Sarah Jacobs, daughter of Robyn and Andy Jacobs, granddaughter of Harry and Dodo Badders and Judy and John Jacobs, grew up in Littlestown and has much in common with her family members. Harry hung patterned wallpaper for a living, John was a builder, Judy decorates her home with a more-is-more aesthetic, Robyn is an artist, and Andy a creative thinker, so it is no wonder Sarah makes busy, pattern-heavy, symbolic paintings and usually builds her own stretcher bars. Dodo built streetlamps at Hadco, so if this trend continues perhaps Sarah’s artwork will soon incorporate neon!
vfAfter graduating from Littlestown High School Sarah attended Gettysburg College to study Art History and went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts Degree in painting from MICA in Baltimore before moving to the UK for over three years following a now ex-husband. There she became a naturalized British citizen before returning to the US to pursue her art career and teach. She is writing her tenure application this summer for her teaching job at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, so please send her good vibes.
Her work has been exhibited in the US and in Europe and she has taken part in artist residencies in Germany, Colombia, and New Mexico. She has won multiple grants, including the Arts Council England Grant, and her work can be found in public and private collections in the US, UK, and Hong Kong. She has had solo and two person exhibitions in New York City, London, Wrocław, Poland and Bristol, England, among other cities.
Sarah lives in Pittsburgh with her partner, Shawn, who is an ICU nurse and their cat, Leonidas (Leo for short). She loves coming home to Littlestown and Gettysburg to spend time with family and see friends, including her godchild who lives in New Oxford. She is very honored to be invited back by the Adams County Arts Council to exhibit, lecture, and teach.