Arts & Humanities

Photographer Sara J. Winston to Speak as Part of Communitas Series in Caine College of the Arts

By Whitney Schulte |

LOGAN — Sara J. Winston, an artist based in Hudson Valley, New York, and the photography program coordinator at Bard College, is artist-in-residence at USU Jan. 18-20. Winston will speak as part of the Communitas Lecture Series on Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Daines Concert Hall.

Presented by the Department of Art + Design in the Caine College of the Arts, Communitas invokes the fundamental spirit of community, coordinating a yearlong lecture series with a wide range of artists, designers and scholars whose work and lives promote the values of equality, diversity and togetherness.

In her lecture, Winston will discuss how she uses photographs and bookmaking to address chronic illness and its impact on her body, mind, family and memory.

“Sara’s work thoughtfully integrates conversations on illness, domesticity, motherhood, and the impactful role of the camera in our lives,” said Jared Ragland, assistant professor of photography in the CCA. “I share Sara’s work with my students every semester and find they respond in profound ways. I am delighted the USU community has a similar opportunity to experience Sara’s critical yet vulnerable studio practice.”

Winston is also on the faculty of the Penumbra Foundation Long Term Photobook Program and is a contributor to one of the preeminent online photography platforms, Lenscratch. Her work has been included in more than half a dozen photographic anthologies, and she has published five monographs of her work, including “A Lick and Promise,” published by Candor Arts in 2017, and “Homesick” published by Zatara Press in 2015. Both are part of the USU Photobook Special Collection.

In addition to the Communitas Lecture Series, Winston will work with advanced BFA students in a zine-making workshop. The workshop will explore how artists can use creative strategic frameworks as means of ideation, conceptual development and visual planning.

The Communitas Lecture Series is free and open to the public. The theme for the 2022-23 academic year is “Margins.”

For more information about Winston’s work, visit Visit the Department of Art + Design at or follow it on Instagram at @USUartdesign.


Whitney Schulte
Public Relations Specialist
Caine College of the Arts


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