Sarah Pollman is an independent curator whose curatorial projects create conversations between artists and across media, questioning assumptions of representation, authenticity and contemporary image truths.

She has received the Curatorial Opportunity Program Grant from the New Art Center in Newton and served as Resident Curator at the Dorchester Art Project, in addition to curating exhibitions at the Photographic Resource Center and the Piano Craft Gallery.


May 28 – August 11, 2019 at the Photographic Resource Center

Transmutations is an exhibit of six artists who deconstruct, manipulate and adorn photographs to foreground the centrality of human touch in the communication of photographic meaning.

Indexical abilities create the illusion that the photograph is an accurate record of the world. But as pictures pass from person to person, their meanings transpose: each individual brings their own set of information and assumptions to the image. Tracing what happens in this interchange, the six artists in Transmutations record performative gestures encoded into images.

Review at What Will You Remember?

Caleb Cole
Dell M. Hamilton
S. Billie Mandle 
Courtney Nimura & Trevor Powers
Larry C. Volk

Building a Lineage

January 6 – January 29, 2017 at the Piano Craft Gallery
Co-curated with Allison Cekala

History is built through rhizomatic connections fostered between peers, teachers, colleagues and friends. Building a Lineage explores these connections through a case study of seven photographers. Formal connections reveal influences as much as conceptual connections reveal the emotional tenures of friendships. The process of influence is organic; it is impossible to separate out whom is a teacher, a friend, a colleague.

Boston Globe Critic's Pick for January 13, 2017

Tara Butler
Allison Cekala
Jodie Goodnough
Defne Kirmizi
Molly Lamb
Sarah Pollman
Sadie Wechsler

Left Behind

October 15 – November 19, 2016 at the Dorchester Art Project

Left Behind explores the physical and emotional detritus of what remains when we subtract.  Through painting, photography and printmaking, the works will consider visual resonances of the forgotten and left behind.

Sarah Meyers Brent
Frances Jakubek
Rachel Loischild
Chris Maliga
Deborah Sosower


November 13- December 11, 2015 at the Dorchester Art Project

Mimic explores the relationship between representation and reality, looking specifically at how fantasy, storytelling and the constructed narrative shift the connection between the world and how we picture it.

Cori Champagne
Eileen Derosas
Kevin Frances
Lindsay Metivier
Vanessa Michalak

The Persistence of Memory

October 2 - October 31, 2015 at the Dorchester Art Project

With a nod towards Dali’s surrealist work and the Freudian notions that underlie it, this exhibit will examine the fluidity of time and memory through photography, painting and video.

Tara Goldberg
Jodie Goodnough
Siobhan Landry

Between You and Me: Resident Group Show

August 14-September 18, 2015 at the Dorchester Art Project

Illuminating connections between resident artists, Between You and Me explores the dynamics at play in an artist community. This show illuminates the tenuous threads that connect the sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs that are generated from conversations made in a communal space.

Dorchester Reporter review here.

Steve Carvalho,
Darlin Frometa
Eric Petitti
Sarah Pollman
Anya Smolnikova
David Taylor
Joanna Tam
Jamal Thorne
John R. Roy
Chris Villon
Nick Ward
Thomas Willis
Will Whelan

Flash of an Instant

April 5-May 9, 2014 at the New Art Center in Newton
Co-curated with Caitie Moore

Flash of an Instant examines the ability of photography and video to accurately index the environments around us while questioning basic spacial and temporal assumptions.

Boston Globe Review here.

Mark Dorf
Pablo Gnecco
John C. Gonzalez and Thomas Willis
Sharon Harper
Sam A. Harris
Anne Lilly
Robin Myers
John Steck Jr.


2012-2014; online at

3200K is a project devoted to printed matter and analog photography. It featured works made with light-based media employing traditional analog photographic methods. Published weekly online and several times a year in print form, 3200K created exhibition and networking opportunities for emerging artists.

New England Journal of Aesthetic Research review here

44 artists participated over the course of the 2 years. A full list can be found on the website.

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