Discipline: Visual Art

Sarah McEneaney

Discipline: Visual Art
Region: Philadelphia, PA
MacDowell Fellowships: 1998
Sarah McEneaney is an American artist, painter, and community activist who lives and works in Philadelphia. Working primarily in egg tempera her paintings are characterized by their autobiographical content, detailed brushwork, and brilliant color. McEneaney's intimate subject matter focuses on daily scenes from her home, studio, travels, and neighborhood. Her work is included in public collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and she has received numerous grants and awards. McEneaney is also active in community work, including the formation of the Callowhill Neighborhood Association in 2001, and the co-founding of the Reading Viaduct Project in 2003. McEneaney is represented by Locks Gallery in Philadelphia and Tibor de Nagy gallery in New York City. In 2004, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia held a mid-career exhibition of her work accompanied by a fully illustrated publication authored by Chief Curator Ingrid Schaffner. Individual works were also discussed by 11 other contributors, including Sarah McEneaney, art historian and former Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Susan Rosenberg, artist Sheila Pepe, and poet Nathalie Anderson.



Sarah McEneaney worked in the Cheney studio.

Cheney Studio was given to MacDowell by Mrs. Benjamin P. Cheney and Mrs. Karl Kauffman. Like Barnard Studio, Cheney is a low, broadly massed bungalow. Sited on a steep westward slope, its porches are supported on wooden posts and fieldstone with lattices. Although it still retains its appealing character, the original design of the shingled building…

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