Defense of the Nail-a-thon in The Villager!

The Nail-a-thon to Disempower Trump, which took place on April 8th was a great success. Scores of people on the streets of NYC hammered a nail into the Trump Blockhead that I made, I had a great band of musicians who made quirky fun music for the event,  and everyone was having fun, but the one person who didn't like it wrote about it in NYC paper The Villager. When it was brought to my attention, I wrote a defense of it, and you can read it here.

Official Video of Sandra Koponen's Nail-a-thon!

The video of Sandra Koponen's Nail-a-thon: A Public Ritual to Disempower Dump and Co., which took place on April 8, 2017 is now up for viewing!  If you watch the whole thing you will be rewarded towards the end of the video by seeing the youngest, cutest little nailer!  Hopefully the sculpture will be on view at an upcoming solo art show. (TBA)  Watch the Nail-a-thon here  

Nail-a-thon: A Public Ritual to Disempower Dump and Co.

On April 8, 2017, artist Sandra Koponen took her sculpture of the Trump Blockhead in the rat mobile to the streets of the East Village of NYC. With the fanfare of musicians Kenny Wollesen,, Dalius Naujo, Jessica Lurie and Matt Cole, the public was invited to hammer a nail into the head. There were also cabinet members and backers traiing behind the car in rat traps and people were also invited to hammer some carpet tacks into them. After a couple hours, the Trump Blockhead was covered in nails. It was all done in a joyous spirit. Video will be posted soon.


Press for Sandra Koponen's Trump Voodoo Doll at the Nasty Women Exhibit

Thrilled to be one of the five artists mentioned--out of 700--in the review of the Nasty Women Exhibit (NYC) by Alex Thompson in Vice News, January 14, 2017 and also one of seven artworks  mentioned in Bedford and Bowery's review of the show on January 17, 2017.


Nasty Women Show

Very pleased to have a work in the Nasty Women Exhibit which will open January 12--15 at the Knockown Center in Ridgewood, Queenes.  All proceeds from the sales will benefit Planned Parenthood.  700 women artists!  For more information, visit







Sanra K.'s Black Rhino up for Auction!

WHAT:  Sandra Koponen's Black Rhino; In Memoriam 24"x18" oil on canvas will be up for auction at Calabar Imports' "Hands: Art Crafts Alive" and auction to benefit Workshop Artists in Brooklyn and an arts center for children in Kenya.

  For more info, click: HANDS

WHEN: Sunday, December 18th, 2-5 pm

WHERE: Calabar Imports and Gallery, 2504 Frederick Douglas Blvd & 134th St. (take 2 or 3 train to 135th St. if traveling by subway).

Calabar Imports also has clothing, jewelry and accessories imported from Africa and by local artisans.

Smart Dust

Five of Sandra Koponen's smaller works will be on view and for sale at SLA 307 Gallery.


SLA 307 Gallery

Dec. 9 - Jan. 28

Opening December 9th

6-9 pm

Where: 307 W 30th Street, just west of 8th Avenue (near Penn Station)

For more info, please visit:

SLA 307


Upcoming and Current Exhibits

Made in Ridgewood EXTENDED!!! through October 21st, 2016

Concurrent with Bushwick Open Studios, Outpost Gallery will be exhibiting works from artists in the Ridgewood Artists Coalition. 

When: October 1- October 21, 2016

Opening: Saturday October 1, 12 pm -- 7 pm

Where: 1665 Norman Street, Ridgewood.

By train: L train to Halsey Street, one block from station.

Outpost hours: tba

Past Exhibits

2013-- 2016

Group Shows:

Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, Fun House, Art of the Surreal, Fantastic & Bizarre. Juried. Juror Eve Biddle, July 23rd-September 3, 2016  

188 Stanton St., New York NY 10001, The Greatest Art Never Seen, May 14--28th, 2016

Superchief Gallery, Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, Hyper Group Show. May 6- May 11th, 2016 

The Paper Box, Brooklyn, NY Berning Up Brooklyn! 2015

Be Electric, Bushwick, NY. Seeking Space. Juried.  2015

SLA 307 Gallery, Manhattan, NY. Benefit Auction. Juried. 2015

Storefront Ten Eyck, Bushwick, NY.  Making History. 2015

Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Respond. Juried.2015

Rush Arts Gallery, Manhattan, NY. Curate NYC; Top 150. Juried.  2013


Berning Up Brooklyn!

Showing in: Berning Up Brooklyn Art Show and Fundraiser

Opening, Thursday, October 8th 7 PM -- 3 AM

The Paper Box, 17 Meadow St., Brooklyn 

New! Officials of Torture web site is now LIVE!!

At last, you can see Officials of Torture: Oil Portraits by Sandra Koponen on-line,  with accompanying explanatory text. As the U.S. enters the 2016 presidential race, it is important to bear in mind that at least one of those Bush administration officials responsible for implementing the  CIA torture program---Paul Wolfowitz--is an advisor to presidential candidate Jeb Bush.  One of the purposes of this project is to remind the public of those architects of the Bush -era torture program so that hopefully, their power and influence can be curbed. 


SEEKING SPACE: June 5-7th--Official Show for Bushwick Open Studios 2015

Thrilled to announce that one of my paintings has been selected for Seeking Space, the group show that is the launching pad for Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

At: Be Electric, 1298 Willoughby Avenue @ Wyckoff St. Be Electric is one block by the Jefferson stop on the L train.  (Take the Starr St. exit and walk one block to Willoughby, take a right and it's a few steps  from the corner of Wyckoff and Willoughby).

BOS Friday: 7:00pm - 12:00 am

BOS Saturday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

BOS Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm


Thursday May 28th at Barbes, 7:30 PM

376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope, Brooklyn

(347) 422-0248

Sandra will be performing "sonic drawing" with Terry Dames Science Music Roadshow, a band comprised of the inventors of very unusual one-of-a-kind instruments.  The pencils Sandra will be drawing/playing with make sounds as she draws . . . must be seen and heard!

Art Auction to Benefit the Lithuanian Alliance of America (SLA)

Pleased to have a painting. "Mekas Money", in the art auction show at SLA307 Gallery, 307 W 30th St., New York, NY.  Show opens May 10th, 2015 and auction will be held online starting May 11th. See flyer below for complete list of artists with works for auction.  See and bid on artworks here:

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Arts in Bushwick: Making History at Storefront Gallery

Pleased to be in a group show at Storefront Ten Eyck gallery in Bushwick.  Over 400 works will be available at a raffle to be held on May 10th, 2015.

My painting, "Welcome to the New World Order" will be available at the raffle:

All info about the show can be found here: