Sawyer Rose

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BIOGRAPHY

Sawyer Rose is a sculpture, installation, and social practice artist. Born and raised in North Carolina and a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, she currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Throughout her career, Sawyer has used her artwork to shine a spotlight on contemporary social and ecological issues. The Carrying Stones Project addresses women’s work inequity and her metalwork sculptures explore the ways living things adapt to changing environments. Her work has been exhibited widely across the US.

She co-curated the F213 exhibition with the curatorial collective of the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art. F213 spotlights powerful artistic expressions of feminist protest with 50 artists paired with 50 writers offering their responses to current injustices.

Sawyer has been a resident artist at MASS MoCA, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco, Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale Foundation, and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. She has been awarded merit grants from The Creative Capacity Fund, The Awesome Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and ArtistGrant.org.

Sawyer is the President of the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art, and formerly served on the Board of Directors of Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland, CA.


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Education

  • 1996, BA, Art, Williams College, Mass., cum laude

  • 1995, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions
2019

  • (upcoming September 2019) Sculpture, photographic portraiture, social practice, from The Carrying Stones Project, Code and Canvas, San Francisco, CA (solo)

2017

  • "Force of Nature," sculpture, photographic portraiture, social practice, from The Carrying Stones Project, Classic Cars West Gallery, Oakland, CA. Curated by Dasha Matsuura, director, Spoke Art (solo)

2016

  • "Ties That Bind," public sculpture, social practice, and performance, from the Carrying Stones Project, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, CA (solo)

  • "Surface & Strata," GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA

2015

  • "Seeds of the Monoliths," Room Art Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

  • “Flux,” Classic Cars West Gallery with Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA (solo)

  • "Subtle/Luminous," Marin County Free Library, Fairfax, CA (solo)

2012-2014

  • “Dusk to Dawn,” Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)

  • Marin Headlands Visitors Center, Sausalito, CA (solo)

  • “NATIVE: California Plants in Metal, Glass & Light,” Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)

Interactive Events & Performances
2017

  • "The Weight of Your World," social practice public interactive event, Classic Cars West Gallery, Oakland, CA

2016

  • "Ties That Bind," social practice public sculpture assembly event, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, CA

  • "Ties That Bind," 10-minute performance with 13 actors, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019

  • “…dream again,” The Plaxall Gallery, LIC, NY

  • “48 Pillars,” Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • “F213,” with Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Desta Gallery, San Anselmo, CA

2018

  • Art Market San Francisco, 2 main floor on-site installations (view)

  • SCOPE art fair, New York, NY

  • Art on Paper art fair, New York, NY

  • “Relevance, Women Expressed,” Desta Gallery, San Anselmo, CA

  • "EARTH," Senator Scott Weiner's Office for the Governor's Global Action Climate Summit, San Francisco, CA

  • “Politics of Space,” with Sculptors Guild, The Plaxall Gallery, LIC, NY

  • CK Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

  • “tiny & HUGE,” STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • "Make Your Mark," Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA

  • "eco-ART: The Art of Human Interaction with the Environment," The Art Center, Highland Park, IL

  • "NOD to MOD," H Gallery, Ventura, CA

  • "ka-POW! Heroic Women," with Northern California Women's Caucus for Art, Alameda, CA

  • "Squared Alumni," Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA (upcoming Autumn 2018)

2017

  • "Currently 80," with Sculptors Guild, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY

  • "Currently 80 on Governors Island," with Sculptors Guild, Governors Island, New York, NY

  • "Selections 2017," with ArtSpan SF, Heron Arts, San Francisco, CA

  • CK Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

  • "Wood, Metal & Memory," 3-artist exhibition, Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • "Crop Up," Third Street Village Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • "Legacy of Creativity," Hance Fine Arts Center, Charlotte, NC

  • "American Twist," Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA

  • “Bike,” Back to the Picture Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016

  • Room Art Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

  • Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA

  • Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

  • "American Twist," Sculptors Guild, New York, NY

  • "The Alchemist," Root Division, San Francisco, CA

  • "Abstract Sanctuary," Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

  • "Terrain," STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • "tiny," STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • "Backyard Beauty," Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA

  • "International Sculpture Day Exhibit," Art Object Gallery, San Jose, CA

  • "Impulse," ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015

  • 9-piece sculpture installation, Room Art Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

  • Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA

  • StARTup Art Fair, ArtSpan Artist Exhibit, San Francisco, CA

  • "14th National Prize Show," Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge Art Assn., Cambridge, MA

  • "Hilton Head Biennial," Walter Greer Gallery, Hilton Head, SC

  • Waterloo Arts Gallery, Cleveland, OH

  • "ArtSpan Juried Benefit Art Auction," SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

  • "Wetlands," Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

2012-2014

  • "Retrospective 7," Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • "Crazy Big Art Show," Mine Gallery, Fairfax, CA

  • “FourSquared,” Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • "ReThinkIt: New Ways of Thinking About Art & the Enviornment," Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts, San Jose, CA

  • “Rooted,” Lark & Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC

  • “Explorations Westward,” Mine Gallery, Fairfax, CA

  • The Grand Hand Gallery, Napa, CA

Major Commissions

  • 2015, 9-piece suspended sculpture installation, Pacific Peninsula Group, Atherton, CA

  • 2014, "Piquant," six-panel metalwork, Kaiser Permanente

  • 2013, “Wild California,” large-scale silkscreen (12 x 25 ft.), silkscreen ink on glass, The Etta Building, San Francisco, CA

Curatorial

  • 2019, "F213," Arc Gallery, San Francisco, Co-curator with Tanya Augsburg, PhD, Karen Gutfreund, and Priscilla Otani. Artists include Mira Schor, Ester Hernandez, Indira Cesarine. Written responses from authors including Sandra Cisneros, Emily Sano, Ani Zonneveld.

  • 2017, "F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way," Arc Gallery, San Francisco

Grants & Awards

  • 2018, Artist Grant, www.artistgrant.org

  • 2017, The Awesome Foundation Grant

  • 2016, Vermont Studio Center Merit Grant

  • 2015, Juror's Choice, Top 10 SFOS Artists to Visit (Juror: Maryanna Rogers, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford University)

  • 2014, Center for Cultural Innovation, Creative Capacity Fund

  • 2014, Vermont Studio Center Merit Grant

  • 2013, Vermont Studio Center Merit Grant

Residencies

  • 2018, The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL

  • 2017, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA

  • 2016, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Newbliss, Co. Monaghan, Ireland

  • 2016, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, CA

  • 2016, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

  • 2016, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

  • 2014 - 2016, Town of Fairfax Artist-in-Residence

  • 2014, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

  • 2013, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

Bibliography & Public Appearances
2019

  • Feminists’ fury rises in ‘F213’,” San Francisco Examiner, Anita Katz, April 16, 2019 (read)

  • “F213”, exhibition catalogue by Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art, Karen Gutfreund et al., Eds (view & buy)

  • “How to Finally Land That Artist Grant”, for Artwork Archive, February 20, 2019 (read)

2018

  • Creative Mornings Oakland for The Carrying Stones Project, New Parkway Theater, Oakland, CA (view)

  • Three Works,” The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought, Fall 2018 (view)

  • CK Contemporary Speakers Series for The Carrying Stones Project

  • Organizing Your Career in the Cloud,” re:sculpt, International Sculpture Center, July 25, 2018 (read)

  • Gender and Economics guest lecturer for Professor Lucie Schmidt, Williams College, MA

  • Sawyer Rose,” The Creative Chronicle, September 8, 2018 (read)

  • "NOD to MOD," panelist, H Gallery, Ventura, CA

2017

  • SFMOMA Tumblr, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, October 6, 2017 (read)

  • About Town,” San Francisco Magazine, J. Steinberg (et al Eds.), November 2017

  • Women’s work visualized in Fairfax artist’s project,” Marin Independent Journal, Vicki Larson, September 6, 2017 (read)

  • Force of Nature,” East Bay Express, A. Soriano, August 30, 2017 (read)

  • A woman’s work is never done, and there is an app for that,” Artful Living, Kate Patterson, August 10, 2017 (read)

  • Woman's Work,” Williams Magazine, Julie Munemo, Spring 2017 (read)

  • “Interview with Sawyer Rose: ArtSpan 2017 Selections Exhibit,” Directed by Sandra Yagi. Northern California Women's Caucus for Art, February 15, 2017 (view)

  • What Does it Take to Make it as an Artist?,” Artwork Archive, Katie Carey, June 27, 2017 (read)

  • International Artist Residencies”, Panelist, ArtSpan, San Francisco, CA, January 27, 2017

2016

  • Artist Spotlight: Sawyer Rose on Women's Labor and How to Land the Perfect Residency,” Artwork Archive, Katie Carey, December 1, 2016 (read)

  • "Matilija Poppy," Berkeley Fiction Review, Lauren Cooper, Hannah Harrington, and Ben Rowen, eds., Volume 36, 2016

  • "Bronwen" and "Liaison," Nature Inspired, Christine Argo, ed., Spring 2016

  • "Carrying Stones," Northern California Women's Caucus for Art, February 11, 2016

  • “MFA Never,” Root Division, Rihannon Evans MacFadyen, Donna Napper, and Brion Nuda Rosch, eds., Vol. 1., 2016

2015

  • SFMOMA Tumblr, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, July 17, 2015

  • Hyperallergic LABS, Hyperallergic.com, July 7, 2015

  • "Mixed in Oakland," Panelist, Oakland Art Murmur Symposium, Oakland, CA, April 26, 2015

  • West Marin Review, Doris Ober, ed., Issue 6, 2015

2012-2014

  • "Women's Magazine," KPFA, November 3, 2014 (listen)

  • Fairfax artist pays tribute to wild California.Marin Independent Journal, Vicki Larson, April 4, 2013 (read)

  • Super-Chic Art Opening at Inclusions, Saturday,Bernalwood, Todd Lapin, July 13, 2012

Professional Affiliations & Experience

  • 2017- current, President, Women's Caucus for Art, Northern California chapter, San Francisco, CA (member since 2015)

  • 2015-2017, Board of Directors, Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland, CA

  • 2015-2019, Member, Sculptors Guild, New York, NY

  • 1997, Director, Fothoui Kramer Gallery, East Hampton, NY