Sarah Jones is a visual artist and art historian based in Saint John, New Brunswick. 

Sarah has a Master's of Arts degree in Art History from Queen's University, and lectures at galleries and universities across Atlantic Canada. Her own studio practice focuses on urban and industrial culture.

Sarah has had solo exhibitions in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario, and has participated in group exhibitions in France and elsewhere. Her academic research and studio work have received numerous citations and awards, including several prestigious Creation Grants from the New Brunswick Arts Board (ArtsNB).

Find Sarah's work in Saint John at Jones Gallery + Studio, 73 Duke Street. She is also represented by Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB. 


ARTIST STATEMENT

I see urban spaces as interesting places of accumulated meanings, layers of materials over time, always changing and in a state of flux. I try to defend this description of urban space through my work, (re-)creating a field of accumulated meanings through the physical application of materials, each layer a temporary interpretation of the landscape.

I am especially intrigued by how inhabitants interact with built urban structures, exploring what it means, looks and feels like to be ‘on the grid’. We so often seek to physically escape the grid, where being ‘off’ the grid is traditionally seen as morally, spiritually and aesthetically better than being ‘on’ the grid. I find that in terms of regional and national identity, we often avoid the grittier urban elements of our culture, preferring rest on quaint Maritimisms (sailboats and fisherfolk), believing that Canadian identity is inextricably linked to mythologies surrounding the Group of Seven and the Canadian wilderness. I try to focus my work on Canadian/Maritime urban life. 

Sarah would like to acknowledge the current and past generous support of ArtsNB. 

 
 

 

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EDUCATION

2009    Masters of Arts in Art History, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

2007    Bachelor of Arts in History, University of New Brunswick Saint John, Saint John, NB

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2017     ArtsNB Creation Grant (Category B)

2016     ArtsNB Career Development Grant

2015     ArtsNB Infrastructure Grant for Emerging Artists

2015    New Brunswick Museum Professional Artists’ Fund grant recipient

2014     ArtsNB Creation Grant (Category B)

2014     ArtsNB Arts-by-Invitation Grant

2013    ArtsNB Creation Grant (Category B)

2013    FUSION Saint John Youth Achievement Awards, Arts & Culture Award

2010    Saint John 225 Arts Gala ‘Originals’, nominated for ‘Emerging Artist’ category

2008    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017    Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Fredericton, NB 

2016    Saint John Arts Centre, Saint John, NB 

2016    Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS

2015     Imperial Theatre, Saint John, NB

2015    The Artist Project, Toronto, ON 

2015    Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS 

2015    Capitol Gallery, Moncton, NB

2014     This Town is Small Artist-Run Centre, Charlottetown, PEI 

2013    University of New Brunswick Lorenzo Art Gallery, Saint John, NB

2010    Saint John Arts Centre, Saint John, NB

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016    40th Year Exhibition, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB

2016    Indoor/Outdoor, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB

2016    Pre-Shrunk, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NB

2015    Pre-Shrunk, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NB

2015    What’s in the Box, Saint John Arts Centre, Saint John, NB

2014    Pre-Shrunk, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NB

2014    Beauty, Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Fredericton, NB

2014    Canadiana, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS

2013    Exposition of International Finalists, Visual Arts, Jeux de la Francophonie, Nice, France

2013    Fresh Paint, Gainsborough Gallery, Calgary, AB

2010    Exhibition of Saint John Arts Representatives, National Capitals Commission, Ottawa, ON

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

New Brunswick Art Bank

University of New Brunswick Saint John

 

CURRENT GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Jones Gallery, Saint John, NB

Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB