about Sarah

 

Sarah Hewitt is a Maine based contemporary artist. Her works are exhibited throughout the country with recent exhibitions including Kindred Beasts at the Everson Museum, and ...so not a goddess at the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University. Sarah has received many residencies and awards including a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency, Vermont Studio Center fellowship, and multiple Haystack Mountain School of Crafts scholarships. Recently she was nominated for the prestigious Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award. 

Using laborious handcrafts, sacred rituals, synthetic mass produced materials with vivid colors; Sarah's work leads us adeptly into a conversation about the art and craft, feminism, and the fluidity of gender and sexuality. Sarah relishes the rise of the feminine and honors her matrilineage and patrilineage.

Along with an active exhibition schedule Sarah consults and designs for galleries, small businesses, arts non-profits and artists around the country on many projects and programs. Her design firm, Straitjacket Design, provides artists and nonprofits with a range of design services, marketing, and career development consulting.

Throughout the years many teachers and artists have influenced and supported Sarah’s artistic practice. Among the most influential artistic influences are Al DeCredico (RISD); Charles DeBus (SMU); teachings and readings while at the St. John’s College of Santa Fe; Harry Cordova and many traditional weavers in northern New Mexico; Katharine Cobey, Tracy Krumm (Haystack Mountain School of Crafts); Sheila Pepe, Carrie Moyer, RELAX (Marie Antoinette Chiarenza and Daniel Hauser); Faye Hirsch, Nancy Bowen, Rachel Owens, Michael St. John, Daniel Bauer (Purchase College/SUNY); and innumerable artists worldwide.  

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Straitjacket Design LLC   |   Sarah Hewitt

Straitjacket Design LLC offers custom graphic design, web design, online marketing, product development and fine-art publishing for artists, galleries, museums, arts organizations, non-profits, and small businesses. All materials are geared to assist the client reach their goals. With a fresh eye and detailed nature our hallmark we aim to provide excellent customer service and prompt innovative design. Established in 2004 by Sarah Hewitt, we have had the honor to work with amazing clients across the country and have gathered experience beyond our years.

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Creative Consulting   |   Sarah Hewitt

Over my career I have worked with international art exhibition organizers, fine-art publishers, museums and galleries, small businesses and artists around the country. Along with my own studio work I provide artists and galleries with a range of services from design, critiques, career and business development consulting. I love to work with clients at all levels of development. Together we look at their individual needs and ideals to see how goals may be achieved.

Some facets of the artist's practice we examine:
• Writing & critical thinking
• Work critiques
• Research & development of a studio practice
• Locate support for work through publicity, residencies, grants, & exhibitions
• Determining financial goals and support that is needed to sustain a creative life
• Assess marketing and presentation materials in print and online. 
• Advertising and press outreach
• Project budgeting and resourcing

Coaching strengths include:
• Specialty: bridging fiber works with contemporary art
• Collaborating with and navigating the contemporary art world
• Finding resources and support for projects
• Preparing artists for their "launch" and supporting established artists as the reach for higher goals
• Studio & Exhibition budgeting
• Establishing and exceeding set career goals

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:  

2018

Tides Institute and Museum, Eastport, Maine

 

2017

Cryin' Out Loud, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Eye of the Beholder, Water Street Studios, Batavia, Illinois

Rising, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast, Maine

 

2016

...so not a goddess..., Rozsa Center for Performing Arts, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan

Flats and Rounds, Rozsa Center Gallery, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan 

Everson Biennial, Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York 

Accidents into Incidents, Momenta Gallery, Brooklyn, New York 

Accidents into Incidents, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase College, Purchase, New York

SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, New York

 

2015

Medium Rare , Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase College, Purchase, New York 

Peekskill Project VI, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York

Party Beuys, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, New York

 

2014

The Right Amount of Wrong, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, New York

Suspension Point, Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase College, Purchase, New York

Focus: Fiber 2014, Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania    

 

2013

Congregation, 106 Green, Brooklyn, New York

Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, Maine

Heart, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, Maine

Temporal Belongings, Next Gallery, St. Charles, Illinois

 

2012

40 Under 40 Invitational, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Inside/Outside the Box, Fiber Philadelphia 2012, Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

2011

SOFA West at Museum Hill with LOVE ARMOR PROJECT, Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

2010

New Fibers 2010, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Unraveling Tradition: Contemporary Artists Working in Fiber, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Lost & Found, Victoria Price Art & Design, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Subversive Stitching: Feminist Artists with a Needle, Through the Flower, Belen, New Mexico

 

2009

Contemporary Fiber, Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos, New Mexico

Salon Mar Graff, Tesuque, New Mexico

LOVE ARMOR PROJECT, Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, New York

National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2009, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas

LOVE ARMOR PROJECT, Crane Arts, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

2008

Engendered Spaces, SCA Contemporary, Albuquerque, New Mexico

LOVE ARMOR PROJECT, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Talking Heads, Seven–O–Seven Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Cradle Project, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Flight, Pan American Art Projects, Dallas, Texas

Salon MarGraff, Tesuque, New Mexico

 

2007

The Cradle Project Preview Exhibition, Zane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

LOOSELY JOINED: New Mexico Artists from the Creative Capital Program, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Cradle Project Preview Exhibition, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Inaugural Exhibition, Underground Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dues Ex Paper, Farrell Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Bang!, Farrell Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

WOMADelaide 2007, Adelaide, Australia

 

2006

Anniversary Exhibition, Salon Mar Graff, Tesuque, New Mexico

Hold It!, Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts, Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Small Expressions, HGA’s Convergence, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Creative Grand Crossings, HGA’s Convergence, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Salon Mar Graff, Tesuque, New Mexico

 

2005

Weaving and Fiber Arts of the Southwest, The Art Center at Fuller’s Lodge, Los Alamos, New Mexico

Métier Gallery, Dixon, New Mexico

Wearable Expressions, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, California

 

2002

Celebration of Craftswomen, San Francisco, California

International Colour Congress, Iowa City, Iowa

Fiber Celebration 2002, Northern Colorado Weavers Guild, Fort Collins, Colorado

2-3-4-Dimensions IV, Period Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska

Faces of Woman, Honorable Mention, Las Vegas Arts Council, Las Vegas, New Mexico

 

2001

Nature Observed, Art Studio Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico Women Artists, Harwood Museum, Taos, New Mexico

Hand Artes Gallery, Truchas, New Mexico (1997-2001)

 

SELECTED HONORS:  

2017

Design/Inquiry Residency, Vinalhaven, ME (upcoming)

Works in Progress, Textile Arts Center, New York, NY

2016    

Nominated for Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation

Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Nomination

Professional-Development Honorable Mention in the Visual Arts, College Art Association 

2015  

Milton Avery Scholarship and Dean’s Fellowship, Purchase College/SUNY, Purchase, NY 

2014    

Full Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Dean’s Fellowship, Purchase College/SUNY, Purchase, NY 

2012    

Creative Capital, Public Workshop Grant, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2011    

Quimby Colony Fellowship, Portland, ME

Penland Teaching Assistant Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

Technical Assistant Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

Partial Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2010    

Honorable Mention, Subversive Stitching; Through the Flower, juried by Judy Chicago and Laura Addison, Belen, NM

2008    

Spiro Arts Residency, Park City, UT

Anderson Ranch Arts Center Scholarship, Snowmass, CO

2007    

Technical Assistant Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

WOMADelaide Tjanpi Desert Weavers Workshop Scholarship, Adelaide, Australia

2006  

Creative Capital, Professional Development Grant, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

Technical Assistant Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & VIDEOGRAPHY:  

Gordillo, Hugo. Para Escapar De La Muerte. Cafeina Editores, 2017. Cover Art

Muller, Kristin. Maker Moxie: The Impact of the Craft School Experience. Peters Valley School of Craft, 2016. Page 45

Durón, Maximilíano. “A TOUR OF THE SPRING/BREAK ART FAIR”. Art News. March 3, 2016, artnews.com/2016/03/03/a-tour-of-the-springbreak-art-fair/

Sauthoff. Patricia. “Cool Threads”. Weekly Alibi. July 15-21, 2010. V.19 No.28

Sardy. Marin. “Naughty by Nature”. Santa Fe Reporter. July 7, 2010. Page 28

Roberts. Kathaleen. “Love Armor Project”. Fiber Arts Magazine. April/May 2009. Pages 30-31

Price, Meghan. “Creative Thinking in Basketry with Hisako Sekijima”. Cahiers Metiers d’Art::Craft Journal. Winter 2009. Pages 96-102

Hill, Lori. “Ice Box Project Space”. Philadelphia City Paper. February 3, 2009

“Graphic Action”. The Graphic Conscience. January 20, 2009

Carver, Jon. “The Love Armor Project”. THE Magazine. November 2008. page 45

Fischer, Zane. “Local, If Not Lucid”. Santa Fe Reporter. September 24, 2008

Majerowicz, Amy. “Tough Love: The Love Armor Project”. New Mexico Free Press. September 17, 2008

Russo, Kim. “Too Cozy”. Journal Santa Fe. September 19,2008

Roberts. Kathaleen. “Bringing the War Home”. Albuquerque Journal. September 5, 2008

“Love Armor”, documentary film for LOVE ARMOR Project

The Cradle Project. Firelight Foundation. pages 28-29

“Top Talent”. Santa Fean. June/July 2008. pages 56-67

Gallery Wall: Spiro Arts. Park City Flipside. May 22 - June 4, 2008. page 18

Park City Television. Morning Show. May 21, 2008

Rossiter, Shaun. “A Good Idea Is Not Enough”. 15 Bytes. May 2008. page 4

Kotler, Steven. “Land Rover, Land Rover, Toss That Afghan Over”. Santa Fe Trend. Spring/Summer 2008. page 42

Mayfield. Dan. “Gallery a Hot Spot for Art Programs”. The Sunday Journal. November 4, 2007

Carver, Jon. “Bang!”. THE Magazine. July 2007. page 75

“Creative Grand Crossings–Multimedia Interlacements Exhibit”. Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot. Spring 2007. page 60

Fisher, Zane. Santa Fe Trend. Fall 2006/Winter 2007.page 34

“Members Gallery”. Surface Design Journal. 2006. page 57

 

EDUCATION:

2014-16 Purchase College/SUNY, Master of Fine Arts, Purchase, New York

2013 Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, Madison, Maine

2003, 05-08, 11 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine

2008 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado

1995 Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas

1994 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

1992-94 St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico

studio:

114 N. Main Street

Morrill, Maine 04952

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