Largely influenced by her rural upbringing in upstate New York, Sara Pruiksma continues to be inspired by her immediate surroundings. Pruiksma lives along the Hudson River, in a late 1800’s Italianate style fixer-upper, with her husband and beloved pets. As a gardener and wildlife enthusiast, her time spent outdoors undeniably influences her work through the study of color, form and movement.
Pruiksma is a mixed media artist, primarily working with water-based media, most often gouache or acrylics. She has previously worked in oils and with textiles, creating what she called “soft sculptures”. Her works have been widely collected in the region since 2005, and remain in many private collections.
Currently Pruiksma works as a Design Assistant at May + Watkins Design, and as the Curatorial Assistant at the Albany International Airport. Her work at May + Watkins Design allows her to assist in the creation of large-scale public art commissions, interpretative exhibits and fantastical play structures across the United States. In her Curatorial Assistant position, for the Art & Culture Program, she implements a wide array of projects, including gallery exhibitions and site-specific installations throughout the terminal. Sara also teaches at The Art School of Columbia County in Ghent, NY.
In 2009, Pruiksma founded Davey Jones Gallery in downtown Albany, which grew to be one of the most prominent, independent small galleries in the area by 2011. During that time, Pruiksma curated fifteen exhibitions, including A Walk Into the Huyck Preserve; Our Lasting Impressions, which featured thirteen artists from six, east coast states.
Pruiksma received her MFA from the State University of New York and graduated with her BFA from Alfred University School of Art and Design, after receiving her Associates degree from Columbia-Greene Community College.