Artist Statement

Trash is everywhere. In the past 50 years, the use of plastic increased 20-fold across the globe. Pound for pound, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050. My art practice approaches the mess the world finds itself in several ways. "More Garbage than Fish" consists of fish whose very well-being is being threatened by plastic pollution, ocean acidification, and rising sea temperatures. “You’re Fired! I Quit!” is a series of portraits of politicians within or related to the 45th president of the United States' administration. These portraits explore the disregard for the environment and human well-being demonstrated by the president and his staff. “Name Something (insert color here)” explores beauty while addressing the abundance of trash that is part of our everyday lives.

 

Together, my work looks at our environment and vision, examining the harsh truths behind these growing emergency.

Biography

When Sarah Schneiderman became aware of the mounds of garbage she generated, she decided to use these materials as her medium. Although she painted as a child and in undergraduate school, painting never seduced her. She preferred assembling unusual materials into something meaningful. In undergraduate school, her work focused on assemblage sculptures and embellished photographs using toy soldiers, fabric, ribbon, glitter, and nail polish. Her current work is similar in that her creations come from non-traditional supplies – found and recycled objects and everyday trash.

 

Schneiderman's work has shown across the United States from Georgia to Washington state, including solo exhibitions in the District of Columbia, Oregon, and Connecticut. 

 

Awards she received include a National Junior Scholastic Honorable Mention and First Place at the Art League of New Britain.

 

Schneiderman has a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Resume

Selected Shows and Installations

 

2021

2020

2019

  • 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

2018

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

2017

  • 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

2016

  • 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: www.colorsofhumanity.com)

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

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

2015

  • 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 

2014

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

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

 

Awards

 

  • 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

 

Publications

 

  • The Artists Essentials, https://www.theartistessentials.com/blog/sarah-schneiderman, 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

 

Memberships

 

  • Art League of New Britain

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

  • Arts Council of Greater New Haven

  • Connecticut Women Artists (juried membership)

  • ecoartspace.org, Sante Fe, NM

  • Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

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