• Current Project: Hear the Glow of Electric Lights
    L-R Alexis Strowder, Yahkirah Beard, Anya Jenkins

  • Hear the Glow of Electric Lights

    Follow the link below for updates about my current project Hear the Glow of Electric Lights. (Jan 2017-ongoing)
    https://3arts.org/projects/glow/

    Panel discussion: Making the West Side series, West Side Arts: Rootwork, Girl Bands,& Activating Public Archives @ Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Thursday June 15th 6-8pm. Free with RSVP. http://www.hullhousemuseum.org/making-the-west-side/

    Performance: Silent Funny 4-5pm, Saturday June 24th. 4106 W. Chicago Ave.

  • Here+Now at UICA, Grand Rapids, MI
    Image credit: Shani Crowe

    My sculpture Esther and Anonymous is featured in Here+Now which runs through March http://www.uica.org/calendar/hereandnow

    Below is the link to a newscast in Grand Rapids featuring my work.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92QunmY9Dis&sns=fb

  • Beautiful, insightful review of BRAID/WORK on Daily Serving by Mailee Hung
    http://dailyserving.com/2016/10/fan-mail-sarah-beth-woods/

  • Friday, August 12th 6:30-7pm I'll be in conversation with Dr. Jeffreen Hayes, Executive Director of ThreeWalls. Join us for a closing reception from 6-10 pm at Rootwork Gallery 645 W. 18th St, Chicago.

  • BRAID/WORK Opening Reception @ Rootwork Gallery
    645 W. 18th St. Chicago, IL 60616
    July 8th, 6:30-9:00pm
    Exhibition runs through August 14th.

    This culminating exhibition is the result of Sarah Beth Woods and Fatima Traore's 6-month durational project. The show is comprised of staged tableau photographs and hair sculptures that skillfully weave reality and fiction, using Woods' and Traore's working relationship as a point of departure.

    Fatimata Traore is a Malian-American professional hair braider, teacher, and entrepreneur. Traore is president of the Illinois Association of Hair Braiders, a member of the African Political Action Committee and board member of Mali Relief. She has recently participated in Chicago-based braiding events at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Hyde Park Art Center, and the South Side Community Art Center. Traore is a graduate of the National School of Administration Bamako, Mali.

    Sarah Beth Woods is a Chicago-based artist who uses the languages of craft, sculpture and public engagement to explore femininity through material culture, artifice and adornment. 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 and in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Western Exhibitions, The Franklin, Hyde Park Art Center, and Woman Made Gallery.

    Woods and Fatimata Traore 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.

    Additional programming: Join us for an artist talk and demonstration moderated by Tracie D. Hall Sunday, August 14th, 2-5pm.

    Rootwork Gallery hours:
    Saturdays 2-5pm
    second Fridays 6:30-9pm
    or by appointment.

  • BRAID/WORK article: Chicago Gallery News
    http://www.chicagogallerynews.com/news/2016/5/braid-work-fatima-traore-and-sarah-beth-woods

  • BRAID/WORK @ the Arts Incubator

    Join us for a special culminating reception and catalog release for APL/CSRPC Crossing Boundaries Artists-in-Residence BRAID/WORK: Fatima Traore and Sarah Beth Woods. BRAID/WORK is a collaboration that crosses over and through the disciplines of performance, sculpture and social engagement. It speaks to the history and aesthetics of handwork and braiding culture as well as possibilities for shaping new conversations and material forms.

    Schedule of Events:

    1:00 - 1:15: Welcome by Traore and Woods
    1:15 - 1:30: BRAID/WORK catalog introductions by Tracie Hall and Cecil Mcdonald Jr.
    1:30 - 3:00: Hands-on workshop: African hair braiding techniques and their historical significance led by Traore

    Event is free and open to the pubic.

  • BRAID/WORK interview
    Fatima Traore and I were interviewed by Richard Steele on the Barber Shop Show Friday, May 6th. Program airs Sunday, May 8th at 3pm on 91.5 WBEZ.

    https://soundcloud.com/vocalos-barber-shop-show/bss-262-braidwork

  • BRAID/WORK

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    JANUARY
    ART ON SEDGWICK
    SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 1-3pm
    1429 N. SEDGWICK
    CHICAGO, IL 60610

    FEBRUARY
    HAIR BRAIDING:
    PRACTICE, POLITICS & CULTURE
    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3,
    2-5pm @
    ARTS INCUBATOR
    (FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, ATTENDEES
    MUST REGISTER ONLINE)
    301 E. GARFIELD BOULEVARD
    CHICAGO, IL 60637
    773.702.9724
    http://arts.uchicago.edu/arts-public-life/programs/exhibitions/archive/shared-language-community-classroom

    FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5, 7-11pm
    PRIME TIME @ THE MCA
    https://mcachicago.org/Calendar/2016/02/Prime-Time

    MARCH
    TBA

    APRIL
    TEEN CREATIVE AGENCY
    FRIDAY APRIL 8 @ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHICAGO

    SOLHOT EVENT
    DAY & TIME TBA
    CHAMPAIGN-URBANA

    MAY
    CULMINATING ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE RECEPTION MAY 15, 1-3pm @ARTS INCUBATOR

    JUNE
    OPENING RECEPTION @ ROOTWORK GALLERY JUNE 10, 6-9pm
    645 W. 18TH ST. EXHIBITION RUNS THROUGH AUGUST 14.




  • BRAID/WORK

    Fatima Traore and I have a new website up for BRAID/WORK. Please visit the page for more information and updates.

    http://braidwork.weebly.com

  • 2015/2016 Crossing Boundaries Prize

    Fatima Traore and I have been awarded the 2015/2016 Crossing Boundaries Prize through Arts+Public Life & Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture @ the University of Chicago.

    https://arts.uchicago.edu/arts-public-life/programs/artist-residencies/201516-crossing-boundaries-artists

    Fatima Traore and I will be holding several open braiding workshops in different locations throughout Chicago between January and May of 2016. Select fiber samples from the sessions will be assembled together to create larger sculptural works that blur the line of authorship between Fatima, myself, and the participants resulting in a new series of collaborative sculptures.

  • Solo Show: BRAIDS&NAILS

    Many thanks to Wheaton faculty and staff for their generous support. This show includes sculpture and photo documentation from my ongoing series BRAIDS&NAILS. There will be a pop-up nail salon at the closing reception.

    BRAIDS&NAILS
    Wheaton College
    501 College Ave
    Wheaton, IL 60187
    Adams Hall – Student Art Galleries
    Reception: Thursday, October 29th 4:30 – 7:00pm
    Show Dates: October 14th – November 6th

  • CRAFT/FEMINISM panel moderated by Monika Neuland

    Woman Made Gallery
    685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60642
    October 3rd, 2015. 1-3pm
    Featured panelist for this event include Soheila Azadi, Sarah Beth Woods, Mike Andrews, and Jessica Caponigro.

  • Chicago Tribune write-up

    Lori Waxman did a nice write up about the Terrain Biennial in Oak Park, IL featuring my installation at 720 Highland Ave, Everything is Beautiful. There's also a nice mention about our pop-up nail shop. Sarah Beth Woods on nails, Soheila Azadi eyebrow threading, and a gorgeous interactive, vinyl tablecloth by Maurene Cooper.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-terrain-biennial-review-oak-park-art-20150826-column.html

  • THE ANNUAL: An Exhibition of New Chicago Art

    Curated by Alexandria Eregbu and Claudine Ise
    Chicago Artists Coalition
    217 N. Carpenter St.
    September 18-20, 2015

    Taking place during EXPO ART WEEK, The Annual is a yearly sales exhibition celebrating cutting-edge Chicago-based artists. Arranged by two guest curators, The Annual creates an accessible forum for emerging collectors to discover affordable new work and engage directly with its creators.

    Friday, September 18
    Curators Breakfast 9-11am
    Art After Hours 6-9pm

    Saturday, September 19
    Join me from 6:30-8pm. I'll be participating in the artist talk moderated by Alexandria and Claudine.



  • Esthetic Theory at Girls Club Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I recently had the pleasure of showing new work in Esthetic Theory, a group show curated by Rose Romero at Girls Club Collection in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Show opens Wednesday, May 27th and runs through the 29th. Check out the link below for images and artist statements.
    http://girlsclubcollection.org/esthetic-theory

  • Teen Workshop

    Feminist Crafting with Tracers Book Club
    Participating artists: Sarah Beth Woods, Hanna Owens, Anne Novotny

    Thu, Apr 9, 2015, Noon–4 pm
    Free and open to 9-12th graders. Participants must register in advance on the MCA website.

  • Tracer's at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
    March 3rd, 6-7pm

    Celebrate and explore crafting as a radical feminist form of production and economy. Tracers Book Club will lead workshops and demonstrations in zine production, printmaking, nail art, and more. Participating artists include Lise Haller Baggesen & Eleanor Ross, Sarah Beth Woods, Fatima Traore, Soheila Sima Azadi, and Jessica Caponigro.

    This event was a great success! We're traveling to Florence Italy at the end of April to present and lecture at NYU Florence. May 5th its back to the states to participate in Columbia College's Manifest. http://www.colum.edu/manifest/

  • Smith College

    In January of 2015 I was invited to team teach Critical Craft Circle at Smith College with Laura Anne Kalba (Associate Professor Department of Art, Smith College.) The course bridges the worlds of history, theory, and practice through equal parts in-class discussion and hands-on craft/art-making.

    Participants in Critical Craft Circle constructed a colorful, finger-knit basketball net using the NCAA's (New Craft Artists in Action) Net Works publication, which was installed and left in the gymnasium at Smith College. Last minute additions included hot pink and glittery blue pom-poms. We asked a group of four men who were practicing on the other side of the gym to try out our net. They quickly divided into groups and played a round of two on two. The long, mismatched tendrils of yarn sway back and forth every time a ball is shot through the hoop. We manically snap pictures with our cellphones, hoping to capture the ball hovering just above the net. When asked afterwards what their experience was like the tallest one in a white jersey with the number 33 printed on the back paused, wiping the sweat from his brow, "The nets length is definitely not regulation, but...the aesthetics are great!"

    Maria Molteni from New Craft Artists in Action blogged about our endeavor on her tumblr site: http://molteninetworks.tumblr.com/post/112817172647/being-huge-fans-of-senda-berenson-abbott-who-first

  • Get yr nails done

    Painting and embellishing nails today, January 17th, at The Botaniste 101 Main Street Easthampton, Massachusetts from 2-4 pm.

  • Newcity's Top 5 of Everything 2014

    I was named one of the top five Chicago artists in the Subversively Conceptual Crafters category.
    http://art.newcity.com/2014/12/24/newcitys-top-5-of-everything-2014-art/

  • Honored to have my artist profile published in NewCity magazine.

    http://art.newcity.com/2014/10/13/portrait-of-the-artist-sarah-beth-woods/

  • Bricoleur

    Closing Reception and artist talk

    Join this Chicago Detours walking tour that is featured for Chicago Artists Month, highlighting Bricoleur at Azimuth projects. I'll be giving an artist talk on October 26th at 2pm. If you aren't able to make the walking tour join us for the talk and closing reception that are free and open to the public.

    Azimuth projects
    2704 N. Whipple St.
    Chicago, IL

    http://www.chicagodetours.com/architecture-tours/logan-square-art-walk-tour/

  • Hyde Park Art Center
    75th Anniversary Block Party

    5020 S. Cornell Ave
    Chicago, IL 60615

    Fatimata Traore will be sculpting and braiding guests hair, and I'll be painting nails from 12pm-5pm Saturday, September 13th at the Hyde Park Art Center. Hyde Park Art Center’s 75th Anniversary Block Party BBQ Bash is free for all and represents a moment for Chicagoans to come together and celebrate our city’s artists, the community that embraces them, and the Art Center’s legacy of supporting both.

    http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2014-09-13-75th-anniversary-bbq-block-party-bash

  • Bricoleur

    Saturday September 6, 6-10 PM
    2704 N. Whipple St. Chicago, IL

    Azimuth Projects is pleased to present Bricoleur, an interactive installation created by Sarah Beth Woods and hair braiding experience by Fatimata Traore. Woods produces sculptural works made of brightly colored hair extensions, found objects, textiles, and chains as a means to explore identity, beauty culture, and femininity. Traore is a professional hair stylist who has been practicing African hair braiding for over 20 years. These two artists will create an experience that bridges sculptural materials and the craft of hair braiding. Hair braiding is first come first serve with a suggested $10 donation. Jeloff rice with chicken and vegetables will be served in tasting portions.

  • Hair Braiding event sponsored by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

    Join us Thursday, August 14th from 3-5 pm for an afternoon immersed in the art and culture of hair braiding at the South Side Community Art Center located at 3831 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL. Bringing together braiders who practice in both formal and informal economies, and visual artists who employ the craft of braiding, we will investigate the techniques, politics, traditions, and tensions created within these complex spaces. The event will be followed with an informal panel discussion.

    This event is sponsored by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in collaboration with The Illinois Association of Hair Braiders, a coalition of professional braiders, natural hair stylists, and entrepreneurs across Illinois that are committed to teaching the tradition and craft of hair braiding nationally and internationally.

    (I will be participating in this event with Fatima Traore, President of the Illinois Association of Hair Braiders.)

  • FEMINIST PARKING LOT: considering the radical handmade

    Saturday, May 31 12-6
    Free and open to the public
    All ages and skill levels

    University of Illinois Chicago
    400 S. Peoria Street 5th floor Great Space
    Chicago, IL 60607

    Join master artists/crafters for this exciting day of workshops where we consider the relationship between feminism and craft. Panel discussion to follow the workshops at 4:30 pm. Workshops include constructing a collaborative sculpture made of bath poufs, doll-making, quilting, zine production, knitting, tie-dye techniques, printmaking, nail tip design, hair braiding and more.

    Panel discussion moderated by Lise Haller Baggesen Ross

    Artist/maker panelists include:
    Sarah Beth Woods
    Dana Carter
    Anni Holm
    Theresa Vishnevetskaya
    Annie Novotny
    Jessica Taylor

  • Radio Interview

    Being interviewed on a Chicago radio station at 1pm Thursday, November 21st. The station can be streamed online from anywhere in the country at www.que4.org. Going to be discussing my work and give a big shout out about the Hip Hop and Punk Feminisms Symposium I'm performing in December 5th and 6th at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

  • Harper College Faculty Exhibition

    Fourteen full-time and adjunct art faculty at Harper College will exhibit their work in the bi-annual Faculty Art Exhibition, on display now in the Art Exhibition Space, C200, Building C on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The free exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m and will close on September 26. The exhibit will feature photography, sculpture, print pieces and more – all forms that represent the kinds of classes offered at the College.
    See more at: http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/about/news/archives/2013/082913a.php#sthash.hF8cM8ZT.dpuf

  • Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

    I had the pleasure of working with Sonya Clark this past July at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle Maine. While in residence I created Nails, a collaborative 2- week durational performance where I constructed a nail salon and designed customized fuchsia pink nail tips for Haystack participants by appointment. I was struck by the intimacy that was created within that public space, the personal anecdotes people shared, and the trajectory the nails traced from Chicago to Haystack and beyond. The photographs themselves represent a dynamic range of relationships. For the Haystack auction I created a customized set of 16 nails that is now in Sonya Clark's private collection. This is an ongoing project, so please check back for updates.

  • Little Man Pee Pool Party: The Whiz Paddler's Lament

    curated by Paul Nudd
    October 11 - November 2, 2013
    (((antena)))
    1765 S Laflin St
    Chicago, IL 60608
    (773) 340-3516
    opening reception: Friday, October 11, 2013
    gallery hours: Saturday October 12, 19, & 26, November 2
    noon-5PM

    "Little Man Pee Pool Party: The Whiz Paddler's Lament" will consist of at least twenty idiosyncratic versions of Mannekin Pis, the famous "peeing boy" public fountain in Brussels, made by a variety of professional sculptors, artists, and non-artists alike. Each piece will be fully functional and will pee into a series of shared indoor pools. A twenty-six page catalog will accompany the exhibit with contributions by many of Chicago's most dynamic young cartoonists.


  • Embody: A Performance Art Exhibition

    Design Cloud
    118 N. Peoria 2N
    Chicago, IL 60607

    June 14-July 11, 2013
    Opening Reception: Friday, June 14th 6:00pm-9:00pm

    Design Cloud Gallery presents Embody, a performance art exhibition featuring artists Claire Ashley, Baccara (Madeleine Bailey and Helen Maurene Cooper), Alexandria Eregbu, Karen Faith, Anni Holm, HUB (Victoria Bradford), Meredith and Anna (best known for their curatorial project, Happy Collaborationists), Joseph Ravens, and Sarah Beth Woods.

    During the opening reception I will be performing Cut, Clean at 6:30 pm. This performance is part of an on-going series that utilizes performance, sculpture, and adornment as a means to investigate the material facts of my body, lived body experiences, and the materiality of the feminine. Hot pink acrylic nails and hair weaves serve as exaggerated extensions of my body, used to carve out a distinctively feminine space. A collaborative score will be created by audience members during the performance.

    Write-up and video

    Featuring my performance Cut, Clean that was part of the Embody opening night performances. http://sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/archive/?p=20483

  • Methodic Deconstruction

    T H E F R A N K L I N
    3522 W. Franklin Blvd, Chicago (West Side / East Garfield Park)
    ph. (312) 823-3632
    hours: F 4-6pm, Sat 12-4pm or by appointment
    Opening Reception: Saturday May 4th from 6-9PM
    Closing Reception: Saturday May 25th from 2-4PM

    The Franklin is pleased to announce Methodic Deconstruction, an installation comprised of the works by artists Katya Grokhovsky, Tracy Ostmann, Sarah Weber and Sarah Beth Woods. Domestic life and studio practices could become collateral at their core.
    A chair, a table, a lamp and a painting, resonates when their pragmatic qualities are being tampered with. Methodic Deconstruction explores the relationship between representation and abstraction and the spaces in-between.

  • Public/Private

    Excited to be part of this group show at
    Woman Made Gallery
    685 N. Milwaukee Ave
    Chicago, IL 60642

    Opening reception January 18, 2013 6-9pm
    show runs January 18-February 21

    From the exploding popularity of reality television and celebrity culture to the U.S. government’s ever-growing presence in our homes, schools, and community spaces through Patriot Act-sanctioned surveillance, the twenty-first century has seen enormous shifts in cultural and political conceptions of what is considered private and what is considered public, both in the United States and world-wide. We as individuals are losing control over what is seen and what is unseen; known and unknown; public and private. How do these shifts manifest in our daily lives? Who is most affected and why? How do artists address these changes, whether through illuminating, embracing or actively working against them?”

  • Pedestrian Projects
    Harold Washington College lecture and public workshop

    30 E Lake St Chicago, IL 60601
    Wednesday October 31, 2012

    Lecture in Room 103: 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Join us for a presentation of Sarah Beth Woods' past works and ongoing investigations.

    Workshop in Room 829: 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. A demonstration will be given on the deconstruction of everyday objects, which we will reassemble into a collaborative sculptural work.

    During our workshop in Alberto Aguilar’s advanced studio course we deconstructed and reconstructed bath poufs, adorned them and created a public procession down Lake and Wabash streets in the Chicago loop. Please check back for updated photos.

  • Mischief Night

    Hyde Park Art Center
    Oct.27th 1-10pm
    5020 South Cornell Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60615


    At 3:00 I'll be performing Pour some sugar on me, an interactive piece that involves lots of baked goods, pink frosting, and sprinkles. Check out the link below for more details.

    http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2012-10-27-mischief-night

  • PDF version of my ebook

    You can download a free PDF version of my ebook published on lulu.com. The book contains images of my studio process and research that led up to my MFA thesis work. The second half of the book contains sculptural works completed at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign from 2009-2012.
    www.lulu.com/shop/sarah-beth-woods/sara?

  • UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SCHOOL OF ART + DESIGN MFA EXHIBITION 2012

    April 14-29
    Opening Reception
    Saturday April 14, 2012
    5 – 7P
    Krannert Art Museum
    500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign IL 61820

    invitation featuring my artwork: http://uiucmfa2012.info/email.html
    exhibition website:http://uiucmfa2012.info/

    My hardworking cohorts and I will be exhibiting our thesis work. This is one show that is not to be missed!
    Featuring work by UIUC 2012 MFA candidates:

    Will Arnold / Justin Farkas / Daniel Krueger
    Erica Leohner / Brian Liang / Maria Lux
    Nicholas Mullins / Eric Suh / Nicki Werner
    Sarah Beth Woods / Michael Woody

  • Love for Sale: You Know You Need It

    Curated by Ryan Standfest
    January 13 - February 24, 2012
    Reception on Valentine’s Day - Tuesday, February 14 from 6 - 9 pm at Work:Detroit
    Open during exhibitions Tuesday through Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Closed Sunday/Monday and Holidays. Free Admission. 3663 Woodward Ave;Detroit, MI 48201

    The title, after both the Cole Porter song and another by the Talking Heads, is meant as an ironic gesture signaling the paradox of selling created need; that is, to make consumers want what you tell them to love. LOVE FOR SALE, the exhibition, is meant to address the image as a means of selling, of creating need.

    With Jef Bourgeau / Andrea Cardinal / Russell Christian / Nikki DeSautelle / Molly Dierks / Raymond Domzalski / Clare Fox / Ian Huebert / Donald Kilpatrick III / Andy Krieger / Marie e Julio / Jason Moore / Jim Pallas / Lauren Satlowski / Stephen William Schudlich / Neva Sills / Laura Thompson / Britta Urness / Sarah Beth Woods

  • Accepted Knowing: Peer Review

    Group show at Figure One in downtown Champaign, IL.
    Opening July 29th 6-8pm show runs through August 26th 2011

    Works included in this exhibition concentrate on the nature of knowledge. What do we know, how do we come to know it, and what are the limits of knowing?

    In scholarly research, what is accepted as “known” must be validated by professionals in that field. This exhibition engages with the peer review process through both its content and its structure. The jury process for this exhibition mimicked these collective validations of knowledge by allowing applicants to serve as a pool of experts who then collaboratively determined which work would be included in the show through anonymous written reviews.

    http://acceptedknowing.wordpress.com/

  • NEW MFA GRADS AT CHICAGO ART SCHOOLS

    Photo essay on Artnet featuring my work
    by Pedro Vélez
    May 31, 2011

    Chicago celebrated two fairs recently, but the real action is in the art schools. Herewith, photos from the graduate exhibitions of three Master of Fine Arts programs: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which took place at Co-Prosperity Sphere; the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College’s Thesis Exhibition; and the School of the Art Institute’s MFA Show at the Sullivan Galleries and the Wabash Gallerie.


    www.artnet.com/magazineus/arteducation/?

  • Heads on Poles review ArtSlant

    The Inadvertent Chicago Biennial of 2011
    by Abraham Ritchie

    Heads on Poles
    Group Exhibition
    Western Exhibitions
    119 N Peoria St, #2A, Chicago , IL 60607
    January 14, 2011 - February 19, 2011

    www.artslant.com/chi/articles/show/21550