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Sara Garden Armstrong

Sara Garden Armstrong

Sara Garden Armstrong is a multimedia artist whose work ranges in scale from atrium sculpture to artist books. Her installation work can be large and engulfing, requiring you to enter and become part of it. Her intimate artist books allow the viewer to have a more personal experience.

Chance and change drive her artwork as she explores and pushes the possibilities of materials. In the finished work you see movement, repetition, transparency and layering with organic shapes and forms, often with a focus on flow and transformation.

Recent atrium commissions have focused on scientific phenomena and their interactions with the human condition such as the installation for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Alabama-Mississippi Chapter, at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center. Armstrong was selected as a CALL (Creating a Living Legacy) artist through Space One Eleven, Birmingham, funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Armstrong has exhibited nationally and internationally for over 40 years with work in museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris and corporation collections including General Electric Company, IBM, and Time, Inc.

She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama and a Master of Art Education from UAB. After living in New York City for 35 years, she returned to Birmingham, where she currently lives and works. For over 3 decades, her 21st Street Studio building has been home to over 100 artists’ studios and several galleries. Currently, it hosts the Alabama Center for Architecture, the art gallery Ground Floor Contemporary, and studios for fifteen artists.

A monograph and traveling exhibition covering five decades of her work is scheduled for fall 2020.