Sara Hendren is Artist, Designer, and Researcher in Residence at Olin College. Her recent work includes collaborative public art and social design that engages the human body, technology, and the politics of disability. She frequently writes and lectures on prosthetics, disability studies, hybrid art-engineering practices, critical design, and related topics. Her work has been widely exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Her first book, on the unexpected places where disability is at the heart of design in everyday objects and environments, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books.
In 2018-19, Sara is a Neighborhood Salon Luminary at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Tatlock Fellow in Multidisciplinary Studies and a Visiting Scholar at Vassar College. She is also an Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America and was the recipient of a 2017 Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In spring 2018, she was a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good. At Olin, she is the Principal Investigator for Sketch Model, a three-year initiative to bring more arts experiences to engineering students and faculty, supported by the Mellon Foundation. Sara lives in Cambridge, Mass., with her husband, documentary editor and producer Brian Funck, and their three children.