Sara Garden Armstrong

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Sara Garden Armstrong (born c. 1943 in Birmingham) is an artist and a former art instructor at UAB. Best known for her public sculpture and multimedia installations concerned with the production of sound, Armstrong also creates drawings, artist's books, and paintings.

Armstrong earned her bachelor of science in biology at Birmingham-Southern College and taught elementary school before returning to school. She completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Alabama, followed by a Master of Art Education at UAB. She also studied art at New York University and at the University of Windsor, Ontario in Yeovil, England. She taught at UAB before moving to New York City in 1982.

Locally, Armstrong has had solo exhibitions at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery, University of Montevallo, Space One Eleven, Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Alabama School of Fine Arts, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. She was one of eleven invited artists whose work toured the state in the 1978 Alabama Artists Invitational.

Armstrong's "Airplayer VII" is in the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Her "Rhythmic Marking" was installed at Perimeter Park South by the Birmingham Realty Company, and "Sentient Matrix" hangs in the atrium of UAB's Civitan International Research Center. Her work is also in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou and Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Armstrong is the owner of 21st Street Studios and a founding partner in Ground Floor Contemporary gallery. She returned to Birmingham full time in 2017. She has exhibited recently at the Alabama School of Fine Arts


  • Farmer, Patricia P. (1978) "Sara Armstrong". Alabama Artists Invitational catalog. Birmingham Museum Of Art. ISBN 0931394015
  • Nelson, James (February 10, 2002) "Armstrong's work back in contrasting presentations." The Birmingham News
  • Chambers, Jesse (January 24, 2017) "Sara Garden Armstrong marks a homecoming." Iron City Ink
  • "Sara Garden Armstrong" (February 1, 2017) Create Birmingham

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