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Sabrina Gschwandtner 

Born in Washington DC
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


2008   MFA, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College
2000   BA with honors in art/semiotics, Brown University
1998   Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst, video studies with VALIE EXPORT


2017 (upcoming) Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“Film Quilts,” Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“Camouflage,” The Center for Ongoing Research and Projects, Columbus, OH (catalog)

“Sunshine and Shadow,” Philadelphia Art Alliance (catalog)

“Sunshine and Shadow,” LMAKprojects, New York

“Watch & See,” Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Sweden

“Bionic Threads,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (with Christy Matson)


“Queer Threads,” Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston
“Connections: Contemporary Craft From the Permanent Collection,” Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC
“Art in Embassies,” Jerusalem

"Luminous Flux 2.0: New and Historic Works from the Digital Art Frontier," Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, Santa Fe, NM (brochure)
“Found/Made,” San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, curated by Roderick Kiracofe
“Power Geometry: Painting and Digital Art From the Thoma Foundation Collection,” Chicago, IL
“Recent Acquisitions,” Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
“Queer Threads,” Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

“Insnared with flowers, I fall on grass,” RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI
“Purple States,” Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

“Opening Abstraction,” Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
“alt_quilts: Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, Stephen Sollins,” American Folk Art Museum, New York (brochure)

“Millennium Magazines,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York
“We Are Cinema,” Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Imbue,” LMAKprojects, New York
“40 Under 40: Craft Futures,” Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC (catalog)

“Power of Making,” Victoria and Albert Museum, London (catalog)
“Shot Through,” Hordaland Art Centre, Norway, curated by Glenn Adamson (catalog)

“Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft,” Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (catalog)
“Bucharest Biennale IV,” Romania (catalog)
“Assembling Narratives,” Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY (catalog)
“Interwoven,” The Textile Museum, Washington DC
“Oddly Alive,” Troy Arts Center, NY

“Motion Blur- American Craft,” Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Sweden (catalog)
“Craftwerk 2.0," Jonkoping lans Museum, Jonkoping, Sweden (catalog)
“In Stitches,” Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody (brochure)
“On From Here,” Guild and Greyshkul Gallery, New York, NY
“Shorts Program #4,” Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY
“The Dorothy Saxe Invitational,” Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA (catalog)

“Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting,” Indiana State Art Museum, Indianapolis, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ (catalog)
“8.5 x 11 / A4" James Fuentes Gallery, New York, NY
“Political Circus,” Ritter Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
“Craftivism,” Lawton Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI (brochure)
“Gestures of Resistance,” Gray Matters, College Art Association, Dallas, TX
“Thread as the Line,” Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA

"Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting,” the Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY (catalog)
“Mechanics of the Medium,” Images Festival, York Quays Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
“Extreme Crafts,” Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (brochure)
“Common Threads,” Confederation Centre for the Arts, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada and
Illingsworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (catalog)
“Material Pursuits,” The Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT (catalog)
“Between the Lines: Emerging Voices in American Literature and Film,” Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY
"Pricked: Extreme Embroidery,” the Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY (catalog)

"A Fold in the Fabric,” LMAKprojects, New York, NY (catalog)

“Group Loop,” G Fine Art, Washington DC (brochure)
“Float,” Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
PERFORMA 05: First Biennial Of Visual Art Performance, Artists Space, New York, NY (catalog)
“Something is Somewhere,” Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
“New Tapestries,” Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
“Light and Substance,” Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
"Frisbee Exhibition,” Official Project of the Armory VIP Group, New York, NY
“Picture Window,” public art project commissioned by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

“Cake Walk,” Ambrosino Gallery, Miami
“The Infinite Fill Show,” Foxy Production, New York, NY
“In Practice,” SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY
“Cram Session: Dark Matter,” Baltimore Museum of Art, MD


2017 “KAP for 317x” completion of permanent artwork for elementary school PS 317x, Bronx, Percent for the Art
Program, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Board of Education. Commission awarded in 2015.


2016    Artist Lecture, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum,Washington, D.C
2014    Artist Lecture, NW Museum of Arts and Culture, WA
2013    Artist Lecture and workshop, Philbrook Museum of Art
2012    Panelist, “Indisciplined Curation,” Parsons the New School for Design
2012    Visiting Artist Lecture, UMass Boston
2011    Panel Co-chair, “Textiles and Social Sculpture,” College Arts Association Conference
2011    Visiting Artist Lecture, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
2010    Panelist, “Crafting a Nation,” Smithsonian American Art Museum
2010    Visiting Artist Lecture, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway
2010    Visiting Artist Lecture, School of Design and Crafts, Göteborg, Sweden
2010    Visiting Artist Lecture, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
2009    Conference Speaker, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
2009    Artist-in-Residence Lecture, IASPIS, Stockholm
2009    Artist Lecture, Museum of World Culture, Sweden
2009    Panel Moderator, Museum of Arts and Design, New York
2008    Panelist, “Feminism and Politics in Handmade Art,” Harvard University
2008    Keynote Speaker, “In the Loop” conference,” Winchester School of Art, UK
2008    Visiting Artist Lecture, California State University, Long Beach
2008    Panelist, “Crafting Protest,” Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, New York
2007    Visiting Artist Lecture, The University of Virginia
2007    Visiting Artist Lecture, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
2007    Visiting Artist Lecture, Kingston University, London
2007    Visiting Artist Lecture, Southern Methodist University, TX
2007    Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Houston, TX
2007    Keynote Speaker, “Urban Fields” symposium, University College for the Creative Arts, UK
2007    Visiting Artist Lecture, The Rhode Island School of Design
2007    Visiting Artist Lecture, Maryland Institute College of Art
2007    Artist Lecture, Museum of Arts and Design, New York
2007    Artist Lecture, The Textile Study Group of New York
2007    Think Tank Participant, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, NC
2006    Artist Resident Talk Moderator, Apex Art, New York
2006    Roundtable Moderator, Orchard, New York
2005    Artist Presentation, “Town Meeting,” Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
2004    Visiting Artist Lecture, The Rhode Island School of Design
2004    Visiting Artist Lecture, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


2016    MacDowell Art Colony residency
2012    Artist in Residence, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
2009    Artist in Residence, IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden
2009    Artist in Residence, the Museum of Arts and Design, NY
2007    MacDowell Art Colony residency
2004    SculptureCenter Emerging Artist Fellowship
2004    MacDowell Art Colony residency
1999    Weston Award for Excellence in the Arts


Obler, Bibiana. “Craft As a Response to War,” in “Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary American Culture” edited by Nicholas Bell. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016.

Atkinson, Nora. “Craft for a Modern World: the Renwick Gallery Collection.” London: GILES in association with the: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2015.

“Craft As a Response to War,” in “Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary American Culture” edited by Nicholas Bell. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016.

Beckenstein, Joyce. “Folk Art & Formalism.” Surface Design Journal Winter 2014.
Cembalest, Robin. “Avant-Garde Quilt Explosion!” 30 Jan. 2014.
Hartmann, Carolyn. “Interview: Sabrina Gschwandtner.” TACK Magazine Jan. 2014.
Kron, Cat. “Review: “Purple States” at Andrew Edlin Gallery.” Modern Painters Oct. 2014.

Brady, Shaun. “Artist Makes Quilts Out Of Salvaged 16 mm Film.” Philadephia City Paper 16 May 2013.
Forsberg, Walter and Brett Kashmere, eds. “Expanded Cinema.” INCITE Journal of Experimental Media Fall 2013.
Higgins, Sean. “Artist Uses Vintage Film Strips To Create Colorful Quilts With A Social Message.” The Creators Project 26 Dec. 2013
Lampert, Andrew. “Sabrina Gschwandtner.” BOMBlog 19 Dec. 2013.
Rosenberg, Karen. “Memories, Stitched Together, For Gallery Walls.” New York Times 26 Dec. 2013.

Bell, Nicholas. “40 Under 40: Craft Futures.” Washington DC: The Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2012.
Conboy, Martha. “40 Under 40.” Smithsonian Channel documentary, 2012.
Dudley, Sandra, ed. “Museum Objects.” New York: Routledge, 2012.
Hemmings, Jessica, ed. “The Textile Reader.” London: Berg Publishers, 2012.
Moses, Monica. “Future Tense: 40 Under 40.” American Craft Oct/Nov 2012.
O’Steen, Danielle. “‘40 Under 40: Craft Futures’ at the Renwick Gallery.” The Washington Post 23 July 2012.
Shuster, Robert. “Sabrina Gschwandtner: ‘Sunshine and Shadow.’” The Village Voice 3 Oct. 2012.

Bryan-Wilson, Julia. “Sites of Material Production,” in “Anne Wilson: Wind/Rewind/Weave.” Knoxville Museum of Art, 2011.
Charny, Daniel, ed. “Power of Making: the Importance of Being Skilled.” London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2011.

Adamson, Glenn, ed. “The Craft Reader.” Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers, 2010.
Adamson, Glenn. “Circular Logic: Some Thoughts Around Craftivism.” Concept Store Journal #3 London: Arnolfini, 2010.
Cassel Oliver, Valerie. “Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft.” Houston, TX: Contemporary Arts Museum, 2010.
Harkavy, Donna and Flavia Zúñiga-West. “Assembling Narratives.” Long Island City: Dorsky Gallery, 2010.
Hemmings, Jessica, ed. “In the Loop.” London: Black Dog Publishing, 2010.
Klopfenstein, Karley. “Off the Bed and Onto the Wall.” 3 Aug. 2010.
Quinn, Bradley. “Textile Futures.” London: Berg Publishers, 2010.
Unwin, Richard. “Bucharest Biennale 4.” Frieze June 2010.
Vogel, Felix. “Bucharest Biennale 4.” Bucharest: Pavilion, 2010.

Adamson, Glenn. “Sabrina Gschwandtner,” in “Motion Blur- American Craft.” Gustavsbergs, Sweden: Gustavsbergs Konsthall, 2009.
Ahlsén, Pernilla. “Konsthantverk ställs ut i Gustavsbergs konsthall.” Dagens Nyheter 2 July 2009.
Cornell, Lauren, Massimiliano Gioni and Laura Hoptman, eds. “Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory.” New York: New Museum, 2009.
DeWoody, Beth Rudin. “In Stitches.” New York: Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, 2009.
Douglas, Diane and Vicki Halper, eds. “Choosing Craft: the Artist’s Viewpoint.” Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
Jortveit, Anne Karin. “Interview with Sabrina Gschwandtner.” Billedkunst Dec. 2009
Leonardz, Jenny. “Mote Mellan Textil Och Film.” Svenska Dagbladet 10 June 2009.
Solodkin, Judith. “On Collecting.” Fiberarts Sept/Oct. 2009
Teleman, Sara. “In Practice: Sabrina Gschwandtner.” IASPIS, 2009.
Vessby, Malin. “AMERIKANSK KONSTHANTVERK: Både traditionellt och nyskapande.” Dagens Nyheter 19 Feb. 2009.
Vessby, Malin. “Den nya vågens stickare.” Hemslojden Apr. 2009
Vessby, Malin. “Virknålens revolution.” Dagens Nyheter 14 June 2009.

Adamson, Glenn. “Sloppy Craft.” Craft (UK) Mar. 2008
Allen, Elyse. “Pricked: Extreme Embroidery.” Selvedge Apr. 2008
Bryan-Wilson, Julia, ed. “The Politics of Craft.” Modern Painters Feb. 2008, illus.
“Knitting Guerillas Rock the Yarn.” The Bryant Park Project. Caitlin Kenney. National Public Radio (NPR). Jan. 31 2008.
Dawson, Jessica. “The Fabric of Freedom, Redefined.” The Washington Post 23 May 2008.
Levine, Faythe and Cortney Heimerl. “Handmade Nation.” New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2008.
Monem, Nadine, ed. “Contemporary Textiles: the Fabric of Fine Art.” London: Black Dog Publishing, 2008.
Plested, Lee, ed. “Common Threads.” Prince Edward Island: the Confederation Centre for the Arts, 2008.
Rowland, Ingrid. “Women Artists Win!” The New York Review of Books 29 May 2008.
Scheinman, Pam. “Crafting Protest at the New School.” Fiberarts Summer 2008.
Sterk, Beatrijs. “Sabrina Gschwandtner: Knitting in Times of War.” Textil Forum Mar. 2008, illus.

Allsop, Laura. “Fine Young Radicals.” Useless Magazine Issue #5 2007.
Austin, April. “The Fine Art of Crafts.” The Christian Science Monitor 16 Feb. 2007, illus.
Debatty, Regine. “Book Review: KnitKnit.” 19 Sept. 2007, illus.
Goldberg, Roselee, ed. “Performa: New Visual Art Performance.” New York: Performa, 2007.
Hankins, Evelyn. “Material Pursuits.” Burlington, VT: The Fleming Museum, 2007.
Helmetag, Kaija, “Crafting Art Out of Tradition.” Chelsea Now Mar 7-15, 2007.
Hemmings, Jessica. “Reeling in the Years.” Selvedge Jan/Feb 2007.
Holman, Amy. “The Culture Purls.” The Huffington Post 15 Sept. 2007.
La Ferla, Ruth. “The Knitting Circle Shows Its Chic.” The New York Times 12 July 2007, illus.
McFadden, David Revere. “Pricked: Extreme Embroidery.” New York: the Museum of Arts & Design, 2007.
McFadden, David Revere. Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting.” New York: the Museum of Arts & Design, 2007.
Muller, Mareike. “Die Strickeria.” Der Standard 4 June 2007.
Mura, Giannina. “Quand La Dentelle Se Fait Radicale et Que Le Tricot Deviant Subversif.” Art Actuel May/June 2007.
Nadasdy, Philip. “Bionic Threads.” Chicago: Hyde Park Art Center, 2007.
“New York Knitting: A photograph of a Brindle knitting circle will soon be going on show.” Radio Lancashire. John Gilmore. BBC Lancashire, Jan. 10 2007.
“Radical Knitting.” CW-11 morning news. Julie Chang. CW-11. WPIX-TV, New York City, Jan. 30 2007.
“Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting.” Muse Arts Program. Andrea Simon. Bloomberg News, New York City, February 9, 2007.
Reisman, Sara. “Reading Between the Lines,” in “A Fold in the Fabric.” New York: LMAK Projects, 2007.
“Thread Heads: How to Knit.” No Air Media Group. Sept. 21, 2007.
Rosenberg, Karen. “Needling More Than The Feminist Consciousness.” The New York Times 28 Dec. 2007.
Schwendener, Martha. “Flair and Flash, not Frumpiness.” The New York Times 27 Jan. 2007.

McWhorter, Holly. “The Knitting Point.” V Magazine Fall 2006, # 43, illus.
O'Neill-Butler, Lauren. "A Fold in the Fabric," Critic's Pick,, December 2006, illus.
Spencer, Amy. "The Crafter Culture Handbook." London: Marion Boyars Publishers, 2006, illus.

Cox, Christoph. “On Time: the Loop and the Line,” in “Group Loop.” Washington DC: G Fine Art, 2005.
Grundberg, Andy. “‘Loop’: What Goes Around…” The Washington Post 20 Mar. 2005, illus.
“Nothing But Knit.” Spring 2005.

Armstrong, Liz. “The Crafty Protester.” The Chicago Reader 22 Oct. 2004, illus.
Donahue, John, ed. “Unraveling Gathering.” The New Yorker 2 Feb. 2004.
Schnick, Molly Montana. “Show Us Your Knits!” Fader June 2004, illus.
Smith, Roberta. “The Infinite Fill Group Show. ” The New York Times 6 Aug. 2004.
Weinberg, Michelle. “Batter Up.” Miami New Times 10 June 2004.

Sunshine and Shadow. Text by Glenn Adamson, Sarah Archer and Julia Bryan-Wilson. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 2013.
Flowers for the Audience: Interviews and Notes on Film Editing. Columbus, OH: Center for Ongoing Research and Projects (COR&P), 2014.


“Cabinet Cardigan,” Artist Project, Cabinet no. 40 2011.
“My K.A.P. Friends,” Artist Project, Cabinet no. 36 2010.
“Left Coast Knitting,” in “The Sundown Salon Unfolding Archive,” Livingston Manor, NY: Evil Twin Publications, 2009.
Various essays in “Motion Blur- American Craft.” Gustavsbergs, Sweden: Gustavsbergs Konsthall, 2009.
“Knitting is…” The Journal of Modern Craft Vol 1 No. 2 Nov. 2008.
“The KnitKnit Sundown Salon,” in “Common Threads.” Prince Edward Island: the Confederation Centre for the Arts, 2008.
“KnitKnit: Profiles and Projects from Knitting’s New Wave.” New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2007.
“A Brief History of String.” Cabinet Magazine Fall 2006.
Editor, "On the Proliferation and Collapse of the Moving Image.” North Drive Press #3, 2006.
Gschwandtner, Sabrina and Jud Yalkut. “Between Film and Video: the Intermedia Art of Jud Yalkut.” Millennium Film Journal 2004.


Editor & Publisher, “KnitKnit.”#7, 2007. Covers knit by Elyse Allen.
Publisher, “KnitKnit.” #6,  2006. Editing and laser-cut covers by Luren Jenisen.
Editor & Publisher, “KnitKnit.” #5,  2005. Covers crocheted by Josh Faught.
Editor & Publisher, “KnitKnit.” #4,  2005. Covers knit by Liz Collins.
Editor & Publisher, “KnitKnit.” #3,  2004. Covers silkscreened by Andrew Kuo.
Editor, Publisher, and Cover Artist, “KnitKnit.” #2,  2003.
Editor, Publisher, and Cover Artist, “KnitKnit.” #1,  2002.


Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
Boise Art Museum, ID
Fine Arts Library, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The New York Public Library, NY
Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC
Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, Chicago, IL and Santa Fe, NM
Vera List Center, New School, New York, NY