Sara V. Cole, ‘Overgrowth 30’, 2015, Elisa Contemporary

Sara V. Cole currently lives and works in San Jose, CA. She is a nationally represented, internationally exhibited author, teacher and fine art painter. Cole has participated in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Bi-annual Auction and several New York Art Fairs and has placed work in the permanent collections of Hilton Hotels, the Microsoft Collection, Stanford University, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta, Iberia Bank in Louisiana, and De Anza College in Cupertino.

Cole has an extensive list of exhibition history including New York City's Asian Cultural Center Gallery, group exhibitions from Seattle, Washington to Metz, France. Cole is in the private collections of many patrons including that of Actress Sela Ward. As a lifetime proponent of social action and community service, Cole has donated works and volunteered with several non-profit organizations' fund raising auctions for nearly two decades.

Cole earned her BFA in ceramic sculpture and installation/performance art with a minor in art history in 2002. In 2006, she completed her MFA in painting and drawing. In 2007 she studied graduate level Non-Western Contemporary Art History, all at San Jose State University in San Jose, California.

1974: born in Framingham, Massachusetts
Lives & works in San Jose, California

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS & INSTALLATIONS
2013 Auspicious/recent paintings, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2010 Sara Cole, ArtObject Gallery, San Jose, CA
New beginnings, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2009 Ecology, The Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, CA
2008 Underneath, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2007 Dislocations, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2006 dirshinsear::diroschliochtoch, MFA Thesis Exhibition, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
1999-2003
Solo & Collaborative site-specific art installations & performance, various locations San Jose, CA
7 Levels/7 Generations/7 Women, 2003
Beautiful, 2003
Tell Me What You Know About Sex/1 in 12, 2002
Endure, 2001
Memento Mori, 2001
Death Row, 2000
Regrets, 1999
Force Fed/My Crotch is Your Armpit, 1999
Buried/Fuck You I Won’t Do What You Tell Me, 1999

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS/FAIRS/BENEFIT AUCTIONS
2017 Rising Up, Rooted Down, Elisa Contemporary Art, New York
womanKIND 2: ELEMENTAL, The Citadel Gallery, COLE/DREWS WATKINS in support of
YWCA Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA
2016 womanKIND: An Exhibition Uniting Women, Creativity & Community, The Citadel Gallery,
COLE/DREWS WATKINS in support of YWCA Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA
F*UCK U In The Most Loving Way, ARC Gallery, Gutfreund/Cornett Art & Northern California Women's Caucus for Art, San Francisco, CA
WORKS San Jose Benefit Auction, WORKS gallery, San Jose CA
Down The Rabbit Hole: Art Party, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose CA
Visions: An Artist’s Perspective, Kallied Gallery, Gutfreund/Cornett Art & UniteWomen.org,
San Jose CA
Art on Paper New York, Amory Show, K. Imperial Gallery, New York City NY
2015 WORKS San Jose Benefit Auction, WORKS gallery, San Jose CA
Cyclone! Inaugural Event & Exhibition, Cyclone Arts Center, Santa Clara CA
Don't Draw That! WORKS gallery, San Jose CA
Over the Top, WORKS gallery, San Jose CA
2014 WORKS San Jose Benefit Auction, WORKS gallery, San Jose CA
Annual 7 Small Works Exhibition, Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta GA
Sacred Heart Community Service Benefit, Alameda Artworks, San Jose CA
Ecology Installation, Iron Door Gallery, INScape Arts, Seattle WA
SCLERO365 Benefit, Naglee Park Studios, San Jose CA
Art of the Party Benefit to Honor Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, Sturge Weber Foundation, Denver CO
Featured Artists, INScape Arts, Seattle WA

2013 Chairs, Kenneth Brown Design and Ann Conelley Fine Art benefit for City Year, Baton Rouge LA
Through the Window, Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta GA
Human Rights Campaign Benefit Event, Seattle WA
Introductions, Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Local Flair, BiLinear Art Group, Seattle Design Center, Seattle WA
2012 Featured Artists, INScape Arts, Seattle WA
Winter Works, BiLinear Art Group, Seattle Design Center, Seattle WA
2011 Small Works, Costello Childs Contemporary Fine Art, Scottsdale AZ
2010 Red Dot Art Fair Los Angeles, Bryant Street Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Re-Purposed, Emily Amy Gallery, Atlanta GA
THREE, ArtObject Gallery, San Jose CA
Summer Extravaganza, Jules Place, Boston MA
2009 Annual Artist Closet, ArtObject Gallery, San Jose CA
beginnings, Jules Place, Boston MA
SWAN Day Benefit Exhibition, Alameda Artworks Gallery, San Jose CA
Holiday!, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Beverley Hills CA
2008 Biennial Invitational Auction, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA
Monterey House 2008, Sunset Magazine & Joseph Hittinger Designs, Monterey CA
100/100 Benefit Exhibition, BackWater Arts Gallery, San Jose CA
Two Worlds, Atelier Deux Mondes, group show, Metz, France
Monotype Marathon XIII, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA
If These Walls Could Talk, Reaves Gallery, San Francisco CA
Red Dot Fair New York, Bryant Street Gallery, New York City NY
2007 Essence of Asia: Eastern Influence in Western Art, Asian Fusion Gallery of the Asian Cultural
Center, New York City NY
Affordable Art Fair New York, Bryant Street Gallery, New York City NY
Arts of Silicon Valley, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara CA
27th Annual Fall Auction, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA
Monotype Marathon XII, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA
2006 2006 SJSU Recent Graduates, ArtArk Gallery, San Jose CA
Fall Community at the Citadel, Citadel Gallery, San Jose CA
26th Annual Fall Auction, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA
Monotype Marathon XI, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA
Lift Off! 2006 San Jose State University MFA Group Show, San Jose Institute of Contemporary
Art, San Jose CA
Flux, WORKS Gallery, San Jose CA
2005 Fresh Strokes, Heritage Bank, San Jose CA
WORKS Annual Auction, WORKS Gallery, San Jose CA
paper cuts (again): Bay Area MFA on Paper, Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo CA
25th Annual Fall Auction, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA
Monotype Marathon X, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA
Advancement to Candidacy, San Jose State University, San Jose CA
2004 24th Annual Fall Auction, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA
American Values, Gallery 3, San Jose State University, San Jose CA
Advanced Drawing, Gallery 3, San Jose State University, San Jos CA
Drawing from Six Painters, Gallery 3, San Jose State University, San Jose CA
2003 Peninsula Preview Exhibition, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, The Presidio of San
Francisco, San Francisco CA

1998 Introductions, The Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara CA
Annual Invitational Exhibition, Euphrat Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino CA

AWARDS
Member – Mensa International

2007 2nd Place in Best of Show, Essence of Asia: eastern influence in western art, Asian Fusion
Gallery of the Asian Cultural Center, New York City, NY.
2004 Graduate Scholarship, San Jose State University Department of Art & Design
2002 Magna Cum Laude, BFA in Spatial Arts, minor in Art History, San Jose State University
Sherwood Art Award of Merit, San Jose State University Department of Art & Design

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Microsoft Corporation/Seattle
Stanford University/Palo Alto
Iberia Bank/Baton Rouge
Hilton Hotel/Orlando
De Anza College/Cupertino
Ritz Carlton/Laguna Niguel
The Grand Hyatt/Atlanta
MGM Grand/Las Vegas
Sela Ward/Actress
Lisa Chadwick/Dolby Chadwick Gallery
Julie Mussafer/Jules Place
Ann Connelly/Ann Connelly Fine Art
Anne Marie Haynes/One Kings Lane

EDUCATION
San Jose State University
Graduate Studies in Contemporary Non-Western Art History, 2006-2008
MFA in Pictorial Arts, 2006
BFA in Spatial Arts, minor in Multicultural Art History, Cum Laude, 2002
De Anza College
Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing, 2016

About Sara V. Cole