Sarah FitzSimons


Sarah FitzSimons is a visual artist who makes sculpture which interacts with and derives meaning from its surroundings. Much of the work seeks to reconnect our constructed culture with wider patterns of nature, and aims to extend beyond the bubble of the ‘small, nearby and short-term’. She exhibits internationally and in cities across the U.S. Recent solo projects include large outdoor sculptures developed for the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015), the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside, CA (2014), and Klemm Gallery in Adrian, MI (2016).  Group exhibitions include shows at the Chazen Museum of Art, WI (2016); Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Soil Gallery, Seattle WA (2015); Poste Matosinhos, Portugal (2015); Rooms to Let: CLE, Cleveland, OH (2015); Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI (2013); Extéril Gallery, Porto, Portugal (2013); Casa da Inquisição, Monsaraz, Portugal (2012); Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2012); and Waldkunstpfad, Darmstadt, Germany (2012).

FitzSimons has been awarded significant private and public grants from the Efroymson Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in addition to funding from art residencies such as the MacDowell Colony (NH); I-Park (CT); Vermont Studio Center (VT); Djerassi Foundation (CA); and Wadden Art Foundation (Denmark).

During the past three years, her work has been reviewed in Deezen Magazine, (London, UK); Azure (Toronto, CA); Chicago Magazine (IL); Define Magazine (Chicago, IL); and Modern Luxury (Silicon Valley CA); and is featured in the recent book: The Experience of Modern Sculpture: A Guide to Enjoying Works of the Past 100 Years (2015, Philip Palmedo, Schiffer Publishing). 






Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, Ohio University  

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Ohio University



2019  Hawthorn Contemporary OCEAN OBJECT  Milwaukee, WI.

2016  Klemm Gallery  THREE HOUSES  Adrian, MI.

2015  6018North in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial  HOUSE (Tricia Van Eck, curator)  Chicago, IL.

2014  Djerassi Resident Artist Program, HOUSE FOR DJERASSI Woodside, CA.

2012  Casa da Inquisição, Monsaraz PONTO E COORDINADA (with José Carlos Teixeira) Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal.

2010  ANY QUESTIONS? (solo project within Vadehavsfestival, Stan Coenders and Petra Derkzen, curators) Mandø, Denmark.

2009  I-Park ENVIRONMENTAL ART BIENNALE (solo project within biennale) East Haddam, CT.

2008  SoFA Gallery, Indiana University FUSION CULTURE (Rob Off, curator) Bloomington, IN.

2007  EnView Gallery OROGENY (Christine Finley and Chloe Flores, curators) Long Beach, CA.

2006  Bridger-Teton National Forest TENT (outdoor installation) Jackson, WY.

2004  Pacific Coast Hwy TIDE BED (outdoor installation and performance) Santa Monica, CA.



2019   Bienal de Gaia, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.

2018   Alps Art Academy, Art Safiental Vernissage Tenna Switzerland.

          Casa das Artes, Desvio no Labirinto (Joao Baeta, curator) Tavira, Portugal.

          Grand Rapids Art Museum, ArtPrize X at GRAM, Grand Rapids, MI.

          Museum of Wisconsin Art Wisconsin Artists Biennial West Bend, WI.

          Fermentation Fest, Farm/Art D'Tour, Reedsburg, WI.

2017   Galeria do Sol & Maus Habitos Caleidoscópio Porto, Portugal.

2016   Chazen Museum of Art  Art Department Faculty Quadrennial Exhibition  Madison, WI.

2015   Soil Gallery  Between Places  (3-person exhibition with Michael Boonstra and Andy Myers)  Seattle, WA.

           Extéril Gallery  Poste – Vídeo Arte  (Joao Baeta, curator)  Porto, Portugal.

           Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery  Pulp in Ashes  Los Angeles, CA.

           Slavic Village  Rooms to Let: CLE  (Sai Sinbondit, curator)  Cleveland, OH.

           James Watrous Gallery, Waterways (3-person exhibition, Jody Clowes, curator) Madison, WI.

2013  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art  Wisconsin Triennial  Madison, WI.

           Extéril Gallery Poste – Vídeo Arte (Joao Baeta, cutrator) Porto, Portugal.

           University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery  Ossuary (Laurie Beth Clark, curator)  Knoxville, TN.

2012  International Forest Art Path Reality and Romanticism (Ute Ritschel, curator) Darmstadt, Germany.

           Hyde Park Art Center The Hairy Blob (Adelheid Mers, curator) Chicago, IL.

           Chazen Museum of Art Compendium 2012 Madison, WI.

2011  Maus Habitos + Passos Manuel Between Document and Fiction Porto, Portugal.

2010  Kennedy Museum of Art Faculty Exhibition - Ohio University Athens, OH.

           Firehouse Gallery This World, Other World (David Grozinsky, curator) Burlington, VT.

2009  Spaces Gallery Internal Compasses Cleveland, OH.

2008  Kennedy Museum of Art Faculty Exhibition - Ohio University Athens, OH.

2007  Cypress College Gallery Who Killed Bambi? (Chris Hoff, curator) Cypress, CA.

2006  New Langton Arts Squatting at Langton (John Baldessari, curator) San Francisco, CA.

           Moonlight Mesa Desert Pier (outdoor installation) Joshua Tree, CA.

2005  Pacific Design Center Supersonic Los Angeles, CA.

           California State University Long Beach Greater LA MFA Exhibition Long Beach, CA.

           UCLA New Wright Gallery MFA Exhibition  Los Angeles, CA.

           I-5 Gallery Character Traits Los Angeles, CA.

           College Art Association Conference Open Screen Atlanta, GA.

2004  Santa Monica Museum of Art Incognito (benefit show) Santa Monica, CA.



2014  Simon and Bill Martin Artful Harvest Circle Fellowship, Djerassi Program, Woodside, CA.

2013  Efroymson Contemporary Art Fellowship, Efroymson Family Foundation, Indianapolis, IN

2012  Fall Competition Research Grant, Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI.

2011  WARF Travel Award and Research Grant, Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI.

2010  Fast Track Grant, Ohio Arts Council Columbus, OH

2009  MacArthur Transportation Fund Grant, MacDowell Colony Peterborough, NH.

           Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Johnson, VT.

           I-Park Environmental Art Grant, East Haddam, CT.



2018  Alps Art Academy, Tenna, Switzerland.

2014  Djerassi Artist Residency Woodside, CA.

2012  International Forest Art Path Darmstadt, Germany.

2010  Wadden Art Foundation AnyQuestions? Mandø, Denmark.

2009  MacDowell Colony Peterborough, New Hampshire.

          I-Park Environmental Art Residency East Haddam, Connecticut.

          Vermont Studio Center Johnson, Vermont.



2005-2019  The Drawing Center New York, New York.

2006-2019  White Columns New York, New York.



2019  George Mason University, School of Art, Fairfax, VA.

          Kent State University, School of Art, Kent, OH.

2017   SAIL Conference: International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries, Madison WI. 

2016   Kohler Art Library, Madison, WI.

2015   Cleveland Institute of Art,  Cleveland, OH.

          James Watrous Gallery, Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters.  Madison, WI.

2013  Instituto Superior Técnico (National School of Architecture) Lisbon, Portugal.

           Residency Unlimited in partnership with Arte Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

           Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI.

           University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

2012  Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.

           International Forest Art Center, Darmstadt, Germany.

           Chazen Museum of Art, Madison WI.

2011  California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

           School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

           University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

           Carthage College, Kenosha, WI.

           Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

2010  Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

2008  Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.



“American Creators” Jeffrey Brown  PBS NewsHour Public Broadcasting Service  WETA-TV  11/2/18  (National news, USA)  Television.


“Art, agriculture come together in Driftless Area”  Mary Louise Schumacher  Journal Sentinel 1A  10/9/18 Milwaukee, WI.  

(print & online editions)


“Houses of the Other World”  Davide Luca  Parola d’Arte (webzine)  pp.14-15  Issue #8 Global Popular City, Winter/2017  Rome, Italy. 


“House, by Sarah Fitzsimons”  Amanda Jane Jones  Define Magazine  pp. 92-95  Issue 003 Home  June/2016 Chicago, IL.


“Art & Culture, Outward Bound”  Anh-Minh Le  Modern Luxury Silicon Valley  p. 67  May/June 2016 San Francisco, CA. 


“Frame of Mind: The Chicago Architecture Biennial Lines Up a Unique View of Home”Janna Levitt  Azure Magazine  p. 114 

Jan/Feb 2016  Toronto, Canada.


“Some Reflections on the Chicago Architecture Biennial”  Susan Snodgrass   In/Site: Reflections on the Art of Place (blog)

2/1/16  Chicago, IL.


“Sarah FitzSimons Outlines a Traditional American House with Chicago Lakefront Installation”  Jenna McKnight  Dezeen Magazine

10/8/15  London, UK. 


“Chicago Architecture Biennial: 10 Events Not to Miss” Editorial Team  The Spaces(online magazine)  10/1/15.


“Who Made That?” Jason Foumberg  Chicago Magazine  p. 38  10/2015 Chicago, IL.  

(print & online editions)


“Chicago Architecture Biennial Preview – Exploring Space, Home, House, and Shelter”  Liz Chilsen Chicago Now (blog) 9/29/15.


The Experience of Modern Sculpture: A Guide to Enjoying Works of the Past 100 Years  Philip Palmedo  Schiffer Publishing  7/2015    

Atglen, PA. 


“Water Inspires Art at the James Watrous Gallery”  Katie Vaughn Madison Magazine, 3/11/15  Madison, WI. 


“On View. Waterways” Jeanne Kolker Wisconsin State Journal   3/8/15  Madison, WI.


“Waterways” Jody Clowes  Wisconsin People & Ideas, Vol. 61, No. 1  pp. 28-36, Winter 2015, Madison, WI.


 “Art City Review: The force of history bears down on the Wisconsin Triennial”  Mary Louise Schumacher  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  

10/18/13  Milwaukee, WI.


“6. Internationaler Waldkunstpfad – mehr als ein netter Sonntagsspaziergang” Rauschmittel(blog)  8/30/12   Darmstadt, Germany.


 “Hairy What?” Sam Worley   Chicago ReaderArt Critics Choice  4/25/2012  Chicago, IL.


 Compendium 2012  Chazen Museum of Art  (catalog)   2/2012  Madison, WI.   

 Any Questions? The Mandø Dialogues  (book) Foundation Wadden Art   2/2011 Denmark.

“Mandø: Wattenmeerfestival vereint Kunst und Natur”  Volker Heesch  Nordschleswiger  9/11/2010 Esbjerg, Denmark.

 “Kunst Uden Spørgsmal,” Jannik Bork  Jydskevestkysten  9/9/2010 Esbjerg, Denmark.

 “Sær kunst på Mandø,“  TV Syd  (national news)  9/8/2010  Denmark.

“Modern Art in a Rural Setting.”  Petra Derkzen  Rural Sociology Weblog  9/5/2010  Wageningen, Netherlands.

“Mandø Bliver et Kunstnerisk Omdrejningspunkt” Stephen Demeny  p26  Budstikken Esbjerg 9/1/2010  Esbjerg, Denmark.

“Windows on the Worlds,  Art Review: "This World, Other World”  Amy Rahn  Seven Days   3/3/2010  Burlington, VT.

“Art News: SPACES Finds A Compass”   Michael Gill  Cleveland Scene  5/13/2009  Cleveland, OH.  

 “Cypress College exhibit explores nature's relationship with man.”  Michael Bucellato   The Cypress Chronicle   9/27/07  Cypress, CA. 

 “Sarah FitzSimons @ EnView”  Chris Hoff  The OC Art Blog: Contemporary Art in Orange County1/24/2007  Long Beach, CA.