Artist Statement

Name Something Yellow #5 (Buttercup)

I transform non-recyclable trash into realistic works of art. I make portraits, fish, American flags, and botanicals out of non-recyclable trash by transforming garbage into beautiful art. Meanwhile, the garbage is a constant reminder of the sociological and ecological disaster facing the earth.


My portraits are formal in composition. They are as accessible as if seen on the person's official website page or in the news. On closer examination, the viewer sees that garbage, fitted together in whatever way possible using adhesives and thread. The use of trash may speak to the person's character. Whether this person is seen negatively or positively because of class, race, gender identity, or sexual orientation, the person is a work of art. 


My work examines devastation on the earth and society and the progress we've made towards socio-economic equality.


Always creative, Sarah Schneiderman earned a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Even though her need to make a living interfered with her art making, Sarah continued to work on inventive projects, including knitting unique sweaters. After retiring, she took up scuba diving and began to study fish and the sea. This new hobby made Sarah aware of the problem of trash in the oceans, so she began to artwork representative of fish from garbage. Now, she tackles other social, political, and environmental issues. 

Sarah continues to use trash as her medium while exploring non-toxic and non-plastic adhesives. Her concern for the environment has expanded beyond art to lifestyle choices, which include eating a vegan diet, and using refillable containers and repurposed household materials. 

Sarah calls Glastonbury, CT, and Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, home.

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Selected Shows and Installations






  • Solo Exhibitions

    • You’re Fire! I Quit!, ARTWALK, Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT 

    • More Garbage Than Fish, Underground Gallery, Collinsville, CT 

    • 2019-Art Corridor, Yale New Haven Hospital, Saint Raphael Campus, New Haven, CT 

  • Group Exhibitions

    • Holiday Show, The Underground Gallery, Collinsville, CT

    • It’s all Fun and Games, Arts Center East, Vernon, CT

    • A Different Vision 2019, Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA

    • Mixed Greens, Arts Center East, Vernon, CT

    • Greater New Britain Arts Alliance Early Birds, Stockman Gallery, New Britain, CT

    • Ear to the Ground, Ely Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT


Solo Exhibitions

  • Disorganized: Political Portraits by Sarah Schneiderman, Silence is Golden Gallery, Shelton, CT

  • All Fish, All the Time, Glass Source Studios and Gallery, Seymour, CT

  • Something Fishy: Politicians and Sea Creatures by Sarah Schneiderman, Stockman Gallery, New Britain, CT

  • Aquatic Life Series, Newington, CT

    • Group Exhibitions

      • Relishing Restraint, Loft Artists Association, Stamford, CT

      • Nothing Rhymes with Orange, The Range at Lotta Studio, New Haven, CT

      • American Now, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI

      • Spectrum Gestalt 5, bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

      • Maryland Federation of the Arts’ Winter Members Show, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD


  • Dysto-Utopian, Art League of New Britain, New Britain, CT

  • Celebrating Ocean Life, Location 1980, Costa Mesa, CA

  • Paradox, Spark Gallery, Denver, CO

  • New England Collective 8 Annual Show, Boston, MA 

  • People and Places, Arts Center East, Vernon, CT

  • Visions of the Caribbean, South Fulton Arts Center, Atlanta, GA 

  • Eye of the Beholder, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD 

  • Art Biologic, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

  • Small Works, The Shirt Factory, Glen Falls, NY

  • MixMaster, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT


  • REDUX: Everything Old is New Again, MCC on Main, Manchester, CT

  • H2O: What it is it Worth?, Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA

  • Endangered, The Studio Door, San Diego, CA

  • 28th Annual Exhibition, Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Texarkana, TX

  • Black and White, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery (Online:

  • Spectrum Gestalt 3, bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

  • Flora and Fauna, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, MD


  • Finding our Place, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center, Dowell, MD

  • EARTH, Dubuque Area Arts Collective, Dubuque, IA 

  • WEST Summit & Showcase Online Gallery

  • Nonfiction Gallery Your Art Here Semi-finalist – Online Gallery 


  • The Wall (Solo installation), Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT 

  • Pause for Beauty, Studio 33 Gallery, New London, CT




  • Mixed Greens – Mixed Media Exhibit, Arts Center East, Honorable Mention, “Goliath Grouper”, 2019

  • Greater New Britain Arts Alliance “Early Birds”, Gallery Sponsor Award, “Risky Landing/Polluted Waters”, 2019

  • Seventh Annual Multimedia Exhibition, Arts Center East, Honorable Mention, “In it For the Money (Garret Lansing - 45's Chief Digital Advisor #1, resigned)”, 2018

  • 27th Annual Members Show, Art League of New Britain, First Prize, “45th’s EPA Administrator#1 (Scott Pruitt)”, 2017 

  • 87th Connecticut Women Artists National Show, Third Award, “45th's Chief Strategist #1 (Steve Bannon)”, 2017

  • People and Places, Arts Center East, Honorable Mention, “45th's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development #1 (Ben Carson)”, 2017

  • Sixth Annual Multimedia Exhibition, Arts Center East, Merit Award, “Yellowtail Snapper”, 2017




  • The Artists Essentials,, October 2020

  • The Hartford Courant, Artist’s garbage-collage portraits of Trump Staffers on Display, October 2019

  • Arts Paper, The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, The World View of Westville’s PODS, October 2018 

  • Glastonbury Life, August 2016

  • Artist Portfolio Magazine, 5 Year Anniversary Addition, February 2016

  • ArtExhibeo.Com, Artist of Interest – Sarah Schneiderman: One Fish, Two Fish, July 2015

  • ArtKatalyst , April 2015



Workshops, Public Events, Artist Talks, and Residencies




Selected Collections


  • Wheaton College Permanent Collection, Norton, MA




  • Art League of New Britain

  • Arts Center East, Signature Member (Invitational), Vernon, Ct.

  • Arts Council of Greater New Haven

  • Connecticut Women Artists (juried membership)

  •, Sante Fe, NM

  • Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL