Sarah Boyts Yoder

  • Selected Works

    Last Pastel, 2016. Acrylic, collage and ink on canvas, 48 x 36


    Soft Shoe, 2017. Mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48″


  • Curriculum Vitae

    B. 1980 Fort Worth, Texas


    2006 MFA, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 2003 BFA, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM

    (*indicates a solo or two person exhibition)
    Fool, Juice Box Gallery, Denver Colorado
    *bathymetry, Sawhill Memorial Gallery, JMU, Harrisonburg, VA *Trove, Charleston Music Hall, Charleston, SC
    *Never No Horizons, Beverly Street Studio, Staunton, VA

    *Forget Your Perfect Offering, Studio IX, Charlottesville, VA *Overture, two person exhibition with S. Nicole Lane, Pleat Gallery At Home, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
    CURRENT ART FAIR, Richmond, VA
    New Waves 2017, VA Museum of Contemporary Art, VA Beach Summer Perspectives, LYDM Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
    Drawn to Charlottesville, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

    You, Me, We, (Collaborative Exhibition with Ryan Trott and
    Ken Horne), The Garage, Charlottesville, VA
    Adherence, Tenth Street Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA Trending: Contemporary Art Now, juried by Elizabeth Garvey in partnership with The Women’s Caucus for Art, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA

    *Elbows On The Table, Welcome Gallery, Charlottesville, VA *A Single Jumpy Heart, The Garage, Charlottesville, VA *Light In June, Blenheim Vineyards, Charlottesville, VA
    Just Plane Rotten, Mist Gallery, Richmond, VA

    *Insist/Resist, Amuse Restaurant at VMFA, Richmond, VA *Taste & Repeat, Dooby’s, Baltimore, MD
    *Never Once, Twice, Lemonade Stand Gallery, Key West, FL *Summer Colors, Pigment, Charlottesville, VA

    You Are Surrounded, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA AWE & AWE, The Ark at Awendaw, Charleston, SC
    Primary Urges, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC

    *Nothing Passes, This Too Shall Pass, Jericho Gallery, Chas, SC *Guides & Stars, Pigment Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
    *Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained, Mitchell Gallery, Charleston, SC Material Matters, 10 Storehouse Row Gallery, Charleston, SC

    *Merge/Emerge, The Real Estate Studio, Charleston, SC *For Dear Life, Mitchell Gallery, Charleston, SC

    Static in the Snow, Mitchell Gallery, Charleston, SC

    *Nice Work, Jericho Gallery, Charleston, SC
    *Anchors, Costa + Williams, Charleston, SC
    *Reunion, Flagship Gallery, Charleston, SC
    FRESH, Stems, Charleston, SC
    Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

    *Reveal/Recover, Spark Gallery & Studios, Charleston, SC *Come Down/Open Up, Clementine’s, Harrisonburg, VA

    *Poverty Creek: Trail Series, Art at Gillies, Blacksburg, VA *New Work, The Gallery at Mish Mish, Blacksburg, VA *New Works on Paper, Bollos Gallery, Blacksburg, VA


    Residency at 100W Corsicana, Corsicana, TX (June)

    Semi finalist, Trawick Art Prize
    Residency at 100 W Corsicana, Corsicana, TX

    Professional Fellowship Award in Painting, VMFA, Richmond, VA Residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

    Residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

    VA Invitational Graduate Art Students Forum, 1708 Gallery,

    Richmond, VA


    2018 Friend of the Artist, Issue 5, 2016 Figure 50, Interview conducted by Kim Rae Taylor, June, 2016,
    2015 Fresh Paint Magazine, International Issue #10, curated by

    Danielle Kyrsa, Mist Gallery, ‘Interview with Sarah Boyts Yoder’,, March 16, 2015

    2014 Benedict, Sally King, “Twelve Southern Artists to Buy Now”, Southern Living Magazine, April, 8, 2014,
    Lewis, Amber, “Artist Spotlight: Sarah Boyts Yoder,” April, 28, 2014,

    Phillips, Holly, “Artist Spotlight Series: Sarah Boyts Yoder,” December, 15, 2014,
    One Kings Lane, Limited edition print series

    2013 Davis O’Leary, Courtney, “Strong Symbols,” December 16, 2013, Charleston City Paper
    Guevara, Camella/Dalili, Dahlia, “Artist on View: Sarah Boyts Yoder,” September, 23, 2013,

    2012 Krysa, Danielle, “I’m Jealous of Sarah Boyts Yoder,” July, 13, 2012,
    Upcyclista, – original artwork for logo Singleton, Kate, Buy Some Damn Art,

    Huggins, Staci, ArtMag (Charleston, SC), October, 10, 2012 2011 Studio Visit Magazine, The Open Studios Press, Volume 13,

    Spring Edition
    Jackson Curran, Erica “Sarah Boyts Yoder Brings a Childlike Joy to Abstract Painting,” October, 5, 2011, Charleston City Paper

    2009 Coastal Living Magazine, October 2009, Volume 13, Issue 8 2007 Skirt Magazine, November Issue, Charleston, SC


    Common House, Charlottesville, VA Baker Motor Company, Charleston, SC Capitol One, Richmond, VA
    FS2, Charleston, SC

    Private Collections in Baltimore, Charleston, Denver, Fort Worth, New York, London and Melbourne, as well as AK, KS, NM, TX, VA.

  • Statement
  • Biography

    Sarah Boyts Yoder is a mixed media painter based in Charlottesville, VA. She received an MFA in painting from James Madison University in 2006. Boyts Yoder’s work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions throughout the United States including the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been included in Fresh Paint Magazine (#10), Studio Visit Magazine (#13) and FOA (Friend of the Artist, Issue #5). In 2014 she was awarded a professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Sarah has twice been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2013, 2014). She was awarded a residency at 100W Corsicana for June of 2017 and also 2018.

    Boyts Yoder uses cartoonish iconography, occasional text, and collage materials simultaneously, creating a complex and textured painterly surface. The works demonstrate the creative process as both content and journey. Listening becomes as important as doing, viewer is invited in as interpreter, and the resulting images are playfully open-ended.

    A multitude of associations and experiences springs from these images. A trove of possible meanings explores the imagination’s capabilities, questions what painting can be, dreams of the unseen, and illuminates the potential for human connection that exists in these questions.