Rooted in painterly abstraction, visual artist Sarah Palmeri creates work that explores gesture, symbolism, and the purpose of our emotions. Through a range of media, ranging from painting to digital collage to repetitive, site specific installations, her work gives tactile form to emotion, while also challenging our instinctual need to classify and categorize our experience.

Gesture appears both aesthetically and conceptually in her work. The aesthetic gesture expresses itself through painterly mark making, while the conceptual gesture manifests in process. Found objects and dream psychology coexist alongside traditional tools to further investigate our inner impulses and their influences. Fashion magazines, sunflower seeds, wire neon lights, and old family photographs are used as symbolic representations of the physical elements or objects that arouse emotional energy. Gestural painting, drawing, and collage remain an important part of her practice to consistently revisit emotive spontaneity in color and form, without language or representation. Through this broadened definition of gesture, Palmeri’s work contains visual references to the action and color field painters, together in a contemporary context with both traditional and unusual materials. 

Sarah graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in 2011, where she studied mass communication and studio art. She has worked with Think 360 Arts for Learning since early 2016, an arts education nonprofit that integrates the arts in schools and community centers around Colorado. Palmeri launched #TheMagazineProject in 2018 and her work has been exhibited in Ann Arbor, Baton Rouge, Denver, Key West, Los Angeles, Taos, Santa Fe, and San Francisco, and she has been a member of Strangers Art Collective of Santa Fe, NM since 2015. Sarah is currently is living and working in Denver, Colorado. 

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2016 Executive Certificate Of Nonprofit Management, University Of Notre Dame
2012 NYSS Summer Drawing Marathon, Graham Nickson
2011 BFA In Studio Art, Painting And Drawing, Minor In Art History, Louisiana State University
2009 Study Abroad Paris, Louisiana State University

GIFC, Dateline, Denver CO
Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network Fundraiser, McNicol's Building, Denver CO
The Magazine Project, The University of New Mexico-Taos Atrium Gallery, Taos NM
Mirror Box, Form & Concept, Santa Fe NM
The Magazine Project, Understudy, Denver CO
Drawn to the Figure, Arts Longmont, Longmont CO
Colorado for Puerto Rico and Mexico Benefit Concert, McNichols Building, Denver CO
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Regional Exhibition, Artwork Network, Denver CO
Flight to Luxury, Benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, Denver CO
Paradox, Spark Gallery, Denver CO, August
Outsider Art Show, Pirate Contemporary, Denver CO
Urban Collage, Art of Resistance, Art of Resilience, Feral Factory Ltd, CRASH RiNo, Denver CO
Santa Fe Zine Fest, Center For Contemporary Art, Santa Fe NM, May
Long Echos, Center For Contemporary Art, Santa Fe NM
Narrows, Community Gallery, Santa Fe NM
Art Now Photography 2016, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI
2016 Small Works Juried Exhibition, Lemonade Stand Gallery, Key West FL
Mix Santa Fe, Telecote Gallery, Santa Fe NM
Cabin Fever, Caldera Gallery, Santa Fe NM
El Zaguan Salon, Elmore Gurd Contemporary, Santa Fe NM
Obscured Identities, Art.I.Factory, Santa Fe NM
Mixing Your Media, Core New Art Space, Denver CO
Microcosmos, Gallery 621, Benicia CA
Fashionistas Fight Back, Orange County Contemporary Center For The Arts, Los Angeles CA
El Zaguan Salon, Historic Santa Fe Foundation, Santa Fe NM
New Work [With Emily LaCour], Beverly Coates Gallery, Baton Rouge LA
Extending Self [With Emily LaCour], LSMAS Gallery, Natchitoches LA
A BFA Exhibition, Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge LA
Tyler And Possa Exhibition, Tyler And Possa, Baton Rouge LA
LSU Juried Exhibition [Honorable Mention], Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge LA
Amnesty International USA Human Rights Exhibit, Traveling
LSU Juried Exhibition, Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge LA
2018 Women In Design Denver 8x8 Speaker Series                                                                                          2018 The Magazine Project, Strangers Art Collective, Taos NM
2016 Dream Drawings by Sarah Palmeri, Santa Fe NM
2016 Sailing Towards Open Waters by Elizabeth Miller at the Santa Fe Reporter
2015 The Art of Life and Vice Versa by Sarah Palmeri for the New Mexico Museum of Art

2017 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Regional Winner, Artwork Network, Denver CO
2011 New York Studio School, New York NY , Scholarship recipient
2011 LSU Charles Craig Travel Award
2010 LSU Juried Exhibition, Baton Rouge LA, Honorable Mention
2008-11 LSU Deans List
2007-2011 Taylor Opportunity Program for Students Scholarship

2016 - PRESENT: Operations Director, Think 360 Arts For Learning  | Denver CO                                            2015-2016 Assistant Director, Nuart Gallery | Santa Fe NM
2014 Volunteer Administrator, National Sports Center For The Disabled | Winter Park CO
2012-2015 Lead Photographer & Lead Graphic Designer, Dorian Studio
2012 Manager & Art Coordinator, Circa 1857 Art And Architecture | Baton Rouge LA
2011 Volunteer Prospect 2 New Orleans Biennial | New Orleans LA
Member The Denver Art Museum Since 2012
Member The Southern Poverty Law Center Since 2012
Member Strangers Collective Since 2015