Solarplate printmaking workshops with Dan Welden
Koho School of Sumi-e, Japanese sumi-e painting with Sensei Koho Yamamoto
Lower East Side Printshop, Manhattan Graphics and Cooper Union - printmaking
Dieu Donne Papermill - papermaking
Art Students League - drawing
New York University - 1983 BFA, also rec'd Founder's Day Award Academic Achievement
1974-76 & 1977-78
University of California at Santa Cruz - dance and drama
Japan Society - assistant instructor, Japanese woodblock printing.
Arts Connection - teaching art on-site & in public schools, including the Marathon Banner Project.
Dieu Donne Papermill - Work-exchange, including outreach program in public schools; papermaking classes on-site, in artist's studios and for art teachers from the Metropolitan Museum.
Artist's Bio & Statement
Sarah Hauser was born in San Francisco, and has lived in New York for the past twenty-five years. She studied drawing at the Art Students League and Spring Studio; sumi-e painting with Sensei Koho Yamamoto at Koho School of Sumi-e; and drawing, painting, printmaking and papermaking at Cooper Union, Manhattan Graphics, the Lower East Side Printshop and Dieu Donne Papermill. Her exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad have included Woodward Gallery (NYC), Barrett House, Noho Gallery (NYC), Pen and Brush Gallery (NYC), Purdue University, Woman Made Gallery, Hiram Blauvelt Museum, International Print Center of New York, Target Gallery at Torpedo Factory Art Center, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts (California), Nommo Gallery in Kampala, and KIWA Exhibition and Tour in Japan. Her work has been published in CALYX, Simple Printmaking and Japanese Woodblock Printing, and she received the Silver Award in a recent competition held by Dialogue Magazine. She is a keyholder member at the Lower East Side Printshop in New York City.
As animals are a subject very close to her heart, Sarah has donated work to such groups as Delta Society, PAWS/LA, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the Primate Conservation and Welfare Society, Treehouse Animal Foundation, Texas Snow Monkey Sanctuary and Jane Goodall. She has steadily built a body of work, evolving from drawing and painting to monoprints, linocuts, woodblock prints, etchings and sculpture. She has studied the Japanese method of woodblock printmaking with Jonathan and Miwako Glick, Kathy Caraccio, April Vollmer and Yasu Shibata. She has also studied solarplate etching with Dan Welden. This past year she created a limited edition of solarplate etchings for the Gorilla Foundation.
Sarah has taught papermaking and other art projects to public school children through Dieu Donne Papermill and Arts Connection, and has demonstrated and assisted teaching Japanese woodblock printing at the Japan Society and at the annual "Sakura Matsuri," or Cherry Blossom Festival, in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Sarah had a solo exhibition in 2001 at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. In 2002 she painted a dog for "Art Unleashed", a public art project of 50 fiberglass dogs which were installed in Haverford, PA. She had a solo show in October 2002 at John Jay Gallery in New York City. In 2003 she received the Medal of Honor & Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation Award for Printmaking at the annual exhibition of the National Association of Women Artists. She is a member of the Metro New York Chapter of the Sumi-e Society of America, with whom she has participated in numerous exhibitions. Sarah is represented by Woodward Gallery in New York City.
"Drawing is the foundation upon which I build my work. The spontaneity of line, ink strokes and smudges quickly captures the feeling and energy of my subjects. My work also involves the labor-intensive process of printmaking. The immediacy of drawing and the protracted process of printmaking work together to form a dynamic within which I develop extended series.
An important aspect of my work reflects a very direct connection I feel with animals. I am inspired by their emotional transparency and their fascination with any new object or situation: the squirrel who comes to our fire escape every day to taunt our cat; the tiny sparrow who steals the large chunk of bread in mid-air as it's being thrown to a duck; the dogs that are so delighted to be out on a walk.
Over the past seven years I have developed a series of prints of animals. Many of these have been created using a technique based on traditional Japanese printmaking, or 'hanga,' incorporating Japanese carving and printing tools and techniques with my own imagery and a few modern variations. My challenge has been to maintain the lightness and looseness of my drawing line within the heavily technical aspect of this method. At times I have stretched the boundaries of this medium by hand-printing in a very large format (up to around 30" x 40", whereas most traditional Japanese prints are no larger than 11" x 15"), still working in a very loose, sketchlike style. Some of these prints are made by enlarging images from very small sumi-e paintings to create a large outline block, then hand-painting the shading with sumi ink and large brushes. I also developed a series of large images of animals floating on Byzantine patterns, which are made using a printing technique called 'frottage.' Paper is placed over the carved woodblocks and rubbed with pigment sticks and graphite, creating a very textured effect in combination with the translucent handmade Japanese paper that I use. In 2001 I started working on a series of solarplate etchings based on mixed media drawings of dogs in a progression of states of consciousness.
In 2002 I began a series of drawings and prints of toys on adventure. These are a natural extension of the animal series, taken into an imaginary world. I have always been fascinated with small, old, unusual toys. I collect them and set them up in ever-evolving miniature landscapes inside glass cases. Recently I began to draw them. As I experimented with various combinations and juxtapositions of these toys, they began to evoke still lifes and scenarios.
In 2003, during the development of several ongoing animal series, I began swapping body parts. Each successive morphological juxtaposition added momentum to this new series of hybrid animals. Drawing reference from natural history illustration, I am constructing an imaginary animal world which is comprised of drawings, prints and sculpture."
(The above image is a 12"x9" Japanese woodblock print, titled "Self Portrait as Greyhound with Red Sweater")
Geneticircus, Woodward Gallery, NYC, solo exhibition of new work
Manhattan Graphics Center, NYC, print exhibition traveling to India 2004-5
Artists Who Happen to be Women, Wayne Stark Gallery, Texas A&M University
New Prints 2004/Winter, International Print Center of New York (IPCNY), suite of 5 prints selected for show
Paper Invitational VI, Woodward Gallery, NYC
New Prints 2003/Spring, International Print Center of New York
Nature & Symbolism in Brush Painting, Open Center, NYC, exhibition of the Sumi-e Society of America
Marks, juried show of drawings, Target Gallery, Juror: Rex Weil, ArtNews
3rd Regional Annual Juried Art Exhibition for Non-Members, Pen & Brush Gallery, NYC
Art Unleashed, Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
Works on Paper, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Perkinson Gallery
Origins, Iowa State University, College of Design, exhibition of postcard prints
ANA 32, Holter Museum of Art, juried group exhibition
Works on Paper, Long Beach Arts, Juror: Joan Hugo, Artweek
National Small Works Exhibition, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Juror: Eric Denker, Corcoran
2003 Printmaking Biennial, Kirkland Arts Center
North American Print Biennial, Boston Printmakers, Juror: Clifford S. Ackley, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Paper Invitational V, Woodward Gallery, NYC
What Could They Be Thinking? Solo show of new work at John Jay Gallery, New York City
Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University
Montreal International Miniature Print Biennial, Conseil quebecois de l'estampe
AI&G's 11th Annual National Exhibition, Salisbury, MD, Juror: Michiel Plomp, Associate Curator Prints & Drawings, Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC
National Small Works Exhibition, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Juror: Joann Moser, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Northern National, Northern Arts Council, Rhinelander, WI, Juror: Barbara Rose
Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), Sumi-e paintings exhibited with Sumi-E Society of America; presentation of Japanese Woodblock demo. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY
Sixty Square Inches Small Print Biennial, Purdue University Galleries
Listening to the Animals, Woman Made Gallery, solo show of new work
Paper Invitational IV, Woodward Gallery, NYC
2001 Printmaking Biennial, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA
Exhibition of Oriental Brush Painting, group show of Metro NY
Chapter, Sumi-E Society of America, Steinhardt Conservatory, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
International Miniature Print Exhibition 2001, Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, Juror: Andrew Stasik, Independent Curator and Art Dealer
Works on Paper 2001, LSU Union Art Gallery, Juror: David Kiehl, Curator of Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art
Patterned Behavior, Gallery 402 (OIA), NYC, 2-person show of woodblock prints
Pressed and Pulled IX, Georgia College and State University, juried printmaking exhibition, Juror: Art Werger, Artist and Professor of Art, Wesleyan College
Summerfare 2000 National Juried Art Exhibition, Hiram Blauvelt Museum, Oradell, NJ
Veliko Turnovo Ecofestival 2000, Veliko Turnovo Municipality Art Gallery, Bulgaria
1st Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, New Leaf Editions, Vancouver, Canada
Her Mark, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, juried print exhibition, print selected for show postcard
Junin Toiro: Ten People Ten Colours, Nommo Gallery, Kampala, Uganda, Baren Portfolio Show
Sumei Print 2000, Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, Newark, NJ, Juror: Judith Hecker, Curator, Dept. of Prints, Museum of Modern Art
Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Japanese Woodblock demonstration with April Vollmer at "Sakura Matsuri" (Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival)
Sixty Square Inches Small Print Biennial, Purdue University Galleries, Juror: Mark Pascale, Assoc. Curator of Prints & Drawings at Chicago Art Institute
Crossing Boundaries, Noho Gallery, NYC, N.Y. Society of Women Artists group show.
Bow Wow! It's a Dog's Life!, Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA, group exhibition
Seeding the Snow, Woman Made Gallery, juried exhibition. Show also traveled to McHenry County Conservation District, Prairie View Education Center
Printwork 99, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, national juried printmaking exhibition. Juror: Claire Bell, Associate Curator for Prints & Drawings, Guggenheim Museum
Third KIWA Exhibition and Tour, Japan.
Awards & Distinctions
Animals in Art, Louisiana State University, 2004, "Baby Monkey Playing" received Honorable Mention.
Marks, exhibition, Target Gallery, 2003, "Baby and a Seal" received Honorable Mention.
Northern National Art Competition, 2003, "Harold & Ernst Cross 34th St", Jim Nuttall Award.
5th Annual Small Works Exhibition, 2003, Attleboro Museum, "George Sleeping in Sun" received Honorable Mention.
2003 Annual Exhibition of National Association of Women Artists, "Little Jazz" received Medal of Honor & Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation Award Printmaking.
5th Annual Small Works Exhibition, 2003, Attleboro Museum,
"George Sleeping in Sun" received Honorable Mention.
Dialogue Magazine, 2003, "Guadalupe Montaņa I" received Silver Award in juried Swimsuit Issue.
Art Show at The Dog Show, 2002, "Panchito" received Best Depiction of Chihuahua, 4th Prize Printmaking.
Regional Juried Exhibition for Non-Members, 2001, Pen & Brush Galleries, NYC, 2002, "Panchito" received 1st Prize Graphics.
Dog and Pony Show, 2002, juried group exhibition, Coos Bay Museum, 3rd Prize.
Annual Exhibition of National Association of Women Artists, 2002, "Panchito" received Hortense Ferne Memorial Award for Printmaking in Annual Show.
Regional Juried Exhibition for Non-Members, 2001, Pen & Brush Galleries, NYC, "La Vision du Bouledogue I" received the Elizabeth Fenn Memorial Award.
2001 Printmaking Biennial, Kirkland Arts Center, "Mona I" received Grand Prize.
Small Things Considered, 2001 Annual Exhibition of National Association of Women Artists. "Spiffy" received the Esther K. Gayner Memorial Award.
Animals in Art, Louisiana State University, 13th annual juried exhibition 2000, received SVM Award and Judge's Award, work used for promotional t-shirts and cover of SVM newsletter.
Art Show at the Dog Show, Wichita, KS, 2000, juried exhibition, 4th Place Award - hand-pulled prints.
Iowa State University Print Society
University of Oregon
Spencer Museum (Univ. Kansas)
National Association of Women Artists
The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center of the Portland Art Museum
New York Historical Society
The Australian Print Collection of Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Australia
Who's Who In America, 2004
Gallery & Studio, "Koho and Her Students Bring Sumi-e Wizardry to Westbeth", Vol 6, No. 2, Nov-Dec 2003/Jan 2004
Moondance, online magazine, Full Moon 2003, Volume 7, Edition 4, 10/2/03
CALYX: A Journal of Art&Literature by Women, Vol. 21:2, Summer 2003. featured artist
Dialogue Magazine, March 2003 Swimsuit Issue
Gallery & Studio, "A Sumi-E Group Show in a Suitably Bucolic Setting," June/July/August 2002
StudioNOTES, "Interview: Sarah Hauser," #34 October/December 2001
Japanese Woodblock Printmaking, Rebecca Salter, A&C Black, 2001
Simple Printmaking, Gwen Diehn, Lark Books, 2000
City Link, "Fine Lineage," July 26, 2000
The New Vision, "The Art Show Where You'll Go Again and Again," Nakasero, Uganda, May 26, 2000
Advocate Arts, "'Animals in Art' Drawing Exhibitors From All Over," May 26, 2000
Tribeca Trib, "'Patterned Behavior' in Nature and Art," April 2000
Gallery & Studio, "The NYSWA's 'Disappearing Boundaries' at Noho Gallery," Jan./Feb. 2000
Lower East Side Printshop (keyholder member)
National Association of Women Artists
Organization of Independent Artists (OIA)
New York Artist's Circle