Sara Jane Pronko Biography

Sara Jane Pronko was born in East St. Louis, Illinois. She has lived in the Kansas City area since earning her bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas. Pronko has continued her art education through additional coursework in studio art and art history at the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Kansas and Johnson County Community College.

For Pronko, her art is of a landscape we inhabit but in many ways we never see. The process of painting is about seeing and the exciting possibility of communicating this vision on canvas. Her concern is the urban environment of forgettable architecture, adverisements, mini-malls, headlights and taillights; all the staggering visual cacophony we live with on a daily basis. Hours of our lives are spent on the road, always going, but seldom arriving, always moving and looking for what could be or what was lost. The "others" we pass are merely shadowy figures. We do not know them or they us. Is it possible to find some order and beauty in this chaos and translate it into shared experience?

Pronko's work is represented in various public and private collections  throughout the United States and Europe as well as corporate collections across the country. These include: Sprint, Hallmark Cards, Mutual Benefit Life, Kansas City Power & Light, American Century Investments, Kaiser Permanente, The Stowers Insititute for Medical Research and St. Luke's Hospital, Yellow Freight, Overland Park Convention Center, Sante Fe Railroad, Mercantile Bank and Ernst & Young, Werner Trucking Company, Dollar General, and The United Missouri Bank.