Sarah Hearn is an interdisciplinary visual artist and citizen researcher. Through explorations of biological life and natural phenomena, the artist’s work inhabits two realms- one grounded in studies of life on planet earth, and another hovering in a hazy atmosphere of science fiction.
Hearn’s artwork has been exhibited in museums, galleries and art spaces across the United States including the 2018 exhibition, Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World at the Spencer Museum of Art. She has contributed to international collaborations in Brooklyn, Berlin and Reading, UK. Recent solo exhibitions include: Microtopia and Accumulation at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, MO; An Unnatural History at Art Center of the Ozarks in Springdale, AR; and Invisible Landscapes at University of Notre Dame. Her multi-year collaboration with Lichenologist Sheila Strawn recently resulted in a published field guide for Lichens of Oklahoma. Hearn has represented the United States in the World Creativity Biennial. Residencies include: Charlotte Street Foundation studio resident and the visiting artist in residence at Cow House Studios in County Wexford, Ireland. She was a 2015-2016 co-curator at PLUG Projects, a Kansas City based curatorial collaborative dedicated to contemporary artists.
Since 2015, Hearn has served as the Regional Program Manager for Artist INC and is a member of the Artist Services team at Mid-America Arts Alliance. She is consciously working within her community and beyond to cultivate a climate where artists can thrive. She earned a BFA from the College of Santa Fe, and an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.