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 ongoing investigations into materials and making processes are playful and provisional, with emphasis placed on spontaneity, improvisation and the physical, performative act of making. This responsive way of working allows intuition, color and materials to steer final outcomes, testing material boundaries and revealing traces of the making process itself.  Sarah received her MFA in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design and BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art.  She currently teaches in the Fibers department at The Oregon College of Art and Craft and has textile design studio in Portland, OR.

 

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, Aix-en-Provence, France, Studio Arts Program

2002    Yale Summer School of Art and Music, Norfolk, CT

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017-2018    Adjunct Faculty,  Digital Weaving (TC2 loom), Intro to Weaving, Oregon College of Art and Craft

2017             MFA Graduate Committee Chair, Oregon College of Art and Craft

2017             MFA Graduate Student Mentor, The Applied Craft and Design program, PNCA/OCAC    

2013- 2017   Material Designer, Nike (footwear)

2013             Instructor, The Woven Rug, RISD Winter-session

CRAFT/DESIGN EVENTS

2019 Heath Finds, Artist Showcase, Heath Ceramics, SF

2018       West Coast Craft Fair, SF

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

2017       Opening at the Herman Miller Flagship, NYC

2017       Woonwinkel Ceramic Pop up, Portland, OR

2016 - 2017       Nike Design Pop - Up, Portland, OR

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019    Online Exhibition curated by AN/OTHER NY for Field Projects Gallery

2019    Featured Artist at Heath Ceramics,  DogPatch Showroom, San Francisco

2018    West Coast Craft

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, group exhibition, RISD Museum, Providence, RI

2013       Textile MFA Show, The Design Center, New York, NY

2013       MFA Thesis Exhibition, Convention Center, Providence, RI

2012       Textile MFA 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

AWARDS

2013    Shortlist - Toby Devan Lewis Award, Rhode Island School of Design

2002       Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale at Norfolk Painting Program, Yale University   School of Art

LECTURES

2018        PNCA Applied Craft and Design Program, Portland, OR

2017-2019        Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

RESIDENCIES

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

2018         Residency, Digital Jacquard (TC2) loom, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland

2017         Haystack, Open Studio Residency, Maine

2016         The Weaving Mill, Chicago, Illinois  

2016         AZ West, Encampment, Joshua Tree CA

2002        Yale at Norfolk Painting Program

COLLECTIONS

RISD Museum of Art


PRESS

Beall, Kelly. “Sarah Wertzberger’s Original Modern Blanket Designs”. Design Milk, 1/9/2018,

https://design-milk.com/sarah-wertzbergers-original-modern-blanket-designs/