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Artist Statement


I’ve been making assemblages for a long time. At first, they were new materials: a toy soldier adorned with ribbon, lace, and shiny fabric or a painted canvas with new wooden slats like Venetian blinds and old gloves. Then, in 1995, I moved into a house with the T-bars of an old clothesline still standing. I found a large sheet of used plastic and a rusted hoop, made an angelic form, and started my career as a reuse artist. 


Now, because of my earnest desire to reduce the environmental and biological harms caused by plastic, I use it and other non-recyclable trash as my medium. My artwork doesn’t solve the problem but calls attention to it. “The Poisoner’s Handbook” by Deborah Blum enumerates the various ways in which poisons were used, some intentionally and some not, in the early 20th century. I’ve wondered, “What are we doing now, unintentionally, that is poison in the early 21st century?” My beautiful artwork shows the horrifying reality that we are poisoning the planet and ourselves. 


I bring my social, political, and environmental work and vision to the public through shows in libraries, local art centers, and colleges.


Sarah Schneiderman is an assemblage artist from Glastonbury, CT. Exhibitions include recent solo shows at Mitchell, Cheshire Public, Portland, Avon Free Public Libraries, Kellogg Environmental Center, Clinton Avenue Elementary School, John Martinez Sea and Sky Magnet School, ARTWALK at Hartford Public Library, Underground Gallery, and Art Corridor at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Saint Raphael Campus. Sarah participated in recent group exhibitions at Ely Center of Contemporary Art, Stola Contemporary Art, Georgia State University Perimeter Campus, Gallery 378, Woman Made Gallery, Arts Center East, Ice Box Project Space, North Dakota Museum of Art, The Urban Collective, and the Mattatuck Museum. 


The New Haven Independent, Record-Journal and Cheshire Citizen, The Artists Essentials, The Hartford Courant, Arts Paper (New Haven), Glastonbury Life, and ArtKatalyst have written about Sarah’s artwork and practice.


Sarah has given artist talks for the Women’s Caucus for Art – Washington, D.C. Chapter, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, Kellogg Environmental Center, Cheshire Art League, and Hamden Art League.


She led workshops for Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, Beauty Beyond Borders, Hartford Public Library, and Camp Stomping Ground.


Sarah received formal training with a BFA from Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C., and an MFA, from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California.

Ushered Out (Angella Reid - CU 5’s Chief Usher #1) CU 8.jpg


Selected Shows and Installations


  • 2023

  • Solo Exhibitions of Breaking Political Barriers

    • Mitchell Library, New Haven, CT

    • Simsbury Library, Simsbury, CT (August)

    • Farmington Library, Farmington, CT (October/November)

  • Roe 2.0,, Chicago, IL

  • Our Voices Carry Weight, Gaithersburg, MD

  • 2022

  • Solo Exhibitions of Breaking Political Barriers, 

    • 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 and John Martinez Sea and Sky Magnet Schools, 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

  • Global Meltdown, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

  • One Earth/ One Chance II, Gallery 378, Atlanta, GA

  • Changing the World: Women Role Models, Women’s Caucus for Art: Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia Chapter, Washington, DC

  • Hindsight, 2020 Was A, IncuArts Gallery,

  • 2020

  • 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

    • 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 

  • 2014

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

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



Workshops, Public Events, Artist Talks, and Residencies


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