Sarah Pollman's work merges 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

2020 Assets for Artists / MassMOCA, Capacity Building Grant
2017 Emerson College, Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellowship
2017 Emerson College, Part-Time Faculty Fund Grant
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
2011 - 2013 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Graduate Student Grant
2003 - 2007 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Undergraduate Student Grant

The Distances Between Us. Stockholm, Sweden: Trema Forlag, 2016. [Monograph.]

“New Futures: Examining a Pictured Past.” Art New England, Volume 40, Issue 6, 2019.
“The Shifting Meaning of Pictures.” Art New England, Volume 37, Issue 1, 2016.
“On Permanence,” John Steck Jr: Artist Proofs, 2014. [Essay in self-published exhibition catalog.]
“Introduction,” In Sense of Place by Mikhael Antone, 2014. [Essay in self-published artist monograph.]
“Introduction,” In C.R.I.T. Volume 4, 2013. [Essay in self-published artist catalog.]
"Landing at Zero.” Big, Red & Shiny Volume 2, no. 10 (2013). July 15, 2013.

“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.

Invited Conference Presentations
"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.

Invited Panel Discussions
“Contemporary Legacy Practices,” NEPR 2015 Conference, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, July 2014. Invited Panelist.
“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.

Invited Talks and Lectures
“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]

2019 Photographic Resource Center, Locating Place: Selections from the Holdings
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

Emerson College, Affiliated Lecturer, 2015-present
Montserrat College of Art, Adjunct Professor, 2016-2018 
New England College, Adjunct Professor, 2015, 2016-2017
Tufts University, Part-Time-Lecturer, 2015-2017 
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Graduate and Post-GraduateTeaching Fellow, 2013-2014 
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2011-2013 

2019-present Photographic Resource Center, Programming Committee
2007-present Photographic Resource Center, Volunteer
2015-2020 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum Educator
2015-2016 Dorchester Art Project, Resident Curator
2008-2013 New Art Center in Newton, 2-D Studio Manager and Core Faculty


2020 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Exchange Codes, Boston, MA (forthcoming)
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

2020 The Curated Fridge, The Ones That Got Away, Somerville, MA and Los Angeles, CA
2019 Danforth Art Museum, Highlights from the Collection, Framingham, MA
2019 Photographic Resource Center, Your Work Here, Cambridge, 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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