Sarah Klein is a visual artist, educator and curator based in San Francisco. Working in animation and printmaking she employs drawing, paper cutouts and live-action footage to create narrative and abstract pieces. Informed by a decade of working in stop-motion, she continues to expand on the language of movement within print-based works. Using image sequences and repeated forms, she creates compositions that highlight the parts that make up the whole.
Klein has presented internationally in galleries, museums, media outlets, and film festivals including the Mill Valley Film Festival, Exploratorium and Southern Exposure in the San Francisco Bay Area; Anthology Film Archives and Transmitter Gallery in New York; Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit; Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb; Festival Tweetakt in Utrecht; General Public in Berlin. She has received awards from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Chez Panisse Foundation, Awesome Foundation and Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant. Most recently she received the 2017-2018 Media Arts Residency Award from the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA.
Among her many honors are residencies at Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside, CA; Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner, WY; McColl Center for the Arts in Charlotte, NC; The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE and AGA LAB in Amsterdam, NL.
Klein has created music videos for the bands Orange Sherbet and Synchronized Watches and was commissioned by the Headlands Center for the Arts to create an animation celebrating the opening of The Commons. She has been a visiting artist at the California College of Art and Mills College in Oakland, CA; University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR; Minerva Academie, Groningen, NL and the International Animated Film School, Cakovec, HR among others.
Klein is the co-owner an illustrator of The Local Foods Wheel. She curates the Peephole Cinema in San Francisco, and she is the founder and co-producer of the Stop & Go animation series.