Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, writer, and professor at Olin College of Engineering. Her lab and projects include collaborative public art and social design that engages the human body, technology, and the politics of disability — things like a lectern for short stature or a ramp for wheelchair dancing. She also co-founded the Accessible Icon Project, co-created a digital archive of low-tech prosthetics, and has a long-running obsession with the inclined plane. She frequently writes and lectures on prosthetics, disability studies, hybrid art-engineering practices, critical design, and related ideas.
Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, The Vitra Design Museum, the Seoul Museum of Art and other venues and is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art 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/Pengiun Random House. She has been an Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America, a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good, and the recipient of a 2017 Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. At Olin, she is also the Principal Investigator on a three-year initiative to bring more arts experiences to engineering students and faculty, supported by the Mellon Foundation.