Program Director, Fine Arts
Painting Coordinator
Associate Professor, Fine Arts

MFA, Tyler School of Art
BFA, Cooper Union University

Contact Info

Fine Arts

Anderson Hall 806

Rebecca Saylor Sack has been teaching at UArts since 2005. Her primary focus and love is painting, but she also has a background in experimental film and photography. Sack teaches with a focus on the expanded nature of contemporary practice.


Rebecca Saylor Sack began working as an artist assistant for the incredible painter Malcolm Morley. She worked in his studio for about six years, and he was a dear friend and mentor until his death in 2019. Sack’s experience working with him has had a profound impact on her studio and teaching practices.

In 1998, Sack earned a BFA in Art at the Cooper Union and an MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, in 2005. In 2003, she was awarded a Jacob K Javits Fellowship, which she used to take an extra year of graduate school and study art history and painting in Rome from 2004 to 2005.

Rebecca Saylor Sack has a broad range of achievement in fine arts. A more complete list of her experience is available on her website. 

Select Solo/Two-Person Exhibitions        
2021        Control Burn, Pennsylvania State University

2019        A Dubious Exhibition, Lori Spencer and Rebecca Sack, Gallery 817, University of the Arts

2018        Nightbloom, Hamilton Hall Lobby, University of the Arts, Philadelphia
2018        Nature’s Palette, Jennifer Friedman and Rebecca Saylor Sack, J Cacciola Gallery W, Bernardsville, New Jersey

2017        Grounding, Leanne Grimes and Rebecca Saylor Sack, Hot•bed, Philadelphia

2017        mute things, Rebecca Saylor Sack and Cindy Stockton Moore, Stockton University, Galloway, New Jersey (curation and accompanying essay by Jacob Feige)

2015        nettles, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia

Select Curation 
2015        Crystal Vision: Leah Bailis, Sarah Gamble, Gallery 817, University of the Arts, Philadelphia

2015        instar: Christopher Davison, Robert Goodman, Shanna Waddell, Gallery 817, University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Select Essays and Publications
2019        Beijing Biennial, catalogue

2017        mute things, Stockton University; Galloway, New Jersey; exhibition essay by Jacob Feige

Public Collections 

  • National Museum of Beijing
  • Alter Hall Collection, Temple University 
  • Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

Select Bibliography 
2019        “Lost in the Pine Barrens: An Essay on the Middle of Nowhere,” Bridget Purcell, Title Magazine

2019        “Human destiny tied to nature,” Lin Qi, China Daily

2019        “Beijing Art Biennale Open to Embrace a Shared Future,” Lin Qi, Women of China

2016        “Post-Apologetic at Automat Gallery,” Michael Lieberman, Artblog

2015         “Open Field at Tiger Strikes Asteroid,” Marvin Aguliar, Artblog

2015        “Departures and Arrivals,” Edith Newhall,

Select Teaching Experience
2015 – present: University of the Arts, assistant professor, Fine Arts program director (2016 – present), Painting and Drawing emphasis coordinator (2015 – present)

2012 – 2017: University of the Arts, MFA Studio Art faculty (2015 – present), lead Painting faculty (2012 – 2014)

2014 – 2015: University of the Arts, visiting assistant professor, Fine Arts

Awards & Accolades 
This is a select list of Sack’s numerous honors. 

2019        White Columns Artist Registry

2017        Nominated, Art and Science Exchange, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Crested Butte, Colorado

2013        Shortlist, 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames and Hudson Press

2009        Professional Development Grant, University of the Arts 

2007        Fleisher Challenge Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial , Philadelphia 

2006        Residency, Artist’s Enclave at IPark, East Haddam, Connecticut (awarded)

2003        Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education (ranked first in U.S.)

2003        University Fellowship, Temple University (awarded)

Explore Rebecca Saylor Sack’s website.