Sarah Beth Woods is a Chicago-based visual artist working in sculpture, performance and film. Woods’ background as a painter and critical cultural worker has led to an interest in modern surfaces, specifically saturated color and shine, skin and hair, and the way it signifies, shapes, and communicates facets of our identity.
Woods studied at the San Francisco Art Institute where she focused on assemblage and interdisciplinary studies before returning to Chicago where she earned a BFA at Northern Illinois University and her MFA at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Her work has been included in shows at the University of Michigan's Work:Detroit space, Girls Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, A.I.R gallery in Brooklyn, New York, the Bob & Roberta Smith Kunstverein at Coventry University, Coventry England, NYU Florence, Florence Italy, the CICA Museum, Korea, Experimental Moving Image, London and in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Western Exhibitions, The Franklin, Hyde Park Art Center, and Woman Made Gallery.
Woods' work was recently published in the Chicago Tribune. Newcity Magazine named her one of the top 5 Subversively Conceptual Crafters in Chicago in 2014. Woods and Fatimata Traore, a professional hair braider are the recipients of the 2015/2016 Crossing Boundaries Prize through Arts+Public Life & Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. Their project BRAID/WORK investigates the link between fine art fiber processes, African and African-American braiding cultures.
2015/2016 Crossing Boundaries Prize
Arts+Public Life & Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago.
2017 3AP Artist
Project support for Hear the Glow of Electric Lights through 3Arts Chicago.