Highlights from Sarah Turner

From the Metalsmithing program, jewelry and objects serve as talismans, and give us access both to ancient urges, and to how murky feelings travel across cultures. Light and dark, neither is simple. 

What is older than time is also with us right now. Swept up with bright colors and the language of delight, jewelry reveals identity, awareness and the complications of being human.

Objects – for ritual, private experience, and meanings without words – ask us to pause, be honest, and let down our defenses. 


About Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner is an artist and educator trained in the Northwest, refined in the Midwest and now based in Massachusetts. She is the President of North Bennet Street School.

As an educator, working from both the office and the studio, Sarah has also worked at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the State University of New York at New Paltz.  As the Dean at Cranbrook, Sarah directed the Academic Programs of the Academy, including a ‘public-lecture-as-variety-show’ series, and a Critical Studies + Humanities residential teaching fellowship, which she established in 2009. She has lectured widely, regularly serves as a guest critic, and has organized exhibitions on contemporary applied art in the US and abroad. In 2005, Sarah was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands to research Dutch contemporary applied art.

In addition to her work in education, Sarah maintains a low-production studio. Her work has been included in exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Art and Design, New York, the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Galerie Noel Guymarc’h in Montreal, and The Society of Arts and Craft, Boston.

Sarah has been a volunteer and advisor for a variety of organizations, including the Southeast Michigan Fulbright Association, the Vermont YWCA, the Art Jewelry Forum, the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and the International (dis)Organization of Recent Art-Graduates Applying for Teaching And Grants [I(d)RAGTAG].

Born and raised in Wooster, Ohio, Sarah received a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Smith College and a Certificate in Metalsmithing from the Oregon College of Art & Craft. She earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art.