Sarah Atlee

Memory is like paper – every recollection creates a new fold that changes its structure forever. We fold our memories over and over, each time moving further from the original experience. I use the acts of drawing and painting to encode memory and emotion using the visual language of color, shape, and texture.

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Sarah Atlee is a paint-slinging, steak-chewing, kombucha-sipping, sushi-chomping, yoga-pantsing, sketchbook-doodling visual artist in Austin, Texas. Her pictures have been exhibited across the United States, including New York City, Santa Fe, Phoenix, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Dallas. She does not use an alarm clock.

Solo Exhibitions:

The Jennifer Rooms aka gallery, Oklahoma City, 2014 

Delish! Paintings of Food and Drink Broadway Wine Merchants, Oklahoma City, 2013 

Figure & Ground aka gallery, Oklahoma City, 2011 

Heavens to Betsy aka gallery, Oklahoma City, 2010 

Pluparfait Goodwin Law Firm, Oklahoma City, 2009 

Back to Normal: Normal, OK Revisited Oklahoma Heritage Association’s Gaylord-Pickens Museum, Oklahoma City, 


Idiolect: Personal Visual Vocabulary aka gallery, Oklahoma City, 2008 

Innovandi (adoratonis parati nupri ut eos adametis) aka gallery, Oklahoma City, 2007 

Surprise! Riney Fine Arts Center, Friends University, Wichita, Kansas, 2007 

Pictures Tell Stories Midwest City Library, Oklahoma City, 2006 

Sweet II MFA Thesis Exhibition, Bevier Gallery, Rochester, New York, 2005 Wallace Memorial Library Purchase 


Game Room A\V Space, Rochester, New York, 2005 

Sweet Deano’s Vino, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2003 

Since Then Artist’s Row Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana, 2002 

Actual Size BFA Honors Thesis Exhibition, University of New Mexico, 2001 

_____ day of my life ASA Gallery, University of New Mexico, 2000 

2 & 3 Person Exhibitions 

The Scenic Route With Romy Owens, Cerulean Gallery, Amarillo, Texas, 2015 

For Real With James Zamora, Ro2 Art, Dallas, Texas, 2015 

You’re Pretty With Holly Wilson and Micheal Jones, Leslie Powell Foundation Gallery, Lawton, Oklahoma, 2011 

Gruff & the P.I.P. List With Cassie Stover, 611 Creative, Oklahoma City, 2008 

Triple Deco With Paul Mays and Natalie Moore, Individual Artists of Oklahoma Project Room, Oklahoma City, 2007 

I knew I should’ve taken that left turn at Albuquerque III With Paho Mann and Leigh Merrill, Studio C, Phoenix, 


(Part II: 2005, Part I: 2002) 

Selected Group Exhibitions 

Shopper! Hancock Creative Shop, Guthrie, Oklahoma, 2014 

Women’s Works Northwest Area Arts Council, Woodstock, Illinois, 2014 

Art Now Oklahoma Annual invitational, curated by Louise Siddons, City Arts Center, Oklahoma City, 2013 

National Watermedia Oklahoma Juried by Frank Francese, IAO Gallery, Oklahoma City, 2013 

Horizontal Grandeur Stevens County Historical Museum, Morris, Minnesota, 2013 

12x12 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, various venues, Oklahoma City (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009) 

Art Now Oklahoma Annual invitational, curated by romy owens, City Arts Center, Oklahoma City, 2012 

Straight From the Street Invitational, Istvan Gallery, Oklahoma City, 2012

Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma Curated by Liza Statton & Alison Hearst, Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 


Small Works Invitational JRB Art Gallery at the Elms, Oklahoma City, 2012 (2011, 2010)

24 Works on Paper Curated by Louise Siddons, IAO Gallery, Oklahoma City, 2011

The Girlie Show Public Market, Oklahoma City, 2010

Heart and Soul of the Great Plains Group Invitational, Leslie Powell Foundation Gallery, Lawton, Oklahoma, 2010

Seeing Other People: Contemporary Portraiture Invited Artists Gallery in the Underground, Oklahoma City, 2009

Society of Illustrators 51st Annual Book & Editorial Exhibition Society of Illustrators, New York City, 2009

Core Evidence Invitational, Mainsite Contemporary Art, Norman, Oklahoma, 2009

24 Works On Paper Curated by Adrienne Day, IAO Gallery, Oklahoma City, 2009

60 Artists : 60 Minutes Curated by romy owens, Invited Artists Gallery in the Underground, Oklahoma City, 2009

Art365 Curated by Diane Barber, Untitled Artspace, Oklahoma City, 2008 

Traveling exhibition and $10,000 honorarium

Autobiovisual Riney Fine Arts Center, Friends University, Wichita, Kansas, 2008

Know Thyself: Self Portraits by Oklahoma Artists Invitational, Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, Oklahoma 

City, 2008

Pop Surrealism Invitational, City Arts Center, Oklahoma City, 2007

Oklahoma: Centerfold 12th Oklahoma Biennial, Leslie Powell Foundation Gallery, Lawton, Oklahoma, 2006

Emergent Mainsite Gallery, Norman, Oklahoma, 2006

Women’s Invitational Sponsored by the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Genesee Community College, Batavia, 

New York, 2005Juror’s Choice Award

Society of Illustrators Annual Scholarship Competition Society of Illustrators, New York City, 2005

Made in New York Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, New York, 2005

Inside [83] Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, 2003

Notable Collections

Abraham Art Foundation, New York City and Canadian, Texas

George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Wallace Memorial Library, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York

Publications & Reviews

“A Hyperrealism that Questions Reality with James Zamora and Sarah Atlee at Ro2 Art”Jenny Block for Huffington 

Post, 2/20/2015

“Pushing Borders, Stretching Form: The Ceramics of Birthe Flexner,” by Sarah Atlee Art Focus, Fall 2011 

“Correspondence Courses: Lori Oden and Kate Rivers at Istvan Urban Art,” by Sarah Atlee Art Focus, Summer 2010

“Sarah Atlee conjures up patron saints in her exhibit ‘Heavens to Betsy’” review by Adam Kemp Oklahoma Gazette, 

May 2010

Braying From Burro Hill Written by Bob Rogers, illustrated by Sarah Atlee, 2010

Normal, OK Written and illustrated by Sarah Atlee (self-published), 2008

Nimrod International Literary Journal, Fall 2008

“Art 365: Sarah Atlee and Normal, OK,” Interview, Art Focus, Summer 2007


Master of Fine Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, 2006

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico, 2001 Summa cum laude