Featured Artist

The Virginia Discovery Museum supports local artists – and inspires budding artists – by featuring gallery shows in our Creation Station program room. Shows change every few months to feature a new artist and style. Artwork can be viewed between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during open art studio hours and occasionally on Saturdays when Creation Station is open to the public. Displayed artwork is often available for purchase.


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Featured Artist: Sarah Cramer Shields

Show Runs from August – October 2018

Sarah specializes in environmental portraiture. Her focus is documenting her subject with honest, accurate portraits. Her passion for food and stories stems from a life filled with exposure to culture and travel. Dual degrees from the University of Virginia in Fine Art Photography and Anthropology serve as a natural extension of her passion for understanding people and creating beautiful images.

A Charlottesville resident for more than a decade, she spends her days documenting people, creating in the kitchen, working on an old house, and living a joy-filled life with her husband Matt, her two young sons, Albert and Cramer, and their two dogs. Sarah has run her own photography business for the past 12 years, and her work has taken her around the world, documenting weddings across the United States, art projects in the Midwest, and celebrity chefs right here in Charlottesville. She seeks to portray a perfectly honest reflection of her subjects, the people they love, and the moment they’re in through her images, and loves to tell stories. In 2015, Sarah built a new photography studio, custom-designed for her natural-light photography.

Artist Website

About the Gallery: “This Is Charlottesville” is a photographic, story-based project featuring interviews with residents and business owners about their connection to Charlottesville. Born as a response to the events of Aug. 11-12, 2017, the project has become a mechanism for social and economic repair, reinvention, and healing. For more information, follow @thisischarlottesville on Instagram and @sarahcramershields on Facebook.


Display with Us

Interested in hanging a show at the Museum? We would love to display your work as our next Featured Artist! Contact us at director@vadm.org or (434) 977-1025 x101 for more information.