Sarah Cain

Sarah Cain
Born (1979-02-03) February 3, 1979
Albany, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Education San Francisco Art Institute
University of California, Berkeley
Known for Painting

Sarah Cain (born February 3, 1979) is an American contemporary artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California.


Cain was born in Albany, New York , and studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute where she received her BFA in 2001. She went on to study at the University of California, Berkeley receiving her MFA in studio art and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2006. In Tara McDowell's 2006 essay accompanying Cain's SECA Award, the SFMOMA curator wrote, "For Cain, abstraction has the singular capability to convey meaning outside of words: a feeling, a state of mind, a relationship to something or someone."[1]


The paintings and installations of Sarah Cain employ a variety of materials including traditional canvas, stretcher bars, and paint, but also introducing unusual and poetic artifacts: from musical notations to leaves and branches, expanding outside of the two-dimensional plane of the canvas and into the surrounding environment, creating many site-specific installations.[2] Critic Quinn Latimer in describing Cain's work writes "They court seemingly bad ideas — drawings sport feathers and doilies; installations feature eggs and hippy art teacher-like fabric swatches — and then transform them so deftly into serious painting that it can take a minute to understand what you’re looking at." [3] In 2011, Cain collaborated with noted Beat-era artist George Herms at the Orange County Museum of Art, where the curator Sarah Bancroft wrote for the accompanying catalog that the two artists share "an interest in language and a frustration over its limits in describing abstract work" [4]

Exhibitions (selection)

Press List


Public Collections

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Blanton Museum of Art: The University of Texas at Austin

Zabludowicz Collection, London

The FLAG Art Foundation, New York City

The Margulies Collection, Miami

Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio

UBS Art Collection

Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga, NY

North Carolina Museum of Art

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

San Antonio Museum of Art


  1. McDowell, Tara and Janet C Bishop. 2006 SECA Art Award : Sarah Cain, Kota Ezawa, Amy Franceschini, Mitzi Pederson, Leslie Shows San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2007.
  2. Garza, Evan J "Q&A: A Conversation with Sarah Cain," New American Painting, November 2010.
  3. Latimer, Quinn. SEILER + MOSSERI-MARLIO GALERIE, ZURICH "Sarah Cain: Double Future."
  4. Bancroft, Sarah, Two Schools of Cool, Orange County Museum of Art and Prestel Publishing, 2012.
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