Sarah, 33 – FUNDED

Artist Sarah D. received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009. She’s currently pursuing an MFA in drawing and painting at the University of North Texas, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2023. But, in the immediate future, she’s working on an exciting solo exhibition and installation — her first, and a huge accomplishment. She knows firsthand that “through collaboration, raising awareness, creating change, and supporting others, we can work towards dismantling glass ceilings, injustice, and systemic inequality.” Here’s what else she has to say.

What is your professional dream?

My dream is to be a full-time, professional artist.

What does being in the Paliwal Club mean to you?

I am ecstatic and grateful to be a part of such an incredible program that offers guidance, encouragement, and advocacy to so many women in the fields of STEAM. The Paliwal Club provides life-changing opportunities and incredible support systems that make otherwise unattainable goals possible for women pursuing their goals and future careers. From creating excellent professional development resources, conferences, and career goal sessions to their advocacy, financial support, and community, the Paliwal Club is an exceptional program. The Paliwal Club has created a far-reaching community that benefits not only their members but all women in STEAM. I am excited to see how everyone in the Paliwal Club continues to pursue their dreams and support others!

Women are underrepresented in STEAM. How can we change this?

Change is possible and evident through programs like the Paliwal Club of 100 and the 1,000 Dreams Fund which support women pursuing careers in STEAM and work tirelessly to raise awareness about inequity, the necessity of equality, and the importance of diversity. By supporting and uplifting the goals and dreams of others, we can help to not only improve gender and racial equity in STEAM but encourage others to do the same.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

There are have been a lot of challenges, obstacles, and growth. Graduating in 2009 with student loans, I entered the workforce at the height of the recession. It took 10 years for me to gain enough confidence in my ability to survive to consider pursuing an MFA. I am now in my first year of graduate school at 33 years old. I appreciate everything I have and am thankful to the many women and mentors that have supported me along the way. Without their support, encouragement, and guidance, I would not be who or where I am today.

How will this grant from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals?

The grant is going to support my first solo exhibition and installation “Monument to the Unattainable” at TANK Space, Sawyer Yards in Houston, Texas. Exhibiting and creating the installation at the caliber needed would not be possible without the support of the 1,000 Dreams Fund. With the help of the Paliwal Club, I will be able to have a successful and professional first solo exhibition which will be instrumental in my ability to pursue a career as an exhibiting artist. Thank you for making the otherwise unattainable a reality both now and in the future.