Rahshia Sawyer 2020

Rahshia Sawyer is a creative professional and third-culture individual based in the Washington DC area.


She is the Head Experience Designer for Data Ethics and Privacy at Capital One, focusing on the intersection of consumer rights, data privacy, and regulatory compliance.

As a professor at George Mason University, she teaches the nuances of photography and visual communications.

Her passion is finding beauty. As an internationally recognized photographer, she examines Resilience, analyzing the balanced (or imbalanced) relationship between beauty, chaos, and vulnerability as an anchor to our humanity.

François Schneider Foundation

Awarded: Photography Contemporary Talent 2012

On May 16th 2013 I was announced the photography winner of the Contemporary Talent 2012; François Schneider Foundation


My series, “We are not Made of Wood” was selected out of 3176 participants who submitted works related to the theme of water. The acquisition and exhibition cash prize promotes the work of yet unrecognized artists.

The Contemporary Talent 2012 award ceremony took place during the inauguration of the François Schneider Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, located in historic French wine country in Wattwiller, not far from Basel Switzerland.

Contemporary Talent 2012 awards, François Schneider Foundation

François Schneider Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, inauguration May 16 2013

The competition was open to all international candidates of six art disciplines – painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and video.

After months of deliberations Jean-Noël Jeanneney, the president of the grand jury, announced the winners during the inauguration of the Centre for Contemporary Art on 16 May 2013

Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer, Fabrizio Plessi, and Jean-Noël Jeanneney Jury President, Contemporary Talent 2012

Contemporary Talent 2012 Award winner Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer, Fabrizio Plessi, and Jean-Noël Jeanneney Jury President


The International Jury was composed of:

Jean-Noël Jeanneney Jury President
Fabrizio Plessi , Artist winner of the Venice Biennale,
Daniel Lelong, Director of Galerie Lelong
Alain Chard, director of the Foundation Francois Schneider
Rosa Maria Malet, Director of the Foundation Juan Miro in Barcelona
Michel Grilli, contemporary art collector and Head of Contemporary Art Acquisition Committee works from the European Investment Bank

Through the “Contemporary Talent“, François Schneider wants to support artists by acquiring their works and their implementation value of the Foundation’s art center being built and dedicated to the meeting of art and water. Located at the foot of Old Armand, in the village of Wattwiller in the Haut-Rhin, with over 2000 square meters of exhibition space.

Contemporary Talent 2012 winner, We are not made of Wood, Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer

2012 Contemporary Talents winner, We are not made of Wood, Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer

The Contemporary Talent 2012 Winners:

Jessie Brennan, The Cut: Drawing.
Hicham Berrada, Arch Miller-Urey: Installation
Claire Chesnier, CCIX-diptych CCVIII: Painting
Rahshia Sawyer, We Are Not Made of Wood: Photography
Valere Costes, Dark Rain: Sculpture
Nour Awada, its implement the streaming: Video
Mehdi Medacci, Walls: Talent Water 2012

The exhibition of the winners’ of the Contemporary Talent 2012 will be organized during the year 2014 at the Art Center Foundation.