Sarah Boyts Yoder

  • Selected Works

    Benevolent Benefits, 2018. Acrylic on canvas, 64 x 53″

    Snowy Reach, 2018. Mixed media on canvas, 30 x 24″

    Untitled works on paper, 20 x 20″ each

    Sleep Watching at Night, 2017. Acrylic and dye on paper, 19 x 16″

    Simplified Statute, 2017. Acrylic, watercolor, and oil stick on canvas, 62 x 50″

    Grey Snow, 2017. Acrylic, ink, dye, and spray paint on canvas, 36 x 24″

  • 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)
    2018 Hot Hot Hot, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
    2018 Summertime, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
    2018 Mother, Mother, Studio IX, Charlottesville, VA
    2018 Fool, Juice Box Gallery, Denver, CO
    2018 *bathymetry, Sawhill Memorial Gallery, JMU, Harrisonburg, VA
    2018 *Trove, Charleston Music Hall, Charleston, SC
    2018 *Never No Horizons, Beverly Street Studio, Staunton, VA
    2017 *Forget Your Perfect Offering, Studio IX, Charlottesville, VA
    2017*Overture, two person exhibition with S. Nicole Lane, Pleat Gallery At Home, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
    2017 CURRENT ART FAIR, Richmond, VA
    2017 New Waves 2017, VA Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA
    2017 Summer Perspectives, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
    2017 Drawn to Charlottesville, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
    2016 You, Me, We, (Collaborative Exhibition with Ryan Trott and Ken Horne), The Garage, Charlottesville, VA
    2016 Adherence, Tenth Street Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA
    2016 Trending: Contemporary Art Now, juried by Elizabeth Garvey in partnership with The Women’s Caucus for Art, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
    2015 *Elbows On The Table, Welcome Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
    2015 *A Single Jumpy Heart, The Garage, Charlottesville, VA
    2015 *Light In June, Blenheim Vineyards, Charlottesville, VA
    2015 Just Plane Rotten, Mist Gallery, Richmond, VA
    2014 *Insist/Resist, Amuse Restaurant at VMFA, Richmond, VA
    2014 *Taste & Repeat, Dooby’s, Baltimore, MD
    2014 *Never Once, Twice, Lemonade Stand Gallery, Key West, FL
    2014 *Summer Colors, Pigment, Charlottesville, VA
    2014 You Are Surrounded, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
    2014 AWE & AWE, The Ark at Awendaw, Charleston, SC
    2014 Primary Urges, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC
    2013 *Nothing Passes, This Too Shall Pass, Jericho Gallery, Chas, SC
    2013 *Guides & Stars, Pigment Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
    2013 *Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained, Mitchell Gallery, Charleston, SC
    2013 Material Matters, 10 Storehouse Row Gallery, Charleston, SC
    2012 *Merge/Emerge, The Real Estate Studio, Charleston, SC
    2012 *For Dear Life, Mitchell Gallery, Charleston, SC
    2012 Static in the Snow, Mitchell Gallery, Charleston, SC
    2011 *Nice Work, Jericho Gallery, Charleston, SC
    2011 *Anchors, Costa + Williams, Charleston, SC
    2011 *Reunion, Flagship Gallery, Charleston, SC
    2011 FRESH, Stems, Charleston, SC
    2011 Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
    2008 *Reveal/Recover, Spark Gallery & Studios, Charleston, SC
    2008 *Come Down/Open Up, Clementine’s, Harrisonburg, VA
    2007 *Poverty Creek: Trail Series, Art at Gillies, Blacksburg, VA
    2007 *New Work, The Gallery at Mish Mish, Blacksburg, VA
    2007 *New Works on Paper, Bollos Gallery, Blacksburg, VA

    Fellowships / Residencies / Awards
    2018 Residency at 100W Corsicana, Corsicana, TX (June)
    2017 Semi-finalist, Trawick Art Prize
    2017 Residency at 100W Corsicana, Corsicana, TX
    2014 Professional Fellowship Award in Painting, VMFA, Richmond, VA
    2014 Residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
    2013 Residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
    2005 VA Invitational Graduate Art Students Forum, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

    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

    Sarah 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.

  • 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.

  • Press and Publications

    2018 Friend of the Artist, Issue 5,
    2016 Figure 50, Interview conducted by Kim Rae Taylor, June,
    2015 Fresh Paint Magazine, International Issue #10, curated by Danielle Kyrsa,
    2015 Mist Gallery, ‘Interview with Sarah Boyts Yoder’,, March 16.
    2014 Benedict, Sally King, “Twelve Southern Artists to Buy Now”, Southern Living Magazine, April, 8, 2014,
    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,” Charleston City Paper, December 16.
    2013 Guevara, Camella/Dalili, Dahlia, “Artist on View: Sarah Boyts Yoder,” September, 23.
    2012 Krysa, Danielle, “I’m Jealous of Sarah Boyts Yoder,” July, 13, 2012,
    2012 Upcyclista, – original artwork for logo Singleton, Kate, Buy Some Damn Art,
    2012 Huggins, Staci, ArtMag (Charleston, SC), October, 10.
    2011 Studio Visit Magazine, The Open Studios Press, Volume 13, Spring Edition
    2011 Jackson Curran, Erica “Sarah Boyts Yoder Brings a Childlike Joy to Abstract Painting,” Charleston City Paper, October, 5.
    2009 Coastal Living Magazine, October, Volume 13, Issue 8
    2007 Skirt Magazine, November Issue, Charleston, SC

    ‘Overture’ Pleat Gallery, October 2017

    Sarah Boyts Yoder Sees The Impermanence of Paper and Embraces It

    Connecting Charlottesville and Ohio: A Conversation with Sarah Boyts Yoder

    Fresh Contemporary

    Nashville Scene Review of ‘At Home’ at Zeitgeist Gallery
    There’s a lot to look at, and a common thread of chromatic abstraction runs through most of the work, and makes Sarah Boyts Yoder’s offerings stand out. At Home is a solid show, but Yoder is the crazy diamond shining at its center.

    Interview with Kim Rae Taylor for Figure50

    Fresh Paint Magazine, International Issue #10

    The Daily South – ’12 Southern Artists to Buy Now’

    Just Plane Rotten – Mist Gallery

    Mist Gallery – Interview with Sarah Boyts Yoder

    Studio Visit Magazine – Volume 13

    Little Paper Planes

    Amber Interior Design: Artist Spotlight + Sarah Boyts Yoder

    In Frame: Interview with Simply Framed

    The English Room – Artist Spotlight

    Buy Some Damn Art

    The Jealous Curator – “I’m Jealous of Sarah Boyts Yoder”

    Art Mag Charleston – Visual Arts Profile

    Charleston City Paper – “Sarah Boyts Yoder Brings a Childlike Joy to Abstract Painting”

    Charleston City Paper – “Strong Symbols”

    Gem Sounds – “Artist on View: Sarah Boyts Yoder”

    Upcyclista – “Sarah Boyts Yoder for Upcyclista”

    Pigment, Charlottesville, VA – Featured Maker

    Honfleur Gallery, 2014 | “Primary Urges” Brad Fesmire, Vanessa Irzyk & Sarah Boyts Yoder Curated by Piper Grosswendt