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Sara Farrell Okamura





1985-86     School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

                  Fifth Year Traveling Scholars Program

1981-85     School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA



2018          Bennington Museum, “Peace, Love, Harmony 1960s Vermont”, Bennington, VT

2018          Installation Space, “Winter Show & Sale”, North Adams, MA

2018          LABspace, “Big Holiday Show”, Hillsdale, NY

2018          MCLA Gallery 51, “Made by Hand Holiday Art Show”, North Adams, MA

2018          SMFA at Tufts, “The SMFA at Tufts Art Sale”, Boston, MA

2018          MCLA Gallery 51, “Shelter”, North Adams, MA

2018          Downstreet Art, “What Happens in Washington, Happens in North Adams! Sara Farrell Okamura”, North Adams, MA

2018          LABspace, “True North”, Hillsdale, NY 

2017          Geoffrey Young Gallery, “All Things Great and Small”, Great Barrington, MA

2014          MCLA Gallery 51, “Things you See”, two person exhibit, North Adams, MA

2014          Whitney Center for the Arts, “Art & Industry”, Pittsfield, MA

2014          Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, “BAA Redux: Industrial Manifest”, Pittsfield, MA

2013          Press Gallery, Letterpress as Public Art Project, “The Politics of_________.”, North Adams, MA

2012          Thompson Giroux Gallery, “Elements of Art”, Chatham, NY

2012          Thompson Giroux Gallery, “The Mysteries of Love and Life”, Chatham, NY

2011          University of Texas/Austin, New Prints/2010 Autumn, Austin, TX

2010          International Print Center, New Prints/2010 Autumn, New York, NY

2009          Rise & Fall, exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, New York, NY, Miami, FL, Washington D.C., Boston, MA, Los Angeles, CA, Providence RI, Las Vegas, NV

2007          Elmhurst Art Museum, New Acquisitions, Elmhurst, IL

2006          Brown University, Solo Exhibition, Providence, RI

2005          HD Gallery, Solo Exhibition, New York, NY

2002          Danforth Museum, “Making a Mark”, Drawing Exhibition curated by Helen Schlein, Framingham, MA

2001          Bernard Toale Gallery, “Boston Drawing Project Exhibition”, Boston, MA

2001          The Albany Center Gallery, Solo Exhibition, “Bluebeard’s Castle”, Seven Installations, Albany, NY

1999          Harmanus Bleecker Library Building, “Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region”, Juror’s Award, Albany, NY. Sponsored by Albany Institute of History and Art, Schenectady Museum, University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of NY. Juror: Mike Glier

1999          The Albany Center Galleries, “1999 Contemporary Drawing Exhibition”, First Prize, Albany, NY. Juror: Jene Highstein

1998          P.S. 122 Gallery, “Group Exhibition”, New York, NY

1997          Berkshire Museum, “Berkshire Art Association, 1997 Exhibition of Works on Paper”, Pittsfield, MA. Curator: Jerry Saltz

1997                  RAW (Real Art Ways), “No England/No Amsterdam II”, Hartford, CT. Curator: Kenny Schachter

1993          Rockford Art Museum, “Emerging Chicago Abstraction”, Rockford, IL

1992          World Tattoo Gallery, “Art Against Aids Auction”, Benefit to Weiss Memorial Hospital’s Immune Disorders Unit.\Chicago, IL

1992          Jamison/Thomas Gallery, “The Cross”, Group Exhibition, Portland, OR

1992          Prospectus Gallery, “Diarios Visuales, Jesus Acuna & Sara Farrell”, Chicago, IL

1991          Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Northwestern University, Group Exhibition, Evanston, IL

1991          1 Illinois Center, “Metropolitan Structures”, Solo Exhibition, Chicago, IL. Curator: Dennis Adrian

1991          1935 Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Chicago, IL

1990          Centro de Difusion Cultural I.P.B.A., “3 Pintores Contemporaneos de Norteamerica”, San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., Mexico

1990          1935 Gallery, “Work in Pilsen, Bird, Farrell, Keller”, Chicago, IL

1989          Illinois State Center, “Governor’s Award Auction”, Chicago, IL

1989          Partners Gallery, “Chicago Artists Exhibition”, Bethesda, MD

1989          1935 Gallery, “New Work”, Solo Exhibition, Chicago, IL

1989          Partners Gallery, “Summer Group Show”, Bethesda, MD

1989          1935 Gallery, “Constructive Anxiety”, Group Show, Chicago, IL

1988          ARC Gallery, “ARC Birthday Invitational Show”, Chicago, IL

1988          1935 Gallery, “Group Show”, Chicago, IL

1987          Maris Gallery, “16th Annual Competitive Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture”, Westfield State College, Westfield, MA. Juror: Michael Beauchamin; Director, Zoe Gallery, Boston, MA

1986          Alpha Gallery, “New Talent”, Boston, MA

1986          Boston Center for the Arts, “Fifth Year Traveling Scholars Show”, Boston, MA

1985          Berkshire Museum, “Berkshire Art Association, Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture”, Pittsfield, MA. Juror: Kathy Halbreich

1985          One Bullfinch Place, “Boston Arts Festival”, Boston, MA. Jurors: Lisa Lieberman, Katherine Porter, Mark Rosenthal, and Allan Stone

1985          School of the Museum of Fine Arts, “Dana Pond Painting Competition”, Boston, MA. Juror: Pat Hearn

1985          School of the Museum of Fine Arts, “Boit Competition”, Boston, MA. Juror: Cliff Ackley 



1999          A.R.T. Fund, Sponsored by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, INC. Great Barrington, MA

1988/89    Illinois Arts Council, Fellowship Recipient, Chicago, IL



Elmhurst Art Museum, Permanent Collection, Elmhurst, IL

Rockford Art Museum, Permanent Collection, Rockford, IL

Fitchburg Museum of Art, Contemporary Collection, Fitchburg, MA

Henry J. DuLaurence III, Hingham, MA

Asahi Shizai Co., Tokyo, Japan

Kyoei Kanko Co., Tokyo, Japan

Mark & Marilyn Taff, Potomac, MD

Michael & Shirley Madigan, Springfield, IL

Harold & Barbara Klawans, Munster, IN

Danette & Jack Weichman, Munster, IN

James Young, Chicago, IL

Richard Behr, Rockford, IL

H. Stonecipher, Rockford, IL

Vivian Patterson, Williamstown, MA




Bernard Toale Gallery, Drawing Project, Boston, MA

The Drawing Center, Viewing Program, 1997-2000, 2003-2005,New York, NY

Artist Space, New York, NY

Art in the Embassy, Washington, D.C.



The Daily Gazette, July 14,1999, “Artists of Mohawk-Hudson Region Exhibit Opens at Former Library”, Karen Bjornland, Albany, NY

Albany Times Union, May 30,1999, “Upstairs, Downstairs”, William Jaeger, Albany, NY

1999 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region Catalog, Albany Institute of Art, Albany, NY

1997 Berkshire Art Association’s Exhibition of Works on Paper Catalog, Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Eagle, Sept. 4, 1997, “Uncharted Territory”, Randall Howe, Pittsfield, MA

The Valley Advocate, May 29-June 4, 1997, “Mere Trifles”, Patricia Rosoff, Hartford, CT

El Sol De San Luis, Oct. 17, 1990, pg. 1, Section 2, “3 pintores de norteamerica”, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

1989 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Catalog, Chicago, IL

New Art Examiner, Sept. 1989, vol.17, #1 pg. 54, “Sara Farrell, 1935 Gallery”, Mitchell Stevens, Chicago, IL

Art Muscle, Dec. 1988, “Chicago Roundup”, “Obras en Pilsen, 1935 Gallery”, Michell Grabner, Milwaukee, WI

1985 Boston Arts Festival Catalog, Boston, MA

1985 Berkshire Art Association’s Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture Catalog, Pittsfield, MA

Boston Herald, June 27, 1986, “Catch a rising Star”, New Talent, Nancy Stapen, Boston, MA

Boston Globe, June 27, 1986, “Pick of the Week, New Talent, Alpha Gallery”, Christine Temins, Boston, MA



Northern Berkshire Creative Arts, North Adams, MA, Founding Executive Director

Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, School & Teacher Program Manager


Nobody Steals the Sky examines the modern apartheid practice of constructing walls
intended to segregate people based on nationality, religion and/or class and the pernicious erosion of human rights these barricades facilitate.
This heinous practice has flourished as a military strategy in the last hundred years. The paintings evolved from the ordinary view of people who suddenly find their everyday lives violated by these fortifications of discrimination.



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