We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara McCorriston and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sara, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Both owning a business and having a career in the arts can separately lead to a generally terrible work/life balance, so when you put the two together as your lifelong career choice, at least for me, finding a work/life balance is a goal to be consistently and consciously working toward. I’ve always been someone that dedicates a great deal of myself to my work, even at a young age. That being said, I’m also someone that has been fairly passionate about the majority of jobs I’ve had in my life. Being a bit heavy on the work side of things doesn’t typically bother me as long as I still have time to refresh here and there. The main way in which the balance has changed over time is that I’m now a person that admits that I both need sleep and time for regular exercise to avoid going crazy, so I do that the only way I know how, by scheduling it. The payoff is huge for myself and for my business. It keeps me way more creative when I have time for breaks and can start most days well-rested.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m the co-founder of Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia, PA. Paradigm was founded as a small gallery in February of 2010, and has since expanded to a space four times the original size in its current location in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia, expanding its roster of artists and its national and international reach along the way. Throughout this time, I served as co-curator and director with my business partner, Jason Chen, and we have also curated exhibitions of Paradigm artists for art fairs including SCOPE Art Show (Miami Art Basel), Art on Paper (NY Armory Week), and LA Art Show. I have had the honor of curating and jurying exhibitions for arts institutions and universities as a representative of the current pulse of the Philadelphia and national arts scene, including exhibitions at her alma mater, the University of the Arts. As a curator and art dealer, I also have experience building corporate art collections, organizing and executing public art projects through my involvement with HAHAxParadigm, and running an annual community art exhibition to invite more people to both make and collect artwork.

I also am the director of Paradigm Art Advisory. Paradigm is pleased to offer a range of art consulting services for a variety of projects, tastes, and budgets. We guide art acquisitions, collection curation, and unique commissions on both residential and commercial scales, ensuring that everything is tailored to our client’s individual needs. With over a decade of experience in managing private and public commissioned artwork, from murals to hotel collections to custom outdoor sculpture, I work with artists from around the globe to create, from start to finish, meaningful collaborations between creators and clients to fit the unique needs of each location. Recent clients include Hotel Revival Baltimore, 12 Stories DC, Marriott, South Street Headhouse District, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, CBRE, PRDC Properties, and Sonder Hospitality Company.

I also serve proudly as a board member for South Street Headhouse District (Business Improvement District), and serve on project committees for various local art institutions including The Print Center and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.https://paradigm.gallery/ SARA MCCORRISTON – Project Manager Bio Sara McCorriston is the co-owner of Paradigm Gallery + Studio and director of Paradigm Art Advisory. With over a decade of experience in managing private and public commissioned artwork, from murals to hotel collections to custom outdoor sculpture, she works with artists from around the globe to create, from start to finish, meaningful collaborations between creators and clients to fit the unique needs of each location. Recent clients include Hotel Revival Baltimore, 12 Stories DC, Marriott, South Street Headhouse District, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, CBRE, PRDC Properties, and Sonder Hospitality Company.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The list could go on and on and I’m a bit overwhelmed thinking about all of the people to shoutout. However, at the end of the day, it’s no contest. My partner, Langston Clement, is my #1 in all of the ways. He constantly inspires me with how driven he is in his own career and tirelessly supports all of my endeavors in my career, even the projects that are pretty wild. He brings such good energy to the table when I need it most and has helped give me some of the confidence I’ve needed to make some of the scariest and biggest leaps into the unknown in my career.

Website: Gallery: https://paradigm.gallery/ Art Advisory: https://www.paradigmartadvisory.com/
Instagram: Paradigm Gallery + Studio: https://www.instagram.com/paradigmgs/

Image Credits
Headshot: Photographer – Tim Blackwell Additional Photos: 1: Paradigm Gallery + Studio (Artwork: Seth Clark) 2: Paradigm Gallery + Studio (Artwork: Charles Clary) 3: Paradigm Gallery + Studio (Artwork: Katherine Fraser) 4: Leina Betzer 5: Eric Laignel, Revival Hotel 6: Sonder (Mural: Dora Cuenca) 7: Langston Clement (Mural: PJ Linden) 8: Langston Clement (Mural: Sophie Roach)

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