Sandra Dee Baker is a self-taught Black female artist who discovered her interest for abstract artistic expression in art therapy over four years ago. Sandra's art journey began when she completed her first collage piece, “The Maze"and entered her first juried show which was selected and exhibited at The New Britain Museum of American Art 46th Annual Nor 'Easter Exhibition in 2016.
Since 2016, Sandra has continued to work in mixed media and abstract designs. All of her collage paintings are designed and created solely with cut or torn painted paper. She works in an organic manner, allowing the work to evolve as she places pieces on the paper. There is movement in all her work. She loves working with vibrant colors as well as monochromatics. Her work has many elements, especially an instinctual use of texture and pattern. She employs movement, rhythm and balance. She strives for a coherent pallete that tells her when she is done with a piece. Her material choices vary. She uses acrylics, ink, watercolors, watercolor paper, and wood.
Her inspirations come from personal narratives, her faith, and her commitment to walk in spirit and truth. She refers to her work as “Creative Reflections” and “Beauty for Ashes”. These titles capture how she finds artistic ways of expressing and transforming painful feelings and experiences into works of art.
Over the last few years Sandra has felt honored to be embraced by members of the art community in Connecticut and Boston. She has been selected to participate in various juried shows and has won many awards. She has exhibited ed at Silvemine Gallery, Brookline Art Center, The Bruce Museum Outdoor Festival, Silvermine Galleries, Open Studios Hartford, The West Hartford Art League, Mattatuck Museum and The New Britain Museum of American Art.
Sandra Dee Baker
MSW, Social Work-Community Organizing
Boston University, Boston MA
BS, Rehabilitation Services
University of Maine at Farmington
Group Exhibition 2020
The Nor 'Easter: 50th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain CT, Juror: Nicholas Bell, Senior Vice President for Curatorial Affairs at Mystic Seaport Museum, June 22-July 14, 2020
Group Exhibitions 2019-2020
- Heart & Mind: Silver Mine Art Center, New Canaan CT, October 31, 2019 – January 12, 2020
- Collective Ecologies, Brookline Art Center, Brookline MA, November 8-December 20, 2019
- Open Studios Hartford November 9-10, 2019
- Bruce Museum Outdoor Art Festival October 5-6, 2019
Group Exhibitions 2019
Paper: Silver Mine Art Center New Canaan, CT April 6-May 16 2019
Three Points of View, Club House Gallery, West Hartford Art League February 7- 24, 2019
Group Exhibitions 2018
Open Studios Hartford: Colt Building, Hartford CT
Relinquishing Restraint: Loft Artist Association, Stamford CT, Juror: 2018 Krista Scenna Saunders, Curator and Co-Owner Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY August 17-September 23, 2018
CT Women Artists 89th Annual National Open Juried Exhibition 2018, Barnes-Franklin Gallery, Farmington CT, Juror: Dr. Nancy Stuart, Hartford Art School. September 1-28,
Unframed, Brookline Art Center, Brookline MA, Juror: Joel Janowitz June 15-July 20, 2018
Art in the Park, Manchester CT, June 3, 2018
Pop Up, Art League New Britain, New Britain CT May 12, 2018
Dash Conference, Boston MA May 1-3, 2018
Nature in Black & White, Spectrum Gallery, Centerbrook CT, Juror: Barbara Nair, Director of Spectrum Gallery. March 30 to May 13, 2018
Mixmaster, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury CT, Juror: Sara Shaoul, Director of 601 Artspace in New York City.
February 11-March 28, 2018
The American Mural Project, 100 Whiting Street, Winsted CT
Nationals Arts Council, Capital Community College, Hartford CT
Group Exhibitions 2017
Open Studios Hartford, Colt Building, Hartford CT
Visual Narratives, Loft Artist Gallery, Stamford CT, Juror: Katerina Lanfranco, Chief Curator at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and Founder of Rhombus Space.
CT Women Artists 87th Annual National Open Juried Exhibition 2017, Art Center East, Vernon CT, Juror: Nancy Stula, Executive Director, William Benton Museum of Art, UCONN, Storrs, CT.
Walls, Fences & Doors, Spectrum Gallery Group Show, Centerbrook CT, Juror: Barbara Nair, Director of Spectrum Gallery,
Art Center Killingworth, 2nd Annual Summer Arts Festival, Essex CT, Juror:
Barbara Nair, Director of Spectrum Gallery.
Spectrum Gallery Group Show, Centerbrook CT, Juror: Barbara Nair, Director of Spectrum Gallery,
CT Women’s Artist Members Juried Show, Art league of New Britain, New Britain Ct, Juror: Roxanne Stachelek is Executive Director of the West Hartford Art League
Follow The Line, Spectrum Gallery Group Show, Centerbrook CT, Juror: Barbara Nair, Director of Spectrum Gallery
Nationals Arts Council, Capital Community College, Hartford CT, Juried
Group Exhibitions of 2016
54th “On The Green” Fine Arts and Crafts, Glastonbury CT, Juried
35th Annual Outdoor Festival of the Bruce Museum, Greenwich CT, Juried
CWA 86th Annual National Open Juried Show 2016, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich CT, Juror: Ming Jung Kim, director of New Britain Museum of American Art
The Art of Abstraction, Art Center East, Vernon CT, Juror: Diana Boehnert, Abstract Artist and Teacher
National Arts Council, Capital Community College, Hartford CT, Juried
The Nor 'Easter: 47th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain CT, Juror: Sarah Fritchey Curator and Gallery Director of Art Space
Sandra Dee Baker