Sarah Nishiura



Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Master of Fine Arts, May 1994


Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Visual Arts, May 1989




City of Chicago Public Art Commission

Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, Illinois, Februrary 2015


3Arts Award Nominee, Teaching artist category. 3Arts Chicago

Chicago, Illinois, March 2014


Chicago Artistsí Assistance Program Grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

Chicago, Illinois, August 2010


Chicago Artistsí Assistance Program Grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

Chicago, Illinois, January 2008


Teaching Assistantship, Studio Art Centers International

Florence, Italy, September 1994 - July 1995


Merit Scholarship, Master of Fine Arts Program, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 1992 - May 1994


Departmental Honors, Department of Visual Arts, Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island, May 1989


Purchase Prize, Department of Visual Arts, Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island, March 1989




LillStreet Gallery, The Post Modern Quilt

Chicago, Illinois., December 2016 - March 2017


Hyde Park Art Center, Not Just Another Pretty Face, an exhibition of commissioned work by Chicago Artists.

Chicago, Illinois, December 2016 - 2017


San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Found/Made, curated by Roderick Kiracofe

San Jose, California, July - November 2015


Indiana University Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sarah Nishiura Quilts

Gary, Indiana, February - March 2015


International Quilt Week Yokohama, Modern Quilts from North America, featured exhibition in the annual quilt festival

Pacifico Yokohama, Japan, November 2014


Room 406, Transcendant Objects

Chicago, Illinois, September - October 2014


LillStreet Gallery, Familiar Bedfellows: New work by Matthew Groves and Sarah Nishiura

Chicago, Illinois, July - August 2014


Hyde Park Art Center, Fast Forward, Rewind, Play. Curatorial lab exploring the theme "Circle in a Square",

with James Kao, Mie Kongo, and Hyde Park Art Center quilt students. Curated by Sarah Nishiura. Chicago, Illinois, June 2014


Hyde Park Art Center, Not Just Another Pretty Face

Chicago, Illinois December 2013 - March 2014


Tall Grass Arts Association, Material World

Park Forest, Illinois, June - July 2013


Hyde Park Art Center, Abstracting the Seam

Chicago, Illinois, May - September 2013


Governor's State University Gallery, Ways of Making

University Park, Illinois, June 2012


Jackson Junge Gallery, Element Flux

Chicago, Illinois, October 2011


San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Scrap Art

San Jose, California, August - October 2011


Lake County Discovery Museum Quilt Treasures: Pieces of History, (in conjunction with the Northern Illinois Quilt Fest)

Wauconda, Illinois, July - September 2011


Art Igloo, Abacus Asleep, an on-line installation with James Kao and Mie Kongo,

F ebruary 20 - March 12, 2011


Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, 21st annual Small Print Show

Chicago, Illinois, December 2010 - January 2011


Koehnline Museum of Art, No Place Like Home

Oakton Community College, Women and Gender Studies Program

Des Plaines, Illinois, October - November 2010


Womanmade Gallery, Her Way with Print

Chicago, Illinois, July - August 2010


ARC Gallery, Materiality

Chicago, Illinois, March 2010


Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, 20th annual Small Print Show

Chicago, Illinois, December 2009 - January 2010


Sarah Doyle Gallery, Crooked Mile, Quilts by Sarah Nishiura, solo exhibition

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, April 2009


Wagner Gallery, Matthew Groves, Figurative Ceramics, Sarah Nishiura, Works on Paper

Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, October 2007


Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Beyond Boundaries national touring exhibition

Various locations, October 2007 - May 2008


Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Beyond Boundaries

Chicago, Illinois, October 2006


Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, 15th Annual Small Print Show

Chicago, Illinois, December, 2004 - February 2005


3rd Floor Gallery, Chicago Art Open, Chicago Artists' Coalition and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

Chicago, Illinois, November 1999


Klein Artworks, 3rd Occasional Survey of Chicago Abstraction

Chicago, Illinois, December 1998


Inside Art Gallery, Paintings by Sarah Nishiura, solo exhibition

Chicago, Illinois, April - June 1997


South Shore Cultural Center Gallery, Women of Vision 1997, Chicago Park District

Chicago, Illinois, March - April 1997


Bowling Green State University Gallery, 20th Anniversary Exhibition Studio Art Centers International

Bowling Green, Ohio, August 1995


S.A.C.I. Gallery, Sarah Nishiura, Dipinti, solo exhibition

Florence, Italy, June - July 1995


S.A.C.I. Gallery Mostra dei Docenti

Florence, Italy, December 1994


Temple University Rome, Art from the Faculty of American University Programs in Italy

Rome, Italy, October 1994


Roger Smith Gallery, Works on Paper

New York, New York, March - April 1994




Entoten, San Diego, California,



Entoten Blog,  The Fabrics of a Craft: Quiltmaker Sarah Nishiura, July 2017


Crafty Planner Podcast Episode 88 , October 2016


Root and Star, The In Between, Issue 3, May/June 2016


Food and Wine Magazine Online, Best Artisan Blankets, Julia Heffelfinger, February 2015


Handful of Salt, Chicago Hope: Room 406, Regina Connell, September 16, 2014


Patchwork Quilt Tsushin, #181, Profile, Sarah Nishiura Quilts, Naomi Ichikawa, Tokyo, Japan, August 2014


Familiar Bedfellows: New work by Matthew Groves and Sarah Nishiura, Exhibition Catalogue, LillStreet Gallery, Tracey Morrison, 2014


Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making: From Color to Quilting: 10 Design Workshops by Your Favorite Teachers, Lucky Spool Media

June 2014


Not Just Another Pretty Face 2013, Exhibition Catalogue, Hyde Park Art Center, December 2013


World of Quilts, Japan, a supplement to Down Under Quilts, issue 158, June 2013


Handful of Salt, Noticed: Sarah Nishiura, Kathryn Clark, February 17, 2013


Daily Candy, Sarah Nishiura Makes Future Heirlooms, February 13, 2013


Martha Stewart Crafts Department Blog, Inspiration Board : The January Issue of Living! January 7, 2013,


Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Our Finds - Sarah Nishiura, Quilter, Liz Logan, January 2013


Domestica, Chicago Magazine Home and Garden Blog, Quilter Extraordinaire - Sarah Nishiura, Alice Oglethorpe, December 26, 2012,


Queen Anne and Magnolia News, The artful business of getting things of beauty to market, Mike Dillon, August 12, 2012


Fibercopia, July 26, 2012


Make It Better, Creativity + Passion = Bliss? Making meaning - and maybe happiness - through art, Liz Logan, January 2012


San Jose Mercury News, Complex Threads, Kathryn Loosli Pritchett, October 8, 2011


Modern Day Quilts, September 7, 2011


Staten Island Advance, "Virtual Surreality", Michael Fressola, October 11, 2007



Lill Street Art Center, Instructor, First Time Quiltmaking and Quilt Projects, beginning and advanced quiltmaking courses.

Chicago, Illinois, September 2010 - Present


Hyde Park Art Center, Teaching Artist, Quiltmaking, a practical and historical course on quilt design and technique.

Chicago, Illinois, July 2009 - Present


Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Workshop: Deconstructing Design

Cedarburg, Wisconsin, September 2016


Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, Workshop: Reconsider the Grid

Oak Park, Illinois, April 2016


QuiltCon, The Modern Quilt Guild, National Convention.Full Day Workshops: Consider Curves, Foundation Piecing

Austin, Texas, February 2015.


The Needle Shop, Instructor of workshops in Quiltmaking and Appliqué techniques.

Chicago, Illinois, September 2013


Brown University, Visiting Artist. Lectured and gave critiques to advanced and beginning painters.

Providence, Rhode Island, April 2009


Studio Art Centers International, Instructor, undergraduate level Intermediate Painting.

Florence, Italy, June - July 1995


Studio Art Centers International, Teaching Assistant, undergraduate level Beginning and Advanced Drawing and Painting Courses.

Florence, Italy, September 1994 - July 1995



Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Lecture and Trunk show: Sarah Nishiura, Handwork and Design. Cedarburg, Wisconsin, September 2016

Chicago Modern Quilt Guild Lecture: Quilts and Community, an investigation of the historical and contemporary relationship of quilts and the communities that make and use them., Oak Park, Illinois, April 2016

Edgewater Library Public Art Community Quilt Project, A community quilt, permanently installed at the new LEED certified Edgewater branch of the Chicago Public Library,was made of recycled materials and stitches sewn by the community who use the library. Free lessons on quilt making history and sewing were offered in a series of workshops at local schools, community centers, and other locations in exchange for contributions from the neighborhood. Chicago, Illinois, March - August 2015

Circle in a Square Community Quilt Installation. Part of the Hyde Park Art Center's Fast Forward, Rewind, Play, Curatorial Lab, approximately 50 alumni of HPAC Quilting classes sewed blocks to be included in an installation which helped to illustrate the possibilities of a traditional design motif. Combining student work with the work of other local artists who employ media other than textiles, this show is meant to highlight connections that exist between communities, materials, and individual artists. Chicago, Illinois. June 2014

Chicago Modern Quilt Guild: Judge for the guild's 2014 Calendar Challenge, October 2013

Martha Stewart American Made: Audience Choice Nominee, October 2013

Modern Quilting Guild, Chicago: Guest Speaker, November 2012

Lakeside Quilting Guild, Chicago: Guest speaker, May 2012

Drummond Montessori Community Quilt Project: Taught 28 4th, 5th, and 6th graders the simple hand sewing techniques needed to piece squares which resulted in a full sized quilt which was auctioned in the school’s annual fundraiser,February 2012

Handmade for Japan: Donated a quilt to this international auction of art and craft works. Over $75,000 was raised for Global Giving’s disaster relief efforts in Japan following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, March 2011span>

Hyde Park Art Center Community Quilt Workshop: Designed, organized and led a community quilting event which resulted in a finished quilt which was presented to HPAC board members. Chicago, Illinois, April 2010

African Festival of the Arts Quilt Talk: Participated in event which brought together local quilters who shared their work and told their stories. Chicago, Illinois, September 2009



Born April 5, 1968, Detroit, Michigan

Lives and works in Chicago, Illinois