Artist's Statement

"Raised in the Midwest, much of my artwork involves the use of space, skies, and the overlapping imagery that I find in my changing personal landscapes. My travels away from the Midwest have impacted my work, and the layers in my current themes are all bits and pieces of my visual recordings through time.
I find myself sourcing and sampling things that I photograph, but at different times in my life, much as our memories seem to function.
My work uses digital montages as well as alternative and historical photographic processes. This allows me to use my printmaking and drawing interests to make personal statements in my work."  ~ Sara Silks

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art


Sara Silks was born and raised in Kansas City, where she began studying art and photography as a five year old at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. 

Silks received a BA from the University of Kansas in both Visual Arts Education and Art History, and MA in Art History with Honors from the same institution. She has studied with Christopher James, Paul Taylor, Christina Z. Anderson, and Elizabeth Opalenik to facilitate her work with alternative and historic photographic processes. Her current work explores the use of space, skies, and the overlapping imagery that she finds in her changing personal landscapes and she often works in a digital/analogue hybrid.

Silks exhibits nationally as well as internationally in juried shows at galleries such as The Soho Photo Gallery, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Art Intersection, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Albrecht Kemper Museum, SE Center for Photography, Lightbox Photographic, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, PhotoSynthesis, Vermont Center for Photography, Photoplace Gallery, Kiernan Gallery, The Texas Photographic Society, and Seities in Canada, amongst others. Her work is currently held in private collections across the country.

Silks' work has been published in Diffusion Annual IX, Plates to Pixels 2017, South by Southeast Photomagazine, Lenscratch, The Hand Magazine, Seities publication, and more.

 Silks has taught photography and drawing for over 20 years. She is the recent recipient of the coveted 2016 CENTER teaching award (honorable mention), and her students have gone on to be film directors, fashion photographers, fine art photographers, and respected creatives in academic environments. 

 

 

Professional Experience:

Kansas

Kansas

Fine Art - Silkstudio Photographic Arts 2002-present

Kansas City Art Institute, Continuing Education Instructor 2013

Olathe USD 233, Art Educator -District Fine Arts Endorsement Facilitator 

MA-Art History, Honors, University of Kansas

BA-Art History, University of Kansas

BA-Visual Arts Education, University of Kansas

Awards:

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Critical Mass 2017 Finalist

"Leaving Terra Firma," was the SERIES WINNER in the Fashion and Advertising Category of the 10th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Photography Award for Women

"Studies of Women," was a SERIES FINALIST in the Alternative Process Category of the 10th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Photography Award for Women. June 1, 2017

CENTER Excellence in Teaching Award, Honorable Mention, 2016, Santa Fe, NM

 

Solo Group Exhibition

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2017_______________________________________________________________________________________

Guest Artist, Soho Photo Gallery, NYC                                                                                                                                                                  October 3- November 4, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                         13 Annual National Alternative Processes Competition and Soho Photo Artist's Alternative Processes Exhibition will run concurrently with my show. 

 

Juried Group Exhibitions and Awards

2017_______________________________________________________________________________________

"Private Moment" ©2013 Gum Bichromate over Cyanotype

"Private Moment" ©2013 Gum Bichromate over Cyanotype

"2nd Annual Alternative Process Photography Exhibition" 2017  Image Flow, Mill Valley, CA, Image Flow,  Max Kellenberger and Mark Nelson, jury

"Landscape, Grand and Personal" 2017  SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC, Eliot Dudik, juror

"Visual Metric" 2017 Griffin Museum of Art Satellite Gallery, Lafayette City Center Gallery, Boston, MA, Paula Tognarelli, juror

"Mudras, A selection from the Hand Magazine", Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, KCMO, Adam Finkelston, juror

"The National" 2017 Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY, Aline Smithson, juror

"Alternative Processes" 2017  SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC, Jill Enfield, juror

"Plates to Pixels-Visual Armistice" 10th Annual Juried Showcase  2017, Blue Mitchell, curator

 “Alternative Processes: Handmade” 2017  PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Dan Burkhold, juror

"Aviary" 2017 Griffin Museum of Art Satellite Gallery, Lafayette City Center Gallery, Boston, MA, Paula Tognarelli, juror

"Light Sensitive" 2017 Art Intersection Gallery, Gilbert AZ, Ann Jastrub, juror

"Third Open Call" 2017  Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI, Paula Tognarelli, juror

"Still Life: The Ordinary Made Extraordinary" 2017  PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Kate Breakey, juror

"Trees" 2017  A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Michael Kenna, juror

2016_____________________________________________________________________________________

"Portal" 2016  SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC, Lori Vrba, juror

"Witching Hour: Imagery from Darkness" 2016   Gallery 136 1/2, PhotoSynthesis, Manchester CT, S. Gayle Stevens, juror

"Remnants: On the Edge of Avant-Garde and Antiquarian Photography"  2016   Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR, Kaden Kratzer and Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer, jurors

"Dreams" 2016  The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO Jennifer DeCarlo, juror

"Heavy Metal"  2016  Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR, Ray Bidegain, juror

"Wonderland" ©2017 Palladium Print 

"Wonderland" ©2017 Palladium Print 

"Out of the Blue: Explorations in Cyanotype" 2016  Gallery 136 1/2, PhotoSynthesis, Manchester CT, Jesseca Ferguson, juror

"Fishing for Iconography 2" 2016  A Smith Galllery Wheatpasting Event, Amanda Smith and Kevn Tully, jurors

"First Annual Fine Art Exhibition" 2016  Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA, Hamidah Glasgow, juror

"Wetplate" 2016  A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, S. Gayle Stevens, juror

"Portraits and Portrayals" 2016  Gallery 136 1/2, PhotoSynthesis, Manchester CT, Michelle Rogers Pritzl, juror HONORABLE MENTION

"Storytelling", LA PhotoCurator, February 2016,  Carolyn Hampton, curator/juror     HONORABLE MENTION

"A Hope, Prayer, and a Dream" Wheatpasting Exhibition for Main Street Projects during FotoFest 2016, Houston, TX, Laura Corley Burlton and Martha Brasted Corn, jurors

 

"Light Sensitive" 2016 Art Intersection Gallery, Gilbert AZ, Susan Burnstine, juror

"Dreams and More" 2016 SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC, Ann George, juror

 

2015_____________________________________________________________________________________

"PopUp Show" Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR, November 2015, Michael and Chelsea Granger,  jurors

"TPS 28th Annual Member's Show" 2015 TCC Gallery, Longview, TX, Keith Carter, juror

"Macabre" 2015 Seities Studio, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Sanja Lukac, juror

"A Mystery and a Dream" 2015 Gallery 136 1/2, PhotoSynthesis, Manchester CT, Beverly Raynor, juror  DIRECTOR'S AWARD

"A Fine Texas Day"  ©2015 Gold-Toned Albumen Print 

"A Fine Texas Day"  ©2015 Gold-Toned Albumen Print 

"Alternative Process" 2015 PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury VT Amy George, juror

"Mobile Magic XVII", Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR, March, 2015, Lori Vrba, juror

"Light Sensitive" 2015 Art Intersection Gallery, Gilbert AZ, Robert Hirsch, juror

2014_______________________________________________________________________________________

"Mobile Magic XV", Lightbox Photographic, Astoria, OR, December 2014, Blue Mitchell, juror

"Aura" 2014, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR, Michelle Rogers-Pritzl, juror

"A Midnight Eerie" 2014, PhotoSynthesis, Manchester, CT, Jessica Somers, juror

"Altered Views" 2014,Third Juror’s Award, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR, S. Gayle Stevens, juror

"Alternative Processes" 2014, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Christopher James, juror

"Light Sensitive 2014", Art Intersection Galley, Gilbert AZ, Thomas Persinger, juror

"The Art of Handmade & Alternative Photography" 2014, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro VT, Jesseca Ferguson, juror

 

Group Exhibition:

"Mommie Dearest", Lenscratch, May 14, 2017

"Sense Of Place", KCSCP Members Show, Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art, April 2017

"2017 Women's March", Lenscratch, March 8, 2017

"Friday's American Bar ©2013 Platinum Palladium Print

"Friday's American Bar ©2013 Platinum Palladium Print

"Nature", Tilt Gallery, February 2017

"4 Squared", KCSCP, August 2016

"Favorite Photo", Lenscratch, January 1, 2016

"Masks",  Lenscratch, October 30, 2015

Signs of Spring", Lenscratch, March 20, 2015

"Trick or Treat", Lenscratch, October 31, 2014

 

Organizations:

Penumbra Foundation, NY, NY

LACP, Los Angeles, CA

Texas Photographic Society

The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

Filter Photo, Chicago, IL

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Kansas City Society for Contemporary Photography