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Lived/Active: New York/Alabama      Known for: kinetic sculpture, handmade paper objects, drawing, multi-media artwork

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Sara Garden Armstrong is an American artist who lives and works in New York City. Armstrong creates sculptures, paintings, drawings from miniature to wall size, artist's books, multimedia artworks involving computers sound and light, and constructs permanent installations in atrium spaces.

Armstrong received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and her Master of Art Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Armstrong also studied art at New York University and with the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario in Yeovil, England while attending UAB. An educator for several years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she moved to New York City in 1981.

Armstrong's early period with the exploration of sound had exhibitions at the Visual Arts Gallery at University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama. Her first exhibition in New York City was at PS1 in 1982, "'the Sound Corridor'" curated by William Hellermen. This installation began her multimedia series of work entitled Airplayer, which ended in 1992 at the CB's 313 Gallery and Bar (next door to CBGB) on the Bowery with Airplayer XIV' - both installations utilized mechanisms for movement and sound.

Armstrong's work has been published extensively. Among the publications are Southern Accents, The New Yorker, The New York Art World, Birmingham Magazine, Port Folio Weekly,Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The New York Times

    ?    1991 Airplayer XIII, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
    ?    In 1992, Armstrong was invited to be part of "'At the intersection of cinema & books: photographic & digital installations'" curated by Emily Hartzell for Granary Books Gallery.
    ?    In 1995 The Book and Beyond, curated by Douglas Dodd, National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
    ?    In 1996 Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, Germany
    ?    In 1998 Art and Technology, Bellevue Art Museum, WA
    ?    In 1999, "'Marking Time, Large Scale Drawing, Sara Garden Armstrong,'" was covered extensively. Among the various revues were The New Yorker, The New York Art World, and Internet ArtResources. This exhibition was curated by Grady T. Turner and included a catalogue.
    ?    Alabama School of Fine Arts - Littoral series, 2002
    ?    2002 Space One Eleven, Birmingham, AL
    ?    2003 - 2010 Lucky Draw, SculptureCenter, New York, NY
    ?    In 2004, David Moos curated Armstrong's work into "'Contemporary American Art,'" at the United States Embassy in Prague," Prague, The Czech Republic
    ?    In 2006, Armstrong's work was part of "Contour: The Definitive Line" curated by Jon Coffelt. One of 17 artists who were asked to define the concept of contour, the exhibit was the culmination of this subjective approach. This exhibition also included "Clayton Colvin, Travis Childers, Lee Isaacs and Sean Slemon. James Nelson comments on Armstrong's work in The Birmingham News on June 18, 2006.
    ?    In 2008, Armstrong was selected and curated by Miranda McClintic for 41 Park' "Sara Garden Armstrong: distant views: works on paper." There was a catalogue included with this exhibition
    ?    In 2009 Armstrong's work was chosen to be part of the exhibition "Anthropology: Revisited, Reinvented, Reinterpreted" along with the work of Lee Isaacs, Karen Graffeo, Janice Kluge, Pinky Bass, Mona Hatoum, Beatrice Coron. The exhibition was curated by Jon Coffelt and Maddy Rosenberg for Central Booking in Brooklyn, NY.
    ?    John Davis Gallery, 2009
    ?    In 2010 Armstrong was selected to be part of "'A Reader's Art,'" curated by Jon Coffelt for Susan Hensel Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. This was a 10 year survey of artist's books including works by Pinky Bass, Janice Kluge, Joan Lyons, Qi peng, Luce, Beatrice Coron, Buzz Spector and Mary Ann Sampson. This exhibition included a catalogue

Armstrong's work is included in collections nationally and internationally among them Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK, MoMA in New York City, WAAND "Women Artists Archives National Directory, Ira Silverberg Papers, Sun and Moon Press Archive, Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry

"Sara Garden Armstrong", Wikipedia, (Accessed 10/25/2014)

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Sara Garden Armstrong lives in New York City and in Alabama, where she was born.
Besides her kinetic art and sculpture, she has done many works with her handmade paper and paint that she mounts on steel backings of different shapes and then attaches two or more of the same theme paintings. The effect is that the paper bends and it becomes a sculptural painting.

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