Sandra DeSando is a former arts administrator and now a full-time artist. Her multi-panel acrylic paintings are about negotiations between different entities, they show how the beginning of time began. The paintings are grouping of random materials that come together to form more substantial resources.
Her paintings received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and a Ludwig Vogelstein and E.D. Foundation grant. She had a one-person Exhibition at the Newark Museum. Her art was part of the Smithsonian’s Seeing Jazz: Art: Artists and Writers on Jazz. She was part of the groundbreaking, The Night the Palladium Apologized to Women Artists, curated by the Guerrilla Girls. Sandra is a Flintridge Foundation Fellow. She attended YADDO, Djerassi and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was also awarded a one-year Residency by the Sharpe-Walentas Foundation and a three-month residency at Kommandandenhaus, Dilsberg, Germany.
In 2017 she attended the Eileen S. Kaminsky Residency at Mana Contemporary. She was the Associate Director of Hibbs Gallery for Lesbian and Gay Art. She helped establish, and, was the Manager of the Artist’s Community Federal Credit Union at the New York Foundation for the Arts. Sandra worked as Manager, for MacArthur winning choreographer,Elizabeth Streb’s, SLAM.