Sara Black has worked broadly as an artist, educator, arts organizer and curator. Her work uses conscious processes of carpentry, woodworking, 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. 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 Raewyn Martyn, Amber Ginsburg, Lia Rousset and others. Sara has recently initiated a project in collaboration with Amber Ginsburg, Billy Dee and Donesha Thompson called Fielding. Fielding is a collaborative art and design practice, a youth workshop series, a design/build service and a social justice initiative.
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 has given talks and presented workshops at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Harvard University, and more. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of spaces including Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, The Smart Museum of Art, Gallery 400, Threewalls; Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft; New York’s Park Avenue Armory, and Eyebeam; Boston’s Tuft University Gallery; Minneapolis' Soap Factory, and more. She has received grant support from esteemed organizations such as 3Arts, Propeller Fund, Creative Time and Braddock Active Arts.