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Sarah Gamble

b. 1974, North Carolina; lives and works Philadelphia, PA

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Sarah Gamble freely ranges across representation and abstraction, sometimes employing both strategies simultaneously. In one body of work, energy is made visible and characters—some vaguely human, others more animal—co-exist in unsettling environments. In another, Gamble presents us with what appears to be both the firing of our brain’s neural pathways (inner space) and the expansiveness and cosmic connectivity of celestial bodies (outer space). Recently, she has been concentrating on paintings that feature eyes peering through screens of foliage and constellations of dotted color. Gamble's expressionistic style, the ease with which she works the paint, and her willingness to experiment with media, foster the creation of un-knowable spaces, and otherworldly moods.


Gamble has had solo exhibitions at Philadelphia venues including Fleisher/Ollman, Moore College of Art, Bambi Gallery, Pageant, and Fleisher Art Memorial. Other solo shows have taken place at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Lump Gallery Project Space, Raleigh, NC; and Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY. Gamble has been included in group exhibitions at venues such as Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY; RedLine Art Center, Denver, CO; Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE; and Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA. Gamble was awarded a MacDowell fellowship in 2023, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2009, and completed a yearlong residency at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, New Mexico in 2014. She received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from the Corcoran Gallery College of Art and Design, Washington, DC. In 2023, she was a resident at MacDowell, Peterborough, NH.

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Space-States and Other Realms

Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Jul 7–Jul 18, 2023

Kate Abercrombie, Sarah Gamble, Paul Swenbeck

In conjunction with PhilaDelic

Jul 06, 2023


Sarah Gamble receives MacDowell fellowship

Gamble will be in residence at MacDowell February–April 2023.

Feb 27, 2023

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Many Happy Returns

Marginal Utility
Philadelphia, PA
Dec 2, 2022–Jan 23, 2023,

Sarah Gamble

Nov 29, 2022

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The Impossible Exhibition

Powerstation 501
Villanova, PA
Jun 8–Jun 18, 2022
Opening Wednesday, June 8, 5–8pm

Benefiting the Philadelphia Ballet, curated by Thomas Brummett


Sarah Gamble

Jun 07, 2022

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Sarah Gamble’s spiritual-abstract ‘Theory of Everything’ at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery

Kate Brock in The Artblog


Sarah Gamble, Theory of Everything

Feb 24, 2022

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Artists in Residence, Offsite at Fitler Club

Anthony Campuzano, Sarah Gamble, and Mark Mahosky’s works are on view at Offsite at Fitler Club through 2020 for its inaugural Artists in Residence program.

Dec 06, 2019

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Sarah Gamble and the Matter of Meaning, Meaning of Matter at Fleisher-Ollman Gallery [The Artblog]

Matt Singer on Sarah Gamble: New Paintings

Mar 25, 2019

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Two one-painter shows [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Edith Newhall on Sarah Gamble: New Paintings in The Philadelphia Inquirer

Mar 24, 2019

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Retro photos, art books, sculpture: Don’t miss Scott Noel’s figurative paintings, Sarah Gamble’s abstractions, and an old city “reunion.” [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Sarah Gamble: New Paintings in The Philadelphia Inquirer

Feb 10, 2019

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Not Even Human

RedLine Art Center
Denver, CO
Nov 10–Dec 9, 2018

Group show featuring Sarah Gamble

Nov 09, 2018

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Project Rooms

Group show featuring Sarah Gamble

Edward Thorp Gallery
New York, NY

Jun 14, 2018

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Sarah Gamble: Tower

Marcia Wood Gallery
Dec 10, 2016–Jan 05, 2017

Dec 10, 2016

Sarah Gamble and Paul Swenbeck

Gamble and Swenbeck are both included in Cam Raleigh's group exhibition, 'The Nothing That Is: Chapter 1 DDDRRRAAAWWWIIINNNGGG,' curated by Bill Thelen and Jason Polan.

CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC
June 5–September 7, 2015

Jul 29, 2015

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Sarah Gamble

Summer Group Exhibition
June 18- August 1, 2015
Edward Thorp Gallery
New York, NY

Jul 16, 2015

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Sarah Gamble: Your Life is Happening Now

Moore College of Art and Design
Jan 23–Mar 14, 2015

Jan 23, 2015

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Sarah Gamble on East and West Coast

Sarah Gamble is currently in the collective Listening In, Philly Artists Speak, at the Abington Art Center. Curated by members of the Philadelphia collective, Grizzly Grizzly.

Abington Art Center
515 Meetinghouse Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046
October 10-December 7, 2014

Gamble will be featured in a two-person exhibition at Adams and Ollman with Katherine Bradford.

Adams and Ollman
811 East Burnside #213
Portland, OR 97214
November 7-December 20, 2014

Oct 15, 2014

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Begin Where You Are

Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts

1400 N. American St., Philadelphia

Aug 14–Sep 13, 2014


Curated by Timothy Belknap, Ryan McCartney and Anna Neighbor, Begin Where You Are features 32 Philadelphia-based artists, including Anthony Campuzano, Sarah Gamble, Becky Suss and Paul Swenbeck.

Aug 15, 2014

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Pew Fellowships in the Arts Announced

Fleisher/Ollman is pleased to spread the good news that the following old friends, new friends and amazing artists have been named the 2009 Pew Fellows:

Marc Brodzik, Anthony Campuzano, Sarah Gamble, Daniel Heyman, Ken Kalfus, Jennifer Levonian, Robert Matthews, Frances McElroy, Ben Peterson, Marco Roth, Ryan Trecartin, Nami Yamamoto

Pew Fellowships in the Arts, a program of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, was established by The Pew Charitable Trusts in 1991 and awards grants to artists working in a wide variety of performing, visual and literary disciplines.

Jun 03, 2009

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