about

Sarah Sampedro is a Minneapolis-based photographer interested in social systems, relationships, community, and belonging. Her interest lies in revealing some of the hidden factors that construct social relationships: she has photographed her Minneapolis neighborhood in the midst of an argument over historic designation and gentrification, created a multi-media installation using racially restrictive real estate contracts from Hennepin County, and traveled across Europe to research and photograph border walls. Sarah was 2011/12 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, 2018 recipient of the University of Minnesota Berlin Artist Residency, 2019 recipient of the Picture Berlin Artist Residency, chaired the Minneapolis Art Commission, and sat on the Minneapolis Public Arts Advisory Panel. She holds an MFA in Photography and Moving Images from the University of Minnesota and currently teaches at Upper Iowa University and the University of Minnesota.

TEACHING

Lecturer, Photography: Darkroom & Digital, University of Minnesota (2018-present)
Adjunct Professor, Art History (Online), Upper Iowa University (2020-present)
Teaching Assistant, Photography and Moving Images, University of Minnesota (2016-2018)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

TOGETHER, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach Center, Minneapolis, MN (2021)
NONPLACEMENT, Ahrnsbak Gallery, UW Marathon County, Wausau, WI (2018)
SEPARATION, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2017)
THE TRANSPARENT SELF: ART & MOTHERHOOD, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI (2014)
SELF-TITLED, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2014)

 GROUP EXHIBITIONS

PASSAGES, MSP International Airport (2021)
AFTER HOURS, University of Minnesota Quarter Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2020)
OPEN DOOR 6, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2019)
OPEN WATER PROJECT; IN SIGHT, Minneapolis, MN (2019)
NORTH//EAST, Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2019)
GROßKREISENTFERNUNG, Torstraße, Berlin, Germany (2019)
HOUSE | YARD, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2019)
SOMETHING I’M THINKING, Quarter Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2018)
FOR FREEDOMS, Regis West Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2018)
HOME INSIDE OUT, Waiting Room at Gallery 71, Edina, MN (2018)
STORIES WE’VE BEEN TOLD, Gründ, Berlin, Germany (2018)
DERIVÉ, Téte, Berlin, Germany (2018)
ATTENTION IS THE BEGINNING OF DEVOTION, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2018)
THE HOUSE THAT RACE BUILT, Art Shanties Project, Minneapolis, MN (2018)
WHERE ARE YOU NOW, Art Lofts Gallery, Madison, WI (2017)
FRESH WORKS, Regis West Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2017)
AMERICAN MIRROR, Regis West Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2017)
WHY FEMME, Why World, Minneapolis, MN (2017)
YOU+ME, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2016)
FUN, Regis West Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2016)
BUILDING A BELIEF, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2016)
COME INTO BEING, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2015)
BREATH, LIFE, HEART, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2015)
18thINTERNATIONAL OPEN, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL (2015)
NORTHSIDE NOIR, Homewood Studios, Minneapolis, MN (2014)

CURATION

FOR FREEDOMS, Co-curated with Monica Moses Haller & Teréz Iacovino in collaboration with Hank Willis Thomas & Eric Gottesman’s For Freedoms 50 States Initiative, Regis West Gallery, Minneapolis MN (2018)
PORTRAITS, Amy Anderson, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis MN (2018)
ATTENTION IS THE BEGINNING OF DEVOTION, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis MN (2018)
UNSELFIES & OTHER WORK, Carolyn McCardell, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis MN (2018)
DARKNESS, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2017)
MAKE, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2017)
YOU+ME, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2016)
G+C, Danii Kutscheid, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2016)
BUILDING A BELIEF, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2016)
COME INTO BEING, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2015)
FROM MY SIDE OF THE WORLD, Michelle Westmark Wingard and Magdel van Rooyen, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2015)
BREATH, LIFE, HEART, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2015)
NOURISHING WONDER, Mimi Schirber, Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2014)
VULNERABILITY: SELF PORTRAITS,Porch Family Room Gallery, Minneapolis, MN(2014)
THE TRANSPARENT SELF, Homewood Studios, Minneapolis, MN(2013)

AWARDS          

Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach Center 10th Anniversary Portrait Series (2020)
UMN COGS Career Development Grant (2018)
UMN COGS Conference Travel Grant (2017)
Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2011)

RESIDENCIES

Picture Berlin (2018)
University of Minnesota Berlin Artist Residency (2017)
Vision Quest Photo Workshops Artist Residency (2011)

COMMUNITY

Art to Change the World, Project Coach (2021-present)
Solomon’s Porch, Community Art Coordinator and Gallery Curator (2014-2018)
Minneapolis Public Arts Advisory Panel, Neighborhood Representative (2013-2016)
Lincoln Playground Reimaging, Leadership Team Arts Representative (2014-2016)
Minneapolis Arts Commission, Commissioner and Chair (2010-2013)

EDUCATION

MFA Art: Photography and Moving Images, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2019)
BA Studio Art, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN (2001)