Education

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

2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Alfred University School of Art and Design, Alfred NY (Member Phi Kappa Phi)

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

Solo and two person exhibitions

2018 

Place, Wallace Gallery, Art Center of the Capital Region, Troy NY 

Home, Art School of Columbia County, Ghent, NY


2017 Woods ll Words, Art School of Columbia County, Ghent NY


2015

Thought Voyage, Cary House Gallery, Salem Art Works, Salem NY

Gather.Bunch.Pile., 105 Railroad Fine Arts, Middleburgh NY

The World As We See It, The World As We Imagine It, Clement Frame Shop and Art Gallery, Troy NY 


2014

Soft Undertones, 105 Railroad Fine Art, Middleburgh NY

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


2012 Flight and Fancy, Fulton Street Gallery, Troy NY


2008 Persona & the Innate Self, Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson NY

Group Exhibitions

2018

Built, Historic Albany Foundation at the NYS Museum, Albany NY

Teaching/Taught, Art School of Columbia County, Ghent NY

Landmark, (poem: A Note To Those Sighted, By A Loving Daughter) Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany NY

Student/Faculty/Member Exhibit, Art School of Columbia County, Ghent NY

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

6x6x2018, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester NY


2017 Fresh, Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill NY


2016 Bloom, Concourse A Gallery, Albany International Airport, Albany NY


2015 

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

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


2014 

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

Nightfall, Albany Barn, Albany 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

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

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

Loose/Tight, Davey Jones 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 

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

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

Spring Forward, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY

Juried Student Exhibition, Wellsville Creative Arts Center, Wellsville NY


2006 

Random Harvest, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY

Collectively Speaking, Alfred University, Alfred NY


2004 Members Exhibition, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY


2003 Members Exhibition, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens N

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


Curatorial Projects

2018 New School, co-curated with Niva Dorell, Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill NY


2015 12th Annual Second Street Show, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY


2014 11th Annual Second Street Show, Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY


2013 

That Way (August) Athens Cultural Center, Athens NY

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

          

2012 

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

Collectors’ Pride (April) Athens Cultural Arts Center, Athens NY


2011 

All Things Magnificent (April) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

A Walk Into the Huyck Preserve: Our Lasting Impressions (February) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY


2010 

The Strange, The Surreal And The Sentimental (December) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society Benefit (November) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

Nature. Glamour. (October) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

Fantastically Feminine (September) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

Shutter (July) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

Loose/Tight (June) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

Smudge (May) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

Fresh (April) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

LAND (February) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

Inside and Out (January) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY 


2009 

In Color (November) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

A Collection of Classics (October) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany NY

Ethereal Space (September) Davey Jones Gallery, Albany 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. 

Selected Awards and Honors

2017 Jurror, WAAM, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY

2015 People's Choice Award, HOCA, Catskill NY

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

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

2014 Visiting Artist, Gardner Dickinson Free School, Wynantskill NY

2010- 2009 Best of SUNY ASES, Albany NY

2008- 2007 Best of SUNY ASES, Albany NY

2007  Best in Show, Wellsville Creative Arts Center, Wellsville NY

Articles and Press

2018 Zuaro, Kara, "Hudson Valley Artist Sara Pruiksma is Livin' the Dream" brooklyndoublewide.com. web. 4 October


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.


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