Behind the Front by Kimberly Sass(2022)

Kimberly Sass
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What does it mean to be a professional athlete?  

 How much are we willing to sacrifice to grow the game we love so much?

 When is it time to stop being grateful and start creating tangible change for future generations?

These are the questions that professional female athletes face every single day, attempting to balance the weight of opportunity and progress.  Social media is flooded with historical achievements and positive imagery, showing how women are truly making the best of the opportunities they are given.  However, behind these portrayals lie many harsh truths which are not-so-often depicted for fear that progress will grind to a halt.  These negative realities are justified by critics who cite the financial and physical discrepancies between men and women’s sports as reasons for females to be grateful for an opportunity to play.

 Behind the Front explores these positive and negative realities prompting an honest conversation about what it will take to achieve true equity in professional women’s hockey.

 Each piece in the series explores an experience throughout my playing career.  The artwork shares individual accounts that can be viewed independently, as pairs, and as a collective. 

The Women’s Sports Foundation exists to enable girls and women to reach their potential in sport and life. Ten percent of auction and print artwork sales through April 1, 2022 will support WSF.

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About Kimberly Sass

Kimberly Sass is a professional hockey player and board member of the PWHPA, an architectural job captain with HLW NYC, and the sole artist of SASS STUDIO. Among her many accomplishments, she is an advocate for female athletes, professional women’s hockey & female participation in STEM careers. She also serves as an ambassador with IF/THEN and has been featured in CBS’ Mission Unstoppable. Stay up to speed with Kimberly’s endeavors.

About Sass Studio

SASS STUDIO, formed in 2021, focuses on painting and installation work. Known for its bold, colorful representations and realistic style, SASS STUDIO humanizes the work by including ‘imperfect’ perspectives, pops of color and stylized elements. Drawing inspiration from her background in architecture, the artist focuses on amplifying her technical abilities through the use of precision and refined edges. The work tends to stray away from the use of blended conditions in order to create clean and crisp outputs. Behind the Front is SASS STUDIO’s first formal show. To follow along and support SASS STUDIO, please visit

Exhibit Location

CEPA Gallery
2nd Floor Passageway Gallery
617 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203


Exhibit Dates

Friday, February 18, 2022
Saturday, February 26, 2022

Opening Reception
Friday, February 18, 5:00-8:00pm
Closing Reception
Saturday, February 26, 12:00-4:00

Exhibit Times

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

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Sponsors for Behind the Front

Nussbaumer and Clarke

Mr. & Mrs. Warren B. Gelman

Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies
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Jack Walsh

Rigidized Metals
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Cafe 59 logo
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