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
SELECTED SOLO AND 2-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2020 Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery OCEAN OBJECT Oklahoma City, OK.
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.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021 Woodson Art Museum, Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts, Wausau, WI.
2020 Chazen Museum of Art, Faculty Exhibition, Madison, WI.
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.
SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, & AWARDS
2018 Semi-Finalist, Creative Capital Award, New York City, NY.
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.
CURATED PORTFOLIO REGISTRIES
2005-2021 The Drawing Center New York, New York.
2006-2021 White Columns New York, New York.
INVITED ARTIST LECTURES
2020 Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery, Oklahoma City University, OK.
Chazen Museum of Art, (gallery talk – online conversation with artist Renate Aller) Madison, WI & New York City, NY.
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.
“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)
“Sarah FitzSimons Outlines a Traditional American House with Chicago Lakefront Installation” Jenna McKnight Dezeen Magazine
“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) www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/October-2015/See-Sarah-FitzSimonss-New-Public-Sculpture
“Chicago Architecture Biennial Preview – Exploring Space, Home, House, and Shelter” Liz Chilsen Chicago Now (blog) 9/29/15. www.chicagonow.com/neighborland/2015/09/chicago-architecture-biennial-preview-exploring-space-home-house-and-shelter
The Experience of Modern Sculpture: A Guide to Enjoying Works of the Past 100 Years Philip Palmedo Schiffer Publishing 7/2015
“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. www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/228345561.html
“6. Internationaler Waldkunstpfad – mehr als ein netter Sonntagsspaziergang” Rauschmittel(blog) 8/30/12 Darmstadt, Germany.
“Hairy What?” Sam Worley Chicago Reader- Art 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.