BMBS, Flinders University South Australia, 1983
FANZCA, 1991
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons), Adelaide Central School of Art, 2010
Group Exhibitions
2006 Yorke Peninsula Cheetham Art Show exhibtion
2008 Clifton’s Art Prize Exhibition
2008 “Ignite” St Ignatius College Art Show
2009 “Resonate” ACSA Graduate Exhibition
2010 Little weeds: small acts of tenderness and violence. Curated by Lisa Harms.
27/2/10 – 3/3/10, Format Collective, Peel St, Adelaide. ,
2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 Helpmann Academy Maestros and Apprentices Auction
2010 Women’s and Children’s Hospital “Arts in health”: “Mother’s May” exhibition , May 2010
2010 “Wall Paper”, Adelaide Central Gallery, 28th October 2010.
2011 St Ignatius College Art Show,
2011 Loreto SpringArt
2011 Urban Myth Theatre Fundraiser
2012 “Wish you were here”, Adelaide Central Gallery,
2013 “Grounded – Nic Brown, Cathy Frawley, Sally Parnis and Lyn Wood” at Fisher Jeffries for Adelaide Central School of Art, March 8th until April 19th 2013
2013 Saint Ignatius College art Show, August
2013 “Wish you were here” Adelaide Central Gallery.
2014 “Gematria” Adelaide Central Gallery
Solo Exhibitions
2011 “To tell a constant story”, The Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Arts in Health), Gallery A, February – April 2011
2011 “Ten paintings and six drawings”, Cibo Galleria SALA exhibition, Cibo espresso, ground floor, Rundle street, Adelaide, August 2011
2012 “Entwined”, Adelaide Central School of Art Studio Gallery, March 30th – April 21st 2012
2012 “Wordless” Flinders Medical centre Arts in Health, Sept 25th – November 26th 2012
2013 “Wordless” at Faraja Restaurant, Dec 2013 – May 2013
2013 “Awesome” Jorell’s Face Hair and Body for SALA, 3rd August – 7th September
2006 Short listed Doug Moran National Portrait Prize : Self Portrait “It’s All About Me”
2006 Yorke Peninsula Cheetham Art Prize, Second Merit Award
2008 People’s choice Award, “Ignite” St Ignatius College Art Show
2013 Short list The Advertiser Business SA Contemporary Art Prize for SALA 2013
2013 Short list Fleurieu Water and Environment Prize
2014 Highly Commended, Adelaide Parklands Art Prize (three works short listed)
2005 Portrait commission – The Most Reverend Philip Wilson, Archbishop of Adelaide for the Archdiocese of Adelaide
2007 Exeter Hotel Commission
2011 Portrait Commission – “Dr Jeanette Linn, president AMA SA” for the SA branch of The Australian Medical Association.
Private collections (Australia)
Common Ground Housing Initiative, Adelaide
Experience and Employment
January 2010 Assist with hanging exhibition (“The small Drawings of a year” Rob Gatteridge), Adelaide Central Gallery
February 2010 Studio Orta Heart Fabrication Workshop
July/August 2010 Artist in residence, St Peter’s College, Adelaide.
July 2011 Painting in the gallery At The Art Gallery of South Australia, for the opening of the Elder Wing.
2011 onwards Volunteer tutor and mentor at Hutt Street day Centre Education program.
2010 – present Graduate member, Adelaide Central School of Art Academic Board
2013 Convenor, Saint Ignatius College Art Show 2013.
2012, 2013 Adelaide Central School of Art Outreach programme talks and workshops.
Selected Publications (Author)
1. Drawing Class Excursion to the Anatomy Museum. Artdate. Adelaide Central School of Art Issue 86: June/July 2008 p 10
2. Message in a Bottle: a daily drawing project , August 2010 – present.
Publications (Featured)
1. Archbishop poised for action in portrait pose. The Southern Cross, May 2006, p8
2. Are We there yet? Artdate, Adelaide Central School of Art, issue 75: April/May 2006 p1.
3. Clifton’s Art Prize 2008. Artdate. Adelaide Central School of Art, Issue 86: June/July 2008 p5
4. A Lynch Mob and a hanging. The Daily Telegraph, Wednesday, February 20, 2008, p2.
5. Sally Parnis: Establishing a new practice (Lance Campbell author) SA Life, June 2010, p64.
6. New Beginning , Kylie Fleming, Adelaide Matters, issue 155, April 2013, p 22
7. Artist pads out work, City North Messenger, Wednesday April 3rd 2013, p7


  1. Very impressive Sally. Forget my earlier question about the archbishop. He obviously sat for you. For an art ignoramus [me] you are making wonderful progress Sally. How about an exhibition here in Port Lincoln one day??



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