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Sally Lundburg creates installations, sculpture, mixed media paintings, videos and films that reflect on history, culture, place, and belonging. She has shown in galleries and museums in Hawai`i and San Francisco and in film festivals both nationally and internationally. Her feature length documentary film, One Winter Story received numerous awards including the St. Jean du Luz International Surf Film Festival Grand Prize Award for Best Film (France), and the Bronze Shell Special Jury Prize, Best Script Prize and Spanish Olympic Committee Special Award at the Santander International Sports Film Festival (Spain). Sally’s recent exhibitions include The Rat & The Octopus, at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Shaefer International Gallery; CONTACT, at The Honolulu Musuem of Art School; and Rockaway!, at Rockaway Surf Club in New York (in partnership with MOMA PS1 & The Honolulu Biennial). She was included in the 2012 Biennial of Hawai`i Artists X at the Honolulu Museum of Art, where she received special recognition by being granted the Ellen Choy Craig Award. Additionally in the fall of 2014, she and her husband Keith Tallett were resident artists at Present Project, an interdisciplinary, interactive, public art project including artists from Miami, Tokyo, Toulouse, New York, and Hawai‘i, that took place in Kakaako, Oahu. Sally has a B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from The San Francisco Art Institute and is a founding member of AGGROculture, a Hawai`i based art collective. Since 2011, she has also worked collaboratively with artist Keith Tallett, under the name Les Filter Feeders.


Bachelors of Fine Arts – San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, (1999)
H.S. diploma – St. Joseph High School, Hilo Hawaii (1989)

Exhibitions & Film Screenings

2017 Included artist (Les Filter Feeders) The Honolulu Biennial, Honolulu
2016 The Rat & The Octopus, Maui Arts & Cultural Center Schaefer International Gallery, Maui
2015 Contact, Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona, Honolulu
2014 Present Project– artist in residence – Kaakako, Oahu
2014 CONTACT– Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona, Oahu
2013 Interior – ‘Iolani Gallery – Windward Community College, Oahu
2013 Cycles of Life – The Donkey Mill Art Center – Hawaii Island
2013 Finding the Forest: Interpretation and Reverance – The Maui Arts and Cultural Center – Schaefer International Gallery, Maui

2012 Amalgamate – thirtynine hotel & Manifest, Honolulu, Hawaii
2012 Chamonix Adventure Festival, Chamonix, France
2012 AGGROroadshow – Fishcake, Honolulu Hawaii
2012 Biennial of Hawaii Artists X – The Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii

2011 alterna-APEC – The Arts at Marks Garage, Honolulu, Hawaii (AGGROculture collaborative work for a group show)
2011 KAGU/AKARI – Fishcake, Honolulu, Hawaii
2011 Honolulu Surf Film Festival -The Doris Duke Theater, Honolulu HI
2011 Spring Forward – (AGGROculture group show) Wailoa Centery Gallery, Hilo Hawaii

2010 Epiphytes and Invasives, Ironwood Framing, Kamuela, Hawaii
2010 AGGROculture, ARTS at Marks Garage, Honolulu, Hawaii
2010 Recent Work, Kahilu Theater Gallery, Kamuela, Hawaii
2009 Closer to Home, East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo Hawaii
2008 One Winter Story Official Selection: San Diego Women’s Film Festival, CA; New York Surf Film Festival, NY
2007 Five Nutshells in a Dream, Wailoa Center Gallery, Hilo Hawaii
2007 One Winter Story Official Selection: Montreal International Adventure Film Festival, Montreal, Canada; Surfilm Festibal, San Sebastian, Spain; Maui Film Festival, Hawaii; Input Competition in Berlin, Germany; Scene First Student Film Festival, Wilmington, North Carolina
2006 Blue Cube Art Auction, show of artwork – San Francisco, CA
2006 One Winter Story World Premiere: Mill Valley Film Festival; Official Selections: Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival
2004 University of Hawaii at Hilo Alumni Show, Hilo, HI
2004 Surfstyle, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, HI
2003 Blue vs.Blue, Arts at Mark’s Garage, Honolulu, HI
2002 Post-Postcard Show, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
2001 San Francisco Art Institute Auction
2001 Staff Infection, New Nothing Cinema, SF, CA
2000 Fuzzy Logic, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
2000 San Francisco Art Institute Auction, SF, CA
2000 My Valentine, The Dentist’s Office, SF, CA
2000 Recent Work, Octavia’s Haze Gallery, SF, CA
2000 DEAR WILLIAM, Quotidian Gallery, SF, CA
2000 Recent Work, Mesh Gallery, Sebastopol, CA

Awards and Nominations

  • Ellen Choy Craig Award – Honolulu Museum of Art Biennial of Hawai`i Artists X (2012)
  • Winner: le Prix de l’Aileron du Meilleur Film de Surf 2007 – International Surf Film Festival du St. Jean de Luz
  • Winner: Caracola de Bronce (Jury Selection Award); Premio Alma (Best Script Award);Premio Academia Olimpica Espanola (Special Spanish Olympic Committee Award). 2007 Santander Sports Film Festival, Cantabria, Spain
  • Winner: Best Surf Bio Pic, 2006 Santa Cruz International Film Festival
  • Winner: Audience Choice Award Ocean Film Festival 2007, San Francisco, CA
  • Nominated: Best Biography; Best Cinematography; Best Original Score. X-Dance, Park City, Utah
  • Nominated to represent the United States at the International Input Competition in Berlin, Germany, Input 2007
  • Awarded the First Annual Bay Area Women In Film and Television/General Motors Distribution/Marketing/Festival Travel Grant – for One Winter Story.
  • Selected  as part of state-wide traveling show of selected films – 2006 Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Selected to participate in guest filmmaker panel, and screen film at Opening Night Party- 2007 Scene First Student Film Festival, Wilmington, North Carolina

Artist Statement

My first career ideas were journalist, poet, and anthropologist, and I think those early sensibilities are evident in my artwork today. My studio practice involves gathering stories, imagery, film footage, archival images and text as a way to engage the people and environments around me. I also glean information from science, forestry, seafaring, and survival manuals, finding metaphors for human contradictions, entanglements, fragility and resilience. My current work is largely informed by Hawaii’s history of ecological and social invasions and it’s shifting cultural landscape, as well as personal experiences of self-reliance, independence, isolation, and exposure to spirituality and faith.
Bridging collage techniques with botanical curiosity and anthropological tendencies, my work engages installation, mixed media, sculpture, photography, film and video to explore notions of identity, liminality, and social dynamics. I’m fascinated by the idea of a richly layered ecosystem where humans and nature collide, intertwine, adapt, and hybridize. While there might be a “survival of the fittest” within a given species, each species depends on the services provided by others to ensure survival. I hope that my work might provide glimpses into creative mutual survival and enlightened interdependence.