Sarah Cain

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  • Born 1979 in Albany, NY
  • Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


  • 2006
    MFA, University of California at Berkeley
    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
  • 2001
    BFA, The San Francisco Art Institute


  • 2012
    Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2011
    Nothing Beside Remains, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (solo project), Marfa, TX
    Sarah Cain, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Bloom Projects, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2010
    little by little, Bryan Miller Gallery (CTRL), Houston, TX
    California does psychic, Sara Meltzer Gallery/Projects, New York, NY
  • 2009
    Art Positions (solo presentation), Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 with Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York City, NY
    You Aurora Borealis Me, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
    Double Future, Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
    As If Only As Atmosphere, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
    Midnight Mission, offsite California Biennial 2008 in conjunction with LA><ART at Five Thirty Three Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2006
    I Believe We Are Believers, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • 2005
    A River of Ifs, Queens Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA
  • 2004
    The Tree Outside, San Francisco Art Commission, San Francisco, CA
  • 2003
    Epigram on Being Alone: A Golden Willow Hits You on the Head, Lucky Tackle Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • 2001
    Elephant juice/ I love you, The LAB Annex, San Francisco, CA


  • 2012
    Gold, curated by Thomas Zaunschirm, Imperial BELVEDERE Palace Museum, Vienna, Austria
    Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
  • 2011
    Two Schools of Cool, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
    The Thingness of Color, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY
    Midnight at Malibu, Meulensteen Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2010
    Feather Throat, Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany
    Quartet, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
    Fade to Black (and back), curated by Rachel Gugelberger and Jeffrey Walkowiak, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2009
    Sarah Cain and Rebecca Morris, curated by Nancy Meyer, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2008
    2008 California Biennial, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
    Landscapes for Frankenstein, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
    Raw Boundaries, KN Gallery, Chicago, IL
    California Dreamin', Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2007
    SECA Art Award Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
    Like Color in Pictures, curated by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
    In the Fullness of Time, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    Two Things at the Same Time, Peak Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2006
    Busan Biennale, curated by Doryun Chong, Busan, Korea
    A Century of Collage, 25th Anniversary Show, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 2005
    The Sleight of Hand: The Artist’s Touch, Lincart, San Francisco, CA
    Book of Small, Open Space, Vancouver, BC
    Bay Area Bazaar, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR
    Space is the Place, The Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
  • 2003
    Makeshift World, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    Place-specific Works, 21 Grand, Oakland, CA
    Group Show, The Sickle, Providence, RI
    What we saw when we got there, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002
    Brilliant Pebbles, Kunst PLUS, Düsseldorf, Germany
    Fly Away, The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
  • 2001
    Reference Check Number One, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA
    Group Show, The Smell, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2000
    SF Drawing Show, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA


  • 2011
    The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
  • 2008
    Durfee Foundation Fellowship
  • 2007
    The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
    The Djerassi Resident Artists Program
  • 2006
    SECA Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • 2005
    Demonstration Grant, University of California Institute of Research in the Arts
  • 2002
    John Anson Kittredge Fellowship


  • 2011
    Episode 296: "Butler and Cain", Bad At Sports: Contemporary Art Talk, May 2.
    Schultz, Charlie. "Meme: Abstract Los Angeles", Artinfo, May 10.
    Garza, Evan J. "The Thingness of Color at Dodge Gallery", New American Paintings, April 8.
  • 2010
    Alavrez, Olivia. “Little by Little,” Houston Press, July.
    Britt, Douglas. “Art Exhibits: Portraits, psychedelic pieces worth seeing,” Houston Chronicle, August 10.
    Latimer, Quinn. “Sarah Cain: Double Future,” February 2010.
    Garza, Evan J. "Q & A: A Conversation with Sarah Cain", New American Paintings, November 15.
  • 2009
    Tully, J. "Art Basel Miami Beach Gets Youthful Infusion". Artinfo.com, December 2.
    Aia Staff. "Miami, Miami, Miami". Art in America, December 1.
    Morgenthaler, Daniel. "Spiegel und Ei". Tagesanzeiger, September 24 - 30.
    "Sarah Cain: Double Future". Artline 10, Kunstmagazine, September.
    Latimer, Quinn. "Bright Lights and Night Swimming." Artinfo.com, September 1.
    "Sarah Cain: Double Future/ Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Galerie," Interview by Olga Stefan, Vernissage.tv, September 2
    Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni and Laura Hoptman, eds. Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory, New Museum & Phaidon Press: 72.
  • 2008
    In conversation with Jens Hoffmann. 2008 California Biennial Ed. Karen Jacobson. Newport Beach: Orange County Museum of Art. 64- 67.
    Rosenberg, Karen. Landscapes for Frankenstein, Sara Meltzer Gallery, The New York Times, August 1.
    Knight, Christopher. California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, LA Times, November 4.
  • 2007
    Benedetti, Christine. "Like Color...," Time Out Denver, 9 - 15 February 2007: 14, cover image.
    Brenneman, Christine. "Big bold and bright." Marin Independent Journal, 30 January: D1-D2, cover image.
    McDowell,Tara. "Sarah Cain." 2006 Seca Art Award. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2007.
    Janku, Laura Richard. "San Francisco 2006 SECA Art Award: Sarah Cain, Kota Ezawa, Amy Francheschini, Mitzi Pederson, Leslie Shows at SFMOMA." Art Ltd, March: 22.
    MacMillan, Kyle. "Color makes a comeback in this Aspen show." The Denver Post, 30 March: 1FF and 7FF.
    Ruiz, Alma. "Juror's Comments." New American Paintings 73,Volume 13, Issue 6: 4-5, 32-35.
  • 2006
    Buuck, David. "Sarah Cain at Anthony Meier Fine Arts." Artweek, November, Volume 37, Issue 9: 12- 13, Cover image.
    Orden, Abraham. "San Francisco Days." ArtNet, 11 October.
    Feinstein, Lea. "Art Beat." SF Weekly, 27 May: 41. "A Tale of Two Cities: Busan-Seoul/Seoul-Busan. Busan Biennale", 2006: 156-157. Baker, Kenneth. "Art Notes." San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2006: E2.
    Cash, Stephanie. "Report From San Francisco II; New and Now." Art in America, January.
    Feinstein, Lea. “Sarah Cain: I Believe We Are Believers.” SF Weekly, September 26.
  • 2005
    Schaefer, Carey Ann, Book of Small. Vancouver: Canadian Council for the Arts, 2005
    Schaefer, Carey Ann. “The Work of Sarah Cain,” Open Space Catalog, 2005.
  • 2004
    Knobel, Kyle, “Interview with Sarah Cain,” Record/Play, April, pgs 8 -11.
  • 2003
    Westbrook, Lindsey, “Sarah Cain: New Work”, SF Bay Guardian, 5 February 2003, pg. 79.
    Buuck, David, “What We Saw When We Got There at The Lab,” Artweek, March 2003.