Sarah Pater is a painter based in Philadelphia.  Her work blurs the aesthetics of boredom and attention with office-leisure-domestic design, daily experiences, and painting conventions.  Employing a diaristic process to mimic everyday perceptual experiences, Pater’s practice explores longing, vision, female experience, and time.  Her paintings are composites of observed and invented images, echoing the visual experience of life with omnipresent screens that compel simultaneous views and projections.  They serve as analogies for contemporary ways of looking and seeing, scaled for private devotion.  Her paintings have been included in recent solo and group exhibitions at Yi Gallery (New York); CHART (New York); Pablo’s Birthday (New York); Lighthouse Works (Fishers Island, NY); Helen J Gallery (Los Angeles); Peep Projects (Philadelphia); and Taymour Grahne Projects (London).  Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and Bat City Review, and she has been awarded residencies at the Lighthouse Works, the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency, the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, and the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust.  She received an M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and a B.F.A. from Boston University.


b. Wilmington, Delaware.
Lives and works in Philadelphia.



Rhode Island School of Design, M.F.A., Painting 


Boston University, B.F.A., Painting 

Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions


Here, Before and After MeXingze Li & Sarah Pater, Yi Gallery – Brooklyn


on the circular track of days, Lighthouse Works – Fishers Island


Everything might spill, Spite Haus – Philadelphia


Anyoffice, University of the Arts – Philadelphia


Nothing / Will Have Taken Place / but the Place, Sarah Pater and Lauren Comito (curated by Hilary Doyle & Reid Hitt), Projekt 722 – Brooklyn

Selected Group Exhibitions


Pablo’s Birthday at Untitled Art Fair — Miami

Bellyache (curated by Shona McAndrew), CHART – New York
Time (organized by Ryan Steadman), Pablo’s Birthday – New York


Books and Things (curated by Cameron Masters), Helen J Gallery – Los Angeles
Light Accumulation (curated by Ali Osborn), Pulp – Holyoke MA
Not Always What They Seem, Peep Projects – Philadelphia
Surface Tension (curated by Lauren Whearty), Ortega y Gasset – Brooklyn
Still Going (curated by 106 Green), Taymour Grahne Projects Notting Hill – London


Spring (organized by Kris Benedict), West Chester University – West Chester PA
Fitting out the outfitters, Accordion Studios – Providence


Unseen (curated by Akili Tommasino), Collar Works – Troy NY
Be. Long., Dutoit Gallery – Dayton OH
THERE IS NO BAND (organized by A.J. Rombach), Distillery Gallery – Boston


Double Meeting, Orgy Park – Brooklyn
A Few Conversations Between Women, Boston University – Boston
Made in Paint, Sam & Adele Golden Gallery – New Berlin NY 


106 Green Presents, Brennan & Griffin – New York
A Body Has No Center, Tiger Strikes Asteroid – Philadelphia
Brick Moon, FJORD – Philadelphia
Dirty Particles (curated by Ni Hao), 18th Street Arts Center – Santa Monica 


Sub-Scheme, Western Exhibitions – Chicago
RISD MFA Painting (essay), Kathryn Markel Fine Arts – New York
Fever Dream, RISD Museum – Providence 
RISD Graduate Thesis Show, Convention Center – Providence


UFO Hunters, Sol Koffler Gallery – Providence
Not Tight, Memorial Hall Gallery – Providence
The Rainbow Room, 111 Front Street – Brooklyn
New Talent, New York Design Center – New York


Pool Rules, Sarah Pater, Natessa Amin, & Sean Gerstley, FJORD – Philadelphia


In Celebration of the Barnes, CSA Gallery – Philadelphia 
Considering the Provisional, FJORD – Philadelphia 



Hyperallergic: Highlights from the RISD MFA Painting Exhibition in Chelsea


The Nicola Midnight St. Claire: Form Review - Pool Rules at FJORD


The Lighthouse Works Fellowship, Fishers Island, NY
Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency, Granville, NY
Soaring Gardens Residency, Ora Lerman Charitable Trust, Laceyville, PA
Lacawac Sanctuary & Biological Field Station Artist Residency, Lake Ariel, PA
The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Residency, New Berlin, NY

Curatorial Projects


Slow Burn, West Chester University – West Chester PA (curated with David Aipperspach)


Paper Chasers, Memorial Hall Gallery – Providence
(curated with Tony Bragg, Irmak Canevi, Andy Giannakakis, Suzy Gonzalez, Michael R. Leon, Jon Merritt, Fernando Pezzino, Whitney Oldenburg, & Katie Darby-Slater)


Ivory Tower, FJORD – Philadelphia (curated with Kaitlynd O'Doherty)

︎ Photos by Neighboring States.

Copyright Sarah Pater.