SARA L. PRESS   Photographer & Fine Artist



M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute, Photography and Printmaking 2006

B.A., magna cum laude, Department of Comparative Religion, Columbia University, NY 1997



Sustainable Arts Foundation, Visual Arts Award, Fall 2012

Anne Bremer Memorial Library 22nd annual Artists’ Book Prize, 2005

Departmental Honors, Columbia University, 1997

Taraknath Das Foundation Prize for Excellence in Asian Studies, 1997



Amherst College, Frost Library Archives and Special Collections, Amherst, MA

Baylor University, Moody Memorial Library, Special Collections, Waco, TX

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Library. Boston, MA

Bibliotheca Librorum apud Artificem, Sidney, Australia

Colorado College, Tutt Special Collections, Colorado Springs, CO

Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New York, NY

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran Library, Artists’ Book Collection, Washington, D.C.

Emory University, Woodruff Library, Special Collections, Atlanta, GA

Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Kohler Art Library, Madison, WI

Library of Congress, Rare Books and Special Collections Division, Washinton D.C.

Louisiana State University, Special Collections, Baton Rouge, LA

National Museum of Animals and Society, Los Angeles, CA

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.

New York Public Library 42nd Street, The Spencer Collection, New York, NY

New York University, Fales Library and Special Collections, New York, NY

Oberlin College, Art Library, Special Collections, Oberlin, OH

Rhode Island School of Design, Fleet Library, Special Collections, Providence, RI

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Research Library, San Francisco, CA

Santa Clara University, Archives and Special Collections

Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA

Scripps College, Denison Library, Rare Book Room, Claremont, CA

Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, Northampton, MA

Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library, Washington, D.C.

Stanford University Libraries, Special Collections, Stanford, CA

Trinity College, Watkinson Library, Special Collections, Hartford, CT

University of Colorado, Special Collections. Boulder, CO

University of Denver, Penrose Library, Rare Book Room, Denver, CO                       

University of North Carolina, Jackson Library, Special Collections, Greensboro, NC

University of South Carolina, Cooper Library, Special Collections, Columbia, SC                        

University of Virginia, Shirley and Albert Smalls Special Collections, Charlottesville, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University, Special Collections and Archives, Richmond, VA

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN                                                                                   

Yale University Library, Art of the Book Collection, New Haven, CT                       



2012            Storied Books, Garage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009            A Grist of Bees, A Clutch of Snakes, Garage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA      

2008            The Pit and the Pendulum, Echo Curio, Los Angeles, CA           

2006            Vernissage, San Francisco Art Institute MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA                        

2004            Kin, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003            City Of The Sun, Goga, Brooklyn, NY

2002            Walls Of Beasts, Art Fiend Foundation, Manhattan, NY

2001            Soulstice, Art Fiend Foundation, Manhattan, NY

         Fire In The Water: Soul First, Spa, Manhattan, NY

1999    Anima Mundi, Installation at Life, Manhattan, NY                                                           

1998            The Sensitive And Vegetable Souls, Downtown Arts Festival, Manhattan, NY

1997    Humankind: Photographs by Sara Press, at SATV Gallery, Salem, MA

1996      Les Bleu Des Fonds, La Maison Francaise of Columbia University, Manhattan, NY



2016    What is, Was, Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA

            The Art of the Book, Center for the Arts, Sebastopol CA

2015    Artists Books from the Baylor Book Arts Collection, Crouch Fine Arts Library, Waco, TX

           The Artist’s Book Showcase, a digital exhibition curated by MARBL, Emory University

2013    CONTEXT Miami, with the Seager Gray Gallery, Miami, FL

            Good Eye Open, Good Eye Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            Narrative Threads, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO

            Crossbreeds: Hybrids of Book Art and Science, James Branch Cabell Library, Richmond, VA

2012     The Art of the Book: 7th Annual Exhibition, at Seager Gray Gallery, San Rafael, CA

            Third Annual Artist Book Show, at Illahe Gallery, Ashland, OR

2011     Selected Artists’ Books from the Corcoran Library, the Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.

            The Art of the Book: 6th Annual Exhibition, at Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA

2008    Group Show II, Garage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006    Photo Books Now, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA

            The Art of the Book: Treasures from the Bay Area, CFA Gallery, San Anselmo, CA

            Expectation, Ma Tante Sumi, San Francisco, CA

2005    Summertime, Robin Rice Gallery, Manhattan, NY

            Persona, Madrone, San Francisco, CA          

            Exhibition: Unique Artist Books, Arion Press, San Francisco       

            Artist’s Books: The Book as a Medium, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004    New Nature(s): Bioengineering Art, Swissnex Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Gene Carnival, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003    Urbanites, Stackhouse Gallery, Manhattan, NY

2001     Sol Fecit, The Cave, Brooklyn, NY

1999     Ceremonial Landscapes, Abrons Arts Center, Manhattan, NY

             Creative Time In The Anchorage: Exposing Meaning In Fashion Through Presentation, Brooklyn Anchorage, NY

1998       All Women Photography Show, Alleged Gallery, Manhattan. NY

             Somakatoligon, Federal Reserve Bank Gallery, with the Boston Visionary Cell, Boston, MA

             First Annual American Avant-Guardian Collection, curated by Surface Magazine, national touring exhibit



Commercial Clients:  Aveda, Atlantic Records, Bloomingdales, Bruce, Compass Bank, Composer’s Recordings Inc., County of Sonoma, Drag City, Game Records, MARGINS, Moon Canyon Design, New York Fashion International, Phoenix Media Capital, Pilates Collective, Q Records/ QVC, Run Collections, ShopKeep, Sightlife, Vosges Chocolates 

Editorial Clients:  Antenna, ATA World, Avalon Publishing, Chicago Magazine, Choral Director, Details, Dime, Dune, Dutch, Elle, Elemental, Elegance (Netherlands), FAT, Feed, Fiend, Financial Times FD Persoonlijk Magazine (Netherlands), 5Boroughs, Geo, Heeb, HR Magazine, Jane, Mass Appeal, MMR, Neurology Now, New Beginnings, New York Times Sunday Style, Notre Dame University, Paper Mag, Planet, Poz, Shutterbug, Signal to Noise, Sound Collector, Studio Voice, *Surface, Thunder’s Mouth Press, Top, The Wire, XXL, Zeek



American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)



Garage Gallery, Los Angeles/Chicago

Good Eye Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

Vamp & Tramp, Birmingham, AL