Sarah Kaizar

Sarah Kaizar is an illustrator and designer based in Philadelphia.


Available Work


Current + Upcoming Exhibitions

June 8 — September 8, 2024
Catalina Museum for Art & History
Avalon, California

October 19, 2024 — March 31, 2025Burke Museum of Natural History
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

May 9 — September 14, 2025The James Museum
St. Petersburg, Florida


Sarah Kaizar is an illustrator and designer based in Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited nationally in notable galleries and museums including the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Great Plains Art Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Catalina Museum of Art & History, the Woodmere Art Museum, Delaware Contemporary, and the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Sarah is the author of two books. HIKER TRASH: Notes, Sketches + Other Detritus on the Appalachian Trail is an illustrated work based on her experience consecutively hiking 2,200+ miles from Georgia to Maine, published by Mountaineers Books. Her second book illustrates stories about North American bird conservation and citizen science and is titled RARE AIR: Endangered Birds, Bats, Butterflies and Bees. This title was recognized as a finalist for Foreword’s INDIES 2023 Book of the Year in the Ecology and Environment category. A nationally-touring companion exhibition featuring original drawings from the RARE AIR publication is currently on view at the Catalina Museum for Art & History in Avalon, California through September 8. 

Sarah’s practice has been supported by awards including grants from the Joseph Robert Wood Foundation and the Puffin Foundation. She was named a 2021 Wind Fellow by InLiquid and the Dina Wind Foundation and was awarded a residency at the Cedar Point Biological Station at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently represented by Paradigm Gallery.

Sarah has served as a designer for non-profit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area including WHYY, the Wharton Esherick Museum, the Science History Institute, the Museum for Art in Wood, and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. She is currently an in-house graphic designer for the architecture firm KieranTimberlake


Awards / Honors

Finalist: RARE AIR
Foreword INDIES Book of the Year: Ecology & Environment
Grant Award
Joseph Robert Foundation

2023Grant Award
Puffin Foundation

2021Artist in Residence
Cedar Point Biological Research Station
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2021Wind Fellowship
Dina Wind Foundation and InLiquid

Solo Exhibitions

2024 — Sarah Kaizar: RARE AIR
Catalina Museum for Art & History
Avalon, California
2024 — Sarah Kaizar: RARE AIR
Great Plains Art Museum
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2023 — Sarah Kaizar: RARE AIR
James A. Michener Art Museum
Doylestown, Pennsylvania

2019 — HIKER TRASHThe Land Collective
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2019 — HIKER TRASHParadigm Gallery + Studio
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2017 — Rally for the Rare5x5 Gallery at Philadelphia Independents
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2016 — EndangeredUnited By Blue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2014 — Mars Show3rd Street Gallery
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2014 — Clams & MusselsUnited By Blue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2013 — In DangerSchuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2013 —  Wildlife IllustrationSt Asaph Gallery
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2013 — Rare3rd Street Gallery
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Group Exhibitions

2021 — Wind Fellowship ExhibitionInLiquid
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2020 — Mural Arts Training Program ExhibitionMural Arts Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2020 — TenParadigm Gallery + Studio
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2020 — Everyone is a Collector: InLiquid Benefit 2020InLiquid
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2020 — Assemblage: 20 Years of Environmental Art at the Schuylkill CenterSchuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2018 — Phillustration 10: Juried ExhibitionThe Philadelphia Sketch Club
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2018 — The Pennsylvania Landscape in Impressionism and Contemporary ArtWoodmere Art Museum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2017 — Buy Art, Save LivesRed Hook Cafe
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2017 —  OBSERVE: Friends' Juried ExhibitionThe Delaware Contemporary
Wilmington, Delaware

2016 — InstashowSilicon Fine Art Prints
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2014 — RoarSilicon Fine Art Prints 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2013 — POST: Annual Members Exhibition3rd Street Gallery
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2013 — Library of Life: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversityArt Gallery in City Hall, Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2012 —  POST: Annual Members Exhibition3rd Street Gallery
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


2019Franklin Furnace Artists' Book Collection

2016The Permanent Collection of Silicon Gallery

Press / Interviews

“Great Plains Art Museum exhibition to feature endangered flighted species”
Nebraska Today

“Holiday Gift Guide 2023: Best Books for Bookish Travelers”

“Michener Art Museum Highlights Sarah Kaizar’s Book”
WHYY | PBS: You Oughta Know

2023“‘Sarah Kaizar: RARE AIR’ at Michener Art Museum”
Town Topics

2021“Cedar Point residency offers creative outlet for artists”
Nebraska Today  

2021“Trail as Muse”
AT Journeys

2019 “Hiker Trash: A Love Letter to the Appalachian Trail”
REI Co-Op Journal

2019“Catch These Newly Released Outdoor Titles for Fall”
 Outdoor Project

2019“Hiker Trash, Fishing Great Smoky, ‘Acting’ Directors”
National Parks Traveler Podcast

2018“She’s Drawing a List”
Bucks County Magazine

2017“Notes from the Appalachian Trail”
Perdiz Magazine | Issue #9

2017“Again and Again”
Litro Magazine

2017“Artist Sarah Kaizar takes on the US Endangered Species List”
Wild Lens: Eyes on Conservation Podcast

2014“THE ONE: Artist Sarah Kaizar on ‘Mars Show’”
Philadelphia Magazine

2013“Drawing Awareness”
Temple News


2024 Take a Look Around: Near I-95 and the airport lies America’s first urban wildlife refuge, an unlikely home to special, rare, and endangered animals
Philadelphia Inquirer

RARE AIR: Endangered Birds, Bats, Butterflies & Bees
Mountaineers Books

2020The Sun Queen and the Skeptic: Building the World’s First Solar Houses
Science History Institute

2019HIKER TRASH: Notes, Sketches + Other Detritus from the Appalachian Trail
Mountaineers Books

2018The Pennsylvania Landscape in Impressionism and Contemporary Art
Woodmere Art Museum

Teaching / Speaking / Workshops

2023 — Author talk
Grundy Library
Bristol, Pennsylvania
2023 — Author talk and book signing
New Jersey Audubon: Cape May Fall Festival
Cape May, New Jersey

2023 — Creative WorkshopAcademy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

2020 — Virtual artist/author talk
Atlas Obscura

2020 — Book signingOutdoor Retailer Winter Show
Denver, Colorado

2019 — Author talk and book signingUnited By Blue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2019 — Featured speakerPerkiomen Valley Art Center
Harleysville, Pennsylvania

2016 — Flash Talk: Working in the AnthropoceneSchuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2016 — Guest teacherThe Montgomery School
Chester Springs, Pennsylvania

Education & Training

2019 — Mural Training ProgramMural Arts Philadelphia

2007 — Bachelor of Fine ArtsTyler School of Art & Architecture, Temple University