Sarah Boyts Yoder is a mixed media painter based in Charlottesville, VA. She received an MFA in painting from James Madison University in 2006. Boyts Yoder’s work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions throughout the United States including the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been included in Fresh Paint Magazine (#10), Studio Visit Magazine (#13) and FOA (Friend of the Artist, Issue #5). In 2014 she was awarded a professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Sarah has twice been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2013, 2014). She was awarded a residency at 100W Corsicana for June of 2017 and also 2018. Boyts Yoder uses cartoonish iconography, occasional text, and collage materials simultaneously, creating a complex and textured painterly surface. The works demonstrate the creative process as both content and journey. Listening becomes as important as doing, viewer is invited in as interpreter, and the resulting images are playfully open-ended.

A multitude of associations and experiences springs from these images. A trove of possible meanings explores the imagination’s capabilities, questions what painting can be, dreams of the unseen, and illuminates the potential for human connection that exists in these questions.

Born 1980 Fort Worth, Texas
Lives and works in Charlottesville, VA

Education
2006
MFA, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

2003
BFA, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018
Beverly Street Studio School, Staunton, VA
bathymetry, Sawhill Memorial Gallery, JMU, Harrisonburg, VA
Trove, Charleston Music Hall, Charleston, SC

2017
Forget Your Perfect Offering, Studio IX, Charlottesville, VA
Overture, two person exhibition with S. Nicole Lane, Pleat Gallery

2015
Elbows On The Table, Welcome Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
A Single Jumpy Heart, The Garage, Charlottesville, VA
Light In June, Blenheim Vineyards, Charlottesville, VA

2014
Insist/Resist, Amuse Restaurant at VMFA, Richmond, VA
Taste & Repeat, Dooby’s, Baltimore, MD
Never Once, Twice, Lemonade Stand Gallery, Key West, FL
Summer Colors, Pigment, Charlottesville, VA

2013
Nothing Passes, This Too Shall Pass, Jericho Gallery, Chas, SC
Guides & Stars, Pigment Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained, Mitchell Gallery, Chas, SC

2012
Merge/Emerge, The Real Estate Studio, Charleston, SC

2011
Nice Work, Jericho Gallery, Charleston, SC
Anchors, Costa + Williams, Charleston, SC
Reunion, Flagship Gallery, Charleston, SC
FRESH, Stems, Charleston, SC

2008
Reveal/Recover, Spark Gallery & Studios, Charleston, SC
Come Down/Open Up, Clementine’s, Harrisonburg, VA

2007
Poverty Creek: Trail Series, Art at Gillies, Blacksburg, VA
New Work, The Gallery at Mish Mish, Blacksburg, VA
New Works on Paper, Bollos Gallery, Blacksburg, VA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Hot Hot Hot, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Summertime, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
Mother, Mother, Studio IX, Charlottesville, VA
Fool, Juice Box Gallery, Denver Colorado

2017
At Home, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
CURRENT ART FAIR, Richmond, VA
New Waves 2017, VA Museum of Contemporary Art, VA Beach
Summer Perspectives, LYDM Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
Drawn to Charlottesville, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

2016
You, Me, We, (Collaborative Exhibition with Ryan Trott and Ken Horne), The Garage, Charlottesville, VA
Adherence, Tenth Street Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA
rending: Contemporary Art Now, juried by Elizabeth Garvey with The Women’s Caucus for Art, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2015
Just Plane Rotten, Mist Gallery, Richmond, VA
Dig Create, Show & Tell Art & Design, Charleston, SC

2014
You Are Surrounded, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
AWE & AWE, The Ark at Awendaw, Charleston, SC
Primary Urges, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC

2013
Material Matters, 10 Storehouse Row, Charleston, SC

2012
For Dear Life, Michael Mitchell Gallery, Charleston, SC
Static in the Snow, Michael Mitchell Gallery, Charleston, SC

2011
Contemporaries, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
Re-Nude, Eye Level Art, Charleston, SC

2010
Riverviews Juried Show, Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, VA
The Still Sun, Tivoli Studios, Charleston, SC
Juxtaposition, WALK Gallery, Charleston, SC
Re-Nude: Celebrate the Body, Charleston, SC

2009
Paper Works, Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, GA
Spoleto Salon, Galliard Auditorium, Charleston, SC

2007
3rd Coast National, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX
On and About the Edges, The Armory Gallery, Blacksburg, VA
Along the Path, The Gallery, Radford, VA
Really Big Shoe Show, Riverviews Art Center, Lynchburg, VA

2006
Surface Tension, Riverviews Art Center, Lynchburg, VA
The Familiars, Sawhill Gallery, JMU, Harrisonburg, VA

Bibliography

2018
Friend of the Artist, Issue 5, http://www.friendoftheartist.com/

2016
Figure 50, Interview conducted by Kim Rae Taylor, June, 2016

2015
Fresh Paint Magazine, International Issue #10, curated by Danielle Kyrsa,
Mist Gallery, ‘Interview with Sarah Boyts Yoder’, www.mistgallery.com, March 16, 2015

2014
Benedict, Sally King, “Twelve Southern Artists to Buy Now”, Southern Living Magazine, April, 8, 2014, www.thedailysouth.com
Lewis, Amber, “Artist Spotlight: Sarah Boyts Yoder,” April, 28, 2014,
Phillips, Holly, “Artist Spotlight Series: Sarah Boyts Yoder,” December, 15, 2014,
One Kings Lane, Limited edition print series

2013
Davis O’Leary, Courtney, “Strong Symbols,” December 16, 2013, Charleston City Paper
Guevara, Camella/Dalili, Dahlia, “Artist on View: Sarah Boyts Yoder,” September, 23, 2013,

2012
Krysa, Danielle, “I’m Jealous of Sarah Boyts Yoder,” July, 13, 2012,
Singleton, Kate, Buy Some Damn Art
Huggins, Staci, ArtMag (Charleston, SC), October, 10, 2012

2011
Studio Visit Magazine, The Open Studios Press, Volume 13, Spring Edition
Jackson Curran, Erica “Sarah Boyts Yoder Brings a Childlike Joy to Abstract Painting,” October, 5, 2011, Charleston City Paper

2009
Coastal Living Magazine, October 2009, Volume 13, Issue 8
Skirt Magazine, November Issue, Charleston, SC

Residencies and Fellowships

2017
Residency at 100 W Corsicana, Corsicana, TX

2014
Professional Fellowship, VMFA, Richmond, VA

2014
Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

2013
Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

Awards and Honors

2017
Semifinalist, Trawick Art Prize

2005
VA Invitational Graduate Forum, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

Select Collections

Common House, Charlottesville, VA
Baker Motor Company, Charleston, SC
Capitol One, Richmond, VA
FS2, Charleston, SC