Sarah Awad

Born 1981 Pasadena, CA
Works in Los Angeles, CA



Education

2011     MFA University of California, Los Angeles, CA

2007     BFA Illustration, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

2003     BA summa cum laude, Mathematics and Studio Art (Dual), Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA



Solo Exhibitions

2021     Tender Observer, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2018     Double Field, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015     Gate Paintings, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013     The Women, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012     Transference and Speculation, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011     Instruments of Culture, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA



Selected Group Exhibitions

2021    No Mask is Wholly a Mask, LA Louver, Los Angeles, CA

            Magic Dance, LA Louver, Venice, CA

            Return of the Dragons, Blossom Market (curated by Jasmine Little and Roger Herman), Los Angeles, CA

2020    45 at 45, LA Louver, Venice, CA

            Majeure Force, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            LA in Bloom, Werkartz, Los Angeles, CA

2019     Dreamhouse Vs. Punk House (Plus Cat house), Serious Topics, Los Angeles, CA

            Making Light, Barely Fair hosted by Julius Caesar (with Serious Topics), Chicago, IL

2018     Evolver, LA Louver, Venice, CA

2017     Nude, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

            Wrong (curated by HK Zamani), POST, Los Angeles, CA

2016     Beyond the Gaze: Women Painting Women, Garis and Hahn, New York City, NY

            Ob.ver.sa.tions(curated by Trevor Norris), Long Beach City College Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA

            Three person show (curated by Jilian Adi Monribot), Dryansky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015     Angels With Dirty Faces, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria

            At First You Don’t Succeed (curated by Robert Wechsler), CCS Gallery, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

2014    Sargent’s Daughters, Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY

            Are Friends Electric, Act I (curated by Manual History Machines), Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

            Are Friends Electric, Act II (curated by Manual History Machines), Peggy Phelps + East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont,CA

2013    Rogue Wave ’13 (15 Artists From Los Angeles), L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

            First Anniversary Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture and Photographs, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            Paradox Maintenance Technicians, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2012     Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Recipients, CUE Art Foundation, New York,

            Alpaca: Figure, Form, Abstraction, A Travelling Group Exhibition, BB Galerie, Berlin, Germany; 1k Projects Space, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Rhizome Galerie, Paris, France

            Ground Control, 5790projects, Los Angeles, CA

            Seven Young LA Painters I Like, George Lawson Gallery, Culver City, CA

2010    Liberty Control, RAiR at Duende Studios, Rotterdam, Netherlands

            New Insight, Art Chicago/NEXT, Chicago, IL

2009    MFA Now (curated by Adam Rogers and Judy Chicago), Praxis International, Miami, FL



Grants/Residencies

2011     Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant , New York, NY

2010     Residency, Stitching Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2008     MFA NOW International Painting Competition Award winner



Selected Bibliography

2020
Jordan Riefe, “Looking to the Future: L.A. Louver Celebrates 45 Years with 45 of Modern Art's Most Vibrant Artists”, KCET, October 27
Eve Wood, Excellence and Thrilling Abundance in LA Louver’s “45 at 45,” Riot Material, November 5

2017
“Gynaeceum: In Conversation with Contemporary Artist Sarah Awad", Scala Regia, Issue 3, pp 138

2015
Grant Johnson, “Reviews in Brief,” Modern Painters, December 2015 Issue, pp 109
Evan Moffit, "Exhibition Review,” Art in America, November 2015 Issue
Maxwell Williams, "Sarah Awad Locks Us Out and Lets Us In with her Lush Gate Paintings,” Artsy Editorial, October 6, 2015
Eve Wood, “Pick of the Week,” Artillery, September 17, 2015
Andy Brummer, "Sarah Awad: Gate Paintings,” ArtScene, September 2015

2014
“State of the Art: Q & A with Anthony Barzilay Freund and Mallory Evans,” Luxe Magazine, Spring 2014 Issue, pp. 15
Eve Wood, “Review Sarah Awad: The Women,” Art Ltd, January/February issue
Jason Ramos, “Literally Figurative: Sarah Awad,” New American Paintings Blog, February 26, 2014
Harper’s Magazine, Readings Section, October Issue

2013
David Pagel, “Nude Women but with Attitude,” Los Angeles Times, October 30, 2013
Catlin Moore and Matthew Gardocki, “Emergent Presence, Fresh Faces in Art: 8 LA Artists You Should Know,” Fabrik Magazine, Issue 22
Christopher Pate, “L.A. in the Summer”, Installation Magazine, August Issue
Catlin Moore, “Rogue Wave 2013 at L.A. Louver,” Daily Serving, August 15, 2013
David Pagel, “Art Review: Rogue Wave is at L.A. Louver is a micro-biennial at its best,”Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2013

2012
Erin Langer, “Unsolved Collections: The Paintings of Sarah Awad’s Transference and Speculation,” New American Paintings Blog, November 30, 2012
Leah Ollman, “Art Review: Seven Young Los Angeles Painters I like at George Lawson,” Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2012

2011
Steven Zevitas, “12 Must See Painting Shows in the U.S.: September,” Huffington Post Arts & Culture online, September 11, 2011
Erin Langer, “The Atmosphere of Painted Spaces: Sarah Awad and Storm Tharp,” New American Paintings Blog, September 9, 2011