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Sarah Smelser

Professor of Printmaking
Wonsook Kim School of Art
Center for the Visual Arts - CVA 121
Office Hours
vary by semester and by appointment
  • About
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors
  • Research


Sarah Smelser recevied a BA from University of California at Santa Cruz, an MA and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She exhibits her work extensively, nationally and internationally.

Current Courses

394.001Bachelor Of Fine Arts Seminar

245.001Intaglio I

345.001Intaglio II

351.001Special Projects: Art

Teaching Interests & Areas

intaglio, relief, monotype/monoprint, collagraph

Research Interests & Areas

monotype, woodcut, collage

MFA Photography

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

MA Printmaking

Uniersity of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Bachelor of Arts Printmaking

University of California Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

College of Fine Arts Service Award

Illinois State University

Dean's Faculty Development Award

Illinois State University


Artist Residency. Artist in Residence. Remarque Printmakin Workshop and Gallery. (2022)
Research Associate. Research Associate. UC Santa Cruz. (2022)
Visiting Artist. Visiting Artist. Purdue University. (2022)
Visiting Artist. Visiting Artist. Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. (2022)
Visiting Artist. Visiting Artist. Montana State University. (2022)
Interview with Sarah Smelser. Interview. Slippery Rock University. (2021)

Grants & Contracts

General Operating Support for Normal Editions Workshop program grant FY2021. Illinois Arts Council Agency. State. (2020)
Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship. Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Other. (2015)
“Color Woodcut Workshop”. College of Fine Arts. Illinois State University. (2015)
“Residency at Ballinglen Arts Foundation (Ireland)”. Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2015)
"Water-Base Silkscreen Workshop". Illinois State University. Illinois State University.