SaraNoa Mark

Fulbright Project Spotlight:

What can artwork from three millennia ago tell us about public art today? PAFA The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts graduate and visual artist SaraNoa Mark proposes to investigate ancient Anatolian art during her upcoming #Fulbright to Turkey.

“At the core of my project is a concern with how humans transform our physical environments. My aim is to first study several Anatolian monuments carved into living rock during three millennia starting from 1400 BCE to consider the role of public monuments in our collective cultural imagination, as well as ways that public art can become more sensitive to local communities and ecologies.”


Community lunch is an ongoing tradition at Mana Contemporary Chicago, where artists convene weekly to catch up, meet new people, and exchange ideas over lunch. Join us in this virtual lunch series where Chicago community director, Sarah Khalid Dhobhany, introduces two members from the Mana Contemporary community in conversation about what they’re doing and creating during this time.

This week, artists Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero and SaraNoa Mark join us for lunch.

We are pleased to present by & for | BLM, an Instagram-mediated relief auction for local and national level not for profit organizations working to ensure the safety of Black Trans Lives and Black community organizers currently working at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement. This edition has been collectively.

Collectively curated by Jameson Paige, Fabiola Tosi, Alex-Peyton Levine and Pia Singh, this edition features thirty three original artworks on view on the by & for Instagram page. Bids will open via the comments section of each artwork, or via direct messages, from 10:00 a.m. CDT on the 20th of June through 10:00 a.m. CDT on the 23rd of June, 2020.

Founded by Pia Singh at the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis in March 2020, by & for was conceived as a platform for artists to directly support one another through the sale of individual artworks. Artists are invited to donate one work for auction, presented to a viewing public in a live-bidding experience, for incremental bids of $50 over a 72 hour period. Usually, all funds raised in the auction are divided equally amongst participating artists at the closing of auction. For this edition, we will be splitting the funds raised between Brave Space Alliance, BlackTransFutures. and the Trans Justice Funding Project and 2 community organizers based in Chicago.

by & for | BLM brings together artists of all ages and of varying degrees of experience, in order to build a collective sense of shared well-being. This edition features work by: Elena Ailes, Claire Ashley, Angela Azmitia, Lucy Baird, Margaret Crowley, Cass Davis, Madeleine Finley, Rami George, Griffin Goodman, Rosemary Hall, Erin Hayden , Ellen Holtzblatt, Jennifer Huang , Michiko Itatani, Jin Lee, Alex-Peyton Levine, Mev Luna, SaraNoa Mark, Jesse Meredith, Matt Morris, Emily Mulder, Kelly Neibert, Shonna Pryor, Jeff Robinson, Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez , Elaine Rubenoff , Ruby T, Elaine Tanski, Unyimaebasi Udoh, Laura Wetter , William Wiebe , Guanyu Xu and Shanna Zentner

Review of Preserving a Find by Edith Newhall for the Philadelphia Inquirer

Here are the shows you should see in Philly art galleries now

Ancient finds, in Kensington
Tiger Strikes Asteroid’s group show, “Preserving a Find,” curated by TSA members Megan Biddle and Adam Lovitz, gathers works that suggest relics in one way or another. The impressive lineup of artists here includes Patrick Maguire, SaraNoa Mark, Monica Palma, Liza Samuel, Dominic Terlizzi, and Thaddeus Wolfe.

To me, Samuel’s four paintings are the most ancient-seeming works, with materials like clays, foraged animal bones, chlorophyll, and various minerals. Mark’s carved ceramic sculptures also speak to a distant past. They could pass for fragments of architecture.

Through March 28 at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, 1400 N. American St., noon-6 p.m. Sat. 484-469-0319 or

Preserving a Find

Patrick Maguire, SaraNoa Mark, Mónica Palma, Liza Samuel, Dominic Terlizzi and Thaddeus Wolf
Co-curated by Megan Biddle and Adam Lovitz
February 22 - March 28
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 12, 6-9PM

My work Guarding Invisibility has been aquired by the West Collection through the Lifts grant.

The ten artists who are chosen for this initiative will later be part of an exhibition, once the West Collection space in Philadelphia is complete.

SaraNoa Mark is the sixth recipient in the LIFTS initiative. We asked her a few questions.

1. Tell us about this work specifically?

My work is deeply impacted by the ancient artifacts at the Oriental Institute, where I worked as a museum guard to support my studio practice. As the museum re-presented the artifacts in preparation for its centennial, I found myself guarding a collection of empty cases. The experience of guarding absence evoked an acute awareness of the artifacts’ presence far from their points of extraction. The armatures are painted the color of the object they were designed to hold -- that of the earth from which the objects were made. Devoid of the physical objects the armatures were designed to support, the installation employs an institutional alphabet to contemplate the absence of objects displaced from their places of origin. The collected armatures were made by the museum preparators at the Oriental Institute to display artifacts.

Review of Art at Kings Oaks in Bucks Local News 

COUPLE CURATES ART EXHIBITION AT BUCKS COUNTY FARMART AT KING OAKS: Bucks County couple curates art exhibition at Wrightstown Township farm

Presenting an intergenerational group of artists is a core element of Art at Kings Oaks, with work from advanced-career artists like Lois Dodd (b. 1927) whose observational landscapes bring a clarity of expression honed throughout her celebrated 70-year career, to rising star SaraNoa Mark (b. 1991) whose carved clay paper sculptures suggest an interpretive engagement with antiquities. Other highlights include the luscious oil paintings of New Yorker Younghee Choi Martin, transporting the viewer into a dream of Aeschylus’s Oresteia, while Leroy Johnson’s mixed-media collages explore the past and present landscape of inner city Philadelphia. Decorative scagliola - imitation marble - friezes and sculptures by Kathleen Vissar, co-founder of Philadelphia’s Wells Vissar, will be installed in the chapel. Work by New York City painter and master frame-maker Robert M. Kulicke (1924-2007) will be displayed alongside work by his widow, painter and master frame-maker Pam Sheehan. International artists include Londoner Naomi Grant and Kouta Sasai from Japan, both sending arresting self-portraits.


Curated by Alex Cohen and Clara Weishahn

In its seventh year, Art at Kings Oaks will present the work of 28 renowned and emerging artists from across the U.S., the U.K., and Japan this fall.  Paintings, drawings, etchings, collage, sculpture, and ceramic art will be on display in the barn and chapel galleries at Kings Oaks from October 4 – 20, 2019.  

Exhibiting Artists: Younghee Choi MartinAlex CohenLois DoddMike DowleyDavid FertigDorothy FreyNaomi GrantNancy GruskinEric HolzmanLeroy JohnsonDeborah KahnJames KaoBenjamin KingRobert M. KulickeDavid MacDonaldElizabeth MacDonaldSaraNoa MarkRuth MillerMelvin Nesbitt Jr.Sarah NorsworthyDrew PanckeriE.M. SanigaMayumi SaraiKouta SasaiPam SheehanLaura VahlbergWells VissarScott Wheelock

Art at Kings Oaks
756 Worthington Mill Road
Newtown, PA 18940
Tel. 215-603-6573

Hyde Park Art Center at EXPO

September 19-22 Booth #469

Entering its eighth year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO, has included Hyde Park Art Center in the Special Exhibitions program to exhibit ground-breaking Contemporary Art produced in Chicago alongside more than 135 leading international exhibitors in Navy Pier Hall.

At EXPO BOOTH #469, Hyde Park Art Center introduces a new collaboration between artists Assaf Evron and SaraNoa Mark, who have both been active in exhibitions and making work in the Jackman Goldwasser Residency studios at the Art Center.  The title of the exhibition references Pres. John F. Kennedy’s cold war era speech on labor and progress where he proclaims, “use time as a tool, not a couch.” This sentiment of building on history and applying that knowledge forward, is one of many conceptual threads that run through the work of both artists. This unique installation combines the shared interest of Evron and Mark in the language of presentation of artifacts to reconsider human perception of history, national borders, and culture. Together, the Chicago-based artists enact a controlled logic of placement with photography, drawing, and clay sculpture to transform common didactic museum display techniques into speculative gestures that attempt to make time physically present.

Israli artist, Evron contributes his large-scale digital print incorporating the concrete modernist mural in Herzliya by Shlomo Eliraz (1912–1994), which presents parallels between architectural history and cultural legacy. Sand collected from around the world, reconfigured museum display structures, and hand-etched clay columns made by American artist, Mark methodically intersect with Evrons image and build a unique immersive space. The exhibition,Time as a tool, offers a transliterate experience of the visual graphics that permeate throughout geographies and dynasties in attempt to transfer knowledge before it disappears.

We had the chance to catch up with artist SaraNoa Mark about her practice and her collaboration with Hyde Park Art Center at Expo 2019. Entering its eighth year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO, has included Hyde Park Art Center in the Special Exhibitions program to exhibit ground-breaking Contemporary Art alongside more than 135 leading international exhibitors in Navy Pier Hall.  We are introducing a new collaboration between artists Assaf Evron and SaraNoa Mark, who have both been active in exhibitions and making work in the artist’s studios at the Art Center.

How would you describe your practice?

I’ve been thinking a lot about removal, invisibility, loss, and exile, and how to draw andarchive formlessness. The question of representing the presence of absencechallenges cartographers and led to the mathematical concept of zero. My method of drawing is a subtractive process where I carve into my media to create extremelyintricate renderings of removal. I look to other carved languages, to canyons hollowed by water, to fragments, to extracted earth, to aerial views of excavations, and echo’s of invisibility. My practice begins with questions and a deep need to navigate mystery through materials. My process is physical, my practice is devotional.

What are you most excited about your collaboration with artist Assaf Evron?

I am very excited about this collaboration, Assaf and I are both interested in land, and visual strategies and political structures that frame our relationships and our experience of place. He and I both continually observe and collect existing imagery to then create works that enact forms of translation. Working in this way allows us to generate physical conversations with places and forms that have captured our imaginations, and to investigate the transmission of history and information. This is my first time collaborating with another artist on an exhibition and I am fascinated by how our interests and artistic instincts work together. We are creating an environment for EXPO Chicago that represents both of our practices.
I think our collaboration is becoming more about storytelling and about simultaneously creating and dismantling, locating and then dislocating a sense of place. I am mystified by time. My drawing practice is a labor of evidencing the constant and invisible activity of time. I am moved by the quiet traces of time passing on the earth. Using my hands to make my work helps me feel inside time.

Processing An Archive of Touch at Goldfinch Gallery

Sixty Inches from the Center

Review of An Archive of Touch at Goldfinch Gallery written by Amanda Dee

The creative act for the artist lends gravity to small actions, as motions and brush strokes become big decisions. In the group exhibition “An Archive of Touch,” each artist reconsidered their decisions through the lens of the titular concept, creating as a process of archiving touch. The output: documents of acrylics, carved clays, oils, stoneware, yarn; histories of relationships with objects, others, and themselves. Residing in East Garfield Park at Goldfinch Gallery through August 3, “An Archive of Touch” is comprised of works by Yesenia Bello, Dana DeGiulio, Andreas Fischer, Alejandro Jiménez-Flores, Joyce Lung, SaraNoa Mark, and Kellie Romany.

The Shape of a Whisper and Its Echo at Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Curated by Greg Ruffing

Opening Friday, July 12th 4:30PM to 6:00PM

Artists: Kevin Demery, Liz Ensz, Ashley Freeby, Dan Hojnacki, Kelly Kristin Jones, Sam Kirk, Fran Lightbound, SaraNoa Mark, Tamara Becerra Valdez

An Archive of Touch at Goldfinch Gallery

opening reception is Sunday, June 30, 3-6pm

June 30 – August 3, 2019

Group show with Yesenia Bello, Dana DeGiulio, Andreas Fischer, Alejandro Jiminez Flores, SaraNoa Mark, Kellie Romany

I am excited to share that I have been awarded a Luminarts Fellowship

Visit PAFA's Alumni stories to read about my upcoming arts research Fulbright in Turkey.

"Time Share" and "Warm Welcome" at Monaco Gallery, St. Louis

New Art Examiner

Review of Time Share and Warm Welcome at Monaco, written by Rusty Freeman

Time Share  at Monaco 

Opening Reception: Friday May 10th, 7 - 10 pm 

Curated by Jeff Robinson 

Artists: Tom Burtonwood, Mark Joshua Epstein, Kelly Kaczynski, Mary Laube, Melissa Leandro, Frances Lightbound, SaraNoa Mark

The Chicago Artists Coalition, a nonprofit organization based in the Windy City, has revealed the 15 Chicago-based artists who will receive its first-ever SPARK microgrants, which come with unrestricted purses of $2,000 each.

The 2019 awardees are: Alexandra Antoine, Gregory Bae, Rose Blouin, Laksha Dantran, Coriama Davis, Kevin Demery, Ashley Freeby, Jacquelyn Guerrero, Candace Hunter, Liang Luscombe, SaraNoa Mark, Meida McNeil, Carlos Barberena de la Rocha, Dorian Sylvain, and Chunbo Zhang.

Traces of Absence: A Review of SaraNoa Mark at Chicago Artists Coalition

The exhibition “Temporarily Removed” at Chicago Artists Coalition comprises a body of work by SaraNoa Mark that emerged during her BOLT residency. Mark moves the viewer through an assemblage of sculptures, reliefs and objects, using each axis of a 334-square-foot gallery space as a line of archaeological inquiry. The exhibition guides the viewer to consider how time marks the earth and what becomes of materials once they have been extracted from their places of origin.

Temporarily Removed at the Chicago Artists Coalition

Opening Reception: FEBRUARY 21st 5-8pm 

The show will run February 21st - April 4th 2019

Preview 8

Opening Friday, November 30, 2018 - 6:00pm to Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 5:00pmOpening Reception: Friday, November 30, 6-9 pm

Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Preview 8, a group exhibition featuring​ the 2018-2019 BOLT Artists-in-Residence​.

Preview 8 presents works by Danny Giles, Erin Hayden, Cathy Hsiao, Mev Luna, SaraNoa Mark, Devin T. Mays. This group show reveals new works by each of the artists in anticipation of their solo exhibitions occurring in 2019. Preview 8 is curated by Jared Quinton.

Open Studios Night

During the opening reception of Preview 8, visit the BOLT Open Studios to see other works by the Artists-in-Residence.

White Columns Online 'PLS' curated by Francisco Correa Cordero 

"A limit can be understood as something to be pushed and/or reached beyond; as a maximum or minimum capacity to act; or, as the threshold beyond which one can never reach. The limit, then, is highly significant to our understanding of what a body could be and its inhabitation of space. Uncovering, experiencing, or experimenting with what, where and when the limits of the body are, [...] can make evident or potentially disrupt our notion of what it means to be a human being in the world." – Sebastian Abrahamsson, The limits of the body: boundaries, capacities, thresholds (2011)

“PLS,” short for “phantom limb sensations” or “phantom limb syndrome,” refers to the feelings (sometimes pain) in limbs that are no longer part of oneself, and is perceived outside of the limits and borders of the body. It was originally believed that it was caused by the grieving over the loss of the limb, but as opposed to other types of chronic pain, psychological factors are not precisely the cause. In some cases, this feeling is perceived in limbs that never existed in the first place. It is actually due to a reorganization of the nervous system. This peculiar phenomenon and adaptation to new conditions, is at the core of this exhibition.

Francisco Correa Cordero is the founder and director of the contemporary art space Lubov in Lower Manhattan and the executive coordinator at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. 

This exhibition is the seventh in a series of online exhibitions; this exhibition was curated from White Columns' Artist Registry.

Participating Artists Include:
Daryl Bergman, Jerry Blackman, Gabriel Simon Cohen, Kristine Eudey, Nicolas Fleming, Tania Jade Houtzager, Daniel Jensen, Katie Kirk, SaraNoa Mark, Chris Pousette-Dart, John J. Richardson, Barb Smith


I am grateful to Chester Alamo-Costello for including me in the Chicago Artist Portrait Project and for offering me the space to reflect on my studio practice in writing, to read the interview please visit:

Impossible Archive
Kaitlyn Basta | Rosemarie Chiarlone | Jacintha Clark | Emily Elliott | SaraNoa Mark | Kate McCammon | Ana Vizcarra Rankin

July 12 - September 2
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 19th 5-7 pm
Alumni Gallery, Historic Landmark Building

Everyday realities, unfathomable scale and untold histories come together inImpossible Archive. Chosen through an open call juried by PAFA’s Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum, Brooke Davis Anderson and Director of Exhibitions, Judith Thomas, the works of seven PAFA alumnus - Kaitlyn Basta, Rosemarie Chiarlone, Jacintha Clark, Emily Elliott, SaraNoa Mark, Kate McCammon, and Ana Vizcarra Rankin - question how one might place themselves within the vast, complexity of existence. Through tiny slices in a surface, painted interventions as writing, or explorations in human and natural history, each work in Impossible Archive acts as a document of experience - whether collective or personal.


I am excited to share that I have been named a BOLT Resident for 2018- 2019 along artists: Erin Hayden, Devin Mays, Cathy Hsiao, Danny Giles, Mev Luna.

BOLT Residency is a highly competitive, juried, one-year artist studio residency program offering emerging and established artists the opportunity to engage the Chicago arts community and its public in critical dialogue about contemporary art.

Located at the Chicago Artists Coalition’s brand new 6,700-square-foot facility in the vibrant Kinzie Industrial Corridor, BOLT provides workspace, creative community, exhibition opportunities and professional development for Chicago-based, contemporary artists.

White Columns' Curated Artist Registry

New profile in White Columns' Curated Artist Registry 

I am currently a Co-Director at the 4th Ward Project Space
4th Ward Project Space is an artist-run exhibition space that honors the artistic direction of individual artists without regard to commercial interests. 4WPS seeks to exhibit underexposed artists and cultivate an inclusive audience.

Winter Selection:


231 East 60 Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 838-0333

HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 5pm

Trestle Gallery
Introductions 2018
Opening Friday January 19, 7-9pm

On View January 19 - February 28

Trestle Gallery 
850 3rd Ave, Suite 411 
Brooklyn, NY 11232









NEW YORK, NY 10022



June - July 2017



NEW YORK, NY 10022

The Imperceptive

June 6, 2017 to August 6th, 2017

Aaron Thomson, Adam Bush, Grace Isabell, SaraNoa Mark, Kathryn Vaughn, Kevin McCullough, Joseph, Lozano

Opening June 6th 11am - 4pm

200 Bala Ave

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004


April 7, 2017 to May 13, 2017

SaraNoaMark, Samantha Mitchell, Rowland Ricketts

Opening April 7th 5:30 - 8:00pm

303 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm

Places Recalled                                                     

October 25 - December 24, 2016

Nina Earley, SaraNoa Mark, Darcy Schultz

All are welcome to a reception on Thursday, November 17,6:30-8:30 pm, with a talk by the artists at 7:00 pm.

Groton Public Library
99 Main Street
Groton, MA 01450 

Responding to Place                                                  

June 16 -August 16, 2016 

Bernard Chaet, Kim Bramhall, Ken Vincent, John Walker, AndyKarnes, Lois Dodd, Elizabeth O'Reilly, Stuart Shils, SaraNoa Mark, Wolf Kahn,James Urbaska, Rick Fox, Kathleen Jacobs, Allen Whiting, Susan Howland 

Opening Reception: June 16, 6-8 pm
37 Lexington Road, Concord MA

Paths that cross                                                

March 11 - April 11, 2016

Ian Barken-Ducharme, Selene Bataille, Philippa Beardsley, GregBiche, Miles Burke, Sinead Cahill, Jesse Friedman, Kathryn Hedley, Ben Jones,Will Kelly, Alyssa Kreilick, Douglas Krueger, Erick Riley Miller, SaraNoa Mark,John Mitchell, Bettina Nelson, Janice Nowinski, Celia Reisman, Lindsay Robbins,Matias Schmidt, Tiago Schmidt, Jessica Shasha, Stuart Shils, Virginia MaeSmith, Jim Strong, Tiffany Tate, Jo Weiss, Jessica Willittes, Meg Wolenski

Curated by Drew Kohler 
Opening Reception: March 11, 5 pm
The Cameron Street Gallery 
41 S Cameron St. Winchester, VA

Personal Space                                                                February 5 - 26, 2016

Curated by Leigh Werrell 

Philippa Beardsley, Amanda Bush, Matt Colaizzo, Virginia Fleming, Julian Kreimer, SaraNoa Mark, Erin Murray, Matt R. Phillips, Giordanne Salley, Stuart Shils, Tiffany Tate

Opening Reception: February 5th 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Snyderman - Works Galleries
​303 Cherry Street Philadelphia, PA

50 Shades Of Red                                                 

February 28 - March 24, 2016

Curated by Trevor Richardson, Anne Laprade Seuthe, KathleenJacobs
Opening Reception: February 28th 2 - 4 PM
Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusettes Amherst


JUNE 15 - SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

Artists include Nicol Allan, Lennart Anderson, Cressida Bell, Sharon Etgar, David Fertig, Samuel Guillén, Sheila Hicks, Bessie Jamieson, Kurt Knobelsdorf, Robert M. Kulicke, Janet Malcolm, SaraNoa Mark, Robert Ohnigian, Robert Andrew Parker, Philadelphia Wireman, Seymour Remenick, Harry Roseman, Pam Sheehan, Aaron Shikler, Stuart Shils, Allyson Strafella, Bill Traylor, Stuart Williams, Martin Wilner, and Albert York.


NEW YORK, NY 10022

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