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Sara Schneckloth

Title: Associate Professor / Studio Art
School of Visual Art and Design
Phone: 803-777-3880
Office: McMaster 234
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]


MFA University of Wisconsin - Madison
MA University of Wisconsin - Madison
BA Northwestern University


Sara Schneckloth is motivated by the question of how science, imagination, and the body inform one another through the activity of drawing. By combining the visual languages of biology, geology, and physics into large-scale, mixed-media, and interactive drawings, she creates images that speak to the physicality of markmaking, the embodiment of memory, and our interpretation of natural systems and phenomena. As it bridges the concerns of traditional illustration, sculpture, and new media, her approach seeks to discover ways in which drawing operates as a site of trans-disciplinary inquiry. At present, she is investigating the intersections of biology and architecture as imagined through drawing.

Schneckloth has shown in over sixty exhibitions throughout the US, South Africa, and France, including the South Carolina Biennial, the Wisconsin Triennial, the Columbus Biennial, Drawing Beyond at the Princeton Arts Council, the Florida Experimental Film Festival, Soho20 Chelsea, and in numerous university galleries. She has been a research fellow at Draw International in France and at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts in Georgia, and was awarded the Pleasant T Rowland Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. Her essays on drawing and embodiment have appeared in the Journal of Visual Culture, Visual Communications Quarterly, and the Manifest International Drawing Annual.

Sara's work with students at Carolina was recognized with the 2011 Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award. Schneckloth strongly supports her drawing students in their development of a range of creative and critical tools that they can apply to problems in and out of the studio. She facilitated the drawing component of numerous collaborative projects within the University, bringing together students from different creative disciplines, including theatre and dance. Her studio practice, teaching, and involvement in the arts community are mutually informed by one another, as she works to promote awareness of the importance of drawing in and beyond the academy.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.