Sarah Gay-O’Neill

Adjunct Faculty

headshot of Sarah Gay-O’Neill

Sarah Gay-O’Neill is a multimedia artist living in Somerville, MA. She received both her BFA (illustration and animation) as well as MAT/AE from Massachusetts College of Art & design. In addition to teaching at Lesley, she also teaches at MassArt, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and works in media technology at Harvard University. Sarah regularly shows work in local galleries, participates in open studios and has in recent years evolved her practice into public realms by way of murals (one of which expanded the entire first floor of Harvard’s Continuum building). She frequently live illustrates for Saks Fifth Ave, Jo Malone London, and various other fashion and perfume companies.


Personal Website

Recent Exhibitions

2018 


  • Fort Point open studios, 249 A Street, South Boston, MA
  • Artist in residence, Hot Summer Day, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
  • (Curator) Moon Market, The Loft, Somerville, MA
  • Open Studios, The Loft, Somerville, MA

2017

  • Holiday show, Brookline Center for the Arts, Brookline, MA
  • Loft Holiday Fair, Somerville, MA

  • Barry’s Shop, Zone 3 Western Ave, Boston, MA
  • The Grab Back, Zone 3 Western Ave, Boston, MA
  • Artist in residence, Bantam Cider, Somerville, MA
  • Live-mural painting guest artist, PRX Podcast garage, Boston, MA
  • Artist of the month, Hauswitch, Salem, MA

  • Go to the Light, Montserrat College of Art & Design, Beverly, MA
  • Somerville Open Studios, The Loft, Somerville, MA
  • The Grab Back, Hatch Fenway, Boston, MA
  • Continuum mural, Harvard housing building-wrap, Boston, MA

2016

  • APATHiE, The Distillery, South Boston, MA
  • Loft Holiday Fair, Somerville, MA 

  • Drink & Draw Host, Barry’s Shop, Zone 3 Western Ave, Boston, MA
  • Go to the Light, Trifecta Editions & James Weinberg curation, Boston, MA
  • Moon Market, Providence, RI
  • Gracie’s Ice Cream show, Somerville, MA

  • Light & Dark, Chroma Publication, Beverly, MA
  • Directions, Lesley University Art & Design, Cambridge, MA
  • Poster Design, New England Pond Hockey Classic, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

2015

  • Holiday Art Show, Rifrákt artist collective, Somerville, MA

  • Just Want I Always Wanted, Thomas Young Gallery, South Boston, MA
  • Year Two, Montserrat College of Art's 301 Gallery, Beverly, MA
  • Solo exhibit, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, VT
  • Hibernaculum Art Yard/Art Jam, Boston Design Center, Boston, MA
  • 25th Annual MassArt Auction, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Boston, MA
  • Outside Boston, Vision Space, Lynn, MA
  • Winter Blues, Distillery Gallery, South Boston, MA
  • Drawing the Line, Atlantic Wharf Gallery, Boston, MA
  • Staff N’ Friends, Voltage Coffee & Art, Cambridge, MA
  • Sketchbook Show, The Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

2014

  • Holiday Art Show, Rifrákt artist collective, Somerville, MA
  • Art Park(ing), Middle East, Cambridge, MA
  • Small Works, Fort Point Made, South Boston, MA
  • Fenway’s 30 Second Cinema, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics + The Boston Arts Commission, Boston, MA
  • ARTCRANK Poster Show, Aeronaut Brewery, Somerville, MA
  • Art Park(ing), Central Squ, Cambridge, MA
  • Parks and Recreation, Atlantic Wharf Gallery, Boston, MA

  • Skies, Water, & Death The Distillery, South Boston, MA

2013

  • Scraps, The Distillery, South Boston, MA

  • 100ʹs, Lincoln Arts Project Gallery, Waltham, MA

  • Life in Public auction, Christie’s Auctioneer, Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
  • Works on Paper Allstars Show, Voltage, Cambridge, MA

  • Open Studios, The Distillery, South Boston, MA

  • ARTCRANK Poster Show, 4th Wall Project Gallery, Boston, MA
  • Washington Street Auction, Washington Street Art Center, Somerville, MA
  • The Foundry Equation, The Foundry, Cambridge, MA
  • Open Studios, The Distillery, South Boston, MA
  • 24th Annual MassArt Auction awarded “Makers Mark”,Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Boston, MA
  • Pure Flight, Soo Rye Gallery, Rye, NH
  • Winter Salon, Soo Rye Gallery, Rye, NH

Recent Publications

  • Boston Globe, “Critic’s Choice”, Cate McQuaid, July 19, 2018
  • "New Girl Army: Meet artist Sarah Gay-O'Neill", SheZine Mag, May 1, 2018
  • “An Art-side chat with Sarah Gay-O’Neill”, Cheryl Rafuse, August 21, 2017
  • Boston Globe, “Critic’s Choice”, Cate McQuaid, January 1, 2017
  • Chroma New England, Light & Dark, July 2016
  • BELLA New York Magazine, 10022 Shoe release party, April 2016
  • “Sarah Gay-O’Neill: Reflecting the Fragility of the Human Experience”, Wilderness House Literary Review, Pam Rosenblatt, January 9, 2015
  • Boston Globe, “Things to do, eat, see this weekend”, January 30, 2015
  • Artscope, New England’s Cultural Magazine, “Soo Rye’s Pure Flight” 3.2013
  • Boston University’s The Quad, “Artistry Loves Company” 6.2012
  • Cultural Journal, The Orris, “Artist Profile: Sarah Gay” 5.2012

Recent Awards and Residencies

  • Artist in residence, Hot Summer Day, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA 2018
  • Artist in Residency Fort Point Community Arts, Boston, MA 2016
  • Official Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics “30 second cinema” winner 2015
  • Adobe Creative Jam Boston, Motion Design Tournament Participant, District Hall, Boston, MA 2015
  • Selected artist to represent Neenah Paper, HOWDesign Live Boston Conference, Boston MA 2014
  • Life in Public auction, Christie’s Auctioneer, Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg Brooklyn NY 2013
  • 24th Annual MassArt Auction awarded “Makers Mark” Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Boston, MA 2013

Recent Lectures

  • Guest lecturer, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA 2018
  • Instructor, Intro to Digital Media Workshop, Harvard University Extension School, Cambridge, MA 2012-2018
  • Guest reviewer, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA 2016-2018
  • Guest reviewer, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA 2010-2018
  • Instructor, Driscoll Art Equinox, The Selfie, Driscoll School, Brookline, MA 2015 -2017

Select Client List

  • AERONAUT craft brewery
  • Alice + Olivia
  • Aquazzura
  • Bloomingdales
  • Continuum Boston
  • Chanel
  • Chantecaille
  • Fendi
  • Harvard University
  • Jo Malone London
  • Monolo Blahnik
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom
  • PRX Podcast Garage
  • Roger Vivier
  • Saks Fifth Avenue

Studio Affiliation

  • Guest artist, 249 A Street Cooperative, Fort Point, South Boston, MA
  • The Distillery, South Boston, MA