Sara Madandar is an Iranian multi-disciplinary artist based in New Orleans. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA in painting from the Azad University of Art and Architecture in Tehran. Through a range of media such as painting, video, installation, and performance—Madandar explores migration and the human experience of living in between cultures. Her work uses the aesthetics of language, clothing, and bodies to study the complexities of cross-cultural experiences from a unique perspective. Some of Madandar’s accolades include an award from the Texas Visual Artists Association (TVAA) and an award from the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) for an exhibition curated by Jessica Beck of the Andy Warhol museum. Sara’s work has been featured at Elga Wimmer PCC, New Orleans Museum of Art, Austin City Hall, New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, Elisabeth Ney Museum, and many others.

EDUCATION

2011 - 2014 | Master in Fine Arts | The University of Texas at Austin

Studio Art specializing in painting, with a secondary focus on Performance and Video Art

2004 - 2009 | Bachelor of Arts | Azad University of Tehran, Iran

Specialization in painting

 

EXHIBITIONS & CREATIONS

GALLERY SHOWS

2020 — Juried National Drawing Exhibition "Form, Line, Shape and Space" at Todd Art Gallery, MTSU — Murfreesboro, TN

2019 — Solo show at Co-Lab Project Gallery “A Land with no Name” — Austin, TX

2019 — Solo show at Elga Wimmer Gallery “Pink Dreams in A Land with no Name” — New York, NY

2019 — Group show at Barrister’s Gallery “And Another Thing…” — New Orleans, LA

2019— Solo show at Aquarium Gallery “In Memory of Aziz” — New Orleans, LA

2018-2019 — Group show at New Orleans Museum of Art “Ear to the Ground” — New Orleans, LA 

2018 — Group show at New Orleans Academy of Fine arts — New Orleans, LA

2018-2019 — Public art project, 3D installation “The Dwelling” — Colorado Spring, CO

2018 — Solo show at ArtEgg Studios “My Body Is My Home” — New Orleans, LA

2018 — Group show at The New Orleans Arts Center “B4 Peace” — New Orleans, LA 

2017 — Group show at LeMieux Galleries “Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series” — New Orleans, LA

2017 — Group show at the Irving Arts Center “6th Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art” — Irving, TX

2017 — Group show at Viridian Artists gallery “Selfies & Self-Portraits: 21st C Artists See Themselves” — New York, NY

2017 — Group show “Ephemera Obscura” at Contemporary Art Center (CAC) — New Orleans, LA

2017 — Group show at Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery — Hammond, LA

2017 — Part of Newcomb museum curatorial group “Beyond the Canvas” — New Orleans, LA

2017 — Group show as part of Austin West Studio Tour — Austin, TX

2017 — Public art project, 3D installation, at Elizabeth Ney Museum — Austin, TX 

2017 — HOUSE of Wahala: art auction part of Fusebox festival at Women & their works gallery — Austin, TX

2017 — Group show at Tipton Gallery “32nd Positive/Negative” — Johnson City, TN

2017 — Group show at Foundry Art Center “Luck of the Draw” — St. Charles, MO 

2016 — TVAA National exhibition — Mesquite, TX

2016 — Group show at 701 Gallery — Austin, TX

2016 — Open studio as part of Austin West Studio Tour — Austin, TX

2016 — Solo show at Courtyard gallery — Austin, TX

2016-2017— Group show at People's gallery— Austin, TX

2016 — Group show at Asian American Resource Center (AARC) — Austin, TX

2015 — SECAC Members’ Exhibition — Pittsburgh, PA 

2015 — Solo show “Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season” at MOM gallery — Austin, TX

2014 — Group show “Conspectus: Two Thousand Fourteen” at Co-Lab project gallery — Austin, TX

2014 — Graduate thesis show “Pool”, at the Visual Arts Center — Austin, TX

2014 — Solo show “Something Left Behind” at Co-Lab Project gallery — Austin, TX

2013 — Group show “Inter Connections” at the WoCa Project gallery — Fort Worth, TX 

2013 — Open studio exhibition “SOMETHING” — Austin, TX

2013 — Group show “Something Lost” at Trinity University gallery — San Antonio, TX

2013 — Group show “Something Lost” at the Nelsen Partners gallery — Austin, TX

2012 — Open studio exhibition “Absence” — Austin, TX

2010 — Group show “The Same Pain” at Azadi Tower gallery — Tehran, Iran

2009 — Solo show “Self-Portrait” at Banafsheh gallery — Tehran, Iran

2008 — Group show in the Architecture & Art department at Azad University — Tehran, Iran

 

PERFORMANCE ART

2018 — Participatory performance “My Body Is My Home” at SFAI gallery — Santa Fe, NM

2018 — Participatory performance “My Body Is My Home” at ArtEgg Studios — New Orleans, LA

2014 — Stage performance “Being/With Others” at the Theater Lab — Austin, TX

2013 — Street performance “Behind the Black Veil” — Austin, TX

2013 — Collaboration in the public performance “Beauty” by Wura-Natasha Ogunji — Austin, TX

2012 — Public-Participatory performance “The Void” — Austin, TX

VIDEO ART

2017— Video installation “My Body is My Home” at Brooklyn Studio for Dance — Brooklyn, NY  

2016— Video installation “The Sidewalk” at Asian American Resource Center (AARC) — Austin, TX

2015 — “30 Seconds” at MOM gallery- Austin, TX

2014 — “The Prayer” at Co-Lab Project gallery — Austin, TX

2014 — Video installation “Obscene Bodies” at Visual Arts Center — Austin, TX

2013 — Video installation “The Sidewalk” at Co-Lab Project gallery — Austin, TX

2013 — “Counting the Moments” at Fine Arts department, UT — Austin, TX

 

SELECTED CONFERENCE & ARTIST TALK

2019 — Artist talk at New Orleans Museum of Art — New Orleans, LA

2018 — Artist talk at Louisiana State University(LSU) — Baton Rouge, LA

2018 — The 32nd Annual Conference of Society for Science, Literature and Art (SLSA) “Out of Mind” — Toronto, Canada

2018 — Part of ArtEgg Studio’s Lecture Series “My Body Is My Home” — New Orleans, LA 

2018 — 10th Annual Peace Conference “Feminity and Creativity” at Loyola University— New Orleans, LA

2017 — Society for Science, Literature and Art (SLSA) Annual Conference “Space, Time, and Body in Modern and Contemporary Art” — phoenix, AZ 

 

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & RESIDENCIES

2017— Cultures Alive grant for The Dwelling project— Austin, TX

2017-2018 — Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI)”Equal Justice” — Santa Fe, NM

2016 — TVAA (Texas visual arts association), second place, Curated by Andrea Karnes the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth — Dallas, TX 

2015 — SECAC member show, second place, curated by Jessica Beck of the Andy Warhol museum — Pittsburgh, PA

2013 — Quaid-E-Azam Scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin —Austin, TX

2013 — Residency at Vermont Studio Center — Johnson, VT

2013-2014 — Marshal F. Wells Fellowship and Scholarship Endowment — Austin, TX

2012-2013 — Marshal F. Wells Fellowship and Scholarship Endowment — Austin, TX

2011 — William and Betty Newlin Presidential Exhibition — Austin, TX

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