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Sara M. Zak
Sara M. Zak (American, 20th C.-) Western New York visual artist, painter, sculptor and community arts organizer primarily known for her oil paintings that feature investigations of the post-industrial urban environment. Sara has also created highly interactive installations for one-night extravaganzas such as Hallwalls’ Artists and Models and ELAB’s City of Night. In 2011, she founded the activist art initiative Painting for Preservation and continues to actively oversee the effort, organize exhibitions and events, and conduct media outreach. She is a NYFA MARK 2011 alumni and a gold-medal award winning member of the Buffalo Society of Artists. She currently serves on the board of the Buffalo Society of Artists. She has exhibited throughout WNY at such venues as Dana Tillou Fine Arts, Hallwalls, Big Orbit, and The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. Sara holds degrees in Painting, Art History, and Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She also teaches painting workshops throughout Buffalo and was recently named as a finalist for the Fall 2014 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award Winners.

“Her prevailing objective when painting is to utilize materials, brushwork, color and composition to reflect the imagery's content and purpose. To this end, she has explored the gambit of painting techniques and styles - from classical realism to pure abstraction.” -saatchiart.com.

Artist Statement:

“I create paintings that explore the shifting nature of time, place, concept, actuality, and paint. I juxtapose unrelated moments in time in my work, while also showing a dichotomy between a planned concept and an actual existence.”

Education: Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies (Fine Arts, English, and Education; magna cum laude), State University of New York College at Buffalo (2009). English 7-12 Teaching Certification; Art K-12 Teaching Certification (2002). Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting (2000, summa cum laude). Bachelor of Arts in Art History (2000, summa cum laude). Further studies included workshops of traditional oil painting techniques with Robert Liberace and Thomas Kegler and completed NYFA MARK professional development program for artists.

Teaching Experience:

2013-Present- Oil Painting and Drawing Workshops, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, NY. Oil Painting, Portrait Painting in Oil and Acrylic, Perspective Drawing.

2011-Present- Oil Painting Demonstrations, East Aurora Art Society, Alden Art Society West Seneca Art Society, Centennial Arts Center Inc, the Buffalo Niagara Art Association, and others.

2012- Building Stories Pecha Kucha, The Buffalo History Museum. Art + Activism, visiting lecturer for Graduate Museum Studies at Buffalo State College.

2011, 2004- PBS Teacher Line Instructor and Trainer. Teach online college credit bearing professional development courses; enhance online learning with additional web and hardcopy resources; conduct workshops to teach instructors on using PBS Teacherline. Monitor and score online discussion forum with weekly feedback; provide feedback and grades for final projects.

2009-Present- GED Transitions Teacher, Frontier Central School District. Provide instruction related to the NYS GED exam to high school students struggling with traditional education.

2004-2009- High School Digital Photography, Current Issues, and English Language Arts Teacher, Erie 1 BOCES, Southtowns Academy, Hamburg, NY. Faculty Advisor to yearbook committee.

1998-2000- Adult Drawing and Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (ages 7-12) Instructor, The Learning Tree Fine Arts Centre, West Seneca, NY.


Related Experience:

2011- Present- Founded the “Painting for Preservation”, an artists’ initiative designed to bring positive attention to distress properties and communities.

2012- Present Buffalo Society of Artists Board Member: Co-Chair Education, Co-Chair Fundraising.

2003-2004- Online Learning Writer, WNED, Buffalo, NY.

2000- Floating Administrative Assistant, Sotheby’s, New York, NY.


Solo, Two, and Three Person Exhibitions:

2015- January 9-31, Buffalo-A Work In Progress, an exhibit of small works by Sara M. Zak, Chris Hawley, and Carol Case Siracuse, Studio Hart, Buffalo, NY.

2014- Echoes of Suspended Motion, solo exhibit, Starlight Studio and Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

2013- A Crowd of Small Metamorphoses, invitational solo exhibit, 464 Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

2012- Joyce Hill, Elizabeth Leader, and Sara Zak: Selections from the Buffalo Society of Artists, Olean Public Library Visual Arts Program, Olean, NY.

2011- Early Sunday Morning: Beauty in Urban Decay, East Aurora Public Library, East Aurora, NY.

2010- Early Sunday Morning, Buffalo History Museum, Community Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

2009- M.S. Exhibit: Early Sunday Morning, Sp@ce224 Gallery, Buffalo, NY.


Selected Group Exhibitions (exhibits are in Buffalo, NY unless noted):

2015- May 30-July 18, exhibition, group show, “The Ridge: Benefit Exhibition for the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy” (CRC), which supports the restoration and preservation of the rich natural, recreational and historic resources of Chestnut Ridge Park, Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY.

2014- 20"x20"x20": A National Compact Competition and Exhibit, LSU Student Union Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA; Big Orbit Member Exhibit, Big Orbit; Buffalo Society of Artist Juried Spring Exhibition, Buffalo Arts Studio.

2013- ELAB’s City of Night, Vidi (on-site interactive installation at Silo City), The Technoluminst Eye, Meridian West Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Changing Atmosphere of Preservation, C.G. Jung Center; Big Orbit Exhibit, Big Orbit.

2012- Uncommon Threads, Studio Hart; Dreams, Dramas, Desires, Artsphere Gallery; Showoffs: Hallwalls Artists and Models, Re-Model Installation; Buffalo Society of Artists 116th Catalogue Exhibit (juried), NACC, Niagara Falls, NY; Finger Lakes Juried Plein Air Competition, Canandaigua, NY; The Artist Among Us, Burchfield Penney Gallery; MARK11/12, Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery, Rockerfeller Arts Center, Fredonia, NY; A Midwinter’s Draw, and A Midsummer’s Draw Hallwalls; Trinity, 464 Gallery; Exhibit and Sale, Dana Tillou Gallery.

2011- Paint the Town, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society; Art + Preservation, Statler Towers; City Strings and Lines, Carnegie Art Center, North Tonawanda, NY; Theme Brulee, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center; Landscape: Exploration and Expression, Market Street Art Center, Lockport, NY; College Street Gallery Monthly Exhibits, College Street Gallery; 19th Annual Regional Artists Juried Exhibition, Art Dialogue Gallery.

2010- Plein Air Juried Exhibition, Impact Artists Gallery; Faster Pussycat, Spill, Spill, Hallwalls.


Awards: 4th Place, Buffalo Society of Artists 117th Catalogue Exhibit; Juror’s Pick Award, Big Orbit Member’s Exhibit (2013); Gold Medal Winner, Buffalo Society of Artists 116th Catalogue Exhibit (2012); NYFA MARK 2011 (Juried artists’ professional development program); Nominated for Outstanding Masters Project at Buffalo State College (2009); Faculty of Arts and Humanities Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence at Buffalo State College (2000).

Memberships/Associations: Buffalo Society of Artists (currently serves on board), Buffalo, NY.

Collections: Permanent Collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, A “Crowd of Small Metamorphoses” 2013, oil on canvas, 36-1/4” x 36-1/4” x 1-1/2”, Gift of the Artist, Buffalo, NY.

Press/Publications: The Buffalo News, “Sara M. Zak’s paintings reflect Buffalo’s slow and steady progress”, by Colin Dabkowski, Dec. 26, 2013; Outdoor Painter, The Home of Plein Air Magazine (Web), “Can Art Save Buildings?”, Bob Behr, 9 Sept. 2013; Artvoice, “Member’s Show Big Orbit.”, by Jack Foran, v12n7, 20 Dec. 2013; Artvoice, “Artists and Models: Showoffs.”, by Jack Foran, v11n39; The Buffalo News, “Saving Works: Artists Draw Attention to Local Preservation.”, by Colin Dabkowski, June 22, 2012; The Buffalo News, “The Artist Among Us.”, by Colin Dabkowski, May 25, 2012; Western New York Heritage Press, “Creating a Legacy with Painting for Preservation.”, by Matthew Newton, Winter 2011; Artvoice, “Group Show at Carnegie”, by Jack Foran, v10n42.

Artist’s Website & Blog: sarazakart.com and Sara M. Zak Fine Art Blog.

(Sources: The artist’s personal website and Blogspot; saatchiart.com, brief biographical information and [1], “Sara M. Zak”; burchfieldpenney.org, “Artists” & “From the Collection”.)