Film & Video
Video documentation of Installations:
By fabricating cinematic spaces in which a fragment of a story is inferred, the suspension of disbelief becomes a consistent and significant overarching idea that guides my work. Through installation, photography, video and collage, these fictional spaces suggest vague narratives; they feel familiar but provide glimpses of a past that you’ve never lived. At the core of my work are ideas about place, memory, the idea of home and how we come to know ourselves and our world through our experiences of it- both first hand in real life, and second hand through things like movies, theater and storytelling. I argue with my parents in an Irish accent, and harbor a homesickness for a place in which I’ve never really lived. My work occupies that fine line between fiction and reality, and questions our ability to discern between the two. Is it a memory from my own childhood or am I just recalling a scene from a movie?
Sarah O Donnell (born in Killybegs, Ireland) works in a range of media including film, video, installation, photography and sculpture. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2007, where she received the Edith Weil Hecht Memorial Award in Sculpture. After finishing her undergraduate studies, O Donnell worked in a range of roles on independent short and feature length films including positions as Art Director, and Production Designer. Eventually producing and directing her own narrative short films. She received a full fellowship to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from The Ohio State University in 2012. In the summer of 2012, she received a full fellowship to attend a month long residency at the Vermont Studio Center as well as a three month residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. O Donnell has exhibited her work in venues such as The BYU Museum of Art in Provo, UT, Burlington City Arts in Burlington, VT, the Urban Art Space in Columbus, OH, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, PA, the Ice box Project Space at the Crane Arts in Philadelphia as well as several alternative gallery spaces and performance venues in the Philadelphia and Baltimore areas.
2012 MFA Sculpture, The Ohio State University 2007 BFA Sculpture, Tyler School of Art, Temple University 2006 Temple University Rome, Italy. International studies, Spring semester
*denotes solo exhibition 2013 * BYU Museum of Art, Provo, Utah * A Visible Night, Burlington City Arts, Burlington VT with site specific light installation in Burlington’s Moran Plant * Sarah O Donnell, Upstairs at West Branch, Stowe, VT 2012 NextWave: Master of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition, Urban Art Space, The Ohio State University Annual Fergus Scholarship Exhibition, Hopkins Gallery, The Ohio State University 2011 Recent Arrivals, Hopkins Gallery, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH Annual Fergus Scholarship Exhibition, Hopkins Gallery, The Ohio State University, Columbus 2010 It's Who You Know, Invitational Exhibition, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia We're All Connected, Invitational Exhibition, 40th Street AIR space, Philadelphia Parts & Labor, Annex Gallery, Baltimore, MD. Collaborative performance with Elizabeth Thamm Annual Mummer's New Year's Day Parade, Performed with Vaudevillains Brigade, Philadelphia 2009 Art Dash, Invitational Exhibition, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia Annual Open Video Call, Juried Exhibition of Video Artists, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Offerings, Collaborative Exhibition, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Victory for Tyler, Juried Exhibition, IceBox Project Space, Philadelphia PA 2008 *Post Production, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia PA Restless Discontent, My House Gallery, Philadelphia PA 2007 HausWerk., Site Specific Collaboration with Andrew Brehm, Christakis House, Paoli, PA Like Sardines. Senior Sculpture Exhibition, Tyler Gallery, Elkins Park, PA I’ll be around, BFA Thesis exhibition, Tyler Hall, Elkins Park PA Sasoseven, Penrose Gallery, Elkins Park, PA We Grew Up On TeeVee, Tyler Gallery. Elkins Park, PA Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Tyler Gallery, Elkins Park, PA 2006 Annual Student Exhibition. Temple Gallery, Rome Italy
2014 Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, three month residency, Omaha, NE 2013 Vermont Studio Center, Vermont Week, Johnson, VT 2012 Vermont Studio Center, full fellowship recipient, Johnson, VT
Lectures/ Visiting Artist
2014 Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Indiana Bloomington 2013 Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Brigham Young University, Provo UT 2008 Post-Production Gallery Talk with Matthew Suib and Nadia Hironaka, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Honors & Awards
2012Full Fellowship awarded by the David Bermant Foundation, The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT Annual Fergus Memorial Scholarship Award, The Ohio State University 2011 Graduate Research Grant, The Ohio State University, Dept. of Arts & Humanities Dedalus Foundation, Master of Fine Arts Fellowship Nominee Annual Fergus Memorial Scholarship Award, The Ohio State University 2010 University Fellowship, The Ohio State University 2009 Best Local Film, Harrisburg Artsfest Film Festival. Awarded to short film, “Imprint” 2008 Edith Weil Hecht Memorial Award in Sculpture, Tyler School of Art
Press & Publications
2013 “Sarah O Donnell: A Visible Night” Meg Brazill, Art New England Magazine November/ December 2013 “Fan Mail: Sarah O Donnell” A. Will Brown, Daily Serving October 10, 2013 http://dailyserving.com/2013/10/fan-mail-sarah-odonnell/ “Beautiful Ruin”, Megan James, Seven Days, Sept. 11, 2013 http://www.7dvt.com/2013artists-find-inspiration-moran-plant “A Visible Night by Sarah O Donnell”, Amandas Ong, Elephant Magazine, Sept 04, 2013 http://www.frameweb.com/news/a-visible-night-by-sarah-o-donnell “Summer exhibitions at Burlington City Arts expand beyond gallery walls to Burlington's Moran Plant” Artdaily.org, August 29, 2013: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64601#.Uh_cZ7xQ1nG “Opening Reception: Sam Falls and Sarah O Donnell”, Vermont Art Guide: http://vermontartguide.com/content/?p=1614 “Art Installation Lights Up Moran Plant”, David Charns, WPTZ News Burlington, July 31 “Light Show Brightens Up Burlington’s Gloomy Moran Plant”, Kevin J. Kelley, Seven Days July 24, 2013 “Art Exhibit Lights Up Old Moran Plant”, Deanna Lablanc, WCAX News Burlington, July 22, 2013 “Post #4, Hyde Park, VT: Sarah O Donnell (Artist)”, Concept Plus Object blog Invited to write by guest blogger, Mike Calway-Fagen, February 16, 2013 http://conceptplusobject.net/post/43261837565/post-4-hyde-park-vt-sarah-o-donnellartist 2008 Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof, “Post Production ” Philadelphia Artblog, June 22, 2008 2007 Lini S. Kadaba, “For students, home is where the art is,” Philadelphia Inquirer, December 17, 2007. Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof, “Hauswerk” Philadelphia Artblog, December 19, 2007 Rachel Perry, “Art students show that hard ‘werk’ pays off in Paoli”, Main Line Life, December 11, 2007
2013 NextWave: Master of Fine Art Thesis exhibition catalog, Urban Art Space, The Ohio State University Annual Fergus Scholarship exhibition Catalog, Hopkins Gallery, The Ohio State University 2007 Like Sardines exhibition catalog, Senior Sculpture Exhibition, Tyler Gallery, Elkins Park PA. HausWerk Group exhibition catalog, Christakis House, Paoli, PA Tyler School of Art Admissions Catalog 2007-2008, Sculpture Portfolio. Sasoseven Group Exhibition Catalog.
2012- 2014 Assistant Director, West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, Stowe VT 2011-12 Graduate Teaching Associate (Instructor of Record), The Ohio State University, Foundations 4D: Art 208 Real and Recorded Time Arts. 2010 Gallery Assistant, Arader Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2006 Gallery Intern, Vox Populi Artist’s Collective, Philadelphia PA 2005 Gallery Assistant, Woven Fiber Arts House. West Chester, PA
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