David C. Driskell Center


Alison Saar: STILL...

Thursday, September 12 - Friday, December 13, 2013



Saar, born February 5, 1956, is one of three daughters of artist Betye Saar and was encouraged from an early age to explore and engage with art. She completed her BFA in studio art and art history at Scripps College in Claremont, CA, in 1978, and received her MFA from the Otis Art Institution in Los Angeles, CA, in 1981. Saar studied Afro-Caribbean, Haitian, African, and Afro-Cuban art with Samella Lewis and became interested in African American folk art which has heavily influenced her own art.

In 1982, at the age of twenty-six, her work was presented in her first solo exhibition at the Jan Baum Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. She has since exhibited at many venues across the United States including the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, 1993; the Phyllis Kind Gallery, NY, 2001; and the LUX Art Institute, Encinitas, CA, 2011, where she also currently serves as an artist in residence. Saar has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the New York City Art Commission’s Excellence in Design Award, 2005; the 2004 Anonymous Was a Woman Award; and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1989; and the National Endowment for the Arts, 1988, among others.