Bio & CV

Sarah Jacobs is a contemporary artist. Her work has been exhibited in the US and in Europe and she has taken part in artist residencies in Grimma, Germany and Cali, Colombia. During the summer of 2019 she will be an artist resident at the Helene Wurlitzer residency in Taos, New Mexico. She has won multiple grants, including the Arts Council England Artist Grant, and her work can be found in public and private collections in the US, UK, and Hong Kong. She has had solo and two person exhibitions in New York City, London, Wrocław, Poland and Bristol, England, among other cities. A large scale reproduction of one of her paintings is currently installed at the Pittsburgh International Airport. 

Born in West Virginia in 1984, Jacobs was raised in Littlestown, Pennsylvania. She was educated in Art History at Gettysburg College and received her MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 2010. There she studied under Joyce Kozloff and Timothy App. Jacobs moved back to the USA in 2014 after 3 years living in London and Bristol, UK where she became a naturalized British citizen. From 2014 – 2016 she taught art at the University of Maryland and Gettysburg College. She now teaches at Carlow University in Pittsburgh and spends her time there and in New York.



MFA in Studio Art, Hoffberger School at the Maryland Institute College of Art, MD, 2010 BA in Art History, Gettysburg College, PA,2006, (Phi Beta Kappa honor society, Magna Cum Laude) Living in Italy & the United Kingdom, 2005 & 2010-2014


2019 -2020 (Scheduled)

Trumpet to the Tulips (3-person) SPACE, Pittsburgh, PA, curated by SPACE, with Katherine Mann and Kristen Kovak
Dinosaur in the Dollhouse (3-person) Carlow University Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, curated by the artists, with Katherine Mann and Kristen Kovak


Fake Flowers (installation of large-scale reproduction) Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh, PA, curated by Rachel Rearick
Untitled  (2-person) Yingling Mansion, Pittsburgh, PA, exhibition with Carolyn Pierotti, curated by Nicole Santella


One More Time (solo) Chashama at 470 Vanderbilt, Brooklyn, NY
Deja Vu (solo) JD Brooks Gallery at Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV, curated by Jeremy Entwistle

2015 - 2016

Our Stories (solo) RandallScottProjects, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, curated by Randall Scott
Ethosphere (solo) Phaze 2 Gallery, Shepherd University, West Virginia, USA, curated by Evan Boggess
Expand/Collapse (2-person) Scott Center Gallery, Westminster, MD, exhibition with Robyn Jacobs, curated by Margaret Ball


Complication & Simplicity (2-person) Stone Space Gallery, London, 2-person exhibition with Natalie Dunham,  curated by The Stone Space board
Ethosphere (solo) Galeria U, Wroclaw, Poland, curated by Dominika Łabąd
Ethosphere (solo) West Gallery at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, curated by John Kovaleski
Ethosphere 6 (solo, installation) Bristol Cathedral, Bristol, UK, curated by Jordan Kelly

2009 - 2010

Declawed (solo) Marcus Boyd, Baltimore
Kisses in the Trophy Room (2-person) Gunnar Galleries, Gettysburg, PA, exhibition with Michel Modell,      curated by Adrian Sauers

2007 - 2008

Dionysus and Friends (solo) Angelfalls Studios II, Baltimore
Mother-Daughter (2-person) Penn State, Mount Alto, Exhibition with Robyn Jacobs


2017 - 2018

Where to Draw the Line, Walter Wickiser Gallery, NY, NY, curated by D. Dominick Lombardi
Flower Show, Walter Wickiser Gallery, NY, NY, curated by D. Dominick Lombardi
Metamorphosis, (juried) Percolate Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, curated by Dafna Rehavia and Taya Hanauer
Where to Draw the Line, OneWay Gallery, Narragansett, RI, curated by D. Dominick Lombardi
Taking Shape, Firebox Studios, Pittsburgh, PA, curated by Eva Trout
Illuminate, Firebox Studios, Pittsburgh, PA, curated by Eva Trout
New Members Exhibition, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, curated by Eowyn Mays

2015 - 2016

Methodological Abstraction, 229 Grand St, New York, NY
ACAC Annual Juried Exhibition, (juried annual) Schmucker Gallery, Gettysburg, PA, curated by John Shipman
               Won: People's Choice Award
Misfit Toys, RandallScottProjects, Baltimore, MD, curated by Randall Scott
Ignis Fatuus: Dreams & Delusions, Mehta Bell Projects at Lights of Soho for Start Art Fair, London, UK, curated by                          Melissa Digby-Bell and Jag Mehta
Untitled No. 5, RandallScottProjects, Baltimore, MD, curated by Randall Scott
ACAC Annual Juried Exhibition, (juried annual), Schmucker Gallery, Gettysburg, PA, curated by Cristin Cash
               Won: Curator's Award

2013 - 2014

Tell Me Again, TIL Gallery/The Invisible Line, London, UK, curated by Tara Aghashloo
Affordable Artists, The Shop, London, UK, curated by Luke Halsey

2011 - 2012

La Petite Muerte, Drawers Gallery, London, UK, curated by Kirsty Harris
Color Shift, Billboard Art Project, Atlanta, GA, curated by Katerina Lanfranco
Nord Art 2012, (juried annual) Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany, curated by Wolfgang Gramm
Brilla, Brilla, Brilla, (juried) Billboard Art Project, San Bernardino, CA
Deptford X, Art Hub Gallery, London, UK
Declawed, (juried) Billboard Art Project, Duluth, MN

2009 - 2010

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Women of Hoffberger, Sub Basement Gallery, Baltimore, MD, curated by Jeffrey Kent
Wet on Wet, Fox 3 Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Out of Order, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
Body Parts, Hoffberger Gallery, Baltimore, MD  

2005 - 2008

Three Men and Some Bitches, Fox 3 Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Hoffglitter, Kat Gallery, Baltimore, MD, curated by Katherine Rohrbacher
Debut, Art House Lounge, Harrisburg, curated by Jason Piper
Best of Adams County, (juried) Adams County Juried Exhibition, Gettysburg
Art of the State, (juried) State Museum of PA Juried Exhibition, Harrisburg
Student Exhibition, Piazza Donatello Painting Studio, Florence, Italy


Parlux, Inc. (NYC),  Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (PA), The AIDS Care Group (PA), The Herbert Bearman Foundation (MD), Mark Saunders (Hong Kong), Ann and Lawrence Bruder (MD) David and Michel Modell (MD), Elsworth Rockefeller (DC), Ellen and John Lake (United Kingdom), Joette Jones (DC), William Runnebaum and Bill Mangham (MD), Lois Starkey and Bill Gilmartin (PA), Dr. Michael Birkner and Robin Wagner (PA), Charles Badders (PA), Clare Harris (UK), Emma and Chris Kelly (DC), Dr. Matthew Amster (PA), Joette James (DC)


2019 (scheduled) Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Grant, USA
2016 People's Choice Award, ACAC Juried Annual, USA
2015-16 Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning Grant, USA
2016 Can Serrat Residency Stipend (offered, did not accept), Spain
2015 Curator's Choice Award, ACAC Juried Annual, USA
2013 Arts Council England/National Lottery Grant for the Arts, UK
2011 Denkmalschmiede Höfgen Artist Grant, Germany
2010 London International Creative Competition Shortlist, UK
2010 International Painting Awards, Manifest Creative Research Gallery, Cincinnati, USA
2008-10 Maryland Institute College of Art Grant, USA
2008 P.E.O. Grant, USA


2019 (scheduled) Helene Wurlitzer Artist Residency, Taos, USA
2011 Studios International Residency, Denkmalschmiede Höfgen, Grimma, Germany
2010 Lugar a Dudas Residency, Cali, Colombia


Pittsburgh Artist Registry, PA
The Painting Center, New York, NY
North Manhattan Arts Alliance, New York, NY
Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, MD
NURTURE-Art, Online


2012 Drawers Gallery, London, La Petite Muerte Catalog
2012 Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany, Nord Art 2012 Catalog
2011 Lugar a Dudas, Cali Colombia, BLOC
2010 London International Creative Competition, London, 2010 Awards Catalog
2010 Manifest Creative Research Gallery, Cincinnati, INPA-1 Catalog
2010 Lugar a Dudas, Cali, Colombia, On “Sight” Training Brochure


2014 Great Art Ramble blog review of Ethosphere artworks, by Adam Smith, Sarah Jacobs – Glorifying Noise,  Complexity & Entanglements, 9 February 2014,
2014 Disposable Art blog review of Complication/simplicity exhibition at The Stone Space in London, by Erica  Shiozaki
2014 East End Review, a review of Tell Me Again at The Invisible Line Gallery by Oliver Zarandi
2014 The Upcoming website review of Tell Me Again at The Invisible Line Gallery in London, by  Steve Mallon,
2014 Vision on TV video review of Tell Me Again at The Invisible Line Gallery in London
2014 Michael Peacock, poem written in response to Ethosphere paintings, Los Comosedices, 16 Feb
2014 Todd Brandt, poem written in response to Ethosphere paintings, Constellations of Contemplation, Jan
2014 Sharks Eat Meat blog feature of Ethosphere paintings, 8 March, 5 April, & 16 April,
2013 Just Pirez! Magazine, interview by Jimmy Outhwaite, Holy Trinity, July 2013 edition
2013 Just Pirez! Digital, online feature, May 2013
2012 HESA Imprint Online Magazine feature, February 2012
2011 Brown Paper Bag blog review by Sara Barnes
2010 Chanteusecherie blog review of Declawed exhibition, by Patrice Emmanoelle Llemos
2010 There Were Ten Tigers blog review of Animal Attraction exhibition in Baltimore by Sara Seidman


2017 Artist Talk, Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV
2016 Johnson Center Grant Recipient Lecture, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
2015 Art Career Panel Discussion, Panelist, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
2015 Global Communities Artist Talk, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
2014 Artist Talk, The Stone Space Gallery, London, UK
2013 Sarah Jacobs: Artist Talk & Career Advice, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
2010 Recent Work, Lugar a Dudas, Cali, Colombia
2010 MFA Thesis, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2008 Indian Arts and Crafts Act and Contemporary Identity, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA


2012 Precious, Exhibition Producer & Curator, Porthole Space, London, UK
2010 Animal Attraction, Exhibition Producer & Curator, The Whole Gallery, Baltimore
2009 Body Parts, Exhibition Producer & Curator, Hoffberger Gallery, Baltimore