“I have never found making things to be a waste of time.”


Preferred pronouns: She/Her

Born in San Jose, California, Sami Lee Woolhiser grew up in the Silicon Valley, a culturally diverse and constantly advancing technological hub. Through her art practice, she explores these ideas through a variety of techniques and mediums varying from oil on canvas to woodworking with digital fabrication processes.

Woolhiser studied Sculpture with a focus on digital fabrication and received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014. After graduation Woolhiser moved to Portland, OR to pursue her career in the arts and spend the last four years working for various fabrication companies in cement casting, woodworking and digital fabrication. Currently she is employed at CNC Router Parts as their Digital Fabrication Media Producer, co-founder of MAOKE MADE and the PDX Digital Fabrication Meet Up as well as curator of 1015 Gallery.


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Selected Curation

2019

BREAK THIS CHAIR - RYDER SHERWOOD & JOE HERLIHY, 1015 GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR

ELECTRIC CRUCIFIX - DAVID BYNUM, 1015 GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR

2018

INK + PRESS - A selection of prints and books, ANX GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR

GALLERY OF MAKERS - An exhibition of ADX makers, ANX GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR

ADX + FORM AIR - LISA RADON - ANX GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR

2017

A WEATHER WALKED IN - PHOTOS BY CHARLIE HAUGHEY ANX GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR 

FABRIQUE ANX GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR 

GOOD NIGHT: 22 FLOORS - NEW WORKS BY EMILY WOBB ANX GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR 

BEAUTY IN FRAGILITY - NEW WORKS BY MAYA VIVAS ANX GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR 

GALLERY OF MAKERS  ANX GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR 

THE TOY SHOW  ANX GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR 

2015

30 UNDER 30  ACME GALLERY, WILMINGTON, NC

2012-2014

DIMENSION, an exhibition of 4D installations, sound art, sculpture and painting, ASHMORE GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA

GOODBYE BOUNDARY, a tribute to the SCAD Sculpture Department and Sculpture Forum,  MOON RIVER GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA

THE FOUNDRY SHOW, an exhibition of bronze works,  SICKY NAR NAR GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA

OMNIBUS, An exhibition of 4D installations, sound art, sculpture and painting,  GALLERY IMPROVISO, SAVANNAH, GA

EPHEMERA, A jurried sculpture and painting exhibition,  ASHMORE GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA

SKETCHBOOK SHOW, SICKY NAR NAR GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA

Solo Exhibitions

2018

EVER THE OPTIMIST ANX GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR

2014

ENSO SICKY NAR NAR, SAVANNAH, GA

2013

TRANSLATIONS DESOTO ROW GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2017

FABRIQUE  ANX GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR

2015

30 UNDER 30  ACME GALLERY, WILMINGTON, NC

2012-2014

NEFELIBATA  WHIT’S END GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA

GOODBYE BOUNDARY  MOON RIVER GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA

DIMENSION ASHMORE GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA

THE FOUNDRY SHOW  SICKY NAR NAR GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA

OMNIBUS  GALLERY IMPROVISO, SAVANNAH, GA

EPHEMERA  ASHMORE GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA

Awards

2014

Sicky Nar Nar Gallery, Exhibition Fellowship

2013

Desoto Row Gallery, Art Rise, Savannah Exhibition Fellowship 2013

2010-2014

SCAD Academic and Artistic Scholarship & Deans List

Leadership, Teaching and Collaboration Experience

2019

CO-FOUNDER - PDX DIGITAL FABRICATION MEETUP

CO-FOUNDER - MAOKE MADE - A FEMINIST FABRICATION COMPANY

CURATOR - 1015 GALLERY

2017- 2018

ADX FOUNDER - FORM + ADX AIR PROGRAM

CURATOR & MANAGER - ANX GALLERY

CNC INSTRUCTOR - ADX

2015

FINE ART STARTS - TEACHER, 2014-2015 (K-4) - AFTER SCHOOL ART PROGRAM

2012-2014

PRESIDENT - SCULPTURE FORUM

PRESIDENT - LOCAL COLOR PAINTING CLUB

2013

COLLABORATOR- PULSE: ART & TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL - JEPSON CENTER MUSEUM, KIDS DIGITAL FABRICATION WORKSHOP

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, SAVANNAH, GA