Looking Forward To…

Ive been invited to participate in an as yet unnamed group exhibit at BSB Gallery in Trenton NJ this May 2020. The exhibit was inspired by my conversation with the curator about the experiences women of color in the corporate world.  My work will be featured alongside several other black women’s that hold a commanding presence both in their artwork and in their daily lives. I am really looking forward to meeting the other artists.

If Wonder Woman Selfie tapestry has not found a new home by May, I think her largess will fit nicely at BSB Gallery, in their soaring double height space. I hope they think so also…

“Welcome to Fight Club” Digital Print On Metallic Photo Paper
Framed Size: 22 x 22 x 1 inches, 2017
Being a black woman in corporate America is like Fight Club. I must mold my personality to be palatable as a peach and keep my opinions to myself. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.  The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!  Third rule of Fight Club: if someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, or taps out, your career is over.

January 2020 Exhibitions

Finding Your Voice in America Today

Ill be participating in Finding Your Voice in America Today exhibition, a dialogue between disparate voices sharing a new perspective on today’s political climate at Kelwood Contemporary Art in Baton Rouge, LA. 

EXHIBITION DATES: January 10, 2020- March 8, 2020

LOCATION: Kelwood Contemporary Art, 8202 Kelwood Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 

“Never Hide” 20″x20″x1 Mixed Media Canvas Acrylic skin, painted cardboard, tissue paper, recycled envelops, glitter, beads, bottle caps 2017

Snow Ball Gala Auction

My Work “Don’t Blink” will be available for auction at Art House’s Snow Ball Gala in Jersey City on January 25th, 2020.  This annual creative black tie gala raises funds for an ambitious season of arts and educational programming at Art House. This year’s theme is The Wizard of Oz!! 

Art House’s Snow Ball Gala: January 25th, 2020.

LOCATION: Art House Productions, 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Tickets are still available. Be sure to say hello to McCarty, he will be representing for me at Snow Ball, ill be away for the Grammy’s in LA.

Don’t Blink is a digital rework of cut and paste collage printed on aluminum. #analog2digital

Monmouth Museum’s 41st Annual Juried Exhibition

I didn’t get in last year, but this year I have been accepted into Monmouth Museum’s 41st Annual Juried Exhibition with one of my recent mixed media fiber works.

“Camouflage Pink” a 100’x1/2″ wrapped cotton rope embellished with floral beaded garland be presented in the Main Gallery from January 18, 2020 – March, 14, 2020.

EXHIBITION DATES: January 18, 2020 – March 14, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 5pm – 7pm

LOCATION: Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ 07738.

Theda Sandiford “Camouflage Pink” Mixed Media Fiber 100’x 1/2″ 2019

Art Goals for 2020

I love making art but I love finding my art new homes even more. With McCarty’s help, this will be the year we maximize Shopify’s marketing automation tools and revenue on ThedaSandifordArt.com. Yes, this means I’ll recommit to Instagram and post at least once a day.

Use this space to document my preparation and participation in Kenya Friends Art Residency this July 2020… Ive already started studying Kiswahili on Duolingo. And created a Pinterest Inspiration board so you can see where my head is at. More to come, as I to learn to cook ugali and map out my adventure.

Apply for and Win a grant to further develop, I Am My Hair Art Workshop. I want to take my workshop to Atlanta, Nashville and Austin. And create a catalog documenting the stories and people who participate in the workshop.

I live art-ed making a Vision Board at SXSW in 2007 (I think that was the year). I want to up the ante and run I Am My Hair workshop at SXSW in 2021. I need help capturing video of me working in studio and editing a clip I can submit as part of a multimedia application for SXSW Art Program 2021. Any volunteers? I can barter with art, a delicious meal and wine paring.

Unboxing My Artist Boots

Add My Art Boot To Your Wardrobe

You can own your own pair of Theda Artist Collection Boots while supplies last… The original art was made in response to being asked to “Dim my Light” so that “less dynamic people” would not be threatened by me. Reimagined as a boot, this work of art is now a potent reminder to Always Be You, No Matter What.


-13″ tall boot
-J toe
-1 1/2″ stacked leather heel
-full leather sole
-Canvas on Leather top replicating Theda Sandifords are Piece
-Embroidery on foot on heel to compliment image.
-handcrafted in Mexico by Planet Cowboy
*Limited size run available

Please call for more information 646 559 4779 or contact@spacecowboyboots.com or buy now.

I got Little Wonders @ LITM

I showed for the very first time in Jersey City during Little Wonders at LITM way back in the early 2000s. It was the first time I showed my cut and paste collages. Curator Andrea Morin encouraged me to do more, I have been showing during Little Wonders ever since.

I have two mixed media portraits and 3 Big Mouth Prints in the show. Everything is priced under $200. So if you have been waiting to buy something for yourself, tad dah.

EXHIBITION DATES: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 – Sunday, January 5 2020

OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday December 4, 2019 at 7 PM

LOCATION: LITM; 140 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ

Hidden Figure #4
Medium: Acrylic paint, Sharpie, colored pencils, pastels, Distress Stain, mica spray, Tysabri newsprint, hand printed deli paper, construction paper, recycled Tazo tea box, tulle, glitter stars, glitter glue and rhinestones on Canson paper.
Framed Size (h w d): 12 x 9 x 0.05 in
Hidden Figure #12
Medium: Acrylic paint, Sharpie, colored pencils, pastels, Distress Stain, mica spray, Tysabri newsprint, hand printed deli paper, construction paper, recycled Tazo tea box, tulle, glitter stars, glitter glue and rhinestones on Canson paper.
Framed Size (h w d): 12 x 9 x 0.05 in

JC Friday @ Sky Garden Gallery

JCFriday Holiday Trunk Show

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM

LOCATION: Sky Garden Gallery 150 Bay Street, PH9, Jersey City NJ

Get a little something for yourself and the people on your gift list. Come sip and shop with us.

Jewelry, Small Prints and Culinary Arts from artisans: Andrea Morin, Javiera Rodriquez, Nadine Nelson, Leslie Sheryl and Theda Sandiford.

On Display: Figurative works from Theda & Mike’s personal art collection plus A Perfect Spread featuring small bites and champagne cocktail.

Holiday Card Making with Theda Sandiford

Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at 1 PM – 4 PM

LOCATION: Sky Garden Gallery 150 Bay Street, PH9, Jersey City NJ

Join me for a handmade holiday card making workshop using upcycled materials, stamps, stencils and notions from my studio stash.

$25 per person. Art supplies for 5 cards provided. Snacks provided


Exhibition Schedule

Pro Arts Cooks

Pro Arts Cooks! is a collection of artwork, memories, travel notes, and delicious recipes to try.

EXHIBITION DATES: December 4 – December 31, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION: JC Friday December 6, 6:30 – 9 pm 

LOCATION: Jersey City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 280 Grove St., Jersey City 

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM-10PM; Saturday, Sunday 10AM-4PM

Curators: Dorie Dahlberg, Maryann Ficker
Book Designer: Pablo Chavarria 
Participating Artists: Bithika Adhikary, Christine Barney, Alberte Bernier, Susan Carolonza Chanin, Lisa Collorodo, Leila Contreras Larenas, Gannon Crutcher, Dorie Dahlberg, Stephanie Daniels, Paul Dennison, Edward Fausty (book only), Maryann Ficker, Jim Fischer, Cheryl Gross, E. Jan Kounitz, Debra F. Livingston, Alpana Mittal, Theda Sandiford, Nicoletta Siccone, Brad Terhune, Mollie Thonneson, Jingyi Wang
The Perfect Spread
Photograph, 14″x18″ framed

I start my studio practice with a lovely brunch; frittata, fruit, cheese, charcuterie, chutney, olives, pickles, banquette and croissant.  Add a double espresso and mango mimosa and then I’m ready to create.

Every Ghetto Every City

EXHIBITION DATES: December 13th-January 4th, 2020

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, December 13th, 5-7pm

LOCATION: BSB Gallery 143 East State Street, Suite 4, Trenton, NJ

My fine art print “Merging At The Lincoln Tunnel” and large fabric installation “Tag 1” have been accepted to be displayed at BSB Gallery in Trenton NJ. The gallery is housed in a beautiful old bank with soaring ceilings and marble columns.

“Merging at the Lincoln Tunnel” Digital photo collage. City Series 2015 #ThedaSandiford
“Tag 1” Digital photo collage. Street Art Mash Up 2015 #ThedaSandiford #Graffiti

Two Weeks in Kenya

I won NOW FRIENDS; Artist Residency, Kenya 2020. 

I have reread the email congratulating me for winning “NOW•FRIENDS ; Artist Residency, Kenya 100 times and it is just now starting to sink in.

I’m going to Kenya in July 2020! Returning to Kenya for the first time since my junior year abroad in 1990. Whoa!

NOW FRIENDS ; Artist Residency, Kenya gives an artist the opportunity to immerse themselves in real communities and obtain authentic experiences. During the 2-week residency artists are encouraged to step out of what they would typically consider their work.

While in Residency, I plan to work with community members on a collaborative project weaving hair from local textiles and found materials. I also plan to visit other artists working in Kenya. Please send artist suggestions.

I look forward to meeting new friends and seeing how my work becomes influenced by my time in Kenya. I can’t wait to go textile and bead shopping.

Theda @ Newark Arts Festival

Women’s Narratives: Brick City Blues

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10 | 7pm – 9pm

Hahne & Co, 46 Halsey Street Newark, NJ

Exhibition Dates: October 10 -13, 2019

Curated by: Atim Annette Oton 

Women’s Narratives: Brick City Blues is an ode to, a celebration, a challenge and a questioning of women’s narratives in the context of a racial, socioeconomic and political paradigm shift of the body. This exhibition pivots on the notion of the artist’s inner voice, socio-political stance and metamorphosis in conept, material and technique.

Alvaro Franco, Jacqueline Hernandez, Kelley Prevard, Amrisa Niranjan, LAS COLLITAS, Aminah Keith, Bithika Adhikary, Chase Walker, David James, Tiffany Williams, Simone Bailey Campbell, Kern Bruce, Sean Jamar, B. Curtis Grayson, III, Akil Roper, Anthony Gartmond, Cali Smith, Camila Crivelenti, Siona Benjamin, Elaine Shor, Danielle Richardson, Donchellee Fulwood, Kay Reese, Irene Christensen, Lawrence Ciarallo, Brynissa N. Francis, Ray Johnson, Redens Desrosiers, Margaret Rose Vendryes, Shoshana Weinberger, Steve Green, Theda Sandiford, Joshua Fennell, Heather Williams and Beverley McCutcheon.

I was Considered the Ugly Duckling Size: 12 x 12 x 1 in Medium: Acrylic paint, Xerox image transfers, stencil printed deli, paper, paper punched recycled envelops, tissue paper, buttons, glitter appliqués, glitter, Diamond Dust on canvas. July 2018

Spread Spectrum

Opening Reception: Friday, October 11 | 6pm – 11pm

1 Theater Square, across the street from NJPAC

Friday, October 11th: Opening reception and dance party 6-11PM
Saturday, October 12th: Buyers Brunch 10AM – 12 PM.
Sunday, October 13th: Closing Reception: 3PM- 6PM 

Curated By: Armisey Smith


Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12 | 1PM – 5PM

Walker House, 540 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Closing Reception: Saturday, October 26, 1PM-5PM

Curated by: Mary A. Valverde

Featured Artist(s): William Cordova, Esperanza Cortes, Oasa Duverney, Carol Pereira, Chloe Reison, Juan Sanchez, Sarah Tortora, and Ronny Quevedo.

A group exhibition of interdisciplinary artists’ projects that include a range of work including painting, sculpture, installations, site specific projects, and video projections. “gravity[tional]” is an exhibition that considers the OBJECT or noun definition, as well as the DESCRIPTIVE or adjective definition of the word GRAVITY or GRAVITATIONAL. Valverde makes use of the duality of the word to introduce select works of art made in response to the (adjective) severity or seriousness of a cause, political stance, protest, OR (noun) works of art made intently considering the physical qualities of materials and space, including weight, structure and innate or perceived forces of those materials. Through this exhibition and project space, Valverde brings together selected works by established and emerging artists that present the conceptual theme of “gravity[tional]”.

Theda Sandiford “Natural Twist” Mixed Media Fiber 100’x 5/8″ 2018