Sarah Heath received her BFA in sculpture from the University of Kansas and her MFA from the University of Georgia, where she graduated with distinction. While in Georgia Sarah was the gallery coordinator for the Georgia Sculptors Society and an instructor of Sculpture and 3D design at UGA. In the past 7 years Sarah has shown in 40 art exhibitions across the US. In 2009 she won a “Gold Metal in Fine Arts” Award from Creative Quarterly magazine and was listed in their “New Talent Gallery.” In 2010 she won the Athens Classic Center purchase award from the Juried Athens Sculpture Festival. Magic City Art Connection named Sarah as Birmingham’s 2014 Emerging Artist. Sarah has given artist lectures at the University of Alabama Birmingham, Utah State University, Salem Art Works, Piedmont College, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Brown Mackie College and the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art. She has been an artist in residence at Sloss Metal Arts in Birmingham Al, and Salem Art Works in Salem NY.
Sarah lives in Birmingham Alabama where she has her studio, based out of The Stream Building and is a teaching artist for the Alys Stevens Center’s art outreach and education program, ArtPlay. She is also currently an art therapy instructor for the Highland’s Center for eating disorders. In 2014 Sarah was appointment as the safety director for MAKEbhm (a local maker space). She also volunteers her time by making art with children at aTeam Ministries, a local non-profit organization that helps childhood cancer victims.
I believe the most creatively charged class environment is one of trust and community. The key to building trust in a classroom is respect and communication. I show students my respect by presenting well thought out projects, lecturing with stimulating examples, and offering clear demonstrations and assistance with materials.
By encouraging students to constantly speak their minds and ask questions to me as well as each other, we create a successful dialogue of discovery. Some queries are addressed as a group, while others become excellent jumping off points for individual research and exploration.
A well-guided student will expand their thinking to take new directions and seek greater ways to express those concepts in a visual language. It is my responsibility to steer them into this investigation of ideas. Just as importantly, it is my responsibility to educate them on the importance of craft in the construction and fabrication of their work.
Through critique and open discussion, students learn to look at art critically and apply that to their own investigations. My biggest goal is to foster an intrepid pursuit in the discovery of studio practice by engaging students to maintain momentum in both thought and action.