Sarah Pollman works at the intersection of art and art history to connect contemporary imaging culture with its historical counterparts. Multi-disciplinary and based in research, her practice utilizes academic, artistic, curatorial and educational strategies to reveal the disparate narratives created by cultural producers through time, interrogating the idea of cohesive and linear history.

She is the recipient of an Art Writing Workshop from the AICA-USA and Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, a Curatorial Opportunity Program grant at the New Art Center in Newton, and a Faculty Fund Grant from Emerson College. She has curated exhibitions at the Photographic Resource Center, the Dorchester Art Project, and the New Art Center in Newton, as well as in various independent spaces. In addition to writing introductions to artist monographs, her written work has been published in art journals including Art New England and Big Red & Shiny. Her first monograph, The Distances Between Us, was published by Trema Förlag (Stockholm, Sweden) in 2016 and her visual projects have been shown internationally, including exhibitions at the Danforth Art Museum, the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Rourke Art Museum.

Sarah Pollman holds a BFA and MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. She has previously taught courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Tufts University and Montserrat College of Art. Currently, she is the 2020 Lead Artist for the Community Arts Initiative Artist Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and an Affiliated Lecturer at Emerson College.


2014   Tufts University, Master of Fine Arts
2007   School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, Bachelor of Fine Arts    

2019   Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Lead Artist, Community Arts Initiative Artist Project
2018   Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Finalist, Community Arts Initiative Artist Project
2017   Emerson College, Part-Time Faculty Fund Grant
2017   Emerson College, Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellowship
2017   The Rensign Center, Residency
2014   New Art Center in Newton, Curatorial Opportunity Program Grant
2013   AICA-USA and Creative Capital I Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, Art Writing Workshop
2012, 2013   School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, President’s Research Award

The Distances Between Us. Stockholm, Sweden: Trema Forlag, 2016. ISBN: 978-91-88539-02-1 [monograph]

Steck, John, & Pollman, Sarah. (2014). On permanence.
“Introduction” In Sense of Place by Mikhael Antone, 2014
“Introduction” In C.R.I.T. Volume 4 2013

“The Shifting Meaning of Pictures.” Art New England, Volume 37, Issue 1, 2016.
“Kevin Briggs at Gallery Seven.” Art New England, Volume 36, Issue 5, 2015.
“1914: Magnus Plessen at Rose Art Museum.” Big, Red & Shiny, December 9, 2014.
“El Anatsui at Mt. Holyoke College Museum of Art.” Big, Red & Shiny Volume 2, no. 19 (2013). April 14, 2014.
"Landing at Zero.” Big, Red & Shiny Volume 2, no. 10 (2013). July 15, 2013.
Lisa Elmaleh” “Noritaka Minami” and “Michael Powers.” Ain’t Bad Magazine (blog)

"What Do You Notice? What Do You Think? Utilizing Museum Education Strategies in the College Classroom," Society for Photographic Education Northeast Conference, Providence, RI, October, 2019. [Invited Presenter].
“An Accidental Department Head: Contingency, Change and the Transfer of Power,” SPACE 2016 Conference, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, June 18, 2016. [Invited Presenter]
“Case Studies: An Experiment in Understanding (and Decoding) Archival Practices,” No Dust in the Digital Archive? Colloquium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA, November 2012. [Digital Presentation with Jim Dow]

“Ansel Adams: American Landscape Photography,” Presentation, Center for Global Student Success, Northeastern University, February 8, 2019. [Invited Speaker]
“The American Family in Photographs,” Presentation, Center for Global Student Success, Northeastern University, June 22, 2018. [Invited Speaker]
“Stieglitz and Modernism: American Photography in the New Century,” Presentation, Center for Global Student Success, Northeastern University, August 4, 2017. [Invited Speaker]
“Imogen Cunningham,” Gallery Talk, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, June 10, 2017. [Invited Speaker]
“Why I Shoot Film Photography in a Digital Age,” The West End Museum, Boston, MA, June 2013. [Invited Panelist]
“To Foundation or Not to Foundation,” Manifesto-ish, online, March 2013. [Invited Panelist]

2019  Photographic Resource Center, Transmutations
2017  The Piano Craft Gallery, Building a Lineage
2016  Dorchester Art Project, Left Behind
2016  Dorchester Art Project, Connect the Dots
2015  Dorchester Art Project, Mimic
2015  Dorchester Art Project, The Persistence of Memory
2015  Dorchester Art Project, Between You and Me: Resident Group Show
2014  New Art Center in Newton, Flash of an Instant

2015-present   Emerson College
2016-2018   Montserrat College of Art
2013-2017   School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at Tufts University

2015-present  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum Educator
2007-present   Photographic Resource Center, Volunteer
2015-2016  Dorchester Art Project, Resident Curator
2008-2013  New Art Center in Newton, 2-D Studio Manager and Core Faculty


2015   Find & Form Space, Perpetual Care, Boston, MA
2014   Danforth Art Museum, Aura/Ground, Framingham, MA
2014   Howard Art Project, Notations, Dorchester, MA 
2012   New Art Center in Newton, Sarah Pollman: Photography, Newton, MA

2016   Lens Gallery, Confluences (with Vanessa Michalak), Boston, MA
2014   Essex Art Center, Every Place (with Allison Cekala), Lawrence, MA

2018   Noyes Museum of Art, RAW, Atlantic City, NJ
2018   Filter Space, We Like Small Things v.2.0, Chicago, IL
2018   Don't Take Pictures, Lumens, online exhibition
2018   Month of Photography Los Angeles/Lucie Foundation, Photobook Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
2018   The Curated Fridge, Summer Show 2018, Somerville, MA and Napa, CA
2018   Don't Take Pictures, Wintertime, online exhibition
2017   Krakow Witkin Gallery, Annual AIDS Benefit 2017, Boston, MA
2017   Vermont Center for Photography, Is Photography Enough?, Brattleboro, VT 
2017   Society for Photographic Education, Tahoe CoLab Juried Exhibition, Lake Tahoe, CA
2017   SGCI Conference, Hotlanta Portfolio, Atlanta, GA
2017   New England Biolabs, Explorations, Ipswich, MA
2016   Griffin Museum of Photography, Found in Collection: Selections from the Danforth Art Museum Permanent Collection, Winchester, MA
2016   Sanlang Art Dimension, The Opposite of the World, Hangzhou, China
2016   Open Aperture Gallery, Smaller Than A Breadbox, Newport, RI
2016   Danforth Art Museum, Beautiful Decay, Framingham, MA
2016   Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Definitely Dorchester, Boston, MA
2016   Open Aperture Gallery, Performing Decay, Newport, RI
2015   Luhring Augustine and Visual Aids, Postcards From the Edge, New York, NY
2015   Wheaton College, Photography Beyond the Frame, Norton, MA
2015   Danforth Art Museum, Facial Expressions, Framingham, MA
2015   Mills Gallery, Exchange Codes: Boston and Beyond, Boston, MA
2014   Rourke Art Museum, Of Memory, Bone and Myth, Moorehead, MN
2014   A.I.R. Gallery, Wish You Were Here 13, Brooklyn, NY
2014   Alternative Spaces, Elemental Collaborations, New Orleans, LA
2014   Emerson College, Oppositional Realities, Boston, MA
2014   Boston University, Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston, MA
2013   Danforth Art Museum, Off the Wall, Framingham, MA
2013   Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Emerging Photographers' Auction, NYC, NY
2013   Danforth Art Museum, New England Photography Biennial, Framingham, MA
2012   Danforth Art Museum, Off the Wall, Framingham, MA 
2012   Samsøn Projects, Proof of Purchase, Boston, MA
2011   Lincoln Arts Project, A Collection of Bostonia Collectives, Waltham, MA
2011   Danforth Art Museum, New England Photography Biennial, Framingham, MA 
2011   Boston University, A Taste of Boston, Boston, MA
2011   Danforth Art Museum, A Community of Artists, Framingham, MA 
2010   Photographic Center Northwest, 15th Annual Member’s Exhibition, Seattle, WA
2010   Vermont Photography Workplace, Wide-Awake Dreaming, Brattleboro, VT
2010   Danforth Art Museum, A Community of Artists, Framingham, MA 
2009   Boston Public Library, Allston-Brighton Exposition, Allston, MA

2016   Trema Förlag, The Distances Between Us (monograph)
2014   SideReel Journal, Winter 2014, Issue 1
2014   Phases Magazine, Father and Mother: Sarah Pollman
2010   Photographic Center Northwest, Photo Center NW Volume 4, 
2010   Vermont Photography Workplace, Wide-Awake Dreaming, Exhibition Catalogue

2018   Photographic Resource Center, Volunteer's Spotlight
2018   Boston Voyager Magazine, Meet Sarah Pollman
2018   Format Magazine, How Four Artists Use Their Websites to Sell Their Work
2017   The Boston Globe, Small Works, Big Impact, Marni Elyse Katz
2017   A Photo Editor, The Best of Filter Photo Festival, Part 1, Jonathan Blaustein
2017   OURS Magazine, The Distances Between Us, Madison Rich
2017   Who Needs Another Photo Blog?, The Distances Between Us by Sarah Pollman, Christer Ek
2017   The Boston Globe, Critic’s Pick
2015   The Boston Hassle, Perpetual Care: photographs by Sarah Pollman at Find & Form
2014   Tufts Magazine, Mixed Media
2014   The Boston Globe, Images that are off season, in the universe, and somewhere between, Mark Feeney
2014   Metrowest Daily News, Open to Photographic Interpretation at Danforth Art, Chris Bergeron
2014   365 Artists, 365 Days, Sarah Pollman - Boston, MA, interview
2014   The Boston Globe, The myth of the Wild West, and its murky construction, Cate Mcquaid
2013   Light Leaked, Sarah Pollman, Ashley Kauschinger
2012   Boston Dig, Off the Wall: Corporeal Constructions, Christina Lacoste                        
2011    Metrowest Daily News, Danforth Biennial Showcases Diverse Work of 39 Photographers, Chris Bergeron
2009   Metrowest Daily News, Art for the Ages at Newton’s New Art Center, Chris Bergeron

Bernardi Auto Group
Danforth Art Museum
Georgia State University
Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta
Zuckerman Museum of Art
Private Collections, Andover, MA, Brookline, MA and Beverly, MA

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