MOCA GA Working Artist Project (WAP, 2014/15) recipient Sarah Emerson (b. 1974 Port Huron, MI) graduated from the Atlanta College of Art with a B.A. in 1998 and completed her M.F.A. at Goldsmiths College, London, in 2000. She has taught at various institutions over the years, including Emory University, Agnes Scott College, and Georgia State University.  Emerson explores the fragility of life, the futility of earthly pleasures, and the disintegration of our natural landscape through her large, hyper-stylized paintings and murals which combine vibrant colors and geometric patterns with mythic archetypes.

Emerson has exhibited her work throughout the North America and Europe, including at venues such as White Columns (New York, NY) Cosmic Gallery at Cargnel Bugada (Paris, France), the Musee de la Civilisation (Quebec, Canada), Mirus Gallery (San Francisco, CA), the Museum of Contemporary Art, (Jacksonville, FL), and the High Museum (Atlanta, GA).  Her work has been published in Noplaceness: Art in a Post Urban Landscape (2012), Stickers Deluxe: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art (2007), and New American Paintings (2003). Alongside being MOCA GA’s WAP recipient, Emerson also was awarded with the 2014/15 Kirk Visiting Artist Fellowship at Agnes Scott College (Atlanta, GA).


Individual works in the MOCA GA Permanent Collection: