Sarah Haviland

Sarah Haviland’s abstract-figurative sculptures and installations have been exhibited in NYC, nationally, and internationally in museums, nonprofit galleries, and private collections.  Her public sculptures have been presented in parks and educational settings in six states, including permanent bronze commissions at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, and NYU Langone Medical Center, NYC. Honors and awards include numerous grants and artist residencies. Haviland earned an MFA from Hunter College and a BA from Yale University. She lectures independently and teaches at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. In Fall 2018, she taught a graduate course and pursued creative research in Taiwan with a US Fulbright Scholar Award.

Artist’s Background
by Rosemary Cohane Erpf, PhD
Sarah Haviland's early work was always image-driven; figures, houses, yards, and trees took shape in painted sculptural constructions. After Yale, when Haviland was in graduate school at Hunter College, her focus was the human form and the physicality of figures in space. Like contemporary artists she admired, including Louise Bourgeois and Kiki Smith, Haviland mined the formal geometries, symbolic meanings, and the personal content that the figure could engender.
In 1993, Haviland moved to Peekskill, New York, where an energetic artists’ community was taking root. Her exposure to feminist art and theory in graduate school led her to fully explore images of women in relation to both public and private self-image. Haviland remains fascinated with the rich iconographical history of women in art, particularly early European madonnas and myth in ancient cultures.
Haviland has also expanded her range by using non-traditional sculptural materials such as wire mesh, using the material’s transparency and linear effects to create volumetric drawings. Since 1991, Haviland has fused human forms with those found in nature, such as winged and tree-like structures.
Sarah Haviland’s work has been seen in numerous individual and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States. She has received grants to create new works from noted agencies including the New York State Council on the Arts, the New Jersey State Arts Council, Artists Space, Westchester Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the US Fulbright Foundation.


US Fulbright Scholar Award to Taiwan, Sept. 2018-Jan. 2019

Wu Jing-Jyi Arts & Culture Fellowship, Sept. 2018-Jan. 2019

PSC-CUNY Research Award, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018

Special Opportunity Stipend, NYSCA/NYFA, 1998, 2008

NEA Creativity Grant, WAC Installation Commission, 2003



Flatiron Prow Space Window Installation, New York, NY, curated by Cheryl McGinnis, 2017

National Museum of Marine Science & Technology, International Environmental Art Project,

  Keelung, Taiwan, curator Jane Ingram Allen, 2015

Lightscapes, Historic Hudson Valley, Croton, NY, 2015

Ossining Bicentennial Sculpture Exhibition, Ossining, NY, 2013

NYU Langone Medical Musculoskeletal Center, NYC, curator Jodi Moise, 2012



Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY, 2019

Beacon 3D Sculpture Installation, Beacon, NY, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm, Garrison, NY, 2017

SculptureNow at The Mount, Lenox, MA, 2015

Highland Falls Sculpture Walk, Highland Falls, NY, 2015

Peekskill Project V, Window Installation, Peekskill, NY, curator Anna Adler, 2012

Artscape, Pittsfield, MA, 2011

Pratt Sculpture Park, Brooklyn, NY, curator David Weinrib, 2010

Governor’s Island, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition, Brooklyn, NY, 2010

Hudson Highlands Land Trust, Garrison, NY, Habitat for Artists, 2010

Fulton-Ferry State Park, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition, Brooklyn, NY, 2009

Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY, Habitat for Artists, 2009

Peekskill Project I-IV, Peekskill, NY, curators Sue Stoffel, Alison Levy, Livia Straus, 2004-2008



Gallery 66 Garden, Cold Spring, NY, 2016

BAU Beacon Room, Beacon, NY, 2015

Summit High School, Summit, NJ, 2010

Garden Gallery at the Health Center, Peekskill, NY, 2009

Maxwell Fine Arts Sculpture Garden, Peekskill, NY, 2004

Ceres Project Room, Chelsea, NYC, 2001



NYU Langone Medical Musculoskeletal Center, NYC

Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, NYC

Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT

Pratt Sculpture Park, Brooklyn, NY

Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS                                                                                                   

Croton Library, Croton, NY, “Arc of the Moral Universe: A Notebook Project,” organizer Carla Rae Johnson, 2019

ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY, “The Chair Show,” 2019

Studio 80 Sculpture Grounds, Old Lyme, CT, “Summer Festival,” 2018-2019

Howland Cultural Center, “Girlhood,” curator Bibiana Huang Matheis, 2018

Shirley Fiterman Art Center, NYC, “In the Studio: BMCC Art Faculty,” 2018

Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY, “To Sit or Not to Sit,” curator Bibiana Huang Matheis, 2017

Westbeth Gallery, NYC, Sculptors Guild’s “Currently 80,” curated by John Yau, 2017

Haber Space at Central Booking, NYC, “In Harm’s Way,” curated by Maddy Rosenberg, 2016

Akin Library and Museums, Pawling, NY, “Meeting Past,” curated by Bibiana Huang Matheis, 2016

Sculptors Guild at Governors Island, “American Twist,” 2016

Shirley Fiterman Art Center, NYC, “Conference of the Birds,” curated by Brenda Zlamany, 2016

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit, NJ, “The Grass Menagerie,” 2015

Governors Island, NYC, “Transformation: Sculptors Guild on Governors Island,” 2014

BeanRunner Café, Peekskill, NY, “The Rock, the Root, the Foundation,” 2014

Historic Hudson Valley, Croton, NY, “Art of the Pumpkin at the Blaze,” 2013

ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY, “Placemaking,” 2013

Gallery 66, Cold Spring, NY, “Figuratively Speaking,” 3-person show, 2013

Theo Ganz Gallery, Beacon, NY, “Form and Function,” 2013

Saks Fifth Avenue, Sculptors Guild window display, 2012

PS Project Space, Chelsea, NYC, Hullaballoo Collective “Joie de Vivre,” 2012

Wilderstein, Rhinebeck, NY, “Modern Sculpture & the Romantic Landscape,” 2012

Arts Exchange, White Plains, NY, “Sculpture: On & Off the Wall,” 2012

Fountain Art Fair, 68th St. Armory, NYC, “Hullaballoo Collective,” 2012

Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ, “Head of School Juried Exhibit,” 2011

Griffin Court, 10th Ave./54th St., NYC, “Tranquility,” curator Deborah Davis, 2011

Chesterwood, MA, “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2010,” juror Richard Klein, 2010

Chashama 112 Times Square, New York, NY, “Habitat for Artists Recycled Drawings,” 2010

Exit Art, ecoartspace Benefit, New York, NY, “What Matters Most?” 2010     

Work Space Harlem, New York, NY, “Recycling the Studio,” 2010

GAGA Arts Center, Garnerville, NY, “Garnerworld,” curator David Laxman, 2009

Yonkers Riverfront Library, Yonkers, NY, “Ceramic Expressions,” 2008

WCC Gallery, Valhalla, NY, “Common Ground: Proposals for Public Art,” 2007     

The Studio, Armonk, NY, “Contemporary Selections,” 2007

Maxwell Fine Arts Sculpture Garden, Peekskill, NY, “Conversations,” 2006     

Concordia College Gallery, Bronxville, NY, “Before & After: Imagining Public Art,” 2005  

Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY, “Sculpture in the Park,” 2004           

Burlington County College Sculpture Garden, Pemberton, NJ, juror Claudia Gould, 2003



Georgette Gouveia, “Taking Flight: Birds Inspire the Latest Phase in Sculptor’s Career,” WAG Magazine, Westchester, NY, Dec. 1, 2015

Dana Ter, “Art and Nature Together at Last,” Taipei Times, June 15, 2015

Temple U. Dance Dept. Blog, “The Outlet Dance Project,” October 20, 2014

Susan Hodara, “A Village’s Bicentennial Celebrated in Sculpture,” New York Times, May 31, 2013

Jennifer Weeks, “Art Alfresco: NJ’s Grounds for Sculpture,” Northern New England Journey, July/Aug., 2011

Co-Author with Anru Lee, “Public Space, Public World: An Interdisciplinary Project in Art and Anthropology,” published in New Visions in Public Art, by Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan, 2008

Presentation video, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, 2007

Levine and Rob Cardillo, A Guide to the Great Gardens of the Philadelphia Region, 2007

Jane Ingram Allen, “Expanding Space/Engaging Viewers: Mirrors in Contemporary Sculpture,” Sculpture, web special, Vol. 23, No. 9, Nov. 2004

Cover + 9-page spread, 25th anniversary issue, Kalliope: A Journal of Women’s Literature &Art, 2003



MFA, Combined Media, Hunter College, NYC

Skowhegan School, Skowhegan, ME

BA, Distinction in Art, cum laude, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Yale-Norfolk Program, Norfolk, CT