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

MFA, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

BFA, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM

Selected Solo Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Material Matters, 10 Storehouse Row, Charleston, SC

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

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

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

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

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

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


Friend of the Artist, Issue 5,

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

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

Benedict, Sally King, “Twelve Southern Artists to Buy Now”, Southern Living Magazine, April, 8, 2014,
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

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,

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

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

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

Residencies and Fellowships

Residency at 100 W Corsicana, Corsicana, TX

Professional Fellowship, VMFA, Richmond, VA

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

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

Awards and Honors

Semifinalist, Trawick Art Prize

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