I was born in Massachusetts and my family has lived in New England for many centuries.  Although I have traveled extensively, I am rooted here.  All my inspiration comes from here.  I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

I came to art rather late in life, after marrying a minister and raising a family.  I always wanted to take art seriously, but didn’t pursue it until after my children were grown.  Several teachers influenced me, especially one teacher, King Coffin, who taught at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  I entered the Museum school in 1980 planning to focus on painting.  However, my teacher suggested I take photography also.  Gradually, photography became my main focus, along with collage and oil painting.

I left the Museum School in 1982 and have worked in all three disciplines ever since.

Sally Russell



Photography, Collage, Painting                                   

Art Education
Boston Museum School 1980 - 1982
DeCordova Museum School                                                                                            

Invitationsl Exhibits
DeCordova Corporate Show 2013 New Art Center, Newton, MA
Photographic Resource Center Auction 2013 Boston, MA
ENTITLED/UNTITLED 2000 Brickbottom Gallery, Watertown, MA
PARTS OF A WHOLE, 2009 Concord Art Associaton, Concord, MA
MEMORIES RECORDED, 2007 Newton Free Library, Newton, MA
BEING FEMALE 2006 Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA

TREES AND QUIET PLACES, 2002 Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA
Newton Public Library, 1996 Newton, MA
ICONS AND ALTARS, 1996 thru 2010   The New Art Center, Newton, MA
ART AND HEALING, 1996 Milton Art Museum, Milton, MA

MILTON ART MUSEUM, Milton, MA 1994,  1997
QUIET PLACES, 1994 University of Mass Medical Center,Worcester, MA
PHOTOCOLLAGES, 1990 Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown University Providence, RI

Earthwatch Exhibition, Watertown, MA 1993
A PERSONAL PROCESS/II 1992 The Gallery at Cornerstone, Waltham, MA   
A-4 Gallery, 1992 Mass College of Art, Boston, MA

PHOTOGRAPHS/PHOTOCOLLAGES Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA 1991
TREE, Clark University Gallery, Clark Univ. Worcester, MA
IN THE PROCESS, 1989 Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
A PERSONAL RESPONSE, 1989 Bentley College Gallery, Waltham, MA
PLACES/PHOTO-COLLAGE 1989 Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA

A PERSONAL PROCES 1986 Winfisky Gallery, Salem State College, Salem, MA
MORE THAN A MOMENT PHOTOGRAPHY 1988 Concord Art Assoc. Concord, MA

Carney Gallery, Regis College, Wellesley, MA 1987
Cornelius Ayer Wood Arts Gallery 1987 Middlesex School, Concord, MA
MIXED GRIDS, 1985 Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

Juried Exhibitions:
OFF THE WALL,  2014, 2013 Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
PRC Annual Auction 2013
NEW MEDIA/FRESH PAINT/2011 Newton Art Center, Newton, MA 2012
DeCordova Museum Corporate Program 2012
COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS 2012. 2015 Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
FRANCES RODDY COMPETITION 2010, 2011, Prize for Photography
Concord Art Association, Concord, MA                                         
MASSSACHUSETTS ARTISTS, 2011, 2015 Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA
NEW ENGLAND PHOTOGRAPHERS BIENNIAL, 2011 Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
NORTHEAST OPEN 2010 First Prize Cambridge Art Assoc., Cambridge, MA

MEMBERS SHOW, Painting, Concord Art, Concord MA 2016
MEMBERS SHOW, Photography, Concord Art, Concord, MA 2015
MEMBERS SHOW, 2010-2015 Concord Art Association, Concord MA  
ACTION/REACTION, 2002 University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

VISION AND ASPIRATION, 2001 Tremont Street Gallery, Boston, MA
SMALL, SMALLER, SMALLEST 2000, 2001 Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA
INSPIRIT 2000, 1997 Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA
FUSION 1997Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
NATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION, 1996-1998 Women’s Caucus for Art,Boston, MA  
LANDMARKS Boston Center for the Arts,  1995 Boston, MA
Grossman Gallery, 1994  Boston Museum School, Boston, MA
VISUAL CONTACT 1993 Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts Univ., Medford, MA
PROCESS ANDPRODUCT 1993 Bromfield Gallery,  Boston, MA               
DISTINCT VOICES 1992 Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, MA
WORKS ON PAPER,  1990 The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA              
IN THE PROCESS  1989 Montsurat Gallery, Beverly, MA
Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA 1989
WOMEN SEE WOMEN 1983 Northeastern Univ. Boston, MA   
Boston Museum School City Hall Show, 1981 Boston, MA
United Church of Christ National Exhibition, New York, NY 1981

Visiting Artist
Mass College of Art, Boston, MA

Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
DeCordova Museum Corporate Artist


  • Great Spruce Head, Maine
  • Center for Creative Photography, Woodstock, NY
  • Photography, The Isle of Skye, Scotland
  • Split Rock Cove, So. Thomaston, ME
  • Diane Bowie Zaitlin, Encaustic, Saco, ME
  • Dean Nimmer, Concord Art, Concord, MA


  • Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  • Bank of New England, Boston, MA
  • United Church of Christ General Offices, New York, NY
  • New Art Center, Newton, MA
  • Private Collections