Grantee Spotlight: Sarah Nicholls

We’re two weeks away from the application deadline for our current cycle of Community Arts Grants, due September 20th! Follow our Grantee Spotlight series as we catch up with previous BAC grantees to learn more about the kind of work this funding can help support, and what these artists and organizations are up to now.

Artist's book Lavender and evil things

Pages from the pamphlet Lavender and Evil Things, 2016

Artist: Sarah Nicholls

Sarah Nicholls makes artist books, illustrations, and prints, often with letterpress and linoleum block printing. The scope of her work also includes guided walks at Dead Horse Bay, research for informational pamphlets, and more. Her limited edition artist books are in the collections of institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, Stanford, UCLA, and the University of Pennsylvania.

What sector of the arts do you dedicate yourself to and why?

I make artist books. I enjoy bookmaking because it is both visual and verbal. I enjoy that books are sculptural objects that ask you to touch and manipulate them; that they combine time, narrative, and formal qualities, all in a portable format.

What has your BAC grant helped you accomplish?

Funding allowed me to publish three pamphlets about Jamaica Bay, hold an artist talk, lead a walk in Dead Horse Bay, and an exhibition in Jamaica Bay of the entire cycle of work.

Press for bookmaking

Nicholls uses handset metal type to assemble her works


How have you grown since your BAC grant?

I think that the grant widened the scope of my pamphlet series, allowing me both to widen the reach of the series and help me rethink it as something that could work in public, in conjunction with public events, workshops, and activities.

What Brooklyn artists and organizations inspire you?

I love the programming that Pioneer Works does. I really enjoy the events planned by Wendy’s Subway (another BAC grantee).

Find Sarah on her website.

Apply for one of our Community Arts Grants by September 20 to fund your individual, community, or organizational arts project in Brooklyn!

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