Sarah Turner: studio wall : prints and a weaving

Sarah Turner: studio wall : prints and a weaving


MFA Applied Craft + Design is pleased to welcome Sarah Turner as the Asterisk in Residence for Spring, 2018. 


My work in Portland will be both visual art (studio) and research (office) - two tracts that I follow in parallel, as a type of call and response.  In the studio, I will continue work that celebrates the common object and the daily routine, to recognize the ways objects are regional, personal and social identifiers. In the ‘office’, I will focus on the back-story to the objects in my work – how and where they are manufactured, how those businesses have grown and evolved, what the regional significances are and what networks they are a part of. It's tempting to look for grand narratives, but rather than grand, I am interested in the modest, the small-potatoes, the low-stakes.

Sarah Turner is an artist and educator based in southeast Michigan. As an educator, working from both the office and the studio, Sarah has worked at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the State University of New York at New Paltz. As the Dean at Cranbrook, Sarah directed the Academic Programs of the Academy, including a ‘public-lecture-as-variety-show’ series, and a Critical Studies + Humanities residential teaching fellowship, which she established in 2009. She has lectured widely, regularly serves as a guest critic, and has organized exhibitions on contemporary applied art in the US and abroad. In 2005, Sarah was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands to research Dutch contemporary applied art.



The Asterisk in Residence has been established to enable creative thinkers, makers, and entrepreneurs to apply for a semester long research or fabrication focused residency. The purpose of this residency is to create a competitive, distinct and rare opportunity for disciplines ranging in but not limited to design, fine art, craft, science, creative writing and the curatorial arts to work with the MFA in Applied Craft + Design community in the development of new:

· Knowledge

· Ideas

· Projects

· Prototypes

· Products and/or

· New approaches or solutions to particular business needs or aspirations

It is expected that the work undertaken will have the capacity to bring real innovation and value to the AC+D community, a well as the wider business and creative sector in Portland. This residency exists to provide the resident(s) with time and space away from their regular environment to reflect, research and consider new ways of developing their practice.

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Past Asterisk's in Residence:

Sage Fisher of Dolphin Midwives, Spring, 2017

David Boekelheide and Christina Conant, Spring, 2016