"My work investigates concepts of fragility, vulnerability, and determination. I use darkroom printing processes, large and small format photography, and digital tools in my work. Using alternative and historical photographic processes allows me to make personal statements in my work by using my drawing and printmaking background." ~ Sara Silks
Sara Silks is a Kansas City based fine art photographer.
Silks received a BA from the University of Kansas in both Visual Arts and Art History, and MA in Art History with Honors from the same institution. She did graduate work with John Talleur for printmaking, and her studies with Christopher James, Paul Taylor, Christina Z. Anderson, and Elizabeth Opalenik have inspired her continued work with alternative and historic photographic processes.
Silks exhibits nationally as well as internationally in museums and juried gallery shows, and has had a solo show in New York at the Soho Photo Gallery in October of 2017, with a solo show in San Miguel de Allende upcoming in 2019. Awards include being a finalist in Critical Mass the past two years, and the international winner in two categories of the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, 2017, resulting in exhibition in Barcelona, Spain.
Silks will also be showing nine pieces from the Studies Of Women project in a featured gallery at Contact Photography Festival in Toronto during the month of May, 2019.
Silks' work has been featured in SHOTS Magazine, Diffusion Annual IX, Plates to Pixels 2017, L'Oeil de la Photographie, South by Southeast Photomagazine, Lenscratch, The Hand Magazine, Seities publication, Fine Art Magazine, DE (portfolio), and more.
Silks taught photography and drawing for over 20 years. Along with her fine art practice, she now guest lectures at universities and other art institutes. She is the recipient of the coveted 2016 CENTER Santa Fe 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.
Her work is currently held in private collections across the country.