Sarah Gotowka, MFA

Faculty

Sarah Gotowka is a practicing textile artist and instructor. She has been weaving since 2005, and has been growing natural dyes since 2010. She received her BFA in Fibers and Material Studies from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007, and her MFA in Fibers and Material Practices from Concordia University in Montreal in 2013. 

Since moving to the Ithaca area she has taught at SUNY Cortland, Cornell University, Ithaca College, The Johnson Museum of Art, Wells College, and New Roots Charter School to name a few.

Sarah is a Korean adoptee and formerly worked for the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York. There she mentored youth adoptees, and advocated around trans-racial adoption issues. Weaving and dyeing have been a powerful healing tool in Sarah’s journey of exploring her roots and connecting to her ancestral knowledge.

Education

  • MFA in Fibres and Material Studies from Concordia University, Montreal QC
  • BFA in Fibers and Material Studies from The Cleveland Institute of Art, OH

Areas of Expertise

My passion is rooted in textiles, and using them as a lens in which to challenge colonial systems of oppression. I have spent the last eight years of my life in community organizing work, specifically facilitating discussions around race and racism. In more recent years, my focus has been working with trans-racial adoptees, creating mentorship programs (I myself am a trans-racial adoptee).

sarah.gotowka@goddard.edu

Affiliation BFA Socially Engaged Art
Undergraduate Studies Program

Location Plainfield, Vermont

Role Faculty