In Yeager's newest exhibition Between Here and There she is influenced by Mannerist painting and references the gold leaf grounds of Sienese Gothic paintings in her complex color palate of oil on linen. Striking a delicate balance between control and gestural exuberance, Yeager's abstract works create dynamic and exciting interruptions of color and form that delve into art history and yet retain a contemporary liveliness:
"In this work, I am walking a line between risk and control. I relish the challenge of working directly, with little opportunity to re-think or revise the work. The raw immediacy of the brushstrokes contrasts with a delicate surrounding wash of paint, or with exposed linen. I enjoy the tension between these elements. The paintings are influenced by a multitude of visual sources, some from my immediate surroundings, some from art history." - Sydney Yeager
Sydney Yeager has received numerous grants and awards, including the 1996 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award in Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, and Artist's Books; the Grumbacher Award; an Austin Fairchild Art Foundation Award; and she was a recipient of the Cultural Arts Grant awarded by the City of Austin Arts Commission. Her paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas; The Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas; American Airlines, Austin, Texas; the Barrett Collection, Dallas, Texas; and the Belo Collection, Dallas, Texas. Ms. Yeager also completed a residency at the American Academy in Rome in 2005. Recently, Yeager's paintings were featured in a new book Texas Abstract: Modern | Contemporary. This unprecedented book opens with an essay by Michael Paglia focusing on the appearance of abstract painting in Texas and is divided between four stylistic phases. The second section, by Jim Edwards, examines the work of 38 of Texas's most significant contemporary abstract artists, including Yeager, many of whom are integrated into the context of international art.