Awards & Exhibitions

While my main focus is painting murals, I do find time to 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.


  • 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.
    • The art of rosemaling inspired me for this design. The Westby community has a Norwegian heritage.

Sarah wins awards for Bekkum Memorial Library Logo


  • “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.
This trompe l'oeil painting appears that you are looking at the back of a canvas, but it is really all the flat surface of the front. Painted mitered wooden corners and staples add to the illusion. An Orb weaver spider hangs near the center and a nail head appears to poke through the painting on the other side of the canvas.
“Argiope” 12″ x 12″ Acrylic on Canvas.



  •  Juried Exhibition: [art]ifact, “Where History Meets Art.” Pump House Regional Arts Center, Feb. 24 – April 17, 2016. A collaboration of UW-L Dept. of History, La Crosse County Historical Society, and Pump House Regional Arts Center.
    • 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 to incorporate about 20 historically significant elements and show 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.



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

Dinnerplate Dahlia, FB



  • Best Connection Award, “Mark My Words Again” Exhibit. Pump House Regional Arts Center, Sept. 5 – Oct. 19, 2013. A collaboration of Pump House Regional Arts Center and La Crosse Public Library.
    • About the exhibit: Jurors selected 25 short poems and 25 artists through a blind submission process. Each artist was given a poem and had three months to create a piece in response. A variety of styles and genres were featured. This lovely poem had numerous details that I incorporated into my painting.

My artwork based on a Poem by David Blackey



  • 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 lend beauty to the composition.

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



  • 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. I was delighted to receive 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.