I make work about subcultures, outsiders, and the informal configurations of community. Primarily I work with paint, but I have been animating my paintings and collages for the past ten years. With these mediums, I enjoy telling the story of a person or place.
Raised in Kirkwood, Missouri, Sarah Paulsen is an artist, filmmaker and community organizer
whose artwork has been exhibited widely in local and national exhibitions, and whose prize-winning films have been featured in the St. Louis International Film Festival, the True/False Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival, the Motivate Film Festival and the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, among many others. She was a 2018 Great Rivers Biennial Winner culminating in an exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. A 2010 C.A.T. Institute fellow and 2015 Regional Arts Commission Artist Fellow, she has garnered numerous awards for her work and also completed several residencies – including the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris. A dedicated advocate for social change, a key aspect of Paulsen’s practice has always involved the orchestration of large-scale community projects, such as participatory public murals, thematic round-table discussions and the now-annual People’s Joy Parade on Cherokee Street, currently in its ninth year. Paulsen holds a B.A. in visual art from the University of Missouri, Columbia and an M.F.A. from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art at Washington University. She lives and works in St. Louis, where she teaches art and animation at the Contemporary Art Museum, Marian Middle School and UMSL.
Washington University, St. Louis, MO. M.F.A. 2007.
University of Missouri-Columbia, MO. B.F.A. Painting, 2000.
Great Rivers Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis.
Aggregate Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Intersect Arts, St. Louis, MO.
White Ghosts, Kranzberg Arts Center, St. Louis, MO.
Past times, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL.
Playing Innocent, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities at Brown University, Providence, RI.
Exposure Ten Year, Gallery 210, UMSL.
Equality Matters, William Woods University, MO.
American Dilemna, GCADD, Granite City, IL.
Faculty Invitational, St. Charles Community College, MO.
Feminist Film Festival, Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL.
Central Library Experimental Cinema Series, St. Louis Public Library, MO.
SLU Faculty Invitational, McNamee Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
RAC Artist Fellowship.
Moviate Film Festival, Harrisburg, PA.
Black Maria Film Festival, New Jersey City University, NJ. First Prize.
Blue Sky Animation Festival, Wooster, OH.
Elegy to Connie, Fort Gondo, St. Louis, MO.
St. Louis Creates, St. Louis University, MO.
St. Louis International Film Festival, MO.
St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase, MO. Best Director-Documentary.
Audible Interruptions, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO.
Mid America Arts Alliance, Individual Artist Grant.
RAC, Artist Support Grant.
Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris. Residency.
Where Have you Been, Where are you Going? Yellow Bear, St. Louis, MO.
Intersecting Narratives, Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Over the Edge, Art St. Louis, MO.
Video Night, The Factory and The Sheldon, St. Louis, MO.
Sarah Paulsen, Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff, MO.
Dia de Los Muertos, Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, AK.
Critical Mass Stimulus Grant Show, RAC, St. Louis, MO.
Off the Wall in Utter Pandemonium as We Tape on It, University of Kentucky- Lexington. Residency.
No New Tale to Tell, Morehead State, KY.
Ann Metzger Invitational, St. Louis Artist’s Guild, MO.
Multimedia Invitational, St. Charles Community College, MO.
Pecha Kucha, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO.
Humanilliation, BS Gallery, Iowa City, IA.
Brica-leuring, Fort Gondo, St. Louis, MO.
Built, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO.
Shrine, The Foundry, St. Charles, MO.
Constellate, Fort Gondo, St. Louis, MO.
Ants are Coming to Town, Drive-By, St. Louis, MO.
Art and Politics, Hub-Bub, Spartanburg, SC.
Field Drawings from an Expedition, Dzine, St. Louis, MO.
Lonely Mermaid, Open Lot, St. Louis, MO.
Exposure 10, Gallery 210, St. Louis, MO.
Fast Times at White Flag, White Flag Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Kemper Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO.
Parabola, Baseline Gallery, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis International Film Festival, MO.
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Facets, Chicago, IL.
International Installation of Video Art, The Foundry, St. Charles, MO.
St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase, The Tivoli, St. Louis, MO.
Off Course, Baseline Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Antique Row Film Show, Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO.
1st year MFA Candidate Show, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Lost in the System, Ragtag Cinema Theatre Café, Columbia, MO.
Documenting St. Louis, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
What’s Up Docs, and Ephemeral Landscape (for Rick Prelinger), T/ F Film Festival, Columbia, MO.
Artist and Community, The Craft Studio, Columbia, MO.
Venus Envy, In/Form Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Lost and Found, Sunflour Café, St. Louis, MO.
Wanderlust, The Craft Studio, Columbia, MO.
Women of the Arts, The Craft Studio, Columbia, MO.