sally helmi is an interdisciplinary artist residing and practicing in newark, nj. her work is an extension of her nursing practice. she dissolves into a strategy that assesses, diagnoses, speculates, intervenes, rationalizes and evaluates. the artist serves to soothe, comfort, and extend softness into the eerie. her work invokes and illustrates the dynamic relationship between sickness and health through a textural and visual language. 

b. 1993 Bayonne, New Jersey

lives: Newark, New Jersey


2015      Bachelor of Science in Nursing, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ


2019      Intimately Held, Index Art Center, Newark, New Jersey


2020      Heal Thy Self, IAC, Newark, NJ

2019      Brick City Litty, IAC, Newark, NJ


2021      Welcome Back to the World, IAC, Newark, NJ

2019      Fern and Fossil x The Nork Project Pop Up, Newark, NJ

2019      Art Factory Studios, Paterson, NJ

2019      Index, NYFA, Newark, NJ

2019      In Praise of Flesh, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

2018      Newark Open Doors, IAC, Newark, NJ

2018      Something In the Universe, IAC, Newark, NJ

2018      Come As You Are, 10th Annual Art Auction, Gallery Aferro, Newark ,NJ

2016      Venus Fest, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ


2021      Dark Study

2021      First Tech Fund (photography mentor), NYC

2019      Immigrant Artist Mentorship Program (mentor) , NYFA, Newark, NJ

2018      Index Art Center, Newark, NJ (current resident)


2021      Artist Feature and Interview with Nene Aïssatou Diallo, LAND Collective

2020      ‘Newark Artists, Thriving Amid Crisis and Catharsis’, NY Times

2020      'Cabin Fever Artist Talks', Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

2020      ‘Sally Helmi: On the Global Crisis’, Scarlet Magazine

2020      ‘5 Essential Workers on Beauty Routine as Self-Care, Allure

2019      New Moon Potluck Panel on Public Health, 9th Haus, Jersey City, NJ