Preserving the artist's heritage

Sarah Van Keuren

Interviewed in 2007
Sponsored by University of the Arts
Nicole Eiland, Intern
Rosalie Kenny, Videographer
Patty Smith, Advisor     

Artist’s Statement:
Nowadays, with a small digital camera at hand most of the time, I am alert to
the people and the world around me as revealed by light. I know when the decisive confluence of light and face, or light and landscape, are before me. Each step of the way – from the making and editing of photographic images, to the production of large negatives, to the brushing onto rag paper of gum bichromate and cyanotype layers of color – is a matter of sensibility. There is a
touchstone, in my case somewhere between the heart and the gut, that says yes to this and no to that. By means of a long series of choices, at least partially grounded in the unconscious mind, I have arrived at the body of my work.

Selected Group Exhibitions:
- John Stevenson Gallery, Summer Group Show, New York NY, 2006,2005, 2004
- Penland School of Crafts, Faculty Exhibition, Penland NC, 2006
- Upstairs Gallery, The Lensless View, Tryon NC, 2005
- Fotofest, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Houston TX, 2004
- Alternative Processes Traveling Exhibition, Texas Photographic Society, 2004
- Emerge Gallery, Lightstruck, Greenville NC, 2002
- The Art Institute of Boston, Sun Works - Contemporary Alternative Photography, 2002
- Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Invited Artist, Philadelphia, 2001,1996, 1995, 1991
- Berman Museum of Art, In Her Voice, Ursinus College, Collegeville PA 1998, 1999
- Department of Art Gallery Jurors Exhibition, University of Delaware, Newark DE 1997
- Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, Parallel Paths, with Harry Kalish, Philadelphia PA 1996
- The Paley Design Center, Complexity and Contradiction, Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, 1996
- Woodmere Art Museum, The Camera Rediscovered, Philadelphia, 1994
- Historic Yellow Springs, Photography Contemporary Prospect, Yellow Springs PA, 1996
- Rider College, snapshot: philadelphia photography, Lawrenceville NJ, 1993
- Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania Photographers 8, Allentown PA, 1993
- Locks Gallery, Aspects in Contemporary Photography I, Philadelphia PA, 1993
- Traveling Pinhole Exhibition: Kuopie, Oulu & Turku, Finland, 1992
- Centre Saidye Bronfman, Pinhole Photographs, Montreal, Canada, 1989
- Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe, International Pinhole Photography, 1988
- Perkins Center for the Arts, Photography 6, 8, 9, & 11 (3-time prize winner), Moorestown NJ, 1989 - 1992
- The Print Club 62nd Annual International Competition, the McPhail Award in Photography & Print Club Selection Prize, Philadelphia, 1986
- The Abington Art Center, Photography: 8th Annual Juried Exhibit, 1st Prize, Emmet Gowin, Juror, Jenkintown PA, 1986. Also showed 1989, 1990

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
- Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia PA, 2006
- Hollins University, Roanoke VA, 2003
- Rantagalleria, Oulu, Finland, 2001, 1996
- List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA, 1999
- Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center, Wallingford PA, 1999
- Search Hall, Philadelphia College of Textiles & science, 1998
- The Philadelphia Art Alliance, 1994, 1981
- Iisalmen Kamera summerfestival, Iisalmi, Finland, 1992
- The Book Trader Gallery, Philadelphia, 1991, 1988
- Fleisher Art Memorial, Challenge Exhibition, Philadelphia PA 1986
- Florence Wilcox Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA 1984

Selected Collections:
- The Free Library of Philadelphia
- The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg PA
- Bryn Mawr College Library, Bryn Mawr PA
- National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
- Philadelphia Museum of Art

- A Non-Silver Manual, written & self-published, 1993, 3rd ed., 2002
- View Camera magazine “Learning Patience: Pinhole Imagery, Cyanotype & Gum
- Bichromate Printing, July/August, 1998

Selected Grants & Awards:
- Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 2003
- Honored Educator, Society for Photographic Education Mid-Atlantic Region, 2002
- Venture Fund Awards, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 1984, 1990, 1993, 2001
- Brandywine Offset Institute, Artist Fellowships, Philadelphia, 1985, 1989
- Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Fellowship in Photography, 1986

Community Service and Associations:
- Community Arts Center, Wallingford PA, Board Member, 2002-2005
- Building Design Committee, 2005 to present
- National Watercolor Society, 1998 to present
- American Watercolor Society, 1998 to present
- Vice President of Exhibitions, 2006
- Philadelphia Watercolor Society, 1996 to present
- Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, 1996 to present

Teaching Experience:
- The University of the Arts, Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts/Printmaking, 1980-present
- University of Delaware, Graduate Teaching Assistant: Photo * & Photo **, 1986-1988
- Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Non-Silver Processes, summer 1987, fall 1988, spring 1989
- Summer Workshops: Museum of Photographic Art-San Diego; Penland School of Crafts; The Art Institute of Chicago; Peters Valley Craft Center; Pinhole Resource NM; Paper & Book Intensive at Penland School of Crafts; Iisalmen Kamera summerfsestival, Iisalmi, Finland

University of Delaware, Newark DE, MFA in Photography 1988
Philadelphia College of Art, classes in Printmaking, 1972-1975
Swarthmore College, BA in Art History, 1966

Represented by:
- Schmidt Dean Gallery, 1710 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
- John Stevenson Gallery, 338 West 23rd Street, New York NY 10011-2201

Sarah Van Keuren
6 Herford Place
Lansdowne PA 19050-2408