• Bio & other stuff

    Bio & other stuff

    Above: "Go West Young Woman," mixed media collage. 2016

    After years as a journalist at newspapers big and small (USA TODAY, Orlando Sentinel, Cincinnati Enquirer, to name a few), I began telling stories in a new way: via collage. I'm mostly self taught, and find my materials by cruising yard sales, flea markets, used book stores, thrift shops and back roads, and by diving into errant dumpsters. I badger friends, family, and even strangers for their discards. The older and grungier, the better.

    In short: I've no shame when it comes to paper, but I do when it comes to collage making. No photocopies. No computer images. No faux ephemera. Only the real thing. Painstakingly cut, pasted, and glued, layer by layer. Ready to tell a new story. - Sara Pearce

    Now showing
    Pieced Together: expression, memory + identity, YWCA Woman's Art Gallery, Cincinnati. Three-women exhibit. Through April 13, 2017. Review.

    Future exhibits
    Summerfair Select, Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati. April 8-23, 2017. Group exhibition of work by recent Summerfair AIA Grant recipients. Opening reception: 6-9 pm Saturday April 9, 2017.

    Projects
    Gallery 708, co-founder and curator of new downtown Cincinnati art gallery. Opened: Dec. 1, 2016.

    Harper Ever After: The Early Work of Charley and Edie Harper (Pomegranate Press, 2015). Info. Read a review of the book at Foreword Reviews.

    Hudson Valley Seed Library, seed packet design. One of 15 artists selected from a field of 400 to design one of the company's 2016 Art Packs. More about the Art Packs.

    The Carnegie 2015 Community Supported Art. An increasingly popular way for consumers to buy food directly from farms is by subscribing to Community Supported Agriculture programs. Embracing a similar model, The Carnegie launched an art version in 2014. I was one of the featured artists in 2015.

    Recent Exhibitions

    Remnants, solo exhibition of collages and 3D paper pieces exploring the role of women in the West during the late-19th century. Loveland Museum/Gallery, Loveland, Colorado. June-August 2016.

    10th Annual Summer Juried Show, Kennedy Heights Arts Center, Cincinnati. June-August 2016.

    Still Alive: contemporary artists investigate and re-interpret still-life, Middletown Arts Center, Middletown, OH. July-August 2016.

    Golden Ticket, annual juried exhibition, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati. Late summer 2015.

    Maps, juried group exhibit, Redtree Art Gallery, Cincinnati. Summer 2015.

    Texture: Fabric, Paper & Paint, Venue 222, Cincinnati. Winter 2015.

    Creep Show, Peep Show, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati. Fall 2014.

    Angels at St. John's, St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church, Cincinnati. Late fall 2014.

    Memento Mori, Remember Your Mortality, Venue 222, Cincinnati. November 2014.

    The Meanest of Them Sparkled, invitational group show commemorating 50th anniversary of writer Flannery O'Connor's death. Raymond-Thunder Sky Inc., Cincinnati. Summer 2014.

    Art Comes Alive, international juried exhibition. Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati. Summer 2014.

    Tripletta: a show of miniature work, traveling invitational group exhibition. Covington Arts. Spring 2014-present.

    SOS Art, annual group exhibition, Art Academy of Cincinnati. June 2014.

    Tales Told: Story in Art, juried exhibition, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati. March 2014.

    Co-curator: Storytelling: The Fine Art of Illustration, invitational exhibit featuring the work of children's book illustrators. Winter 2014. gallery One One, Cincinnati.

    Selected Past Exhibits

    50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement Invitational group exhibition, YWCA Greater Cincinnati Women's Art Gallery. Fall/Winter 2013.

    Woman's Art Club of Cincinnati's 120th Juried Exhibition. April 2013.

    RolePlay: new collages by Sara Pearce. Solo exhibition.1305 Gallery, Cincinnati. April 2013.

    Natur-alley: Observation, Representation, and Interpretation of Nature in Art. University of Cincinnati Clermont College. March 2013.

    Pulp Art Invitational group exhibition. The Carnegie, Covington, Ky. January-February 2013.

    Lost Horizon: Art About History Juried group exhibit. Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati. November-December 2012

    The Art of Food Invitational group exhibit. The Carnegie, Covington, Ky. March 2012.

    Expecting to Fly Solo exhibit. 5th Street Gallery, Cincinnati. March 2012.

    Cincinnati Dreams Italy Invitational group exhibit held in conjunction with Taft Museum of Art. Fall 2011

    Summer Exhibition Invitational group exhibit. Studio San Giuseppe, Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati. Summer. 2011

    The Grand Tour & Mad Women Solo exhibition. NVISION, Cincinnati. June 2011.

    Awards
    Honorable Mention, annual Golden Ticket Exhibition. Cincinnati.

    2014 AIA Grant from Summerfair Cincinnati Inc. The annual, juried award is given to four artists in Greater Cincinnati to help them take their work to the next level. Info

    Carnegie Award, Art Comes Alive 2014, Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati. Info

    Top 25 Artist, ArtWorks Cincinnati's 2014 Secret ArtWorks. Info