The Artist

 My work investigates concepts of fragility, vulnerability, and determination. I use dartkroom printing processes, large and small format photography, and digital tools in my work. Using alternative and historical photographic processes allows me to to make personal statements in my work, and employs my drawing and printmaking background.."    ~ Sara Silks

Sara Silks is currently a Kansas City based fine art photographer.

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 studied with John Talleur for printmaking, and her studies with Christopher James, Paul Taylor, Christina Z. Anderson, and Elizabeth Opalenik have facilitated her work with alternative and historic photographic processes. Her current work includes studies in fragility, vulnerability, and determination in our current culture.

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, Image Flow, 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, Fine Art Magazine, DE (portfolio), 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. 

 

 

Awards:

Critical Mass 2017 Finalist

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"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 Exhibition

2017_______________________________________________________________________________________

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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Exhibitions and Awards

2018 ""GALA Awards, International Exhibit, Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography"  Prague, Czech Republic, Amber Terranova, juror FIRST PLACE AND FINALIST Julia Margaret Cameron Awards

2017 "Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, International Exhibit"   Galeria Valid Foto, Barcelona, Spain, Amber Terranova, juror FIRST PLACE AND FINALIST

2017 "Street Photography" Mirage Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Serey Siv, curator

 

Juried Group Exhibitions and Awards

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"Shades of Black and White" 2018  SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC, Susan Burnstine, juror

"Response" 2018 HONORABLE MENTION,  A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully, jurors

"Tree Talk" 2018 Griffin Museum of Art Satellite Gallery, Lafayette City Center Gallery, Boston, MA, Paula Tognarelli, juror

 

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

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"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

 

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