Artist Statement:

Sally Paul makes object-like paintings depicting lively grids that are an unlikely marriage between geometric abstraction and craft. Inspired in part by American quilts and textiles made in the 19th and 20th centuries, the work is rooted in the history of female driven abstraction while exploring new ground through material exploration. Central to the work is the exploration of non-traditional approaches to painting. Paint is poured and squeezed rather than dabbed and brushed. Wavering pressure, and subtle movements of the body are captured and encapsulated in the paint, creating clues pointing the viewer to the artist’s hand and process. Dried paint is then collaged and woven. The work relies on improvised arrangements of color, texture, and sheen. With an eye towards paired down compositions, pattern, framing devices and sizzling, unexpected color combinations, Paul’s work engages in a conversation that always leaves room for visual play, invention, and a touch of the absurd.


Born and raised in Philadelphia, and based in Kansas City since 2019, Sally Paul is an artist, curator and educator. Currently a visual art resident at Charlotte Street, Sally makes object-like paintings using acrylic paint and paint peels, with a focus on material exploration, punchy color pallets, and spare geometric compositions. She has exhibited at The EKRU Project in the Crossroads, the MdW Art Fair in Chicago, and Shelter, Essex Flowers, My Pet Ram, 247365, and The Arsenal Gallery in New York City. In 2020 Sally Paul co-founded the artist-run gallery Troost Gardens, located at 73rd and Troost Avenue in Kansas City, MO. As an Educator, she has taught at the Museum of Modern Art, The American Folk Art Museum, International Center of Photography, and The Bronx Museum. She received a BFA from Pratt Institute and MA in Art Education from New York University.

Selected Exhibitions:

2023Banana Walk, solo exhibition at Shelter Gallery, New York, NY
2023Kansas City Flatfile, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2023Smorgasbord, group exhibition curated by Craig Auge, Lodger Art, Kansas City, MO
2022EKRU Projects booth at MdW Art Fair, Chicago Il
2022Sally Paul: Play of Squares, curated by Kevin Umaña , EKRU Projects, Kansas City, MO
2021The Big Show, group exhibition, My Pet Ram, New York, NY
2021A Little Undefined, group exhibition curated by Craig Auge, Lodger Art, Kansas City, MO
2020"Slits and Slots", solo exhibition curated by Melissa BrownEssex Flowers, New York, NY
2018Firsts and Starts, group exhibition, curated byAngela Lopez& Sara Halwerda, Susan Roman Gallery, Chicago,IL
2013"Draw Gym", Curated by Brian Belott, 247365 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.  NYTimes

Curatorial Projects:

2023Pollinating Visions, Troost Gardens, Kansas City, MO
2023Ways of Magic, Troost Gardens, Kansas City, MO
2023Kansas City Artist Coalition Juror, Annual Student Exhibition
2022Body Talk, Troost Gardens, Kansas City, MO
2022MdW Art Fair, Booth for Troost Gardens, Chicago Il
2022Site 3, Co-curator, H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, Kansas City, MO
2022Songs, Systems & Structures: A Drawing Survey, Troost Gardens, Kansas City, MO
2021Sunshine and Shadow: Textiles in Contemporary Art, Troost Gardens, Kansas City, MO
2016Drawn From Memory, MoMA Cullman Center Education Gallery New York, NY

Professional Associations:

2020 - CurrentTroost Gardens Gallery, Co-founder & Curator
2021 - CurrentCharlotte Street Foundation , Studio Resident
2004 - 2019Museum of Modern Art, Museum Educator
2008 - 2019American Folk Art Museum, Museum Educator
2003 - 2019International Center of Photography, Museum Educator
2003 - 2008Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum Educator

Speaking Engagements:

2023Art Writing Symposium, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO
2022Artist Talk, Nerman Museum, Johnson County, KS
2016Symposium Presenter, Veterans involvement at Art Museums, Museum Access Consortium, MoMA, New York, NY


2002 - 2004MA, Art Education, New York University, Steinhardt
1993 - 1996BFA, Painting, Pratt Institute
1995Pratt in Tuscany
1992 - 1993Foundation, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago