Sarah Boyts Yoder is a painter based in Charlottesville, VA. She
received an MFA in painting from James Madison University in 2006.
Her work has been featured in numerous publications, exhibitions,
and corporate and private collections throughout the United States
and abroad, including the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.

Sarah has been the recipient of a professional fellowship in painting
from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and has been a fellow multiple
times at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and 100W Corsicana
in Corsicana, TX.

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

EMBLEM, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Meantime, Jagg Gallery, Key West, FL

Look At All There Is To Have, Saint Cloche, Sydney, Australia
FLEET, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

Never No Horizons, 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

Group Exhibition, Blue Print Gallery, Dallas, TX

In Her World, Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York, NY

The Stars We Steer By, Curating Contemporary
Looking Out, Stay Home Gallery, (virtual)
Glean, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

Ship of Fellows, Rawls Museum, Courtland, VA

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

Residencies and Fellowships

Blue Apple Beach, Artist in Residence, Cartagena, Colombia, 2022

2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
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

The Colony Hotel, West Palm Beach, FL
Stitch Design Company Partners, Charleston, SC
Emmeline Hotel, Charleston, SC
Boars Head Resort, Charlottesville, VA
Common House, Charlottesville, VA
Baker Motor Company, Charleston, SC
Capitol One, Richmond, VA
FS2, Charleston, SC
Tenth Street Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA


Wild Lands, Group Exhibition in Print, Curated by Gina Tuzzi
Cover Art, ‘Gente Encerrada’ by Pablo Padilla, Hueders Libros
Friend of the Artist, Issue 5
Fresh Paint Magazine, International Issue 10
Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 13

In a world that all too often insists on inevitability and separateness, Boyts Yoder’s paintings are playful refusals of these false assurances and fixedness. Using a visual lexicon of symbols she has generated over time, each work articulates how space constantly extends and collapses all around us and how joyfully form can evade our need for categorization.

What emerges are welcoming and engaging spaces for imaginative play, a celebratory take on color and material, and an invitation to open up. In this context, Boyts Yoder sees the paintings as hopeful, optimistic acts, and the mode of abstraction as a generous state of being.