Welcome listeners to 5 Questions: A Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Podcast in which we ask 5 questions of our interviewees aimed at positioning and contextualizing their respective bodies of work within the St. Louis artworld.This episode, we’re talking with Sarah Paulsen!
Sarah Paulsen is an artist and animator from St. Louis, MO. With art projects ranging from parades and happenings to social justice documentaries and portrait paintings, she has been inspired by the communities she has met. A Spanish speaker, she has visited Spain, Mexico, and South America. Her work has occurred at spaces around the US including; Regional Arts Commission, Three Rivers College, Morehead State, Gallery 210, Mildred Lane Kemper Museum, BS Gallery, Hub Bub, Fort Gondo, and Ragtag Cinema. Paulsen’s animations have screened at White Flag Projects, St. Louis Film Festival, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, and The Foundry.
In Columbia, Missouri Paulsen worked with the CARE Gallery a teen job-training program to facilitate, a 1 Mile Walking Path, Relief Mural for the Columbia Daily Tribune, and First Night Procession Pieces. Paulsen collaborated with Mexican youth and Southside Services to create a mural at Casa Loma in St. Louis in 2002.
She received her MFA from Washington University in 2007. Teaching in the past with Forest Park Community College, C.A.M., SLAM, and SCOSAG, she currently instructs art at Marian Middle. She is a 2010 CAT fellow with recent projects including: founding the People’s Joy Parade and the Chautauqua Art Lab, and coordinating SGCI Cherokee Events. She was named the 2010 RFT Best Local Artist. Sarah was recently the recipient of The Contemporary Art Museum and the Gateway Foundation’s 8th Great Rivers Biennial, her work is showing at CAM until August 19.
5 Questions is a program by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts – a nonprofit, self-formed visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region.
with Sarah Paulsen and Joe Kohlburn
Editor- Sarah Hammond
Producer- Brett Williams