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Artist & Educator 

Sarah Stracke is an interdisciplinary artist and educator living and working in rural Springfield, Missouri. Sarah earned her Bachelor in Art + Design Education and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2018 from Missouri State University. She continues to explore an artistic dialogue primarily through film photography and sculpture.

Her work often investigates interactions and associations between the natural landscape to self, soul, and spirit. Domestic beauty, memory, and midwestern landscape are themes which pulse through her images. Her photography often inspires the way she cultivates the viewing experience for her sculptural work.

Sarah is continually invested in cultivating the arts within her home community and manages a Makerspace in Ozark, Missouri for sharing and learning craft, food and drink, and sustainable farming and gardening practices at Finley Farms. There she coordinates teachers, plans curriculum, and engages the community in learning a craft and slowing down through making.

If you would like to get in contact with Sarah for commissions, collaborations, or to purchase a piece, please follow up via email.



High education

May 2018
Bachelors in Fine Arts, Photography
Minor in Art History  
Missouri State University

December 2018
Bachelor of Science in Education, Art & Design
Missouri State University 

2014
Associates of Arts
Ozarks Technical Community College


exhibitions

Summer 2019 
Photo Exhibition coming soon as part of the 2019 6x6 show, Springfield, Missouri. Site and date to be determined.

June 2019 
Collaborative multi-media installation with Artist and Partner, Nathan Stracke exhibited at Q Enoteca as part of the Untitled SGF Pop- Up Gallery, Springfield, Missouri.

Spring 2019 
Sculpture on exhibit at Mother's Brewery Tasting Room side yard as part of the Sculpture Walk Springfield 2019-2020 collection. 

Fall 2018 
Sculpture exhibited at The American Institute of Thoughts and Feelings in the Semi-Permanent Sculpture Garden of the Side Yard. Tuscon, Arizona. 

Spring 2018
Exhibited a collaborative installation sculpture for Sculpture X Games with Idea X Factory on Missouri State University’s Campus lawn. 

Spring 2018
Was chosen to exhibit a sculpture at the new Taylor Health and Wellness Center on Missouri State University Campus. 

Spring 2018
Exhibited a series of photos at Brick City Gallery within Missouri State University for the students’ Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition. 

Spring 2018
Exhibited photography in The Feeling is Mutual group exhibition at Open House in Kansas City, Missouri.  

Spring 2018
Exhibited photography in a group exhibition in Oakland, California with Smooth Muscle Collective, with emphasis on celebrating women’s strength and vulnerability through visual art.

Spring 2018
Participated in two group exhibitions, mixed media and photo at ideaXfactory

Fall 2017
Solo exhibition of photography at local theater Moxie Cinema

Fall 2017
Exhibited two sculptures in the gallery atrium of Brick City Building Four

Spring 2017
Work shown in interactive photography exhibition alongside local artists on Commercial Street Springfield, MO

Fall 2015, Spring 2017
Artwork displayed in Missouri State Walnut Street Student Exhibition Center


Opportunities

Spring 2018
Participated in Sculpture X Games at Idea X Factory. A week long collaborative creative competition, creating an installation on the front lawn of Missouri State Brick City’s Art and Design Department. Exhibited during First Friday Art Walk. Awarded best piece that honored the natural environment.  

Spring 2018
Received a departmental scholarships for personal Art and Design and Thomas S. Kinsey Art Education Scholarship. 

Spring 2017
Group presentation on cultural immersion trip at National Art Education Association National Conference in New York City

Spring 2017
Received three departmental scholarships for personal Art & Design

Summer 2016
Participated in Collaborative Social Justice Mural painting  in downtown Springfield, MO and wrote unit plan pertaining to the experience

Fall 2015
Photography from study away experience displayed in Missouri State University

Summer 2015
Three week cultural immersion study away trip in New Mexico, Arizona


positions & Honors

Missouri Council of the Arts Advocacy Representative for Missouri State University Art & Design 2018

Member of the Missouri State University Art & Design Student Advisory Board 2018

Elected Social Media Manager NAEA Spring 2017

Member of Missouri Art Education Association since 2015

Member of National Art Education Association since 2015

Awarded Dean’s List placement Missouri State University 2016-2018


skills

Advanced in operating film and digital cameras and equipment

Proficient in operating and staging studio lighting and environments

Proficient in Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop & Final Cut Pro

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel & Powerpoint

Proficient in photography darkroom, silver gelatin printing & film processing

Proficient in color film lab printing

Proficient in digital inkjet printing, Canon & Epson

Proficient in Sketch, Digital Design Toolkit

Proficient in operating woodworking tools and machinery  

Proficient in MIG welding and metalworking