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Chicago Artist Sara A. Black Joins the Antioch College Faculty

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – June 20, 2011 – Based on the recommendation of a search committee, President Mark Roosevelt hired Chicago-based artist Sara A. Black as Antioch College’s new assistant professor of 3-D art. Black joins the faculty on July 18.

“I was impressed by her enthusiasm for teaching and her pedagogical clarity, which is grounded firmly in the liberal arts. Her teaching interacts well with her activist artworks; her philosophy informs and interrogates her work, and vice versa,” Dr. Hassan Rahmanian, vice president for academic affairs, said. “Her activist and socially informed artwork will enrich community life at Antioch.”

Black is the fourth tenure-track professor hired to teach at the College. Earlier this year, Roosevelt hired professors of anthropology, chemistry, and philosophy based on the recommendation of search committees, which are comprised of former faculty, emeriti faculty, and alumni and friends of the college who are subject-matter experts or serve as members of faculty at other liberal arts colleges.

For the last five years, Black has taught in the performance and sculpture departments at Northwestern University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In June, she traveled to Warsaw, Poland, as a study abroad program leader with the Jewish History Museum and Handshouse Studio. She has also been invited to Ox-Bow in Saugatuk, Michigan, as an artist in residence.

Previously, Black taught beginning, intermediate, and figure drawing at South Suburban College; coordinated and led an arts apprenticeship program at the nonprofit Street-Level Youth in Chicago; served as a member of the visual arts faculty at the Gary Comer Youth Center; and taught 3-D visual language and experimental design at the University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, respectively. She’s given talks and presented workshops at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Harvard University, DePaul University, and Columbia College.

Black’s performances, sculpture, installation, and collaborative works evolve around an interest in how materials move through the world and the shifting designation of values in American culture. With her long-time collaborator, independent graphic designer and carpenter John Preus, she has worked on a range of projects, including site-specific and process-based installations developed in relation to an available set of specific materials; performance installation; design-build projects enacted in collaboration with student communities; events organized around specific surplus materials or material parameters; and finally, designed-objects or spaces that function as a backdrop for events and activities.

Her solo and collaborative exhibitions have been featured in various spaces, including the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Smart Museum of Art, The Experimental Station, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Betty Rymer Gallery, Gallery 400, The Hyde Park Art Center, Threewalls, Eyebeam, The Park Avenue Armory, Portland State University, and The DeVos Art Museum.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts (with academic honors) in sculpture and installation from the University of Chicago, a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and art from the Evergreen State College, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (summa cum laude) in sculpture and painting from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.

Candidates for faculty positions are assessed on their subject matter expertise; ability to teach their subjects; ability to interact with students, faculty colleagues and community members; ability to collaborate effectively; knowledge of and comfort with the three C's of classroom, co-op and community; and their interpersonal style and ability to engage in effective discussion. All finalists for faculty positions visit the campus in Yellow Springs for a day of interviews and meetings with college personnel.

About Antioch College

A private, independent nonprofit liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch College will offer a four-year, undergraduate residential experience to a new class of students beginning in the fall of 2011. The College curriculum puts equal emphasis on rigorous liberal arts learning, work (cooperative education), and community engagement. Students will complete individualized majors based on one of 11 concentrations, a language minor, and six full-time work experiences. The institution, originally founded in 1850, is now completely independent of Antioch University, the multi-campus system it founded.

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