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sara j. winston communitas lecture 

Jan 18, 2023

Artist Sara J. Winston will be an artist-in-residence at Utah State University, Jan. 18-20. She will give the semester’s first Communitas lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at Utah State University’s Daines Concert Hall.

Presented by the Caine College of the Arts’ Department of Art + Design, Communitas invokes the fundamental spirit of community, coordinating a year-long lecture series with a wide range of artists, designers, and scholars whose work and lives promote the values of equality, diversity, and togetherness. Communitas lectures are free, open to the public, and offered to students for credit. The Communitas theme for the 2022-23 academic year is “Margins.”

For her lecture, Winston will discuss how she uses photographs and bookmaking to address chronic illness and its ongoing impact on her body, mind, family, and memory.

“Sara’s work thoughtfully integrates conversations on illness, domesticity, motherhood, and the impactful role of the camera in our lives,” said Assistant Professor of Photography Jared Ragland. “I share Sara’s work with my students every semester and find they respond in profound ways. I am delighted the USU community has a similar opportunity to experience Sara’s critical yet vulnerable studio practice.”

Sara J. Winston is an artist based in the Hudson Valley region of New York where she is the Photography Program Coordinator at Bard College, serves on the faculty of the Penumbra Foundation Long Term Photobook Program, and is a contributor to one of the preeminent online photography platforms, Lenscratch. Sara’s work has been included in more than half a dozen photographic anthologies, and she has published five monographs of her work including “A Lick and a Promise,” published by Candor Arts in 2017, and ”Homesick,” published by Zatara Press in 2015––both part of the USU Photobook Special Collection.

In addition to her Communitas lecture, Sara will work with advanced-level USU Bachelor of Fine Art students in a zine-making workshop. The workshop will explore how artists can use creative strategic frameworks as means of ideation, conceptual development, and visual phrasing.

For more information about Sara’s work, visit

The Caine College of the Arts Visiting Artists and Scholars Series is underwritten by the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation-Russell Family, The Tanner Charitable Trust, and other generous donors. Differential Tuition is provided by the students of the college.

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