Dutchtown High School, May 2007

 

OTHER

·      Volunteer Prospect 2 New Orleans Biennial | New Orleans LA | 2011

·      Volunteer National Sports Center for the Disabled | Winter Park CO | 2012

·      Member The Denver Art Museum Since 2012

·      Member The Southern Poverty Law Center Since 2012

·      Member Strangers Collective Since 2015