Sara Petitt, b. 1934, studied Fine Arts with Paul Feely at Bennington College, where she received her BFA. Following graduation she studied photography with Lisette Modell and Joseph Breitenbach. Always the avid learner, she has continued her studies at the International Center for Photography. She worked as a textile designer, and Stylist/Design Director for major textile companies for many years. Petitt has also worked as an educator, teaching and lecturing in design both nationally and internationally, and is currently a tenured professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Petitt integrates her love of photography and travel into her work. Whether photographing people or buildings, she tries to establish an intimate understanding of her subject matter. This relationship to her surroundings permits her to find aesthetic discovery in a broad array of subject matter, creating captivating imagery that incorporates her interest in design and color with glimpses of humanity.
Petitt has shown extensively in New York and has work in private collections. In 2014, she was became the first artist to guest curate a show at the Carter Burden Gallery.