Umbra: Special 2022 Benefit Edition
About the Artist
Alison Saar was born in Los Angeles, California. She studied art and art history at Scripps College and received an MFA from the Otis Art Institute. Saar works across media from prints to assemblage to bronze, with a focus on representing the history of the African diaspora and black female subjectivity. She is a force in public art and has produced many monuments including the Monument to the Great Northern Migration (1996), Chicago, IL; Swing Low, the Harriet Tubman Memorial (2007) New York City; Embodied (2014) Los Angeles County Hall of Justice, Los Angeles, CA; and To Sit A While (2022) a monument to playwright and journalist Lorraine Hansberry to be installed in Chicago. Saar has received multiple awards and honors including the United States Artist Fellowship, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and two National Endowment Fellowships. She has exhibited for decades at galleries and museums, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her art is represented in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Baltimore Art Museum, the Modern Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among numerous others. Saar exhibited Fanning the Fire at Socrates in 1988, which is now in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and joined the board at Socrates in 2018.