Sarah Samways, AKA Sambodia, is a mixed-race visual artist/writer who lives in Rhode Island. Her current work explores identity amongst a 24-hr news cycle, the polarizing hive mind of the internet, and the ritual of ‘logging in.’ She is inspired by the juxtaposition of our natural and digital worlds, Cambodian textiles, and spiderwebs. Through the completion of her work, she hopes to find a greater sense of self and her place on this planet. Currently, she is pursuing CE certificates in Natural Science Illustration and Graphic Design.

Spring 2023 – commissioned graphics for Groundwork RI

May 5, 2023 – group exhibition: “Art in the Jungle” – Jordan’s Jungle, Pawtucket, RI

November 2022 – group exhibition: “Vibrant Life in the Woonasquatucket” – Sprout Gallery, Providence, RI

June 25/26, 2022 – chalk artist: Attleboro Arts Museum’s “Expo for the Senses” – Attleboro, MA

April 9, 2022 – tabling: “RISD Unbound” – RISD, Providence, RI

March 2022 – featured in Community X Magazine’s Winter 2022 Issue : “Perseverance”

June 5-6, 2021 – collaborative mural project: “All Black Lives Matter: Past, Present, Future” – Kennedy Plaza/Burnside Park, Providence, RI

January – March 2021 – group exhibition: “Gallery Night Juried Art Show – 25th Anniversary of GNP” Gallery Night Providence in conjunction with the Galleries at Sprout Co-Working, Providence, RI

October 10, 2020 – January 10, 2021 – group exhibition: “Urban Wildlife: Learning to Co-Exist” Creature Conserve in conjunction with the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY

September 4-27, 2020 – group exhibition: “Double Feature: B Movies and Cult Classic Films” Hive artspace, York, PA

July 16 – August 16 2020 – solo exhibition: “Masked!” Gallery Night Providence in conjunction with the Galleries at Sprout CoWorking

June 6 – September 13, 2020 – outdoor installation “Protect” for Art on the Trails: Rising Up, Beals Preserve, Southborough, MA

April 3-25, 2020 – group exhibition: “Botanica: A Virtual Gallery Exhibit” HIVE artspace, York, PA

February 29 – March 27 2020 – group exhibition: “Gallery Night Juried Art Show” Gallery Night Providence in conjunction with the Galleries at Sprout CoWorking, Providence, RI

February 19 – May 1, 2020 – group exhibition: “6th Baker + Whitehill Student Artists’ Book Contest + Exhibition” Fleet Library at RISD, Providence, RI

February 15 – 21, 2020 – group exhibition in partnership with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Greater Attleboro: “Luminaria” Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA

February 1-2, 2020 – group pop-up exhibition: “Art Speaks Out” Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Pawtucket, RI

December 7, 2019 – January 31, 2020 – group exhibition: “Member’s Exhibition,” Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA

December 5, 2019 – January 25, 2020 – group exhibition: “Artists for the Bay Show,” The Bay Center, Providence, RI

November 19, 2019 – March 2020 – group exhibition: “Holiday/Winter Show,” New Hope Art Gallery, Cranston, RI

November 7 – December 26, 2019 – group exhibition: “Holiday Member Show/Silent Auction,” Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Pawtucket, RI

November 1-30, 2019 – group exhibition: “Mini Art Show,” HIVE artspace, York, PA

June 6-9, 2019 – writing “World Awaits Epiphany,” featured in Once Upon A Sign’s public art display for PVD Fest, Providence, RI

February 2 – 27, 2019 – group exhibition: “Corazon,” HIVE artspace, York, PA

August 18, 2018 – won third prize as chalk artist, “10th Annual Expo for the Senses,” Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA

August 18 – September 14, 2018 – solo show, window display: “Standing in the Reign with Birds,” Dirt Palace, Olneyville, Providence, RI

March 22 – 25, 2018 – group exhibition: “Flower Show: Blast Off – Celestial Gardens,” Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA

November 2017 – artwork and writing published in “Like A Girl” zine 

October 22 – November 19, 2017 (gallery opening October 26th) – group juried exhibition: “The Art of Darkness”, HeARTspot Art Center and Gallery, East Providence, RI

October 14, 2017 – Artist participant in Providence Rotary Street Painting Festival at the Alex & Ani Center, Downtown Providence, RI

September – December 2017 – AmeriCorps Teaching Artist for Providence CityArts! for Youth at Highlander Charter School, Providence, RI

December 2016 – June 2017 – Artist Mentor for Highlander Charter School’s ELO Program, Providence, RI

March 18, 2017 – group exhibition: RISD Project Open Door Alumni Exhibition, Providence, RI

December 2016 – published in Dusie Press’s Advent Calendar (

June 2016 – published in Sad Asian Girls Club’s anthology: Volume 1

April 15 – May 16, 2016 – group exhibition: TIMBER!!! Non-Juried Art Show, Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

April 3 – May 3, 2016 – joint exhibition with photographer Eric Frazer: “Without a Face,” Firehouse 13, Providence, RI

March 24, 2016 – group salon: Roll Around in the Dirt with Me, Vernon St, Providence, RI

March 18, 2016 – group exhibition pop-up: Bad Art Show, Finlandia, Providence, RI

September 18 – October 1, 2015 – group exhibition: Magick’s Dark Sister: Act of the Occult, Gang Greenough Gallery, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA

August 23, 2015 – performer (hippie occultist) for NecronomiCon Providence/Frank Difficult Presents film screening of “The Dunwich Horror”

August 2015 – featured in Bea Bambita’s short film: “Girl” 

August 2015 – solo exhibition: “Girl Talk” at Open Window Gallery, AS220, Providence, RI

August 2015 – “Condiment Horrors” + “I’m Making That Good Toilet Money” published in Infinite Scroll’s Issue #4 “Time and Money”

July 2015 – “Duck and Bunny” + illustration published in Basement Babes‘ Issue #9 “Relationships”

July 16 – August 20, 2015 – awarded full tuition scholarship via Frequency Writers to attend ‘Found Poetics’ course at 186 Carpenter St, Providence, RI

June 20, 2015 – photographer for 2nd Annual Seamz2BStreetz Flash Show, Boston Common, Boston, MA

April 29, 2015 – first article gets published in the Boston Hassle : “E.T. Parcell – Good News for Orchestra”

December 19, 2014 – First article is published in The Lankville Daily News : “Lankville Economic Report by Sarah Samways”

December 2014 – Annual Staff Art & Craft Exhibition 2014, Woods-Gerry Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI

2014 – live performance piece for the Providence Fringe Festival: “When Your Luck’s Run Out on You” w/Tim Aznavourian & Dorian King + video: “Death to Strawberry Moon” (featuring Adrienne Jones) at the Fluxus Funeral, 95 Empire, Providence, RI

2014 – photographer for Crosswalk Catwalk, Providence, RI

2014 – illustration “My Friends Do Drugs” is published in literary/art magazine, The Gambler

2014 – group exhibition: “Freedom of Fantasy: An International Fine Arts Exhibition,” West Park Gallery, West Park Presbyterian Church, New York, NY

2014 – group exhibition: “Nicolas Cage Art Show,” Balançoire, San Francisco, CA

2014 – group exhibition + live body painting: “Pancakes and Booze Art Show,” M1-5 Lounge, New York, NY

January 2014 – “Fancy Goldfish” drawing is used for Kickstarter project, Melissa Nichols’s Day By Day 

2013 – group exhibition: “P.A.A.G.E.S Premier Event” at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, Pawtucket, RI

2013 – photographer for roaming flash-mob-styled street fashion show, “Crosswalk Catwalk”, Providence, RI

2011 – traveling group exhibition: “The Sketchbook Project: 2011 Tour” at the Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY

2011 – group project, zine “Unladylike” is published and presented on behalf of comics/feminist group Ladydrawers, spearheaded by Anne Elizabeth Moore

2011 – awarded Mary Louise Barna Memorial Scholarship and work/study, printmaking intensive at Ox-Bow School of Arts, Saugatuck, MI

2010 – group exhibition: “Dodeka” at Siragusa Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009 – 2011 – accepted into, attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

2009 – solo exhibition: “Quiet Riot: New Works by Sarah Samways” at AS220 Youth Gallery, Providence, RI

2008 – 2009 – Gallery Assistant at AS220, Providence, RI

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