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.

    • “Survival” Exhibit featuring select artwork from private collection, Gundersen Health System, 3rd floor Skywalk Display Case, La Crosse, WI; July 1 – 31, 2019.
    • “Las Vegas Portraits” Exhibit, Juried portrait contest to honor victims of 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.
    • 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.
    • “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 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.
    • 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 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.