Sally Vagliano Pettus

 born 1942

Sally Vagliano Pettus

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Sally Vagliano Pettus studied at Sarah Lawrence College and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, McNay Art Institute in San Antonio, TX, and the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio. Pettus has shown in New York at the Fischbach Gallery, The AM Sachs Gallery, the Katarina Rich Perlow Gallery, and the Peter Findlay Gallery in New York. Corporate and museum collections include General Mills, Inc, Western Electric Company, British Petroleum, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Des Moines Art Center.

Since the mid 70’s, Pettus’ art has focused primarily on images depicting the natural world. Her career as a painter of woodland scenes burgeoned in the 1980s. In 2000, she began creating bronze sculptures that became distinctive versions of leaves, trees, tree bark with gold leaf, and strange animals. Roger Kimball, editor of The New Criterion and publisher of Encounter Books, wrote that “these beautifully crafted objects beguile the eye.”  1

1  Kimball, Roger. “A Dance to the Music of Time.” Sally Pettus, 26 Nov. 2018.



“Paintings From The Perimeter,” KSArt Gallery in NYC, 2011; Ober Gallery, Kent, CT 2009; Peter Findlay Gallery, NYC 2000,2007; Katarina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC 1986, 1988; and A.M. Sachs Gallery, NYC 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985;.



Peter Findlay Gallery, New York 2000 through 2007; Paris, New York, Kent Gallery, Kent, CT 1992, 1994; Elaine Bensen Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY 1987, 1989 ; A.M. Sachs Gallery, NYC 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio 1984; Greene Space, Syracuse University, NY 1984; Honey Sharpe Gallery, Lenox, Mass 1982; McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX 1980, 1981; Weatherspoon Gallery, University of N. Carolina, Greensboro 1980; Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY 1980; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY 1979; A.J. Wood Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1979; The Deck Gallery, West Cornwall, CT 1979 ; SCAF Invitational, Sharon, CT 1977, 1979; nad Fischbach Gallery, NYC 1977



Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Amerada Hess Corporation; Chicopee Manufacturing Co.; Commerce Bank, Kansas City Davis, Polk, & Wardwell; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa; First International Bank, Houston; General Mills, Inc.; Lehman Bros. Kuhn Loeb Inc.; Melva Bucksbaum / Raymond Learsy; Mobay Chemical Co.; Prudential Insurance Co.; R.J. Reynolds Corp.; Tupperware, Inc.; Western Electric Co.; and British Petroleum

Sally Vagliano Pettus's Public Art in Greater Des Moines

  Sally Vagliano Pettus

 2006  |  Long-Term Collection
  Principal Riverwalk