Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Portland, Oregon, Sara Kaltwasser has been working as an artist and practitioner in the field of art and youth art education for the last 15 years. Kaltwasser brings a variety of skill sets and experience to her work, as an artist engaging with communities and as a program coordinator supporting educational experiences for a variety of learning styles and age ranges. She has a deep interest in the confluence of education as activism and the roles of artists and the arts as a means of amplification.
Kaltwasser maintains an interdisciplinary-studio and public painting practice, which ranges in scale and technical execution. Works examine notions of control, both historically and institutionally, as well as concepts of play, games as metaphor, and portraiture as narrative. She has facilitated and created mural projects for a variety of entities in the Portland area that include the Astor School, Sacramento Elementary, and Escuela Viva Pre-School. Her work includes collaborating with organizations, such as CARES NW, a Health and Counseling service provider that supports youth survivors of sexual assault and child abuse, the Portland Police Departments Mounted Patrol Unit, and Human Solutions, a non-profit that serves families living in the Pacific Northwest.
Sara Kaltwasser currently works as an Artist in Residence at Access Art, a youth- centered after school program located in Morrell Park, a small neighborhood in Baltimore City, Maryland. Access Art addresses the artistic, emotional, and cognitive development of middle and high school youth through providing students with a safe space to create, positive adult role models, empowering activities that build technical expertise, and leadership development.
Kaltwasser acquired a degree in Painting and Drawing via the Studio concentration from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2006. She received a Community Arts Merit Scholarship in 2016 to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art’s where she is currently pursuing her degree of a Master of Fine Arts in Community Arts.