Sara Pauline Armas (Burke)        


Presently Illuminare Center for Medieval Art, Leuven, BE. Independent PhD Researcher.

2015-2017      Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. M.A. in Art History.

2012 - 2015 University, Miami Shores, Florida.  M.A. in Photography

2002 - 2006    Maine College of Art, Portland Maine.  B.F.A. in photography.


April 2017       South Central Renaissance Society, Conference Grant for Outstanding Essay.

April 2017       OSU, Stillwater, Don and Catherine Humphry’s Travel Grant/Merit Scholarship.

Dec 2015       Photography Forum, “De Kwelling,” digital photograph, in Best of 2015.

Oct 2015        Utrecht University, Holland Scholarship Award.


Presently     Lens Culture Online Magazine. Re:Construction Project, ongoing.

Gallery Art, Miami.  ”Just Right," digital print.

Nov 2018 Loosen Art, The Essential Exhibition, “Reconstruction”, digital print.

Spring 2017 Andy Gato Gallery, Miami. “De Kwelling,” digital print. Permanent collection.

Dec 2014       Andy Gato Gallery, Miami.  Public Space and Still: Women Unsafe, M.A. Thesis.

Dec 2014 Andy Gato Gallery, Miami.  The Path, alternative processes on watercolor paper.

Fall 2014 Student Gallery, Barry University.  SPCA Wildlife Center Documentary Project, digital prints.

May 2012 Student Gallery, Barry University.  Unsafe Travels, 20 min film and digital prints.

Dec 2009 Art Miami, Art Basel 2009.  “Tijeras," digital print.

May 2005 Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine. Supposed Glamour Project, B.F.A Thesis.

June 2005 Umbria Gallery, Boston.  My Nightlife in Print, digital prints.

     Publications As Author

March 2017 Portraits for Puerto Rico, Blurb self publishing, ISBN 0464897238.

Jan 2016 “Fade to Grey,” article, in the Royal Photographic Society Journal, London. 

Spring 2015 "Miami Sights," poem; "Dam Square," Photograph; and “Penguin Dance," Photograph; in What Oft Was Thought, Sigma Tau

Publishing, Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida.

Spring 2014    "A Walk to Remember," article, in Barry University Magazine, Miami Shores, Florida.

April 2010   "Codex Espangliensis," research essay.  University of Miami Library Special Collections in     

association with the Department of Art and Art History. <web>,


Lectures and Presentations

March 2017 Artist’s lecture, presented to the undergraduate art majors, Oklahoma State University, 


April 2013 “The Origins of Playing Dress Up”, presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami.

April 2005 “The Birth of The Supposed Glamour Project”, senior presentation, Maine College of Art, 


     Professional Experience

May 2005 - Currently                  Self-employed Commercial Photographer and Practicing Artist   Photographer and post-production assistant

  • Completed various contracts as lead photographer or assistant on a spectrum of jobs including architecture, portraiture and weddings. 

  • Have conceptualized, implemented and completed several artistic projects that led to exhibitions, publications and private sales of work, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Summer 2017      Groeningemuseum, Brugge, Belgium

Curatorial Intern / Photographer

  • Completed texts for a city walk and touch table relating art and artists to locations around the city of Brugge. 

  • Assisted curators with various administrative tasks.

  • Scouted, shot and edited photos for use in the city tour, as well as publication materials (flyers).

January 2017 - May 2017   Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City

    Registration Intern

  • Researched a set of medieval and renaissance prints for the purpose of re-accessioning.

  • Photographed prints and documented condition.

Sept 2016 - May 2017                        Department of Fine Arts and Art History, OSU, Oklahoma

Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Led a semester-long visual analysis project for Art History Survey courses. 

  • Assisted professors with lectures, grading and proctored exams.

March 2012 - June 2013      Barry University, Florida

    Photography Technician and Graduate Assistant

  • Oversaw proper use of the labs by students and monitors and assisted both professors and students with their questions and problems. Taught students proper shooting, developing and printing techniques after hours or when professors were unavailable.

April 2011 - Sept 2012         ID Tech Camps, Rollins College and Columbia University Locations

    Instructor and Curriculum Developer

  • Responsible for giving the photography curriculum a "face-lift," for a national technical summer camp for kids ages 9-17 by updating and/or creating new lessons.

  • Taught children ages 11-17 photography basics using digital SLR cameras, Lightroom and Photoshop, covering advanced editing for children with appropriate skills.

April 2010                                                                              University of Miami Special Collections, Florida

    Research Assistant/Website Developer for Project on Artists Books

  • Participated in the research, curation and presentation of artists books held in Special Collections at University of Miami.

  • Built the website for the project.

Sept 2006 – April 2007                                                      Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston

        Ophthalmic Photographer and Lab/Research Assistant

  • Used several different cameras and digital imaging devices to aid ophthalmic physicians  in the diagnosis and assessment of eye disease.

  • Began compiling images for an extensive digital learning library for medical students and photographers.

Fall 2005                                                        University of Southern Maine Free Press, Portland, Maine

           Photo Editor

  • Managed a group of photographers for a weekly news publication.

  • Advised and taught said photographers in proper shooting techniques and ethics.          

  • Edited and formatted both digital and film images by deadline for print.

  • Coordinated with editors, photographers and writers on coverage of breaking news.  



Intermediate Dutch 

Advanced Spanish

Native English Speaker

French, Italian, German - Basic reading abilities.

Volunteer Work

2017 - 2018 Participated in rebuilding Puerto Rico’s water resources after Hurricane Maria with S.M.R.C. and Human Rights

Festival, Inc, in the NW sections of the island. Documented the ongoing crisis through photography and interviews of

residents and aid workers. Donated the photographs and articles to charity groups for use in fundraising.

“Adopted” a family and advocated for them with FEMA, successfully getting their case expedited. 

Resulted in a self-published book of my photographs with all profits to charity.

Fall 2014       Animal Trapper, Pals for Paws Campus Program, Barry University, Florida.

Spring 2014           Photographer, SPCA Wildlife Center, Miami, Florida.

Spring 2014 Photographer, Barry University Bride's Walk Event, Miami Shores, Florida.

Fall 2011                Dog Foster,  DOXIE of Miami, Florida.

2009 - 2010         Animal Caretaker, SPCA Wildlife Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2002 – 2005        Photographer, University of Southern Maine Free Press, Portland, Maine.