Sarah Sadie Slate


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Mixed Media/Painting

Artist's Biography

Sarah Sadie Slate is a librarian and artist. She lives and works in Philadelphia.

Artist's Statement

The tension inherent in the vulnerability of cut paper compels me- The mix of fragility and tenacity, the hanging-by-a-slender-thread-ness that amplifies drama. I use cut paper to explore the inner life of figures who navigate the nebulous edges between physical worlds and psychological states.

The cutting is meditative and satisfying. What I like is that the labor intensity of the process gives me time with my subject matter- Time to consider its weight, its mood and gesture. The lingering heightens my emotional connection to the people and things that appear in my work.

Selected Exhibitions

Dear Fleisher, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

In Summer The Song Sings Itself, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Papercuts, Falling Cow Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Red Dot Art Fair, with Pentimenti Gallery, New York, NY

Close Call, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

Works on Paper, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

We’d Rather Not Tell You, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Bridge Art Fair, with Pentimenti Gallery, Miami, FL

Triple Trouble, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

Corrections, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Glove Factory, Carbondale, IL


Daub, Sarah, “Hide, Seek,” Riverfront Times, December 18, 2002, p. 80


Hill, Lori, “Paper Champion,” City Paper, April 13-19, 2006, p. 30

Rosof, Libby, “Catching Up At Vox,” Artblog, May 5, 2006

Fallon, Roberta, “Triple Trouble,” Philadelphia Weekly, August 24-30, 2005, Editor’s Pick, p. 6

Professional Experience

2013 - 2016
Interim Assistant Director for Reference and Special Collections, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA

2013 - 2016
Librarian, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA

2007 - 2013
Library Assistant, Hahnemann Library at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

2004 - 2007
Floral Designer, George Baker Flowers, Philadelphia, PA

2001 - 2004
Teaching Assistant, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Research Coordinator, National Center for Conflict Resolution Education

1998 - 2000
Peace Corps Volunteer, Stepanavan, Armenia


Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
MLIS, Library and Information Science

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
MFA, Sculpture

Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
BFA, Metals