Alumna Sara Garden Armstrong Featured at Hoover Public Library

Sara Garden Armstrong, courtesy of the artist.

Alumna Sara Garden Armstrong (MFA 1977) will be the featured artist at Hoover Public Library’s 2023 Southern Voices Authors Conference and will hold a solo exhibition, Works on Paper: 1970-1990, February 8 through March 31, 2023, in the HPL Galleries. Armstrong will present a free public lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 pm, followed by a reception in the Library Theatre in Hoover, Alabama.

Armstrong’s decades-long practice embraces a wide range of scales and techniques, such as site-specific sculpture, works on paper and artist books. The monograph Sara Garden Armstrong: Threads and Layers, published in 2020, coincides with a traveling exhibition currently touring the southeastern US. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since the 1970s and held solo exhibitions at John Gibson Gallery, Dieu Donné Gallery, Souyun Yi Gallery and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York, N.Y.; and the Birmingham Museum of Art, Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Space One Eleven, the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Ala.; and The University of Alabama Gallery in Tuscaloosa. Armstrong’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including SculptureCenter and A.I.R. Gallery, New York, N.Y.; Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, Minn.; U.S. Embassy, Czech Republic, Prague; Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, Germany; Bellevue Art Museum, Wash.; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, Va.

Her artist books, installations and other artworks are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Time, Inc., New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Bibliothèque Nationale and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Ala.; and others. Her atrium sculptures are included in such corporate collections as United Therapeutic Corporation, Silver Spring, Md. Armstrong now lives and works in Birmingham, where she founded the cooperative art gallery, Ground Floor Contemporary. Her website is

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