Sarah Wertzberger is an artist and designer with a multidisciplinary studio practice, working primarily across mediums of weaving, ceramics and painting. Her weaving practice spans hand, industrial and digital weaving. Her work touches upon the ideas of play, color interaction and the tensions that exist at the intersections of art, design, craft, technology and DIY. Her making processes are playful and provisional, allowing for a responsive way of working that embraces intuition, allowing the process of making itself to steer outcomes.

EDUCATION

2013 MFA in Textiles, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2003 BFA in Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2002 Center for Arts and Culture, Studio Arts Program, AIX, France,

2002 Yale Summer School of Art, Norfolk, CT

SOLO EXHIBITION

2019 COLOR VISION, Holding Contemporary, Portland, OR (October)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 Holding Contemporary presents CARRAIGE at Vacation Gallery, NYC

2019 Threaded, at MCC, juried by Mark Newport and Maria Elisa-Heg, Mesa, AZ

2019 No Place Like curated by AN/OTHER NY for Field ProjectsGallery, NY

2018 Faculty Biennial, The Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR

2017 Abstraction in Art Since 1950: Modern and Contemporary Selections from the collection, RISD Museum, RI

2013 Textiles MFA Department Show, The Design Center, New York

2012 Textiles Triennial, Woods Gerry Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI

2012 Textile MFA Department Show, The Design Center, New York, NY

2012 Designing Traditions, Asian Gallery, RISD Museum, Providence, RI

2011 Content and Context, Textiles Biennial Show, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

CRAFT AND DESIGN EVENTS

2019 Heath Finds, Artist Showcase, Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA

2019 Design Week Portland, Showcase at Woonwinkel, Portland, OR

2018 West Coast Craft Fair, San Francisco, CA

2018 AZ West Works Pop Up curated by Andrea Zittel, Hammer Museum Store, LA

2017 Opening at the Herman Miller Flagship, NYC

2017 Nike Design Pop - Up, Portland, OR

2016 Nike Design Pop - Up, Portland, OR


RESIDENCIES

2018 *Asterisk in Residence PNCA/OCAC Applied Craft and Design program, Portland, OR

2018 Oregon College of Art and Craft, TC2 Artist in ResidencePortland, OR

2017 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Open Studio Residency,Deer Isle, Maine

2016 The Weaving Mill, Chicago

2016 AZ WEST- Encampment Residency, Joshua Tree, CA

2002 Yale at Norfolk Painting Program, Norfolk, CT


AWARDS

2013 Toby Devan Lewis Award Shortlist

2002 Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale University School of Art


COLLECTIONS

RISD MUSEUM


EXPERIENCE

  • Textile Representative, You Young Textiles, Portland, OR. 2018- Current

  • Adjunct Faculty, Fibers Department, OCAC. 2017- 2019

    • Intro to weaving

    • Digital Jacquard Weaving (TC2 loom)

    • Graduate Student Mentor

  • Material Designer, NIKE, Portland, OR, 2013- 2017

  • Instructor, Wildcraft Studio School, Portland, OR, 2017- 2018

    • Weekend Weaving Intensive

    • Print and Pattern on Textiles


PRESS

Beall, Kelly. “Sarah Wertzberger’s Original Modern Blanket Designs”. Design Milk, 1/9/2019 https://design-milk.com/sarah-wertzbergers-original-modern-blanket-designs/

Stone, Leilah. “Sarah Wertzberger Melds Handweaving, Industrial Processes, and Painting in Her Textiles”. Metropolis, 4/1/2019
https://www.metropolismag.com/homepage/sarah-wertzberger-textile-craft-design/