Awards & Exhibitions

While my main focus is painting murals, I also paint on canvas, apply for exhibits, and create digital artwork. I truly find peace and joy in being able to create, regardless of the medium. Here are some awards I’ve won and exhibits I’ve participated in since becoming a professional artist.

2019

“Survival” Exhibit featuring select artwork from private collection, Gundersen Health System, 3rd floor Skywalk Display Case, La Crosse, WI; July 1 – 31, 2019.

2018

“Las Vegas Portraits” Exhibit, Juried portrait contest honoring victims of the Las Vegas attack on Oct. 1, 2017, Clark Cty. Govt. Center, Las Vegas, NV; Sept. 17 – Oct. 19, 2018.

“Birds of a Feather” Pop Up Exhibit, THE GALLERY at Grand River Station, La Crosse, WI; April 27-28, 2018.

2017

Featured Artist, Demonstration Arts Tent, Sponsored by Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store / First Supply; Artspire, June 10, 2017.

The Official Artist of the La Crosse Loggers, 2017 Season.

Winning Design, Logo ContestBekkum Memorial Library, Jan. 2017.

2016

“Survival” Exhibit showcasing my original canvas artwork. Pump House Regional Arts Center, Front Gallery, July 20 – Aug. 27, 2016.

About the exhibit: Survival instincts are rooted deep in the psyche of most living beings. Using elements of trompe l’oeil in each painting, I hope to bring viewers in to take a closer look at what is trying to survive, what the cost of survival might be, and to invoke empathy for those facing these struggles.

Juried Exhibition: [art]ifact, “Where History Meets Art.” Pump House Regional Arts Center, A collaboration of UW-L Dept. of History, La Crosse County Historical Society, and Pump House Regional Arts Center. Feb. 24 – April 17, 2016.

About the exhibit: I was assigned Pamperin Cigar Company’s Black Rose Cigar Box. Mercedes Fowler, a student historian, gathered a vast amount of history for me related to this box. I created a trompe l’oeil shadow box painting that included about 20 historically significant elements and showed the box composition. Due to my firm anti-tobacco stance, I incorporated the word “cancer” vertically into the smoke.

The Black Rose Cigar Box, patented by John Pamperin in La Crosse, Wisconsin, has a vast history.

2014

1st Place (Blue Ribbon), Vernon County Fair. Open Class Acrylic Painting, Sept. 11-14, 2014.

2013

Best Connection Award, “Mark My Words Again” Exhibit. Pump House Regional Arts Center, Sept. 5 – Oct. 19, 2013.

First Place, Master Category. Washburn Garden Expo rain barrel painting contest, March 16, 2013.

I painted all four seasons onto the rain barrel and used old fence posts as dividing points. Flowers, birds, insects, and a fox lent beauty to the composition.

Four seasons painted onto the sides of Sarah's award winning rain barrel.

2012

Director’s Choice Ribbon recipient, “1 Foot in the Door” exhibition. Pump House Regional Arts Center, October 2012.

 This non-juried exhibit was open to all aspiring artists, and artwork was required to fit within one square foot. Having never painted on canvas before, I created a triptych following the lives of the lady slipper orchid and tiger swallowtail butterfly. To my delight, I received a ribbon for this artwork with the flower and chrysalis, titled “Transformation.”

Lady slipper orchid in full bloom with tendrils coming beyond the trompe l'oeil frame. A tiger swallowtail butterfly chrysalis is in the upper corner, waiting to hatch.
“Transformation” 8″x8″ acrylic on canvas; Private Collection