Studies & Employment

2016 + Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Art, Architecture & Design, University of South Australia
1989-2015 + Lecturer, Art, Architecture & Design, University of South Australia
2007 Visiting lecturer, School of Fine Arts, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China
2003 Visiting lecturer/Artist in residence, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania
2002 Master of Creative Arts, Curtin University of Technology
1982 Graduate Diploma of Fine Art, S.A. School of Art
1981 Diploma in Lithography, State Institute of Art, Urbino, Italy
Assistant printer, Stamperia Il Navile, Bologna, Italy
1977-80 Bachelor of Fine Art, S.A. School of Art
1968-71 Bachelor of Arts, Honours English, University of Adelaide

Solo/Joint Exhibitions 

2018 Drawing on Material Things, WEST Gallery, Adelaide (joint)
2017 Scary background noise, Tacit Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2008 A Slip of the Tongue, Nexus Gallery Adelaide (joint)
2007 Neither Here nor There, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth
2006 Between Two Wor(l)ds, SASA Gallery, University of South Australia; Double Take, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
2005 xanadu, Nexus Gallery Windows, Adelaide
2004 Fictions, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
2003 Indulgence, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne; Dapple, University of South Australia Art Museum Windows; Home & Away, Fine Art Gallery, University of Tasmania
2002 Visible Language, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth
2001 Sunday Best, Nexus Gallery, Adelaide
2000 Tenet, Robert Steele Gallery, Adelaide
1994 Provenance, Lake Macquarie Gallery, NSW (joint)
1990 Anima Gallery, Adelaide; Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney
1987 Holdsworth Contemporary Galleries, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions since 1991

2019 Burnie Print Prize
2018 Message in a Bottle, Artlab Adelaide; Under the Skin, praxis ARTSPACE, Adelaide; Australian Print Triennial, Mildura; Libris Awards, Artspace Mackay
2017 Atlas, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery (2018 – Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa); Monumental, WEST Gallery, Adelaide; From there to here, SASA Gallery, University of South Australia; Burnie Print Prize
2016 The Unstable Image, SASA Gallery, UniSA; Afterlife, WEST Gallery, Thebarton; As far as the eye can see, Curated nationally touring exhibition 2016-2020
2015 International Print Triennial, Krakow; Geelong Print Award (Finalist); lighthousekeeping, FELTspace; Mildura Print Triennale (Finalist)
2014 Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Award; Kyoto Hanga International Print Exhibition (nationally selected), Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Hutchins Prize (finalist); Whyalla Art Prize
2012 Lost for Words, SASA Gallery, UniSA; Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Award; International Print Triennial, Krakow; Assisted Reproduction: into the light, Canberra School of Art Gallery, ANU; For your eyes only, APBond Gallery, Adelaide
2011 Burnie Print Prize (Highly Commended); Familiar Unfamiliar, c3 contemporary artspace, Melbourne; Geelong Print Award (Finalist); Hutchins Prize (Finalist): Between Earth + Sky, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide
2010 Transfigured Night 2, Clara Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University; Blake Prize Finalist (Highly Commended); embody-meant, Flinders University City Gallery
2009 Finalist: Burnie Print Prize; Traces, Kerry Packer Gallery, UniSA; Contemporary Australian Printmaking, Art Gallery of SA; Finalist: Hutchins Prize, Hobart; Transfigured Night, Gallery 139, Adelaide; Natalie Leader Print Award, Barossa Regional Gallery
2008 Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Award; Translations & Discoveries, Feldman Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2007 Finalist: Burnie Print Prize; Broken Hill Outback Art Prize; Geelong Print Award; Hutchins Prize; Transmission, SASA Gallery; Across Continents, Nexus Gallery; Alice Prize
2006 Bharat Bhavan International Print Biennial 2006, India (invitation); Finalist: Alice Prize; Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Award; Conrad Jupiters Art Prize
2005 Art Year Zero, South Australian School of Art Gallery; Translations Australia, Hill Smith Fine Art Gallery; 33, Port Jackson Press, Melbourne; Hutchins Prize, Hobart; Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast
 2004 Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Award; Drawing today, Adelaide Central Gallery; Avarice, Artspace, Adelaide Festival Theatre
 2003 International Print Triennial, Chalumières, France (invited artist); Hutchins Prize, Hobart; Fremantle Print Award
 2002 City of Hobart Art Prize: Fremantle Print Award; Montreal International Miniature Print Biennnial
 2001 Fremantle Print Award; Hutchins Prize (Finalist), Hobart; R. E. Jones Print Memorial Award, Warrnambool
 2000 Swan Hill National Print & Drawing Award (Finalist); Port Pirie Art Prize, Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery; Chemistry, Art Gallery of South Australia; House, J111 Gallery, SA School of Art; Hutchins Prize (Finalist), Hobart
 1999 Fremantle Print Award; R.E. Jones Memorial Print Award, Warrnambool; One of Several, Flinders Art Museum City Gallery, Adelaide
 1998 City of Hobart Art Prize (Invitation); Beyond the Book, Zone Gallery, Adelaide; Fremantle Print Award; Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart (invitation)
 1997 UWS Macarthur National Printmedia Acquisitive
 1996 Survey Exhibition of Contemporary SA Printmakers, RSASA Gallery; Manifest Exposure, Central Gallery, Adelaide; Works on Paper Fair, Sydney
 1994 The River Styx, Australian & NZ Artist’s Books, Australian National Library, Canberra; Mornington Peninsula Print Award (96)
 1993 Carte-Blanche – Works on Paper, Anima Gallery, Adelaide; Drawing 1. University of South Australia Art Museum
 1992 Contemporary Adelaide Artists, Anima Gallery; In a Nutshell, Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne
 1991 Osaka Print Triennale; Sapporo International Print Biennale; In a Nutshell, Chesser Gallery, Adelaide


2018 Australian Print Triennial Award
2014 Australian National Gallery acquisition
2011 Adelaide City Council, James Place public art commission
2009 Nathalie Leader Print Award, Barossa Regional Gallery; Art Gallery of SA acquisitions
2008 Swan Hill Regional Gallery acquisition
2006 ArtsSA grant
2005 Hutchins School acquisition (Hutchins Prize)
2001 ArtsSA grant; Print Council of Australia Member Print Commission
1999 Art Gallery of South Australia acquisitions; Advertiser Newspaper Oscarts 1999 Visual Arts Award for ‘Best Print Exhibition’ -TENET at Robert Steele Gallery, Adelaide
1998 Artbank acquisition
1996 UWS Macarthur National Printmedia Acquisitive acquisition
1994 Picture Women Folio of prints by six South Australian women artists commissioned by Flinders University, SA; Mornington Peninsula Print Award acquisition
1993 Commission for mural for new Port Pirie Tourism/Art Centre (SA)
 1991 Arts Council of South Australia Grant
 1988 100 x 100 Portfolio, published by the Print Council of Australia; Award of Excellence, Korean Miniature Print Exhibition, Seoul, Korea
 1986 Third Prize, International Miniature Art Exhibition, Toronto, Canada; Arts Council of South Australia Grant
 1983 Print Council of Australia Member Print Commission
 1982 Grand Prix, Korean International Miniature Print Exhibition, Seoul, Korea
 1980 Grant from Arts Council of South Australia to study printmaking in Italy


2009 Grishin, S. ‘Profiles in Print: Olga Sankey’, Craft Arts International, Issue 77, 2009

Zeplin, P. ‘The ear, the eye, the tongue and the print’, Imprint, Vol 44, No. 3

2006 Moss, J., ‘The Veracity of Fiction’, essay for Olga Sankey Image and Text

Lunn, K. ‘Between Two Wor(l)ds’, catalogue essay for exhibition Between Two Wor(l)ds2004

2004 Moss, J., ‘Hybrid Fictions’, Catalogue essay for exhibition Fictions
1999 Hendry, S. ‘Tenet and Printed Matter’, Imprint, Vol. 34, No.1

Moss, J., ‘Double Take’, Catalogue essay for exhibition Tenet

1998 Speck, C., ‘Three South Australian Digital Printmakers’, Imprint, Vol.33, No.1
1997 Grishin, S., Australian Printmaking in the 1990’s, Craftsman House, Sydney
1993 Graphia, Journal of Ex Libris Art – Belgium, No. 118 (featured artist)
1988 Directory of Australian Printmakers, Print Council of Australia; 100×100 Portfolio, Print Council of Australia
1986 Catalogue essay, International Miniature Art Exhibition, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1984 Commentary: The Printmakers, Art and Australia, Vol. 22, No. 2
1982 Space, Journal of Contemporary Art, Architecture & Environment, Vol.11, No. 185

Collections (Selected)

Australian National Gallery; Art Gallery of South Australia; Western Australian Institute of Technology; Print Council of Australia; Deakin University; Devonport Gallery and Arts Centre; Bendigo College of Advanced Education; Australian Parliament House; National Museum of Modern Art – Seoul/Korea; Bureau of Artistic Exhibitions, Lodz, Poland; Artbank; Flinders University; University of South Australia; University of Adelaide; Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre; University of Western Sydney; Canson Australia Pty Ltd; Bullseye Glass Company, Portland, Oregon; Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery; Customs House Gallery, Sydney; Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery; Gladstone Regional Art Gallery; State Library of Victoria; Charles Darwin University; Swan Hill Regional Gallery; Charles Sturt University; Barossa Regional Gallery