Sally Frerichs Piller was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1955. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking at the University of Kansas in 1977. Making woodblock prints has been the primary focus of her art making in her adult life, though she also works in other printmaking techniques such as intaglio, lithography, monotype, letterpress, as well as in many other media, including painting in oil and gouache, ceramics, assemblage, wood carving, papermaking, and the most important in her opinion, drawing.
Sally has been a member of a weekly life drawing group for many years, has taught adult drawing and printmaking classes at the Lawrence Art Center, taught monoprint and relief printmaking to artist apprentices at Van Go Jams, and guest lectured on the creative process at the University of Kansas.
One of her large color woodblock prints was acquired by The Spencer Art Museum, where it was included in an exhibit entitled, "Inspired by Japan", 2003, which featured 19th and 20th century western art as well as Edo period Japanese masterpieces, and in "Windmills to Workshops, Lawrence and the Visual Arts" in 2004.
In 2007 to 2009, Sally was the owner, director and curator of 6 Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas. The gallery featured group shows with topical themes.
Sally has been working in mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock printing, since 2005 and in Oct.-Nov. 2013 she won a five week residency at Mokuhanga Innovations Laboratory in Kawaguchiko Japan.