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Sarah Doherty

M.F.A 2003 - San Francisco Art Institute

Sarah Doherty is an artist whose work explores the intersections of art, architecture, urban spaces and technology through installation art and urban intervention projects. Installation works have combined sculptural materials, with video, computer controlled media and light to explore experiential and participatory art. Her urban interventions explore the intersections of creative agency and strategies of place making.

Sarah has exhibited widely in galleries and museums and has created numerous urban interventions. Sarah has also developed and coordinated unique exhibition opportunities for artists such as a project in San Diego called, "the mythical search for the axis mundi", in which she was instrumental in transforming a blighted warehouse in downtown through a public art project, which resulted in the eminent domain status being lifted. After being offered free space by the elderly property owners, she worked with students at the University of San Diego to renovate and restore a section of the building to create a downtown professional gallery space by and for the students.

In Baltimore, where she currently lives, projects have included Axis Alley, in which Sarah coordinated with the city of Baltimore and community associations the use of 21 city owned vacant properties to transform a blighted and dangerous alley into a venue of art for numerous artists, which was awarded selection in the 2010 Public Art Network Year in Review. Other urban projects in Baltimore continue to explore and transform city-owned vacant properties into places of cultural conversation and connection. Sarah has received numerous grants and awards for her projects including grants from the NEA and the Anne E. Casey Foundation.

Sarah is a founding board member of the D center Baltimore, a non-profit agency that is a broad cross-section of disciplines and individuals invested in improving and encouraging design-in all its iterations-in the Baltimore region. D center's members believe design thinking has the capacity to change the world and that banding together in creative collaboration will greatly improve the quality of urban life.

Prior to joining the Interdisciplinary Sculpture department, Sarah has been an instructor at MIT and the University of San Diego. She teaches a broad range of courses including: Concrete Culture: the City as Text, Reality TV and Installation Art.

In 2012 she received the MICA Board of Trustees award for teaching excellence.

"To search for the good and make it matter: this is the real challenge for the artist. Not merely to transform ideas and revelations into matter, but to make those revelations actually matter."

Estella Conwill- Majoza