Sarah Gilbert, Assistant Professor of Art

Sarah Gilbert

Associate Professor of Art

With Pitzer Since: 2014
Field Group: Art
Campus Address: McConnell Ctr 108
Phone: 909.607.4652
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: See Faculty Directory

Educational Background

BA, Brown University
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
MFA, University of Idaho

Research Interests

Sarah Gilbert is an interdisciplinary artist/scholar in the Art Field Group at Pitzer College. Her work explores changing definitions of the human and posthuman, focusing in on questions of materiality and collective subjectivities. A consummate maker, she is interested not only in how objects shape our experiences, but also the ways in which we define ourselves through the labor of our bodies. Drawing on a wide range of materials and processes, her sculptural practice synthesizes traditional craft techniques with emerging technologies.


Art as Idea as Art (co-taught with Bill Anthes, Professor of Art History)

First Year Seminar— A Philosopher and an Artist Walk Into a Classroom….  (co-taught with Brian Keeley, Professor of Philosophy)

Engineering Materials (co-taught with Albert Dato, Professor of Materials Engineering at Harvey Mudd College)

Topics in Contemporary Sculpture— Object Ecologies

Topics in Contemporary Sculpture— Materiality and Artistic Labor

Topics in Contemporary Sculpture— Bodies: Representation and Affect

Senior Projects in Art

Solo Exhibitions

2015 – Turnings, Vestibule Gallery, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

2013 – After Image, Feldenheimer Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR

2012 – Equations for a Falling Body, Thomas S. Hunter Project Room, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY

2010 – Material Memory, Center for Arts and History, Lewis and Clark  State College, Lewiston, ID

Selected Collaborations

2015 – Our Fragile Bubble/A Thousand Calamities (performance with Pato Hebert), Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

2014 – Currents (installation with Valeria Florescano), Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico

2010 – Ausgang (installation with Hanna Clark) Infoladen-Galerie für Unabhängige Künste, Cologne, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 – Generis 01: Community Association, curated by Susan Surface and Katy Evans, Exchange Rates: The Bushwick Expo, Brooklyn, NY

2014 – Born/Made, curated by Sofi Aršas and Maret Kukkur, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia

2013 – Whither the American Dream?, curated by Rock Hushka, Punch Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012 – A World Upside Down, curated by Sarah Gilbert and Maret Sarapu, Olustvere Möis, Viljani, Estonia

2011 – Imagined Communities, curated by Chris Lee, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

2011 – Extremes, curated by Lea Bult and Sarah Buckius, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

2010 – Memory Upgrade, curated by Juan Alonso and David Francis, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

2014 – Visiting Artist, Oregon College of Art and Craft

2013 – Visiting Artist, California State University Fullerton

2012 – Panelist (with Museum of Contemporary Craft curator, Sarah Margolis-Pineo), MFA Open Studios, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

2012 – Visiting Artist, The Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia

2011 – Visiting Arist, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

2011 – Course Lecture: “Before Foucault: Johan Georg Hamann and The Stakes of Enlightenment Critique for the Arts and Sciences,” History and Critique of Biology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

2010 – Visiting Artist, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2010 – Conference Lecture: “Function and Futility: Problems in Theorizing Art and Design,” Voices from the In-Between: Aporias Reverberations, and Audiences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA

Selected Recent Grants, Awards, and Honors

2016 – Juror, Tallinn Applied Arts Triennial, Tallinn, Estonia

2014 – Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission

2014 – Inaugural Artist Residency Award, 4Front: Innovation from all Angles, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

Other Information

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