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


  • 2022

    • Solo Exhibitions of Breaking Political Barriers, 

      • Windsor Public Library, Windsor, CT

      • Portland Library, Portland, CT

      • Avon Free Public Library, Avon, CT

    • Solo Exhibitions of More Garbage Than Fish, 

      • Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby, CT

      • Clinton Avenue Elementary School, New Haven, CT

      • John Martinez Sea and Sky Magnet School, New Haven, CT

    • Moving Towards Our North Star, Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University, Medford, MA

    • Democracy in Danger, Stola Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

    • Undercurrents, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

    • New Year, New Beginnings, Georgia State University, Perimeter Campus, Clarkson, GA

    • We Who Dream, Know No Borders, Women’s Caucus for Art - DCA, Washington, D.C. (Opened December 15, 2021)

  • 2021

  • 2020

    • Global Conversations (Rounds 1 and 2), F.99 in association with UN75 and Google Arts and Culture

    • FEMA: Fear Environmental Mayhem Ahead, AtroCity Planning Department ( at, Philadelphia, PA

    • What are you voting for? Woman Made Gallery (, Chicago, IL      

    • Rituals of Resistance, The Urban Collective, New Haven, CT

    • Witchy, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

    • One Earth/One Chance, Georgia State University, Perimeter Campus, Clarkson, GA 

    • Mixmaster 2020, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT

  • 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

      • 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

    • Group Exhibitions

      • Relishing Restraint, Loft Artists Association, Stamford, CT

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

      • America Now, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI

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

  • 2017

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

    • Paradox, Spark Gallery, Denver, CO

    • New England Collective 8 Annual Show, Boston, MA 

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

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

    • 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

    • 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 

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

  • 2014

    • 2014: The Wall (Solo installation), Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT 

    • 2014: Pause for Beauty, Studio 33 Gallery, New London, CT




  • Connecticut Women Artists 2021 National Show, “The State of Healthcare in the United States of America #2”, Alternative Medium Award

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

  • 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



Workshops, Public Events, Artist Talks, and Residencies





Bachelor of Fine Arts, Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C.

Master of Fine Arts, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California