Sara Farrell Okamura


Nobody Steals the Sky examines the modern apartheid practice of constructing walls
intended to segregate people based on nationality, religion and/or class and the pernicious erosion of human rights these barricades facilitate.
This heinous practice has flourished as a military strategy in the last hundred years. The paintings evolved from the ordinary view of people who suddenly find their everyday lives violated by these fortifications of discrimination.


1985-86 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Fifth Year Traveling Scholars Program
1981-85 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2011 University of Texas/Austin, New Prints/2010 Autumn, Austin, TX
2010 International Print Center, New Prints/2010 Autumn, New York, NY
2009 Rise & Fall, exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, New York, NY, Miami, FL, Washington D.C., Boston, MA, Los Angeles, CA, Providence RI, Las Vegas, NV
2007 Elmhurst Art Museum, New Acquisitions, Elmhurst, IL
2006 Brown University, Solo Exhibition, Providence, RI
2005 HD Gallery, Solo Exhibition, New York, NY
2002 Danforth Museum, “Making a Mark”, Drawing Exhibition curated by Helen Schlein, Framingham, MA
2001 Bernard Toale Gallery, “Boston Drawing Project Exhibition”, Boston, MA
The Albany Center Gallery, Solo Exhibition, “Bluebeard’s Castle”, Seven Installations, Albany, NY
1999 Harmanus Bleecker Library Building, “Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region”, Juror’s Award, Albany, NY. Sponsored by Albany Institute of History and Art, Schenectady Museum, University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of NY. Juror: Mike Glier
The Albany Center Galleries, “1999 Contemporary Drawing Exhibition”, First Prize, Albany, NY. Juror: Jene Highstein
1998 P.S. 122 Gallery, “Group Exhibition”, New York, NY
1997 Berkshire Museum, “Berkshire Art Association, 1997 Exhibition of Works on Paper”, Pittsfield, MA. Curator: Jerry Saltz
RAW (Real Art Ways) “No England/No Amsterdam II”, Hartford, CT Curator: Kenny Schachter
1993 Rockford Art Museum, “Emerging Chicago Abstraction”, Rockford, IL
1992 World Tattoo Gallery, “Art Against Aids Auction”, Benefit to Weiss Memorial Hospital’s Immune Disorders Unit. Chicago, IL
Jamison/Thomas Gallery, “The Cross”, Group Exhibition, Portland, OR Prospectus Gallery, “Diarios Visuales, Jesus Acuna & Sara Farrell”, Chicago, IL
1991 Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Northwestern University, Group Exhibition, Evanston, IL
1 Illinois Center, “Metropolitan Structures”, Solo Exhibition, Chicago, IL. Curator: Dennis Adrian 1935 Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Chicago, IL
1990 Centro de Difusion Cultural I.P.B.A., “3 Pintores Contemporaneos de Norteamerica”, San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., Mexico
1935 Gallery, “Work in Pilsen, Bird, Farrell, Keller”, Chicago, IL
1989 Illinois State Center, “Governor’s Award Auction”, Chicago, IL
Partners Gallery, “Chicago Artists Exhibition”, Bethesda, MD
1935 Gallery, “New Work”, Solo Exhibition, Chicago, IL
Partners Gallery, “Summer Group Show”, Bethesda, MD
1935 Gallery, “Constructive Anxiety”, Group Show, Chicago, IL
1988 ARC Gallery, “ARC Birthday Invitational Show”, Chicago, IL
1935 Gallery, “Group Show”, Chicago, IL
1987 Maris Gallery, “16th Annual Competitive Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture”, Westfield State College, Westfield, MA. Juror: Michael Beauchamin; Director, Zoe Gallery, Boston, MA
1986 Alpha Gallery, “New Talent”, Boston, MA
Boston Center for the Arts, “Fifth Year Traveling Scholars Show”, Boston, MA
1985 Berkshire Museum, “Berkshire Art Association, Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture”, Pittsfield, MA. Juror: Kathy Halbreich
One Bullfinch Place, “Boston Arts Festival”, Boston, MA Jurors: Lisa Lieberman, Katherine Porter, Mark Rosenthal, Allan Stone
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, “Dana Pond Painting Competition”, Boston, MA. Juror: Pat Hearn
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, “Boit Competition”, Boston, MA. Juror: Cliff Ackley
1999 A.R.T. Fund, Sponsored by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, INC. Great Barrington, MA
1988/89 Illinois Arts Council, Fellowship Recipient, Chicago, IL

Elmhurst Art Museum, Permanent Collection, Elmhurst, IL
Rockford Art Museum, Permanent Collection, Rockford, IL
Fitchburg Museum of Art, Contemporary Collection, Fitchburg, MA
Henry J. DuLaurence III, Hingham, MA
Asahi Shizai Co., Tokyo, Japan
Kyoei Kanko Co., Tokyo, Japan
Mark & Marilyn Taff, Potomac, MD
Michael & Shirley Madigan, Springfield, IL
Harold & Barbara Klawans, Munster, IN
Danette & Jack Weichman, Munster, IN
James Young, Chicago, IL
Richard Behr, Rockford, IL
H. Stonecipher, Rockford, IL

Bernard Toale Gallery, Drawing Project, Boston, MA
The Drawing Center, Viewing Program, 1997-2000, 2003-2005, New York, NY
Artist Space, New York, NY
Art in the Embassy, Washington, D.C.

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