Sarah Pfohl is an artist and teacher. She utilizes photography, drawing, and writing to examine issues of teaching, schooling, place, and ability. Across this network of forms and fields, Sarah is particularly interested in making work that challenges dominant (oftentimes narrow, one-dimensional) representations of systemically marginalized groups or activities. A combination of reading and study in critical rural theory, disability studies, and critical educational theory in dialogue with Sarah's personal experiences of rural places, disability, and classroom teaching currently inform her work as an artist. 

New work from The forest rests also in you, Sarah's ongoing photography project, was published as the second issue of Halfmoon Projects' TK series in January 2018. You can learn more about the zine here. Sarah is currently at work on a book of drawings that examine issues of teaching. The book is under contract with Information Age Publishing. 

Sarah is a FotoFilmic18 shortlist artist and was shortlisted for the 2019 Palm* Photo Prize. She has participated in group shows across the U.S. at spaces including Filter Photo (Chicago, IL), Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver, CO), and Curious Matter (Jersey City, NJ). Sarah’s work has been featured in print publications issued by Quiet Pages Press (Boston), Don't Smile (Sarasota, FL), Oranbeg Press (Brooklyn), and Pine Island Press (Portland, OR).

Born in New Hartford, New York, Sarah grew up in the unincorporated territory outside of Hubbardsville, New York on a hill between two cornfields surrounded by immediate and extended family and a whole bunch of forests. She earned graduate degrees from Syracuse University (MFA, Art Photography) and Harvard University (Ed.M., Arts in Education) and an undergraduate degree from Pratt Institute (BFA, Drawing).

Sarah serves as Assistant Professor of Digital Photography and Photography Area Head in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Indianapolis. During the 2019-2020 academic year, she will work also as a Faculty Development Fellow for the UIndy Faculty Academy for Excellence and Innovation. Her work as a Fellow will focus on supporting quality teaching across the the university. Full CV available for download via the PDF icon above.


Photo credit: Patrick Sopko 

Links to online features:
2019  Photo-Emphasis
2019  From Here On Out
2018  Streit House Space
2018  FotoFilmic
2014  Light Leaked
2014  Light Work Blog
2013  Excerpt Magazine (Issue 6)
2013  TagTagTag

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