Sarah Doherty is an artist whose work explores the intersections of art, architecture, urban spaces and technology through installation art and urban intervention projects. Installation works have combined sculptural materials, with video, computer controlled media and light to explore experiential and participatory art. Her urban interventions explore the intersections of creative agency and strategies of place making.
Sarah has exhibited in cities across the nation including Boston, NY and San Francisco and has created numerous urban interventions. Sarah has also developed and coordinated unique exhibition opportunities for artists such as a project in San Diego called, “the mythical search for the axis mundi”, in which she was instrumental in transforming a blighted warehouse in downtown through a public art project, which resulted in the eminent domain status being lifted. After being offered free space by the elderly property owners, she worked with students at the University of San Diego to renovate and restore a section of the building to create a downtown professional gallery space by and for the students. In Baltimore, projects have included, Axis Alley, in which Sarah coordinated with the city of Baltimore and community associations the use of 21 city owned vacant properties to transform a blighted and dangerous alley into a venue of art for numerous artists which was awarded selection in the 2010 Public Art Network Year in Review.
Other projects in Baltimore include creating the gallery, “in/flux” in a previously vacant downtown building, and her most recent vacant lot transformation project, “A Drop of Water” on N. Calvert St, which she has begun with installing a replica of an Easter Island head. Sarah has received numerous grants including grants from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the NEA.
Sarah has been an instructor at MIT, the University of San Diego and currently teaches in the Interdisciplinary Sculpture department at the Maryland Institute College of Art where in 2012 she received the board of trustees award for teaching excellence.