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Sarah Williams: Twilight Towns



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Wednesday, 7 October 2020 to Thursday, 12 November 2020

Sarah Williams

Twilight Towns

October 7 – November 12, 2020

Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition with Sarah Williams.

“I use darkness to edit out extraneous information and provide the viewer with the essence of the place.” – Sarah Williams

Having grown up in North Missouri, Sarah Williams draws from her personal experiences and environment to create realistic scenes of small town America. As an artist, Williams is drawn to light sources and the play of light on surfaces. This has led her to paint nightscapes of the rural Midwest, from unremarkable buildings to neighborhood homes with Christmas lights. By painting these structures and scenes, Williams transforms them from insignificant to significant.

Through her work, Williams was able to combat the initial home sickness she felt the first time she moved away from her home town to pursue her MFA degree. Understanding that she will never truly be home again, her paintings have become a kind of souvenir of the places she has left behind and the structures she knows so intimately. Williams depictions of the rural Midwest speak to people regardless of where they call home. Williams hopes her work inspires people to think about where they come from and to take pride in the collective identity of their home region. 

Andrea Schwartz Gallery was established in 1982 and is located in the South of Market district of San Francisco at 545 – 4th Street. ASG exhibits contemporary work of mid-career artists from the Bay Area and across the country. ASG is a member of SFADA. Gallery Hours are Monday - Friday 9 - 5, Saturday by appointment. For further information and materials please contact Lexi Herrmann at 415-495-2090 or Additional information may also be found on our website,

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Sarah Williams


2009   University of North Texas, Denton TX

2006   William Woods University, Fulton MO

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2020   “Twilight Towns”, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            “Off-ramp Communities”, Moody Gallery, Dallas, TX

            “Interstate Phantoms”, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO

            “Rural Routes”, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas TX

George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

2018   “Every Nowhere”, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            “Home-Place”, Scarlow’s Gallery, Casper, WY

            “Night Lands”, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

            “Speed Trap Towns”, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

”Blanketed”, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO

            “Unseen America”, Moody Gallery, Houston, TX

            George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

2016   “Heartland”, Round Gallery, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville AL

            “Area Codes”, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas TX

2015   “Flyover Territory”, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            “City Limits”, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, TX

2014   “Peripheral 36”, Sinclair Gallery, Northwest College, Powell, WY

            “Glow”, Mildred Cox Gallery, William Woods University, Fulton, MO

            “Midwest Noir”, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY

   “Blacktop Country”, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            “30 Miles Between”, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, TX

“Amy Blakemore and Sarah Williams”, The Gallery at UTA, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

            “Remote America”, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX

2012   “Homeward”, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO

            “County Line”, McMurtrey Gallery, Micro Space, Houston, TX

            “Nightfall”, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX

Group Exhibitions

2020   Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2019   “Passing Through”, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX

“Getting Real”, Strohl Art Center, Chatauqua Intsitution, Chatauqua, NY

“Out of Town”, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            2018   “Wonder Wall”, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO

“Target Texas: What Inspires”, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX 


2017  “Cityscape Show VII”, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                        “As Is: Rural Realism”, The Grace Museum, Abilene, TX

            2016  “Wonder Wall”, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO

                        “40th Anniversary Exhibition”, Moody Gallery, Houstin, TX

            2015  “Destination Unkown”, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX

                        “New American Paintings”, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL

                        “The Real Show”, The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX


            2014   “Wonder Wall”, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO

                        “The Cityscape Show IV”, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“Homeward Bound: An American Pictorial”, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

“Night Music”, Trudy Labell Fine Art, Naples, FL

“Seven”, McMurtrey Gallery, Houstin, TX

2013   “Object, Object!: A Selection”, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA


2018 - 2020 Associate Professor, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

2012 - 2018  Assistant Professor, Missouri State Unviersity, Springfield, MO

2009 - 2012  Adjunct Faculty, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

2010 - 2012  Adjunct Faculty, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX

            2012   Adjunct Faculty, Austin College, Sherman, TX


            2009   Adjunct Faculty, Richland College, Dallas, TX

2007 - 2009  Teaching Assistant, University of North Texas, Denton, TX



Select Awards


            2020   The Studios of Key West Artist Residencey, Key West, FL

            2019   Missouri State University Research Sabbatical, Springfield, MO

2016   Millay Colony for the Arts Residency, Nusterlitz NY


            2015   Willapa Bay Artist in Residence, Oysterville, WA

Summer Faculty Fellowship, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

2013   Department of Art and Design Travel Grant, Missouri State 

University, Springfield, MO

College of Arts and Letters New Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

Ucross Foundation Artist Residency Program Participant, Clearmont, WY


Articles, Reviews and Catalogue Essays

2020   Create! Magazine, p 162 – 165, Winter 2020 Issue 19

2019   American Art Collector, p 112 – 113, June 2019 issue 164

2017   American Art Collector, p 66 – 67, March 2017 issue 137

2016   The Southern Review, Spring 2016 Edition

            Parcel, Spring 2016 Edition

2015   New American Paintings, no. 119, Midwest Issue

2011   New American Paintings, no. 96, Western Issue

2010   Houston Chronicle, p E8, Thursday February 11, 2010

2009   Dallas Modern Luxury Magazine, p 56, December 2009 Issue

2008   Houston Chronicle, p E2, Friday August 15, 2008

            CAA News, Volume 33, no. 1, January 2008

2007   Fishwrap, volume 4, no. 2, summer 2007 

Venue ( Address ): 

545 4th St. 

San Francisco, CA 94107

Andrea Schwartz Gallery , San Francisco

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