Education

2011 Master of Fine Arts, State University of New York, Albany NY

2008 Certified Boces Fine Arts Instructor

2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Alfred University School of Art and Design, Alfred NY

    Major Art and Design, Minor Art History, Member Phi Kappa Phi

2005 Associate of Arts, Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson NY

Selected Awards and Other Honors

2017 Jurror, Small Works exhibit, WAAM, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY

2014- 2013 Board of Directors, Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, Troy NY

4/23/2014 Visiting Artist, Gardner Dickinson Free School, Wynantskill NY

2014 -2012 Board of Directors, Athens Cultural Arts Center Inc., Athens NY

2011 Nominee for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in Painting

2010- 2009 Best of SUNY ASES, Albany NY

2011-2008 Diversity Teaching/Research Fellowship, University at Albany

2008- 2007 Best of SUNY ASES, Albany NY

2007 RGH Artists Oil Paints Scholarship, Alfred University

            Best in Show, Wellsville Creative Arts Center, Wellsville NY

2007-2005 Presidential Scholarship, Alfred University

2005 Evelyne J. & James P. West and Family Award, Columbia- Greene Community College

            First Place, Columbia- Greene Annual Diversity Contest

2003 Art Revival in Athens Award, Coxsackie- Athens

Exhibitions (*denotes solo exhibit)

2018

Home, (two person exhibition) Art School of Columbia County, Ghent NY - Forthcoming 

15th Annual Members Exhibition, Athens Cultural Center, Athens NY

6x6x2018, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester NY


2017 

Woods ll Words, (two person exhibition) Art School of Columbia County, Ghent NY

Fresh, Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill NY


2016 

Bloom, (four person exhibition) Concourse A Gallery, Albany International Airport, Albany NY


2015 

Thought Voyage, (two person exhibition) Cary House Gallery, Salem Art Works, Salem NY

Gather.Bunch.Pile. (two person exhibition) 105 Railroad Fine Arts, Middleburgh NY

*Sara Pruiksma at The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark, Albany NY

The Fence Show, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy NY

Organic Construction and the Interior Domain, Albany Public Library (Pine Hills Branch) Curator Jessica Cone, Albany NY

Linear Language: More is More, (invitational) Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill NY

12th Annual Second Street Show, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY

The World As We See It, The World As We Imagine It, (two person exhibition) Clement Frame Shop and Art Gallery, Troy NY

Take Shape, (four person exhibition) Albany Center Gallery, Albany NY


2014 

*The Botanic Studio, Troy NY

Athens Victorian Stroll, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY

Rider’s Mills Schoolhouse Art Show, Chatham, NY

Nightfall, Albany Barn, Albany NY

*Soft Undertones, 105 Railroad Fine Art, Middleburgh NY

Ad Infinitum, Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill NY

The Fence Show, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy NY

6x6x2014, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester NY

11th Annual Second Street Show, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY

*Whimsy Matter(s), Columbia-Greene Community College, Blue Hill Gallery Hudson NY

Encoding (Memory), (three person exhibition) Fulton Street Gallery, Troy NY

Deep Quiet, Grand Street Community Art’s, Albany NY

Playing with a Full Deck, Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill NY


2013 

+ One, Collar Works, Troy NY

Whimsicality, Albany Center Gallery, Curator Alana Akacki, Albany NY

Fence Show, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy NY

6x6x2013, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester NY

10th Annual Second Street Show, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY


2012 

Through The Decades, (Invitational) Albany Center Gallery at The State Room, Albany NY

Member Show, Fulton Street Gallery, Troy NY

Built, Historic Albany Foundation at the Cathedral of All Saints, Albany NY

9th Annual Second Street Show, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY

Flight and Fancy, (two person exhibition) Fulton Street Gallery, Troy NY

Fence Select Show, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy NY

6x6x2012, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester NY

Collectors’ Pride, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY


2011 

Studio Visit” Juror Ian Berry. Open Studio Press Vol.16, Boston, MA

Une Soirée de Monte Carlo, Albany Center Gallery at Taste, Albany NY

MFA Thesis Exhibition, University Art Museum at the State University of New York, Albany NY


2010 

Convergence NYC, Armory at 68 Lexington Avenue, New York City, NY

Best of SUNY ASES, NYS Museum, Albany NY

Elemental, The Marketplace Gallery, Albany NY

Silent Auction Fundraiser for the MHHS, Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

Loose/Tight, Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

Silent Auction Fundraiser for Tess’ Lark Tavern, The Marketplace Gallery, Albany NY


2009 

SUNY ASES, State University of New York, Albany, NY

Fence Select Show, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy NY

Ethereal Space, Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY


2008 

*Persona & the Innate Self, Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson NY

Best of SUNY ASES, NYS Museum, Albany NY

Spring Alive, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY

SUNY ASES, State University of New York, Albany NY


2007 

Thesis Exhibition, Alfred University School of Art & Design, Alfred NY

Athens Annual Street Festival, Athens NY

SUNY Faculty Senate Student Art Show, College of Optometry, Albany NY

Spring Forward, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY

Student Exhibition, Wellsville Creative Arts Center, Wellsville NY


2006 

Random Harvest, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY

Collectively Speaking, Alfred University, Alfred NY

SUNY Student Fall Exhibit, Alfred University, Albany NY


2005 

Alfred University Student Exhibition, Alfred NY


2004 

Alumni Show, Columbia-Greene Community College, Foundation Gallery, Hudson NY

Student Exhibition, Columbia-Greene Community College, Foundation Gallery, Hudson NY

Members Exhibition, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY


2003 

*Hermance Library, Coxsackie NY

Student Exhibition, Columbia-Greene Community College, Foundation Gallery, Hudson NY

The Flea Market, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Fulton Street Gallery, Troy NY

Members Exhibition, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY

Public Art

2018

In the Garden, Cat-N-Around Catskill, Heart of Catskill Association, Catskill NY

The Great Adorned Owl, What a Hoot, Coxsackie NY


2016

Feline in Florals, Cat-N-Around Catskill, Heart of Catskill Association, Catskill NY


2015

Sophie the Flower Princess, Cat-N-Around Catskill, Heart of Catskill Association, Catskill NY


Professional Experience

Present-2016 Curatorial Assistant, Albany International Airport Art & Culture Program, Albany NY

Present-2015 Fine Arts Instructor, Art School of Columbia County, Ghent NY

Present-2014 Design Assistant, May & Watkins Design, LLC. Brooklyn NY


2016 - 2015 Community Arts Grant Coordinator, Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill NY

2011-2010 Instructor of Record, Life Drawing, (3 semesters) State University of New York

2011- 2009 Director/Curator/Founder, Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

2009 Instructor of Record, Two-Dimensional Design, (2 semesters) State University of New York

2008 Assistant to David Carbone, Perceptual Painting, (1 semester) State University of New York

2008 Figure Drawing, Wellsville Creative Arts Center, Wellsville NY

2007 Cultural Center Coordinator & Development Associate, Athens Cultural Arts Center Inc. (Paid Internship)

Selected Articles and Press

2015 

Kosto, Kathryn, “Life and Growth: A conversation with ASCC faculty member Sara Pruiksma” ArtSchoolofColumbiaCounty.org. web. 3 February


2014 

Adams, Kyle. “Ad Infinitum Brings Art Off the Walls” The Daily Mail/Columbia-Greene Media. web. 13 July

Vazquez, Diana. “Interview with Sara Pruiksma” twobitsofartsky.blogspot.com. web. 22 April

Pruiksma, Sara. “Athens Cultural Center recently hosts 11th annual Members Exhibition.” The Daily Mail/Columbia-Greene Media. web. 17 April

Fritch, Meredith. “Sara Pruiksma” The Creation Station; The first stop for creative minds. creationstationmfritch.blogspot.com. web. 2 April

Alumni artist brings sense of whimsy to Columbia-Greene Community College” On The Scene. Columbia-Greene Media. Friday, February 28th- Thursday, March 6th.


2013 

Griffin, Amy. “On Exhibit: ‘Whimsicality’ Celebrates Quirky Art Work.” Times Union. Web. 29 July.

WSI Administration. “Whimsicality.” Wall Street International Magazine/Agenda Web. 10 July.

Adams, Kyle. “Athens Cultural Center Holds 10th Annual Members Exhibition.” The Daily Mail/ Hudson-Catskill Newspapers Web. 21 April.


2012 

Lekocevic, Melanie. “Local Talent is Highlight of Exhibition Series.” The Daily Mail/Hudson-Catskill Newspapers. Web. 8 November.

Smith, Lauren. “Spotlight Artist: Sara Pruiksma.” 1 OpCollective. Web. 12 July.


2011 

Naylor, Richard. (Director). “U Albany TV Masters Series: MFA 2011 Thesis Exhibition.” University at Albany TV video series; April.

News Center: MFA Thesis Exhibition Opens” U Albany, Web. n.d. April.


2010 

Ayers, Sara and Haymes, Greg. “Be Here Now: Albany First Friday.” Nippertown. Web. 4 June.


2009 

Ayers, Sara and Haymes, Greg. “Art Beat: Davey Jones Gallery.” Nippertown. Web. 30 September.

O’Brien, Tim. “Space is Shared Swimmingly.” Times Union, Capital Region, December 24-30.


2007 

Renner, Jean. “Showcase.” The Greenville Local, 18 January.

Renner, Jean. “Showcase.” The Greenville Local, 12 July