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Sarah McNeil grew up in a family of antique auctioneers in a small town on the coast of Maine. She inherited from them a collector’s love of handcrafted objects, historic artifacts, and the richly layered stories behind them, all of which are still great influences on her today. In her art practice, she mines the history of medical science, outmoded technologies, and folklore, to provoke thinking about the contemporary world she lives in.

She received her BFA in printmaking from the Maine College of Art, and a MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Sarah was the 2013 Artist-in-Residence in the MFA in Visual Studios Low Residency Program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2011-12 MICA Fellow at the Bromo Seltzer Art Tower, 2012 Sondheim prize semi-finalist, and 2013 Creative Capital grant finalist. She has done a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and was the recipient of the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship where she immersed herself in the studies of traditional Czech puppetry, and puppet animation while living in Prague. 

She resides in Baltimore and teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.