Sara Black has worked broadly as an artist, artist-teacher, arts organizer and curator. Within her practice she works both individually and collaboratively. She was a founder of the artist group Material Exchange that was active in Chicago until 2010 where she worked closely with artists John Preus and David Wolf, and has since been engaged in a number of collaborative works with artists Jillian Soto, Raewyn Martyn, Amber Ginburg, Lia Rousset and others. Her work uses conscious processes of carpentry, wood-working, and repair as a time-based method, inherited building materials or other exhausted objects as material, and create works that aim to expose the complex ways in which things and people are suspended in worlds together.
Sara received her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2006, acted as the director of the arts division at Antioch College from 2010 to 2014 and recently returned to Chicago in the role of Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked previously as an artist teacher in sculpture, installation art, and performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University. Sara has also taught sculpture at the Ox-bow School of Art; drawing at South Suburban College; coordinated and led an arts apprenticeship workshop at the nonprofit Street-Level Youth Media in Chicago; served as a member of the visual arts faculty at the Gary Comer Youth Center; and taught 3-D visual language and experimental design at the University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, respectively. Additionally, Sara was a co-founder and owner of a social center and cafe at the Experimental Station in Chicago, called Backstory.
She has given talks and presented workshops at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Harvard University, SAIC, DePaul University, Columbia College, and more. Her work has been exhibited nationally in a variety of spaces including Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, The Smart Museum of Art, Gallery 400, Hyde Park Art Center, ThreewallsSOLO; Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft; New York’s Park Avenue Armory, and Eyebeam; Boston’s Tuft University Gallery; Minneapolis’ Soap Factory, and more.
M.F.A., Sculpture and Installation, University of Chicago
B.A., Environmental Studies and Visual Art, Evergreen State College
B.F.A., Sculpture, Painting, and Art History, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire