Sarah Nicole Phillips


Sarah Nicole Phillips

Sarah Nicole Phillips is a Toronto-born, Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist. In 2003 she received her B.A, in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto and her MFA from Brooklyn College in 2006 with a concentration in printmaking. From 2006-07 she participated in a year-long artist residency at the Lower East Side Printshop where she continues to teach.

 In 2012 she was awarded a fellowship from The Blue Mountain Center in upstate New York and in 2011 was awarded a residency at The Wassaic Project, also in New York state. Sarah exhibits widely in Canada and the US and has recently been included in shows at the Queens Museum of Art in New York, the International Print Center New York, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). She is a 2009 & 2014 recipient of Brooklyn Arts Council grants. 

She was commissioned by NYC’s Department of Transportation to design a pedestrian barrier in 2016. Her work is in the permanent collections of The James Hotel and NYU Langone Hospital.


I create collages with discarded, patterned security envelopes. Security envelopes are used to mail sensitive and private documents. Their decorative patterns form a scrim making it impossible to read what is inside, even when they are held up to light. Using the envelopes I create scenes containing flora-inspired imagery; shapes that echo the security envelope's intended use as camouflage for documents. I conceived of the images as dystopian landscapes created in a time of increasing mistrust toward corporations, financial institutions and the government meant to regulate these entities.


b. 1977
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

  • 2006Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, MFA
  • 2004University of Toronto, BA
  • 2017(TBA), Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY
  • 2014All the Benefits, All the Rewards, Court Tree Collective, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2014You've Been Selected, McKinley Arts and Culture Center, Reno, NV
  • 2014Grant, Brooklyn Arts Council
  • 2009Grant, Brooklyn Arts Council
  • 2015Kimmel Nelson Harding Center, Nebraska City, NE, United States
  • 2012Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, NY
  • 2011The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
  • 2007Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY
75 Third St
3rd Fl
Brooklyn, NY 11231
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