Sandy Gherardi is a Washington, DC area fine art Abstract Photographer. Primarily self-taught, her interest in photography began with a Nikon School of Photography course in 1980. Two decades later, a digital arts course at the Corcoran School of Art unveiled an exciting new world. Creating one of a kind Abstract Photo images became her passion. 

A theater arts major in college, Sandy always loved all forms of dance, musical theater and drama directing. At age five, she was the tiny tot who attracted a crowd with her spontaneous dancing at the back of a theater. Decades later, her artistic expression shifted from onstage to behind the lens. Today Sandy delights in capturing and preserving easily overlooked hidden beauty that she extracts from ordinary subjects, even from a lowly heap of trash!


Publications, Presentations 

  • DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION, Abstract Photographic Images by Sandy Gherardi: A 70-page coffee table, color, hardback book
  • Co-Presenter of Abstract Photography Workshops 2023, 2018
  • Guest Blogger, Rick Sammon Photography 2014


Exhibitions/ Awards/ Collections

Sandy's photographs have been juried into dozens of national and international gallery exhibitions, including 13 consecutive International Annual Abstract Exhibits 2010-2023 at the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts, in which two images were chosen for their permanent collection and numerous others granted Honorable Mention awards.

Best In Show Overall & 1st Place in Photography & Digital “The Big Apple”; Special Merit Award "Under the Bridge"; Special Recognition Award "Urban Illusion”: 14th Annual Cityscape Exhibition 2024 Light Space & Time Art Gallery (435 entries received from 15 countries, 24 US states and the District of Columbia). 

5th Place in Photography & Digital & 11th Place Overall "Coming of Age”; Special Merit Award "A Night On the Town”: 15th Abstract Art Exhibition 2024 Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery (737 entries from 24 countries, 36 US states and the District of Columbia.)

2nd Place Winner "Urban Illusion”; Honorable Mention "Coming of Age: Annual Competition 2024 League of Reston Artists/Reston Photo Society

Honorable Mention “Earthquake”: Annual Competition 2023 League of Reston Artists/Reston Photo Society

3rd Place "Mating Dance”: Spring Exhibit 2023 League of Reston Artists/Reston Photo Society

In addition to being a finalist at Amazon Web Services AWSomeArt, Sandy’s art has been selected and featured at Mid-Atlantic Photo Visions exhibits, Praxis Gallery, the Art League, Torpedo Factory, ArtSpace Herndon exhibits, Nature Visions Photo Expos, Stacy C. Sherwood Gallery, Buchanan Partners Art Gallery, Hylton Center for the Performing Arts, Jo Ann Rose Gallery, Reston Community Center, Ernst Community Cultural Center and the City of Fairfax "Spotlight On the Arts”.  Her photographic art resides in private and corporate collections, as well as in the permanent collection of the Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC.



  • League of Reston Artists/ Reston Photo Society
  • Artists Coalition of Fairfax
  • Professional Photographers of America