• Intercity Project | Flow Symposium

    Sarah Beth Woods in collaboration with Contemporary Glory, Rotterdam
    Saturday, September 30th, 2023
    1-3pm Horner Park, Chicago

    Extensions, actions, sounds, and spontaneous sculptures based around hair+sports+play. This performance welcomes participation.
    Intercity is a project by Out of Site (Chicago) & PAE (NL) in collaboration with Chicago Park District (Chicago), WORM (Rotterdam) and Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago)

    More info: performanceartevent.nl | flowsymposium.org | worm.org

  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

    Design Museum of Chicago
    72 E. Randolph
    Curated by Industry of the Ordinary
    Opening: Friday April 15th, 6-9pm
    Open hours Saturday, April 16th 10am-5pm

  • Transhistorical Feminist Agency: A Matter of Gender, Race, Time, and Place
    College Art Association Conference 2021

    Thursday, February 17, 2022
    2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Hilton Chicago - 8th Floor - Lake Erie

    Linda Vallejo
    Noreen Dean Dresser
    Ruth Weisberg

    Patti A Jordan

    Feminist Speculative Fiction: Inventing Foremothers
    Paula Burleigh, Allegheny College
    Envisioning Cross-Temporal Collectivity in Indigenous Women’s Labor Activism through Contemporary Artistic Practice
    Erika Kindsfather
    Medusa: Sensing With and Thinking With the World
    Sarah Beth Woods

  • Hear the Glow of Electric Lights is being screened in this group show at Gallery bei Koc in Hannover, Germany July 24-September 1, 2021

    Hear the Glow of Electric Lights is being screened in this group show at Gallery bei Koc in Hannover, Germany July 24-September 1, 2021
  • My curatorial and artist project space, Triangle:
    Medusa by Malgorzata Markiewicz chosen by Committee on Women in the Arts (College Art Association) as August 2021 top picks.


  • SWELL curated by Lauren Pacheco
    Reception: Friday, July 16, 2021 6-9pm
    Show runs June 11 - August 28

  • The Landmark newspaper article about Triangle, my new project space.
    Read the article here: https://www.rblandmark.com/2021/05/18/a-new-angle-on-the-riverside-art-scene/?fbclid=IwAR0b3-kE4jREhSLz-Jb7OefJjONm9Gba7qMf6_VX-qus1-cAwTZuNipg0c8

    Image: Renee Baker installing COLLECTIVE TIMBRE
    March 19th-April 15th, 2021.

    March 15-April 15, 2021
    42 East Ave, Riverside, IL 60546
    Saturdays & By appointment

    Come to Triangle's very first exhibition, featuring the work of Renee Baker. Check out our unique space and learn more about our mission and curation.

    Visual artist, film artist, composer, conductor and recontextualist, Renee’ C. Baker is a true engineer of multidisciplines. Layering movement, film projections of real and imagined things, she creates an exquisite arena of surrealistic activity within sonic arenas.
    Ms. Baker is founding music director and conductor of the internationally acclaimed Chicago Modern Orchestra Project (CMOP), a polystylistic orchestral organization that grew from the plums of classical music, as well as jazz.
    Ms. Baker is an award winning composer, both for innovative concert pieces but also as one of the most celebrated black female filmmakers, as well as a creator of over 200 film scores and over 2000 compositions to date.

    Baker has gained critical acclaim for her graphic scores from performances based-in Berlin, Poland, London, Scotland, and as far reaching as Vietnam.

  • Introducing my new project space Triangle

    Located in historic downtown Riverside, IL. Some powerful shows and performances coming up. Keep an eye out for 16mm film screenings, Black scholarship, and international artist collaborations. Above image: Medusa, Malgorzata Markiewicz (Krakow, Poland.)

    42 East Ave
    Riverside, IL 60546

  • This event has been canceled due to Covid-19 safety protocol

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    North Park University, Chicago

    Event and panel on appropriation and the arts

    Catalyst Event | Wed., March 18 | 12:30-2:30pm | AC

    12:30-12:40pm – Introduction by Sumie Song
    12:40-1:30pm - Guest Presentations
    1. Introduce us to their work
    2. Share how they wrestle with issues of cultural appropriation

    12:40-12:50pm – Sarah Beth Woods
    12:50-1:00pm – Cleo Suggs
    1:00-1:10pm – Dr. Daniel White Hodge Urban youth culture expert
    1:10-1:20pm – Julia Davids
    1:20-1:30pm – Theatre TBD
    1:30-1:45pm - Break
    1:45-2:15pm – Discussion moderated by Sumie Song

  • Hear the Glow of Electric Lights Is being featured in (2) gallery shows and a film festival this month. Revolutions per Minute Fest at UMass Boston Feb 2, 8:30-10pm University Hall 2310-with a great roster of films under the heading Evidence of Life. revolutionsperminutefest.org

    Still #3 from BRAID/WORK with Fatima Traore and Hear the Glow are being shown at the Bridgeport Art Center for Collectively Shifting. Opening Sat Feb. 14th, 2020 5-7:30pm and third Friday open studios Feb. 21.

    Hear the Glow is screening on The Flatscreen at the Franklin through April for Don't You Stop, We Won't Stop opening 7-10pm Sat. Feb. 14, 2020 including works by: Felicia Holman who will be presenting a reprise of her solo performance--Wassup w/that ‘YAC?! (WWTY) outdoor works by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, Erik Brown, and Lise Haller Baggesen.
    3522 W. Franklin Blvd Chicago, IL 60624

  • BRAID/WORK Lecture and solo exhibition. Braiding and conversation with Cleo Sugg at Bethel College North Newton, Kansas

    Nov.1-23rd, 2020
    Artist lecture and reception, Thursday, November 21, 7pm.

  • (L-R) Alexis Strowder, Yahkirah Beard, and Anya Jenkins are performing Hear the Glow of Electric Lights, a multidisciplinary project by Sarah Beth Woods for Threewalls at 15, 6pm and 8:30pm.

    1701 W. 13th Street
    Chicago, IL 60608

  • Focus: Fiber @ Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

    Focus:Fiber is a biennial national juried exhibition of contemporary fiber art. This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art (TAA), and Kent State University Museum. The show runs March 1-July 28, 2019.

    The mission of TAA is to increase appreciation of the textile arts through lectures, workshops, and exhibitions, and to support the textile collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Juried by Nami Yamamoto (b. Nagoya, Japan)


  • CICA Museum, Gimpo-si, Korea screens Hear the Glow

  • The Other Art Fair

    I'll be showing new work
    at The Other Art Fair
    Mana Contemporary Chicago
    2233 South Throop St.
    Sept. 28-30.

    I have invitations for private viewing Sept. 28th which is guest list only and complimentary tickets for general admission the 29th and 30th. Please contact me for more information. Hope to see you there!

  • Hear the Glow is headed to London

    Screening at Genesis Cinema, located in Whitechapel for Experimental Moving Image May 9th, 2018.

    tickets: http://genesiscinema.co.uk/GenesisCinema.dll/WhatsOn?Film=11806143


  • Sarah Beth Woods will be debuting an interactive installation and film screening throughout the duration of the Terrain Biennial opening Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-7pm. Sarah Beth Woods and Crystal Thomas Rudds will be reciting an original poem written by Rudds.

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

    Hear the Glow of Electric Lights is a performance-based work and 16mm reversal film that investigates and deconstructs the iconic 1960s girl group. Woods formed a conceptual girl group called The Rhinettes based out of Prosser High School on Chicago's West side. The Rhinettes made two appearances in Chicago in 2017 at Silent Funny and the Jane Addams Hull House Museum. Photo credit: Eric Formato @ Formatografia

  • 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)

    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.

  • Beautiful, insightful review of BRAID/WORK on Daily Serving by Mailee Hung

  • 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

  • BRAID/WORK @ the Arts Incubator
    915 E 60th St.
    Chicago, IL 60637

    Join us for a special culminating reception and catalog release for Crossing Boundaries prize awardees 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 - 1:15pm: Welcome by Traore and Woods
    1:15 - 1:30pm: BRAID/WORK catalog introductions by Tracie Hall and Cecil Mcdonald Jr.
    1:30 - 3:00pm: Hands-on workshop: African hair braiding techniques and their historical significance led by Traore.

    Event is free and open to the pubic.
    Arts + Public life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.

  • BRAID/WORK interview
    Fatima Traore and Sarah Beth Woods were interviewed by Richard Steele on the Barber Shop Show Friday, May 6th.

    Steele, Richard. “Barber Shop Show 262:BRAID/WORK.” Barber Shop Show aired live on Vocalo 90.1 May 6, re-aired on 91.5 WBEZ May 8, 2016. Radio.



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

    2-5pm @
    CHICAGO, IL 60637

    FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5, 7-11pm







    BRAID/WORK has a new website. Please visit the page for more information and updates about this collaborative project.


  • 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.


    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 durational project, complete with pop-up nail salon at the closing reception.

    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.


  • 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.

  • 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 Sarah Beth Woods 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 your 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.

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


  • 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 at Azimuth for the talk and closing reception that are free and open to the public.

    Azimuth projects
    2704 N. Whipple St.
    Chicago, IL


  • 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.


  • 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 and found objects 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.

  • 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. Exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Runs through September 26, 2013.

  • 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
    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

    "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.

    At 6:30 pm, during the opening reception I'll be performing Cut, Clean This performance is part of an on-going investigation into gendered materials that extend the body: Hot pink acrylic nails and hair weave serve as exaggerated extensions, 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 nylon bath poufs, 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.

  • 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 work that involves frosted doughnuts, flour, and sticking my foot into a baked apple pie. Check out the link below for more details.


  • 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.


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

    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.



    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.


  • 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