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Curriculum Vitae:


2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge

2008 Fine Arts Diploma, MacEwan University

High school Diploma


Exhibitions (solo):

Bed Linens, Harcourt House, Edmonton, AB (2016)

Memory Documents,the Found Festival, Common Ground Art Society, Edmonton, AB (2013)

The Archives of Memory, Gallery at Milner, The WORKS Art and Design Festival, Edmonton, AB,(2013)

Incubator, Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB, (2013)

Exhibitions (selected group):

Members Show & Sale, Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists, Edmonton, AB, (2017 & 2018)

Place 71: Artists’ Books, Bund Offenbacher Künstlern, Offenbach am Main, Germany, (2018)

Season & Directions, Lange Nacht der Illustration, Supalife Kosk, Berlin, Germany (2019) 

                                         Gallery Mazekoze, Nagano, Japan (2019)

                                         Eye Level Gallery, Halifax NS (2018) 

                                         Massey College, Toronto, ON (2017) 

Materialize, Art Gallery of St. Alberta Rental and Sales, St. Albert, AB (2017) 

Traveling Exhibition Season & Directions, Massey College, Toronto, ON (2017)

Dawn to Dusk, Art Gallery of Alberta (Art Rental and Sales), Edmonton, AB (2016) 

NoneSuch Art on Paper Awards: Finalists Exhibition, Main and Stain, Parrsboro, NS (2016) 

                                                                Griffintown, Montreal, QC (2016) 

Travel Exhibition: Reading and Showing, Lexicon Books, Lunenburg, NS, (2016)

                                                                                The Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville, NS (2016)

Showcase, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (2016)

Alberta Collects: Alberta Artists Collect Alberta Art, VAA-CARFAC, Edmonton (2015-2016)

Loose Leaves, CASA Gallery, Lethbridge, AB (2015)

Object Abuse, Spinach, London, England, (2013)

Ampersands&, Untitled Art Society Satellite Gallery, Calgary, AB (2013)

The White Rabbit Experience, Red Clay (outdoor festival), Upper Economy, NS (2012) 

30 Love, Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, Edmonton, AB (2012)

New Eyes, the Nina Haggerty Stroller Gallery, Edmonton, AB (2012)

The Collective Memory Project, the Extension Gallery, Edmonton, AB (2011)

Fleeting Glance: a fast and dirty project, Underground Station Shoreditch Gallery, London, England (2011)

The Object of My Attention, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, AB (2010)


Permanent Collections:

Paul L. Fleck Library (The Banff Centre), Spinach (London, England), the Brooklyn Art Library (New York), and private collections internationally.



Main and Station, Parrsboro, NS (2017) 

Another World in the Studio, The Banff Centre, Banff, AB (September-November 2013)

White Rabbit Open-Air Residency, Red Clay Studio Society, Upper Economy, NS(August 2012) 


Professional Engagements:

Artist, Art Gallery of Alberta Art Rental and Sales, Edmonton, AB (February 2015 - Present)

President, Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC, Edmonton, AB (September 2017 - September 2018)

     Advocacy Director October 2014 - September 2017)

Artist Talks, Main and Station, Parrsbarro, NS (July 2017)

     Harcourt House, Edmonton, AB (March 2016) 

     Artists’ Crossing speaker series, The Banff Centre (December 2011)

Jury Member, VAA-CARFAC (Works on Paper), Edmonton, AB (May 2016) 

      Harcourt House(AIR program), Edmonton, AB (July 2015)

Art Consultant, Art in the Centre, Edmonton Public Schools, Edmonton, AB (April 2014)

Exhibition Organizer, Lunch Box Salon, The Other Gallery, The Banff Centre (August 2012)

Artist Facilitator, Artists’ Crossing speaker series, The Banff Centre (February-November 2012)



Art Gallery of Alberta, Exhibitions Manager (January 2019 - Present)

                                            Exhibitions Coordinator (January 2017 - December 2018)

                                            Preparator (October 2010-August 2011, December 2012 - January 2017)

                                            Curatorial Assistant (October 2016-Present)

                                            Art Rental & Sales Gallery Assistant (May 2014 - August 2015)

                                            Gallery Attendant, Tour Guide and Educator (July 2010-August 2011)

Friends of University Hospitals, Art Placement Assistant (November 2016-December 2016) 

The Banff Centre, Visual Arts Preparatorial Work Study (August 2011-December 2012)

                                    Gallery Assistant (November 2011-November 2012)

Alberta Craft Council, Craft Shop Staff (November 2010- August 2011)

Tina Martell, Project Assistant (June, 2010)

Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Curatorial Intern (Jan 2010 – April 2010)

Gallery Assistant (April 2009- April 2010)

Weekend Attendant (May 2009 – April 2010)

Workshops/Classes (Educator)

Art Installation Workshops, MacEwan University, Edmonton, AB (September 2017)   

Drop-in Studio, McMullen Gallery,  Edmonton, AB (January 2015) 

Adult Drop-In, 3 week feature artist, Art Gallery of Alberta (August 2015)

VAA-CARFAC: who are we and why should we be acquainted, Edmonton Digital Arts College, Edmonton, AB (February 2015)

Packing and Storing Artwork, Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC, Edmonton, AB (November 2014)

ArtBreak Camp: Art Dimensions, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (April 2014)

Block-printing, The Mustard Seed, Edmonton, AB (December 2013)

Rubbing Off: a Printmaking Workshop, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, AB (April 2013)


Bibliography (selected):

Judith S. Bauer, “2016 Nonesuch Art on Paper Awards” (catalogue), Main and Station, Black Dog & One Eyed Press, 2016.

Draw More Income Podcast (co-producer and host), VAA-CARFAC, <>, April 2016-present

North, (artist book in themed traveling artist-book collection), Deer Press, Germany, 2016. 

Sara McKarney, "Don't Quit Your Day Job#2: Sara McKarney", Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC,

     97656611996/dont-quit-your-day-job-2-sara-mckarney , September 16, 2014, 

Danielle St-Amour & Robin Simpson, The Dream Issue (catalog for exhibition “To Become Whole (The Whole Issue), The Walter Phillips Gallery,The Banff Centre,

     November 2013. 

Tina Faiz,”What is Art?: the definition of art may just be in the eye of the beholder”, Avenue Edmonton Magazine, pg 72, September 2013.  

Tori McNish, "Edmonton Visual Arts Festivals: A Comprehensive Review (Part 2)." The Wanderer, August 2, 2013. edmonton-visual-arts-festivals-a-comprehensive-review-part-2-by-tori-mcnish/

"Incubator: Sara McKarney." Latitude 53 Video Podcast.  Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture, 12 June 2013.

"Live at Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture #2." Breakfast Television. City TV.    Edmonton, Alberta, 11 June 2013. Television.

Sara McKarney “Rubbing-off: Impressions of Banff”, Made in Banff: The Banff Centre Blog, April 23, 2013.


Corrie Di Manno, “Making Prints”, Banff Crag and Canyon (April 2, 2013) (in print and online).

Cover art, The Crawl Space, Trap\door Artist Run Centre, vol.8 ed.2, Summer 2012.

Ruin and Reclamation, the Potemkin Collective, June 2009.


Scholarships and Awards:

2019 CARFAC Alberta National Conference Bursary

2016 and 2017 Edmonton Arts Council Travel Grant

2016 Edmonton Arts Council Micro-grant

2015 Visual Arts Alberta - CARFAC National Conference Bursary

2013 Banff Centre Financial Award 

2011 and 2012 Banff Centre Tuition Scholarship

2010 Southern Alberta Art Gallery Award

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