The number of people helping to organize, manage and promote Rochester Art Collectors on a day-to-day basis has recently doubled to two. Sarah E. Webb joined Rome Celli as co-organizer effective March 5, 2018. She brings many rich and varied life experiences to her work with the organization.
Sarah found out about Rochester Art Collectors from one of the organization's advisers, James Tabbi. She joined immediately after talking with Rome. Sarah has been supporting the group in the background ever since she joined.
Sarah completed postgraduate work at Christie’s Education, London, before receiving her MFA from Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. She has been a collector, an independent curator, educator, and artist for almost three decades. Sarah has been fortunate to travel extensively, most recently to Marfa, TX and experience the work of Donald Judd and his contemporaries on site.
"I love that Rochester Art Collectors has a fun, informal vibe. Rome and I want to share our love of the arts and support the makers within our creative community."
In the Rochester area, Sarah has served on the Board of Directors of Rochester Contemporary, and its former incarnation, Pyramid Arts Center. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Monhegan Museum, Monhegan, Maine, where she also lives during the summer. With Kristen Frederickson, Webb co-edited Singular Women: Writing the Artist (2003 UC Press), thirteen essays that examine how specific artists were written into and out of Art History, from the Renaissance to the present. Webb’s own performative installations emphasize ephemeral materials and repetitive gestures.
The many stitches of Sarah’s life have taken her from the artist’s studio to the yoga studio where she continues to create and to practice. She weaves her critical, visual and perceptual background into a unique environment for students to map and make meaning of their individual body’s stories and experiences. Webb teaches, mentors and co-leads teacher trainings with Erica Ebert in Webster, NY.
Sarah grew up in Fairport, NY. She graduated from Connecticut College, continued her study of Art History in London, before finally returning to Rochester to obtain her MFA from Visual Studies Workshop. She's been active in the arts for many years initially as an artist and curator, and then later on as a supporter, patron and, of course, collector.
Rochester Art Collectors relies on a team of volunteers to operate. Over time Sarah & Rome expect to grow the team to four or five covering program, marketing, and all other administrative duties. There is no plan to hire staff.
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