Sara Morris

Sara Morris
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Modern and Contemporary Art, Studio Craft, and Material Culture; Digital Media Art and Technology; Feminist Art and Theory
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
M.A. Thesis: "Crafting Autonomy: A Reevaluation of the Pedestal in the Sculpture of Arlene Shechet, Nicole Cherubini, and Francesca DiMattio" (San José State University, completed 2017)


Sara is a Ph.D. student in the History of Art & Architecture Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where her approach to American art is shaped by instances of artistic cultural production often overlooked in mainstream art historical scholarship. As a researcher and writer of Modern and Contemporary Art, Sara explores the intersections of studio craft and feminism to expand upon established methodologies of art history.

Sara is the recipient of an 2019-2020 Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad made possible through the National Gallery of Art’s Center of Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA). The Chairperson's Award (2019), A Windgate Museum Internship at the Decorative Arts & Design Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2015). Sara is serving as co-chair of the UCSB Art History Graduate Student Association (2019-2020) and will co-organize the graduate student symposium in 2021.


Contributor to 45 Stories in Jewelry, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (forthcoming February 2020).

Sara Morris. “2016 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition.” NCECA Blog. June 7, 2016.

Sara Morris. “Ron Nagle: Peripheral Cognition.” Ceramics: Art and Perception 25:4 (2015): 42-45.

Sara Morris. “Chris Dufala-Ceramics and Mono-prints.” Ceramics: Art and Perception 23:2 (2013): 54-57.