Sarah Irvin earned her MFA in Painting from George Mason University in 2016. Much of her work is a communication of motherhood and experience through various media.

Born 1985 Florence, Alabama



MFA, George Mason University, Painting

VCU Summer Studio Program

BFA, University of Georgia, Painting & Drawing


Select Solo Exhibitions

In and Out of Weeks, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
The Department of Human Capital, Doris Ullman Galleries, Berea College, Berea, KY
The Daily Immeasurable, Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, VA

Infinite House, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA

The Shed, Columbus, OH
Atlas Uh-Oh, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
A Bringing Forth, MFA Thesis Exhibition, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
29 3/4, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA

Objects and Actions, Mason Art Lab, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
The Sleep Series, Fenwick Gallery, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

New Work, Lorton Workhouse Art Center Art Lab, Lorton, Virginia
Paper,Westminster Canterbury, H. Scott November Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

False Colors, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Chroma, Westminister Canterbury, H Scott November Gallery, Richmond, VA

Shoreline, St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, VA
Roots: Mixed Media Work by Sarah Irvin, Kennedy-Douglas Center For The Arts, Florence, AL
Shady Grove, Angelo State University, San Angelo TX
Recent Work By Sarah Irvin, Art in Healthcare, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA

San Angelo Public Arts Commission Exhbition, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX
Recent Work, Showcase Gallery, Center Stage, Richmond, VA


Select Group Exhibitions

Group Exhibit, Spilt Milk Gallery, Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh, Scotland
Labors,: A Group Show Exploring the Complexities of Motherhood, Pearl Conard Art Gallery, The Ohio State University Mansfield, Mansfield, OH

Echoes: A Group Show, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
Following the Thread: A Group Show Exploring Textiles, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York,NY
Sunscreen, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Continuum, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Gender Generation, Royal College of Art, London, England
Trawick Price Finalist Exhibit, Bethesda Urban Partnership Gallery B, Bethesda, MD
Pathways, Hemphill Fine Arts Carroll Square Gallery, Washington DC
Verbal/Visual, Fenwick Gallery, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
The Only Rule Is Work, Curated by Francis Thompson, Mason Hall, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
College Art Association Annual Regional Exhibition RBTL, Juried by Karyn Miller and Curlee Raven Holton, Katzen Art Center, American University, Washington DC
6th National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art Triennial, Morgan Conservatory,Cleveland, OH

Procreate Project Photozine Exhibit, Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths University of London, London, England
6th National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art Triennial, Corcoran, Washington DC
Two Person Exhibit, 12Twelve, curated by CulturalDC, Washington DC

LineWorks: Drawing Redefined, Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, Virginia
Call and Response,” Fenwick Library Gallery, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Artifex: George Mason University Graduate Student Exhibit, Capital One Corporate Art Program, Richmond, Virginia
2nd Annual MFA Exhibit. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Dialogue in Color, The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT

Group Exhibition, Artomatic, Frederick, MD
Abstraction and Reality, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, Virginia, Juried by Margaret Hancock, Second Place Award
Art House on City Square, Stryker Building, Williamsburg, Virginia
Shade, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond Virginia
New Waves, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, Virginia

50 Small Works, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Hampton, Virginia
Keepsake, Linda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg, Virginia, Artist and Co- Curator
Haze, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
Arts Alive Festival Gallery Show, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, Alabama
Salon des Femmes, Capital One, Richmond Virginia
The Goods: Selections from the Artist’s Studio, Spruill Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

Spectrum, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
San Angelo Public Arts Commission Exhibition, San Angelo, TX
[WORK], Faculty and Staff Exhibit at the Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA
Capital One Women’s History Month Exhibit, Richmond, VA
Broadband 10+11, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Effloresce, Petersburg Area Art League Two Person Exhibit, Petersburg, VA

Artspace National Juried Printmaking and Photography Exhibition, Juried by Richard Waller
“All This I Am” Juried show at Jacksonville Art Center,  Floyd, Virginia, Juried by Sally Bowring
“Summer Solstice” Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
“Ponder This” San Angelo, Texas

Lyndon House Arts Center 34th Annual Juried Competition, Juried by Karen Shaw, Athens, GA
Smash It and Grab It, VCU Summer Studio Program Group Exhibit, Richmond, VA
Locker 50b Summer Studio Program Group Exhibit, August
Small Works, Small World, Chico Arts Center, November

“Wine and Turpentine” Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA

Lyndon House Arts Center 31st Annual Juried Competition, Juried by William Fagaly, Athens, GA
Costa Rica, Ecuador and Galapagos Island Study Abroad Latin America Program Exhibition, Athens, GA



Bozeman, Bobby, “Lily of the Mind.” Times Daily, August 19, 2012
Featured Artist, House Crashers, DIY Network and HGTV, February 2012

Muses Magazine, “In the Artist’s Words” Feature, January 7
Smith, Rick, “Painter Envisions Beauty of Grandfather’s Gardens.” San Angelo Standard Times,  July 3, 2011


Select Corporate Collections

Capital One, Plano, TX
Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond, VA
Four Seasons, San Francisco, CA
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Richmond, VA
Pfizer Collection, New York, NY
Quirk Hotel, Richmond, VA
Royal Caribbean
Try-Me Urban Restoration Project, Pamela and Bill Royall, Richmond, VA
University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
Multiple Private Collections


Work Experience

2017- 18
Director, CURRENT Art Fair, Richmond, VA

Adjunct Professor, Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2016-17 Adjunct Professor, Art History and Art Appreciation, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA
Collection Education and Research Consultant, Capital One Corporate Art Collection, Richmond, VA

Editor-in-Chief, Witness & Memory, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC

2015- 16
Graduate Professional Assistant, Fenwick Gallery, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Art Editor, So to Speak Journal, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

2010- 2013
Capital One Corporate Art Program, Intern

2010- 2011
Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Printmaking Instructor

2009- 2011
Page Bond Gallery, Gallery Assistant
Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School, Art Teacher


Honors and Activities

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Canvas Board Member

Monster Drawing Rally, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University Summer Studio Program

Study Abroad: Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, University of Georgia Charter Scholarship

Lamar Dodd School of Art Scholarship, Painting and Drawing


Lectures and Talks

St. Catherine’s School, Visiting Artist Talk, Richmond, Virginia
Westminster Canterbury, Visiting Artist Lecture, Richmond, Viriginia

Angelo State University, Visiting Artist Lecture, San Angelo Texas

Petersburg Area Art League, Exhibiting Artist Talk, Petersburg, Virginia

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Artist Talk, Richmond, Virginia

In this work, I write cursive text onto non-absorbent paper with ink and then use a squeegee to destroy the marks I have created. The ink spreads across surface into a new composition. The resulting marks are the remnant of a written word, but the meaning has been confused and hidden. I am exploring a visual representation of thought while contemplating the limits of words as signifiers. In the current work, I have focused on hidden text as a representation of memory, the abilities and limitations of the mind and the simultaneous power and shortcomings of language. I’m interested in these representations of monitoring something internal and creating a visual representation of something hidden or unseen.