Sarah Kusa creates sculpture and installations that explore tensions between vulnerability and power, searching out intersections where the two coexist, however precariously. Her mixed-media artworks are rooted in abstraction and use a spare material language to ask questions about connection, protection and resilience. Kusa’s work takes forms ranging from abstract bodies to three-dimensional drawings to pliable boundaries that interact with the viewer’s own body. Materials and gestures are central to her work.

Kusa has exhibited her work throughout the United States and was awarded a 2017/2018 Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists. She received a Jerome Foundation project grant in 2015 and the McKnight Next Step Fund in 2012. Kusa has participated in residencies at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), the Institute for Advanced Study (University of Minnesota), and Ragdale (Illinois). She lives and works in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
 

RECENT EXHIBITIONS


2018
Ties We Keep, Quarter Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2017/2018 Jerome Fellowship Exhibition, MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Provisions, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN (collaboration as Surface Lab)

Arsenal, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI

2017
Unanchored, Silverwood Park Gallery, Saint Anthony, MN
inDIVISIBLE, Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams, MA
Food for Thought, Sechrest Gallery, High Point University, High Point, NC

2016
On View at ACC: Sarah Kusa, American Craft Council headquarters, Minneapolis, MN
Work from the Women's Art Institute, Quarter Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
North of the 45th, DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, MI
Art on the Plains XII, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND


AWARDS
2017     2017/2018 Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, MCAD, MN
2016     Finalist, 2016/2017 Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, MCAD, MN
2015     Jerome Foundation Project Grant, Textile Center, MN
2012     McKnight Foundation Next Step Fund, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, MN


RESIDENCIES
2017     Ragdale, Lake Forest, IL
2016 Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2016     MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), North Adams, MA